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Southern Nash News starts Roku channel

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Southern Nash County is getting a new television channel for Smart TV and internet users.

Mark Cone, CEO of Southern Nash News, has announced a newly developed Roku channel.

“It’s off to a great start,” Cone said. “We hired a team of developers to program a new Roku television channel that will feature southern Nash County and the surrounding Tar River region. The channel will feature local sports, community events, local government, area history, church services and appropriate content developed by others in the community.”

Southern Nash County has never had a community television station to showcase this end of the county, and that needed to change, Cone said.

“We have had such a great response from our sports and general community coverage, we decided to make this happen,” Cone said.

The Roku channel is live with a flurry of southern Nash sports, both old and new.

“We have the 12 minutes of football from the 1961 Spring Hope Raiders — and we will launch with that followed by the entire 2019 regular football season at Southern Nash,” Cone said. “After that will be lots of archive video spanning back to the 1970s.

Cone said he hoped for more new content, but COVID-19 put it on hold.

“We considered not releasing the channel until later when football started and we had more brand-new content ready, but I think folks need the sports — local Southern Nash sports right now even if it is older,” Cone said.

The channel will accept content from other folks in the community, giving a chance to be seen for amateur videographers or those who just want to submit their own program to the channel for approval.

“We obviously don’t want anything that is inappropriate, but we are certainly going to look at those who want to have their own homespun program with us,” Cone said. “If you have a cooking program you can do, or even a how-to show or an event you are promoting, we welcome the ideas and submissions and will be happy to take a look at anything. Hey, if you’re a local wrestling promoter, give me a call.”

The channel is for the community and about southern Nash County and the immediate Tar River area like Lake Royale and Bunn.

“Our area gets ignored unless something bad happens — and there is more positive than negative here,” Cone said.

The new channel is available on Roku streaming devices and through Southern Nash TV’s new website, which is still being developed. Cone also plans to add Apple TV and Amazon Fire in phases as resources allow for their development.

“We have to add platforms as we can afford it,” Cone said. “I wish we could do it all at once, but that would be a pretty tall order.”

Anyone wishing to submit ideas or content for possible inclusion can email mark@snnewstv.com or call 252-478-3320.