To the editor:

Selective TV’s annual members meeting is Monday, Aug. 9 at Ida Township Hall at 7 p.m. This meeting, cancelled last year due to COVID-19, is open to current members and everyone who has questions about how over-the-air television in the Alexandria area works.

Selective TV is a nonprofit community asset formed in 1976 to provide low cost television. Today, Selective TV provides 60 channels. Here are the basics:

1. All over-the-air channels in the area, with the exception of 42.1, 42.2, and 42.3, come from one source, and one source only – Selective TV.

2. Selective TV doesn’t receive any government funding.

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3. Selective TV is funded and made possible by voluntary membership contributions from individuals, families and businesses that use the service.

4. Annual membership dues are $120.

5. Far too many people who use this service, for one reason or another, aren’t members and don’t contribute. They apparently don’t understand that being a contributing member isn’t something you do for Selective TV, it’s something you do in your own self interest, unless of course you prefer paying $120 a month as opposed to $120 a year.

It has been my experience that once people understand what Selective TV is, how it works, and how it is paid for they’re more than happy to become a contributing member. If you have questions, come to the meeting, contact Selective TV at 320-763-5924, stop in the office at 2308 South Broadway Suite 2, which is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., or visit selectivetv.org.

If you’re currently enjoying Selective TV but aren’t yet a member, do yourself a favor, and do your part in keeping this 45-year-old community asset going strong into the future.

Lonnie Wing

Board member, office manager, Selective TV

Alexandria, MN