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Local TV station to expand offerings

Local residents may soon have the opportunity to watch Mohave County Board of Supervisors meetings on television.

Joe Hart, who serves as co-owner and managing partner of Tri-State Broadcasting TV LLC, said he has received quite a few requests from residents who want to watch supervisors meetings in the comfort of their homes.

"I got a lot of requests," he said.

"I want all of Mohave County residents to be informed."

The necessary microwave equipment to begin broadcasting the meetings on Channel 36 has been ordered and should arrive in early October, he said.

Channel 36 currently offers programming in an attempt to fill the niche left when The Nashville Network changed to The National Network and then became Spike TV.

In addition to board of supervisors meetings, the company plans are to add local weather, news and fishing reports on both Channels 36 and 23, the latter which broadcasts into Lake Havasu City.

Also "in the mix" is an agreement with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension to do a gardening show and, eventually, Kingman High School sporting events.

Earlier this year, Hart relocated the broadcast antennae for Channel 36 and his three radio stations (1180 AM and 100.1 and 104.9 FM) to the Hualapai Mountains from Radar Hill, improving reception for local residents who have standard TV sets with an antenna, he said.

Hart said he is currently negotiating with the local cable company to provide Channel 36 to cable TV subscribers in Kingman.

After he gets Channel 36 on Kingman cable, Hart plans to add Laughlin and Bullhead City cable customers to Channel 36's coverage area.

Current offerings on Channel 36 include old movies, nostalgic shows such as Bonanza, Horse TV, which airs from 12-2 and 7-10 p.m.

daily, and Gospel shows on Sunday.

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