Television news stations are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to serve the community’s best interests, and WDVM’s main concern is to fulfill this mission and to serve the people whose only source of cable is Antietam Broadband.
“In times of emergency situations. In times of very severe weather, like this last weekend where we did fourteen additional cut-ins besides the eight hours of local news that we produce,” said Andy Wyatt, WDVM’s general manager. “We want that information to get out.”
Without Antietam Cable opening up to discuss the matter, many people might lose their source of news, just like the residents of Funkstown, Maryland.
“We have had a lot of residents, you know, call and question why they can’t get it [WDVM] on tv anymore,” said Mayor Paul Crampton Jr.
And it doesn’t stop there. The station works with local law enforcement to share information on wanted suspects or individuals that need to be identified.
“If the Antietam people don’t see it, there could be someone on the loose running around,” said Wyatt. “That could’ve been identified, but isn’t going to get identified.”
WDVM has served the local community with information like this for almost 50 years, and they hope to continue doing so.
“It did have a great service for the community, so we’d like to see them get that back,” said Mayor Crampton. “Hopefully they work out all the details.”
However, details might just fall on deaf ears if Antietam doesn’t respond to WDVM’s calls.