With Jones TV going off the air, here’s why Cox should make Fayetteville Public Access Television available again to all county residents | Street Jazz

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

With Jones TV going off the air, here’s why Cox should make Fayetteville Public Access Television available again to all county residents

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 11:34 AM

With Jones TV going off the air, depriving Washington County residents of old westerns (with bad satellite signals) and the umpteenth re-showing of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the time may have come for Cox Cable to rethink its decision of some years back when it no longer allowed county residents to view the offerings on Fayetteville’s public access channel - which now has had too many names to list them all.

For the sake of this discussion, I’ll just refer to the name it now has, Fayetteville Public Access Television.

For over thirty years public access in Fayetteville has served as a one-stop-fits all public affairs, music, entertainment, travel, documentary, cooking, children’s programming, and religious channel for the area.

More than anything else, public access television celebrates and shows off to all us the diversity of all our lives in Northwest Arkansas.

Up until a few years ago it was provided county-wide, so that viewers across Washington County could see what their friends and neighbors were providing for them.

Didn’t like what you saw on public access? Well, it was sort of like the old joke about the weather in Missouri; just hang around an an hour and you’ll see something completely different.

For the period it was available online, it became even more popular.

Because public access television programming is provided by the citizens, programming is only limited by their imaginations - and after being around it for 20 years, I can attest to the fact that there is a lot of imagination floating around up here.

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The Loneliest Men in The World?

I loved the headline in the Northwest Arkansas Times this morning:

Candidates Lose Races
Hunton, McAdoo received no votes during school board election

All across Northwest Arkansas, folks who have run for office and lost looked at that and thought, “Geez, at least I got some votes.”

Why didn’t these guys vote for themselves?

They couldn’t even get their friends or family to vote for them?

Oh, dudes . . .

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