West Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 11, 2009




Muskegon Chronicle:

President-elect Barack Obama is urging Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 switch from analog to digital television broadcasting, arguing too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air channels will not be ready. In a letter to key lawmakers this week, Obama transition team co-chair John Podesta said the digital transition needs to be delayed largely because the U.S. Commerce Department has run out of money for coupons to subsidize digital TV converter boxes for consumers. People who do not have cable, satellite service or a new TV with a digital tuner will need the converter boxes to keep their analog sets working. Since December, local stations have been airing tests to help viewers determine the readiness of their televisions. A green icon displays for sets that are ready, a red one for those that are not. An employee at Circuit City said sales of converter boxes, priced there at $59.99, had exceeded expectations but have slowed recently because of the unavailability of coupons... Delay digital TV conversion? Leaders disagree (Sun, 1/11)



Grand Rapids Press:

Dave Ramsey, Press columnist and radio talk show host, will present his debt-reduction and wealth-building strategies at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at Van Andel Arena downtown. Tickets are $38 and may be ordered by calling (888) 227-3223 or at daveramsey.com... Dave Ramsey to speak at Van Andel Arena on Feb. 19 (Fri, 1/9)







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