Brandon has now gone a full decade without a local tv station.
CKX-TV went dark ten years ago today on October 2, 2009, one day after it was announced that a buyer that was hopeful of saving the embattled station pulled out.
With that, more that fifty years of bringing the sights and sounds of the community’s stories came down to a final evening newscast and a fade-to-black moment that few in the community at the time are likely to forget any time soon:
Among those taking a moment to reflect today were former employees of the station Karen Chrest and Shaun Cameron:
39 worked at CKX at the time of its closure.
In the ten years since, Brandon has seen a major shift in its information landscape that later included radio’s shift to arguably less-traditional news and just recently the closure of the Westman Journal newspaper. In part the void has been filled by online and social media options and the ability for news sources to much more easily share information directly with audiences. To this day I believe however that the community could stand to be further served in terms of having a diversity of journalistically produced stories on matters of the public interest, something I expect will continue to evolve over time.
For a further walk down memory lane on CKX’s final days, the eBrandon discussion thread with reaction at the time from viewers and staff can be read at: