Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Now that 360 North has gained traction as a permanent, ongoing channel we have started to hear from viewers. It has been less than three months since we announced our channel and its name to Alaskans. Now, we are starting to find out that people have found us on their televisions or the web and are watching.
Charles Caleb Colton said that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." This may be true but in television or video production flattery or success might be measured, in some way, by people wanting to purchase copies of your programs. In this case, some of the programs being broadcast on 360 North have been successful. In the past five or six weeks the number of requests for information about how to purchase copies of programs has increased dramatically. And, the number of general positive comments have begun to add up. Many people have called, emailed and dropped by KTOO to ask about buying DVD copies of shows or inquired about when program will again air.
The programs that have generated the most contacts for purchases have been the documentaries.
•Caught in Bristol Bay, Making Waves and Reds and Blues in Bristol Bay, by producer Donald Blank, have generated quite a few requests.
•Platinum Dreams by Mike Martz of KYUK and Bedrock Pay produced by Curt Madison have brought in calls from those interested in mining in Alaska.
•Jeanie Greene's Heartbeat Alaska has also brought in a few calls.
Many general comments have been received by phone, email and visitors to KTOO.
•"I really like the film archives programs. The show about the capitol move from the 80's was great. Some things never change." -Juneau
•"That show on Saxman (Heartbeat Alaska) was wonderful. How can I get a copy of that?" -Ketchikan
•"Would be nice to see the Rain Country segments with Scott Foster on 360 North. Already our favorite channel..." -Sitka (answer: yes, a Best of Rain Country series will begin this spring)
•"You're the best thing on in Petersburg." -Petersburg
•"Love the mining and history shows and love the Alaska shows." -Nome
•"It is wonderful to see the Cama-i Dance Festivals and Native programming on 360 North." -Bethel
•"I would like to see 360 pick up the Alaska Podshow. Love all your programming." -web contact (update: I have approached the producers of The Alaska Podshow, I'll let you know)
These are a sample of comments we have received in the past week or two. From time to time more will be posted. And, of course, comments from you are always welcomed and taken to heart.