Let's jump right into reader questions this week.
Margaret writes: "I read your column this morning where you mentioned VCRs. I'm one of those old-fashioned people who actually taped shows on my VCR. However, since the move from analogue to digital I have been unable to use my VCR. Comcast told me I needed an A/V switch, which they sent me and I installed (with great difficulty), but it didn't really work. A nice young man from Comcast came out last week and said I didn't need the A/V switch and removed it, changed the TV to channel 4 and said I needed to use channel 3 for the VCR. Needless to say, still nothing works. I wonder if any of this makes sense to you and if you have any idea how I can use my VCR to tape programs. I would really appreciate your help."
Margaret, thanks for reading my column. There are many factors at play in your question, but I will give it my best shot.
Since you say the service tech changed the TV to channel 4 and the VCR to channel 3, I'm guessing he thought you just wanted to watch VHS tapes on your VCR.
In order for the VCR to record the cable signal, you need to make sure that the Comcast cable signal runs through your VCR. In other words, the cable comes from the wall and into your VCR. From the VCR, you connect a second cable to the TV input. Make sure everything is then tuned to the same channel, depending on your box or converter.
But now let's try and covert you. I promise I'm not on Comcast's payroll, but having a DVR in your home is just about the best thing ever. Push a single button to record any show. Also record a whole season with a simple selection. And the price of a standard DVR might actually be less than what you spend on new VHS tapes each month; depending on how much you record.
Good luck and happy viewing.
Likes new NBC 2 anchor
Judy writes: "I have noticed we have a new news commentator on NBC. I believe his name is Peter. Can you give us the scoop on his history and his family? I think he is a great asset."
I assume you mean Peter Busch, who replaces longtime Southwest Florida anchor Len Jennings.
Before his arrival in sunny Southwest Florida, Busch was a reporter and anchor at KPHO in Phoenix, Ariz. for six years. According to his NBC 2 bio, Busch covered politics including traveling to New Hampshire for the 2008 primary and the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN; provided in-depth coverage on immigration issues and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Busch's impressive bio also mentions he won three consecutive Emmy Awards for general assignment news reporting.
Busch is married and has three daughters, and a dog. You can see him weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m.
Jennings recently departed for KMBC in Kansas City.
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Classical music returns to Southwest Florida's airwaves
Classical South Florida (CSF), a nonprofit listener-supported public radio organization dedicated to classical music, is now broadcasting in Fort Myers and throughout Southwest Florida on WNPS 88.7FM. CSF acquired the local frequency earlier this year.
"We're delighted to bring a full-time classical music service back to Southwest Florida's airwaves," said CSF program director, Jason Hughes. "Classical South Florida's programming can now be heard by more than 5.7 million people throughout all of South Florida — from the upper Keys to the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, and from Fort Myers to Naples and Marco Island. We're proud of our continued growth, and we look forward to bringing our new listeners the very best in classical music programming for many years to come."
The CSF program schedule will include broadcasts of nationally renowned programs such as "Performance Today," "SymphonyCast" and live performances from The Metropolitan Opera, as well as Florida favorites such as "Backstage with the New World Symphony."
Learn more at ClassicalSouthFlorida.org.
Until next time, stay tuned.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at email@example.com. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.