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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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There's A Part Of Me That Still Misses Analog TV

Posted 01-06-2022 at 08:55 PM by case44

Do you still miss those rabbit ears? While I appreciate the convenience and the technology we have now, I still miss the old analog television from yesteryear. That's when channel numbers really were channel numbers.

Nowadays, stations would rather rely on call letters since cable and satellite operators tend to put certain channels in places where their previous identity might get lost. Suddenly (for example), Channel 8 would not be Channel 8 anymore. Guess these aren't old times. The things you and I grew up with and identified with, well, that's old hat now. And old hat doesn't necessarily mesh well with cable and satellite honkies. With so much garbage going on on our three oldest broadcast networks (not to mention a steady diet of fake news), it'd be nice to go back to yesteryear once more, but we'll just have to settle for other cable offerings. After all, technology is great and is much appreciated (Remember Please Stand By?? ). No technical difficulties abound these days. Then again, if you long for yesteryear, then you'll have to settle for old things you can find out there on YouTube or Rumble. Have to give credit to the local television workers who put on local programming back in the days just to fill time. You'd be amazed how much magic actually got made there.

Rabbit ears may be a thing of the past, but the local identity with local stations (in some markets) actually remains for a little longer. Savor that while you can.
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    Rabbit Ears aren't a thing of the past. And I think digital has actually helped over the air broadcast tv. It's full of yesteryear programs on the digital subchannels. If anything, digital has saved OTA TV.
    Posted 01-07-2022 at 06:04 AM by MoNative34 MoNative34 is offline
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    Originally Posted by MoNative34 View Comment
    Rabbit Ears aren't a thing of the past. And I think digital has actually helped over the air broadcast tv. It's full of yesteryear programs on the digital subchannels. If anything, digital has saved OTA TV.
    Oh, I don't disagree at all, Mo. Anything that makes the TV-viewing experience better is okay by me. Many channel numbers were able to keep their original number even though their digital assignments are different. I just want each local station to be able to keep its own identity without all the technicalities involved with the flip to digital.

    Now, if we could just pass it down to the next generation....
    Posted 01-07-2022 at 01:04 PM by case44 case44 is offline
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    I see what you're saying. None of my channels match the actual digital signal. Only one station I get is actually on the VHF band (KQTV St. Joseph, MO). The rest are UHF even if the station was originally a VHF. One thing I miss are the independent stations that were less expensive for advertising and local businesses would have funny corney commercials. I don't see that as much anymore.

    Love free TV! I cut the cord in 2002 and installed a rooftop antenna. Plus nowadays, there's plenty of free streaming apps.
    Posted 01-07-2022 at 07:17 PM by MoNative34 MoNative34 is offline

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