Originally Posted by fiddlerontheroof
I read somewhere that Soul of the South Network will debut on 1/21/13 on a tv station in SC. Does anyone know if this is true, and if so, will it be available in the NYC market?
Originally Posted by nyctveng
"Soul of the south" would hardly have mass appeal in this market even if its something you may personally want.
Soul of the South Television Debuts on WKOB-LD New York
Sometime yesterday, the Wheel of Formats was spun again at WKOB-LD New York (RF Channel 2/Virtual Channel 42-1), and this time has landed on Soul of the South Television
. The Arkansas-based network's target audience is Black Americans living in the southern United States, but will be inclusive of all audiences as far north as Philadelphia, PA., and now market #1, New York City.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Doug McHenry, the Hollywood-based producer of films including New Jack City
and House Party
and TV shows including Malcolm & Eddie
, is the new network’s president of entertainment. Launched over Memorial Day weekend, the network will not have any original programming outside of an active news presence in its local markets. McHenry says executives are in active negotiations with three Hollywood studios about licensing appropriate programming, including past situation comedies, dramas, documentaries and movies.
By some time in 2014, McHenry anticipates the network will offer at least one night of completely original programming in primetime -- comedies, dramas, documentaries, specials and movies -- which he says will be on a par in terms of budgets and ambition with what you might see on BET
or TV One
McHenry says the hope is to convince national advertisers that there is value in customizing their advertising to the audience and market, just as he plans to do with their original programming. “We believe there is a difference in the lifestyles of an African-American in the South just as people are different in New York City,” says McHenry. “We want to celebrate and explore what is unique about the Southern lifestyle.”
This is not WKOB-LD's first time for offering a subchannel programmed for the Black community. In late December 2012, Punch TV
began airing over virtual channel 42-3. However, it was discontinued only four months later in April 2013 and immediately succeeded by Peace TV
WKOB-LD had been owned by Mako Communications, and was operated under the licensee name Nave Communications. In June 2013, WKOB-LD was sold to Landover 5 LLC as part of a larger deal involving 51 other low-power television stations.Technical Specs
As is the case for all of WKOB-LD's subchannels, virtual channel 42-1 broadcasts in 480i SD with a static aspect ratio of 4:3. PSIP TVCT displays the channel name as WKOB-LD
on virtual channel 42-1. Time is -1:07:00. Accurate program guide information is unavailable. The current program airing is "TBA" which has no description. It is a 3 hour program which airs every three hours beginning at H:59:00, starting at 12:59AM.HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Soul of the South Network Targeting African-Americans Launches May 27
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