Then the IMG proposal was made public, and it was clear West Virginia Media was less a partner and more of a subcontractor, limited to producing and airing coaches' shows.
(Apparently, the deal closed too late to get a Dana Holgorsen TV show on the air this fall.)
That became even clearer Saturday, when the Georgia State game - about as third-tier a game as is possible in the NCAA - was produced by and telecast on IMG's other subcontractor, Root Sports Pittsburgh.
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Meanwhile, trade magazine Radio & Television Business Report thought highly of WV-JIT's investment in Spectrum, stating: "For would-be station buyers out there, the mission of the WV-JIT board deserves a mention. It was formed by the West Virginia state Legislature "to make investment funds available to eligible businesses that would stimulate economic growth and promote or retain jobs in the state." It's nice to see such a government entity being put to good use for a radio deal. Maybe there's a similar organization in your state, and if there isn't, maybe there should be."
The mission of the Capital Access Program is to leverage $13 million (mainly of federal stimulus funds) into $130 million of small-business investment.
Some of its other less-conventional investments include Loftis Lanes bowling alley in Grafton and Small World Day Care in Fort Ashby.
Finally, some time back, I wrote about the cable television service at Mount Olive Penitentiary, with bid specs requiring a minimum of 47 channels, including such popular channels as TBS, TNT, ESPN, MSNBC, Fox News and Comedy Central, suggesting that the inmates probably have a better cable lineup than many taxpayers.
Inmate Paul Varney wrote that when he was on the outside, if he knew inmates were getting taxpayer-supported cable TV, he wouldn't have liked it either.
However, he pointed out that a portion of the cable costs are paid from the Inmate Benefit Fund, funded through inmate purchases at the prison commissary.
"On top of that, those of us that have brought our own TV pay a small monthly payment to also help pay the bill," he wrote.
Meanwhile, the cable service contract is being re-bid, apparently after getting no bidders in August, with the new bid opening set for Oct. 1.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.