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How much DOES a TV Station cost?
« on: September 15, 2004, 06:54:50 am »

OK, the NRA started out buying a TV station so they could have their own NEWS network, to get around the campaign reform laws.

Now, I realize this won't happen, and frankly, Idon't have plans for it either, but I just want to know. Aproximately how much would it cost?

At invention conventions, many times they have a "Jewls Vern" section.  I guess, that's the kind of "entry" this post is, but I'd love to hear some thoughts.

We could have Reruns of South Park, and The Soprano's, and DeadWood. (The Soprano's really show how organized crime depends on politicians and law enforcement for its continuation.) We could do news from a libertarian point of view. We could have interviews with libertarian candidates, and anarchists, and Austrian economists.

We could even have economic debates between Austrians and Chigagoists. And debates between Constitutionalists (Like James Buchannan, Cato institute people, etc), Paleo-Conservatives (Rockwell, Pat Buchannan, etc.), Libertarians, and Anarcho-Capitalists.

We could obviously interview Libertarian Candidates and Libertarians in office.

We could offer Walter Williams his very own talk show, so he doesn't have to only sub for that Republican party hack Rush. Perhaps we could host a debate between him and Larry Elders (a pro-war libertarian, but still, his 10 things you can't say in America is a really good starting point. It's what converted me from Republican to Libertarian -- that and Bushes WarMongering -- kind of ironic that warmongering is Elder's weak spot.)

Anyway, I'm fantasizing. But it could be real.  I would be interested in hearing other ideas, the costs associated with having ones own network, etc.

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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2004, 10:52:05 am »

Tracy I think that is a great idea.  Grin

Sounds expensive to start up though. Maybe ted turner will sponsor it!? (not).

I agree with you though. I think a station like that would have viewership. The first step would be to create a rockin business plan and do some kind of market analysis to see if the station would generate enough viewers. Once you can prove that the station would pencil out I don't see a problem finding money to do it the problem is in convincing investors that you CAN run it (with I am assuming, no broadcasting experience?).  Cool
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2004, 11:12:41 am »

The largest cost of a broadcast TV station is the transmitter and the cost of renting the radio waves.
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2004, 12:13:35 pm »

It may not be all that bad.  Afterall, there are hundreds of little cable channels ranging from food/exercise to the mating rituals of the grasshopper.  Broadcasting would be quite different and more local.  I would think that it would be more expensive to be on a basic cable channel than to be an extra-package channel or a premium channel.

I like the thought.  Maybe I'll try to call or e-mail someone at Comcast (my cable provider) to ask some questions.
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2004, 12:33:49 pm »

I know Howie Howe (who ran for mayor of Manchester last year) was looking into opening a lib friendly tv station in Manchester, not sure how far he got with that...

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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2004, 01:56:01 pm »

There's also the new thing to come along which is digital TV. Each broadcast TV station will be getting several digital bands so that local broadcast will have a large lineup of digital channels.

It probably won't take affect until 2006 but I would imagine these channels might be cheaper to buy than the others.

Though if you watched the movie UHF, the guy sold the station for $25,000 or so.
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2004, 06:02:12 pm »

You don't need to buy a commercial television station just to get your program aired.

If you have created an interesting program, check out the following stations and find out how to have it broadcast in New Hampshire.
 
Bedford   http://bedfordtv.com

Conway   http://www.valleyvision.com

Durham http://www.ci.durham.nh.us/COMMUNITY/channel_22/channel_22.html

Hanover   http://www.catv6.org

Londonderry  http://www.londonderry.org/page.asp?Page_Id=94

Manchester  http://www.manchesteraccess.com/

Merrimack  http://www.ci.merrimack.nh.us/onlineservices/mctvschedule.htm

Salem     http://www.sctv17.com/index1.htm

Pelham   http://www.pelhamweb.com/ptv
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2004, 10:17:21 pm »

Before he retired and soldout, I had a chat with the owner of White Mountain Cable, which is located in Chichester, NH. I was asking how one went about selling a program to a local cable operator. He said it was rather simple. Presell the necessary advertising, and they would gladly air it.
Of course I was talking about one show, maybe an hour and a half, but the idea is probaly sound. Show them you have the advertising backing, and it will be aired.
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2004, 10:42:08 pm »

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movie UHF, the guy sold the station for $25,000 or so.

UHF was a movie.  Heh.  You might pay $25,000 for the transmitter and license.  Now try to guess what all the equipment, the building, and tower cost!

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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2004, 03:57:04 pm »

Libertarians could also produce a 30-minute spot and pay to have it broadcast on a local station or a national cable channel (i.e. paid programming).  That strategy worked well for Ross Perot in 1992.
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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2004, 05:06:13 am »

How much do infomercials like that cost?

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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2004, 01:16:33 pm »

How much do infomercials like that cost?

I have no idea.  There's the cost of producing a high-quality show and then the cost of airtime, which will vary a lot based on the market area and the time of day.  But I don't know anything about either of those two things, so I have no idea how much it would cost.
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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2004, 04:21:41 pm »

We can actually buy a Mainstream TV station.

It is simple, but people nowdays don't have the will to believe that great achievements are possible and to work towards them.

1. Start a Media Corporation. Put it right in its charter that it will promote Constitution and Liberty friendly programming to prevent any takeover.

2. Issue Non-Tradeable(for 10 yrs) stocks of $1,000. Don't sell them publicly, sell them through gun shows, libertarian events, anti-tax events: This way only pro-freedom people mostly control The Board of Directors. Only pre-registered members of Real Second Amendment Groups, Libertarian Party etc. are allowed to buy more than one stock.

3. Sell it to 1 million liberty lovers. It's not hard. Out of 300 million people we can easily find 1 million freedom lovers.

Thats 1 Billion Dollars! Enough to buy a real good TV station.

4. Returns are enourmous as by exposing the lies and deceptions of mainstream media we will have the highest viewership.

Anybody want to do this?

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« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2004, 04:59:54 pm »

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3. Sell it to 1 million liberty lovers. It's not hard. Out of 300 million people we can easily find 1 million freedom lovers.

Another good idea.

I believe that there are at least that many liberty lovers in this country, but we're having trouble finding 20,000 of them!

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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2004, 03:28:43 pm »

You don't need to buy a commercial television station just to get your program aired.

If you have created an interesting program, check out the following stations and find out how to have it broadcast in New Hampshire.
 
Bedford   http://bedfordtv.com

Conway   http://www.valleyvision.com

Durham http://www.ci.durham.nh.us/COMMUNITY/channel_22/channel_22.html

Hanover   http://www.catv6.org

Londonderry  http://www.londonderry.org/page.asp?Page_Id=94

Manchester  http://www.manchesteraccess.com/

Merrimack  http://www.ci.merrimack.nh.us/onlineservices/mctvschedule.htm

Salem     http://www.sctv17.com/index1.htm

Pelham   http://www.pelhamweb.com/ptv
                                                                                                       
You can also buy air time on TV and radio stations, you could  sell ads to help pay for it. Talk radio stations may have some good time slots. You can air that same show on the internet and possibly international shortwave.
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