Keen 17 General Manager Kevin Culbertson sits at the station last week.
...Like the happy programming it provides, General Manager Kevin Culbertson is very positive about the early days of the station's progress.
"It's been fabulous," he
says of the first three months of operation.
Those both fulfill the network's mission and make money for the station, says Culbertson
"We are a station for people wherever they are in their spiritual development," he
explains."It is the new ministry model that God is in everything," he
says of the programming.
It is too early to assess the station's advertising revenue, but Culbertson
is optimistic."We have some advertisers ... Of course, we'd like more, but it's been quite a positive response," he
...Culbertson says the station is set to hire a new producer, who will expand KEEN's offerings with other local talk shows.
That is a little behind schedule, but should be running by the new year, he
The current timetable calls for all full-power stations to be digital by 2006, but no one in the industry expects that to happen, says Culbertson
, because of the slow rate at which consumers are buying digital televisions sets."Of course, that could all change this Christmas if Wal-Mart
starts selling them for two hundred dollars ... then everyone would have one," he
Whenever the digital revolution finally takes hold, he
says, then the low-power stations will be the only analog broadcasters."So we're here for the long haul," he