Cable TV promotes ghoulish fascination

“Starin’ at the boob tube, turnin’ on the big knob, tryin’ to find some life in the wasteland … Obnoxious Joe comes on the scene, along with his guest Selfrighteous Sam, and one more guy, who doesn’t count, his hair and clothes are far out …” —John Kay and Steppenwolf

Press release: Comcast names VP; general manager

Cable and telecommunications veteran Chris Dunkeson has been appointed to the position of Vice President and General Manager for Comcast’s cable operations in New Mexico. In this position, Dunkeson will be responsible for all of Comcast’s operations and customer care services for the company’s cable television, high-speed internet and telephone offerings in the state.

Portales past: Jan. 17, 1947

Jan. 17, 1947: The Portales Daily News: Well driller Gerald Wright was injured when his clothes were caught in the cable of the rig and before the machine could be stopped. All his clothes were torn off, and he was hanging by one foot. His condition remained uncertain pending determination of internal injuries.

TV channel devoted to community

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Argen Duncan Portales is one of a few cities to have its own community cable channel, according to the Comcast cable operations manager. Portales Community Television Channel 19 is available to the approximately 2,500 Comcast customers who use the company’s basic service in Portales, said Comcast Operations Manager Spencer Debord. The channel shows information about […]

April 26, 1982

Teleprompter Cable TV of Portales changed its name to Group W Cable after

March 4, 1958

Dave Erwin, a cable man from Lovington, appeared before the Portales City Council with a suggested contract that would give him the right to use Portales alleys to run his cables. Eriwn promised that the inclusive contract would supply Portales with cable television for the next 25 years.

PAC opposes same-day legislation

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican A Las Cruces political action committee is running ads on cable television warning viewers that bills allowing same-day voter registration would lead to vote fraud, including out-of-state people pouring in to cancel the vote of New Mexican citizens. The ads, which began running last week on Comcast Cable systems […]

Nov. 14, 1977

“Thanksgiving without Cable TV is like a turkey without stuffing” declared an ad for Southwest Cable TV in the Portales News-Tribune.

November 30, 1989

• Permission was granted to U.S. West contractor Mike Hawkins during a Roosevelt County Commission meeting to lay fiber optic cable along a three-quarter mile stretch of a county road southeast of US 70 and Tinsley Crossing. The cable is part of a 124-mile project to provide fiber optic service between Clovis and Roswell. • Poyners […]

FCC needs to stay away from cable industry

Editorial Perhaps it’s not all that surprising. Any government agency set up with a mission to regulate some aspect of commercial life develops an institutional imperative to regulate ever more aspects. So the Federal Communications Commission, which was barred by law in 1984 from regulating cable television — to give the industry a chance to […]

BRAC radio, television schedule

Freedom Newspapers Anyone unable to attend Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing at Marshall Junior High need not despair. The hearing will be broadcast live on TV and radio as well as streamlined over the Internet, according to KENW-TV representative Rena Garrett. Broadcasts will start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Garrett said Clovis and […]

Television has just gotten too commercial

By Jim Lee How many of us remember “pay TV?” Probably the closest ancestor to cable service, the concept of pay TV was simple: Subscribe for a small monthly fee to improve reception and get rid of commercials, maybe even get an uninterrupted movie now and then. The best part of it was getting rid […]

Viewers should demand more from TV viewers

Jim Lee Well, here we are at the end of March. Another month has passed without the world going to Helena in a handcart — the good people of Montana must feel relieved. Putting such silliness aside, I need to bring up this week’s topic: Mongolian ant farms. However, a brief spasm of research advises […]