The man behind RSN’s (tele)vision for Grand County
March 15, 2009
Comcast customers may have seen Channel 18 flicker to life sometime in October. The channel had been an on-again, off-again glimpse of things to come from RSN (Resort Sports Network) a national television network that specializes in outdoor content. The channel broadcasts in 125 resort towns, with 27 stations sharing content. The newest station, No. 27, is in Grand County.In October, Mike Turner took the reins of the local channel Winter Park TV 18. He spent the month of October experimenting with the equipment and programming.The new channel officially launched for Grand County in November around Opening Day of the Winter Park Resort.The channel is owned by WorldWest, the company that owns the Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper in Steamboat Springs. Turner was approached by the leadership in Steamboat last spring, asking if he would be interested in producing content and programming for the Grand County station. They asked me what vision would work for Grand County, Turner said. I told them Winter Park is a whole different place than Steamboat. They have 75 restaurants to our 32. We are connected to the Front Range and they are more of a destination.I was excited to take this one. I like what RSN is about.RSN is based in Portland, Maine, and has offices across the country from Mammoth to Sunday River in Maine, Turner said. Seven of RSN’s offices are in Colorado.Turner hopes to add more local content to Winter Park Channel 18. For now, he produces an hour and a half each day of local shows, including a new partnership with the Sky-Hi Daily News.The newspaper and TV station have partnered to put out a three-minute weekly newscast called Week In Review. The newscast airs for the first time on Thursdays. Week in Review airs in, around and during the RSN Outdoors morning show at least six times and then four or more times throughout the afternoon and evening shows. The newscast is also posted as a video online at http://www.skyhidailynews.com. Look for the blue Week in Review logo. Other local content includes history features, dining reviews and the occasional longer news piece called Community Matters. Turner also hosts a program called Local Spotlight that features films by Grand County residents.The rest of the channel’s content is provided by RSN – 365 outdoor-themed movies are available to the station, including Warren Miller and Teton Gravity Research films.We’ve only just begun, Turner said. I want it to be good. I want it to be hip. From here, it’s only going to get better.- To reach Autumn Phillips call 887-3334 ext. 19600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.