African American cable music company saluted by local music artists
By Robin James
“Coming here tonight, I see so many great friends in the house who are here with us tonight…Without you there would be no us,” Pete Rhodes, the founder of the BMA Network, said at its first BMA Channel celebration held at the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant on Friday, December 21. This three-hour event, which Rhodes hosted, was free and open to the public. A first-of-its-kind event, it also served as the 25th anniversary of the BMA Network. Sponsors of the event included IPR, Comcast, and the Minnesota State Lottery. Technically speaking, BMA has been around for 28 years, but as far as formal annual celebrations go, the number 25 works. Continue Reading →
Big cable is at it again. Comcast — the only cable company in town — slyly announced on its December billing statements that beginning January 1, a $1.99 “convenience fee” will be charged to customers who pay in person. I was outraged when I saw this. Ever since I’ve had cable three companies ago, when it was Rogers, then Paragon, then Time Warner and now the Philadelphia-based mega-company, I have handed over my hard-earned bucks to a customer service person each month. Comcast, the only cable game in town, has no competition, so we consumers have no leverage. Continue Reading →
By James L. Stroud, Jr.
After 20 years, a local cable television program, the “Art Cunningham Show,” is still on the air at Northwest Community Television — Channel 12 (NWCT), located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. If show host Art Cunningham has his way, the programming in the next 20 years will keep getting younger. The “Art Cunningham Show” is one of few programs if not the only one shot live at the NWCT studios and then delivered to Minneapolis and St. Paul cable outlets for prerecorded broadcast the following week. The program is hosted by Art Cunningham, who is also the executive producer. Continue Reading →