Thursday, July 2, 2015

Classic TV in the Ozark Foothills: Cutting the Gordian knot

If you live in out in the country in Carter, Ripley or Butler counties here in southeast Missouri, you likely have a have a hard time getting classic TV with an antenna. 
Out here by Hendrickson, I can get the following stations with an antenna: KPOB, KFVS and KAIT. Of those three channels, only KFVS has a classic TV subchannel -- and it's only available from November through early May.
For most of us out in the country, cable is not an option -- and DirecTV does not have a reputation for carrying subchannels (though it does offer Me-TV as part of CW affiliate WQWQ here).
But there is a way for us country folks here in southeast Missouri. 
Dish Network not only carries Me-TV programming via WQWQ, but it also offers Antenna TV via WPSD 6.3 (Channel 32 on Dish). Better yet, Family Entertainment TV (Channel 82 on Dish) carries 54 hours of Cozi TV programming each week (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 7-11 p.m. Monday through Saturday). 
If you're a Dish subscriber in southeast Missouri, southern Illinois or western Kentucky, you've got a nice selection of classic shows to watch -- All In the Family, Sanford and Son, Gunsmoke, Star Trek, Hawaii Five-O, The Jeffersons, Starsky and Hutch, Miami Vice, The Rockford Files, Magnum P.I., Green Acres, etc.
So while we wait and lobby for KPOB/WSIL to add a classic TV subchannel and for KFVS and WPSD to add a translator or satellite nearby, there is a way to watch classic TV out here in the hills