On today’s episode, we discuss a bit about the Motorola Razr Flip Phones’ return, AMG and the cigarette boat, Tesla jailbroken cars, and JC Watts.

Our highlight today: Who is JC Watts?

Julius Ceasar Watts Jr. played college football for the Oklahoma Sooners and later played professionally in the Canadian Football League. He is also known as an American Politician; U.S. House of Representatives from 1995-2003 as a Republican representing Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District.

J.C. Watts is also an author and chairman of the J.C. Watts companies. Our highlight today, BNC, Black News Channel, the nation’s only 24-hour news network aimed at African Americans.

“God, if you look at the TV dial, you can go anywhere and get news and information for any demographic that you want,” Watts says. “Gay, straight, yellow, brown, white, female, male. But there’s nowhere on the news dial or the channel lineup of the 200-plus stations that you can go and get news and information from the African-American community. So we think we’re filling a niche for an underserved, underrepresented community and we think we’re the venue to give the African-American community a voice.”

The former Oklahoma Republican congressman, who retired in 2003, has spent the past decade trying to get BNC off the ground, but there’s been one problem.

“Distribution,” says Watts. “When [Spectrum TV] agreed and bought into our vision and ambition, we became a real network. Once you’ve got distribution, you can use whatever business model you want to use.”

Some customers can now see BNC on Spectrum, Xfinity X1 and Dish Network. (In the Twin Cities, Comcast is working with BNC on a launch date.) By month’s end, BNC should be streaming on Sling, Vizio Smart TVs, Xumo and Roku Channel, giving the network reach into millions of homes, the company said.

Other networks offer dedicated news programming aimed at African-Americans. But those networks are entertainment first.

Mainstream cable news doesn’t go deep.

Source: Star Tribune

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