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Television Station Takes Requests

August 21, 1990

ETHRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) _ When folks in this rural county miss Junior’s Little League catch or choir practice, they can call Sarah Evetts and have her play the video on her request TV station.

That’s the way Mrs. Evetts runs 10-watt W10BV in south-central Tennessee’s Lawrence County, about 100 miles south of Nashville. The station’s prime-time lineup depends on footage of birthday parties, church singings, high school ball games and a local history program called ″A Peek into the Past.″

″People’ll call me up and say, ’Sarah, put on that tape of my young’un in that ball game,‴ said Mrs. Evetts, the station’s 66-year-old owner, program director, camera operator and technician.

″Then they’ll call me back and bless me out because I didn’t catch their kid’s good side,″ she said, laughing.

Run as a hobby, W10BV doesn’t offer sitcoms, game shows or advertising. It simulcasts the old-movie fare of a UHF station in Florence, Ala., until 6 p.m., when Mrs. Evetts signs on.

A mother of seven and the grandmother of ″11 or 12, I can’t remember,″ Mrs. Evetts got her start in broadcasting through a public access cable channel. When she heard about low-power television, owning a station became her goal.

She had trouble getting Federal Communications Commission regulators to approve a location for her transmitter until she submitted the coordinates for her home. The transmitter, a metal box about the size of a portable television, sits on a shelf in a cluttered basement room.

She estimates her 110-foot tower sends a signal to an area 22-by-8 miles. The programs go out with no editing of bloopers and no identifying title or names.

″We don’t have to. Shoot, everybody knows who we are,″ she said.

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