• Scout,

    I second your endorsement of Don's coverage of local sports. In terms of our market research, it was conducted by Belden, an industry leader in this area. We have no desire to rely on incorrect data, so I can assure you the survey was conducted scientifically. You might consider how many people in the Advocate nine-county coverage area don't even get KAVU. Even within Victoria, a growing number of people are getting satellite service and not necessarily receiving local channels.

    By comparison, the Advocate reaches seven out of 10 people in the nine-county region. Within Victoria County, that number climbs to nine out of 10.


    I share your lament over the lack of local radio news. Perhaps the growth of online will change this. When people routinely listen to the radio via the Internet, the landscape will change. Already, I listen to Pandora streamed onto by iPhone through my car radio when I take long drives. Just a few years ago, I never dreamed this would be possible. It's hard to predict what else will change. Perhaps you'll be able to have your own local-talk station on the Internet. Who knows?

    Amid this explosion of content, I agree with you that the challenge will be staying relevant.

    December 2, 2008 at 4:32 p.m.

  • As with what apparently happened to local radio news, when local advertisers decide that the expense of advertsing on local TV is not worth the cost, it too will die.
    Quite frankly, when I moved to Victoira 7 years ago, I was surprised that no local news radio existed and truely miss local flavor to programming. To say nothing of having zero immediate coverage of potentially dangerous situations (hurricane, plant fire, etc).
    Continue to "SELL" your paper, Mr. Cobler. I suspect efforts (or lack there of) to promote and maintain relavance is what killed local radio, and will ultimately lead to the demise of local TV as well.

    December 2, 2008 at 5:56 a.m.

  • your market study is biased!!  they missed me.  lol.  Now poll HS student athletes in the region...I bet 7 out of 10 watch Brubaker.  Then add 1 for the parents.   The guy has a following.  He is that good.   IMO he is KAVU.
    Brubaker Drive at the athletic complex is deserving.

    December 1, 2008 at 4:41 p.m.

  • I'd like to watch the local TV news, but after much trying, I just can't listen to on-air people who forget they have a microphone close to their mouths and when they take a breath, it sounds like some who is drowning and gasping for air.  I know that small markets are where people train and get experience, but I just can't listen to the gasping for air.  Therefore, I read the newspaper.  It's a lot more quiet.

    December 1, 2008 at 12:41 p.m.