Local County Channel becoming popular

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

One eastern Kentucky county's dream is finally reality, and it's bigger than anyone expected.

Letcher County officials have wanted to start a government channel for years, but just started it last month.

"We started out with duct tape, two VCR's, and a safety pin," Rick Hall said.

Right now, Rick Hall is the only employee of Channel 98, the Letcher County Government Channel. He is the only shooter, edits every video using VCR's and fades, and is single operator of the station.

"We started this to see how it would go, and it's just snowballed," Letcher County Judge-Executive Jim Ward said.

The county has taken notice. Now, Hall finds his plate full with interviews on the street, county meetings, and events.

"We can show something in its entirety. When Governor Beasher was here, we could show the entire announcement," Ward said.

"The main thing is information. Telling everyone what's going on in the county," Magistrate Archie Banks said.

Channel 98 also shows every fiscal court, every city council, and every Jenkins school board meeting. Magistrate Banks was instrumental in starting the channel, and says showing government functions will give people an inside look into the operations of the county.

"We have nothing to hide, we wanted to show everything we're doing. That's exactly what were after, we want everything to know. The more people who understand and know what we're doing, the more people like what we're doing," Banks said.

Hall says there is a growing buzz in the county, and is excited about the future of Channel 98.

Judge-Executive Ward says the channel will also have information during emergency situations, such as updates, advisories, and available shelters.

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