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Sports, Spanish and "Summit Speakout’: RSN plans local shows

Lu Snyder

SUMMIT COUNTY – Though Summit County has a local television station, it’s not likely many locals turn to it. They might soon, however, as RSN Summit County officials are planning to focus one of their two channels on local issues.

This week, RSN announced a contract renewal with the Summit County Telecommunications Consortium (SCTC), which provides two-year continuation of service to the community.

Current RSN programming caters to the tourist, said RSN Summit County general manager Mike Jackson. The recent contract renewal allows RSN to pursue a long-term goal, and focus one of the channels on issues of local interest.

On June 11, RSN will debut a local show called Summit Speakout, which will be hosted by local personality Biff America, and feature Krystal 93 newscaster Jim Williams, Ten Mile Times editor Jim Pokrandt and Summit Daily News editor Whitney Childers.

Later this summer, Jackson said RSN plans to introduce a multicultural program in Spanish, targeted for county newcomers who speak Spanish and are learning English.

In September, RSN will begin to cover high school football games. Other ideas for local programming include special meetings and town forums.

Jackson said they are researching the option to broadcast Interstate 70 traffic conditions in Silverthorne, Frisco and Dillon, as is available in Breckenridge.

“Ultimately, when there’s good relevant local issues that lend themselves to television, we’ll cover those live and we’ll look for opportunities to do that,” Jackson said.

Due to technical issues, “we only have the ability to do live broadcasting from the Breckenridge end of the county,” said Bernie Zurbriggen, president of SCTC and Frisco council member. “We think there’s a need for some governmental educational-type broadcasting for the community.”

In focusing one channel toward local needs and interest, RSN will not ignore the county’s visitors, Jackson said. Adding that programming will allow RSN to continue to serve as the primary source for visitor-specific outdoor information and entertainment as well.

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