When TV was local

Lately I’ve been reading the Enid Buzz facebook page regularly. Enid is still my home, the only place where I felt like a citizen. I’ve never felt like a citizen here in Spokane. After 30 years, still an outsider.

The Enid Buzz page has frequent history features, and I recognize most of them instantly, at least from the 70s and 80s.

Here’s a history feature from before my time. Enid had its own TV station from 1954 to 1963, when it moved to OKC. I’ve read about KGEO but never experienced it. These commenters had personal experiences, inconceivable in the era of total globalism and total monopoly. KGEO presented its own local programs including music and plays, and the commenters remember participating in the music and plays.

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Later contrary thought: Lots of people are getting broadcast experience via YouTube and other individual video outlets. A few of them are making money. This is valuable experiential learning for those young podcasters, but it doesn’t have the same effect as local teamwork developing face-to-face civilization.

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