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Dennis Haarsager
Hillsboro, Virginia and Kittery Point, Maine
Retired pubmedia exec: Public TV Major Market Group, National Public Radio & R-TV stations
Interests: Professional: Public media sustainability, multi-platform strategy, spectrum strategy and incentive auction. Personal: Genealogy (see and, photography (currently shooting with Canon EOS 6D, Fujifilm X100S, Fujifilm X-T1, Leica D-Lux 4, Sony NEX-7), and amateur radio (N7DH 1976-present, WAØKKR 1965-1976).
Recent Activity
Selected links of interest to public media colleagues from my @haarsager Twitter feed, posted since August 8th… Cable/MVPD/Pay-TV 9/10ths of U.S. pay-TV firms bleed subs in Q2. Rapid TV News and FierceCable and Advertising Age FCC's Wheeler thrills pay-TV operators,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Technology360
Here is another group of selected links worth reading from my @haarsager Twitter feed, these posted since July 31. Big stories this week were the meltdown in media stocks, triggered, apparently, by Disney/ESPN troubles; and of course the FCC’s approval... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Technology360
I’ve been doing link sharing for nearly 18 years, mostly as a discipline for me to keep reading on developments relevant to pubmedia. Most recently, these have been shared by email with the Public Television Major Market Group plus some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Technology360
I'm a DirecTV customer and tuned into the Sweeney Todd/ Live from Lincoln Center broadcast last night on WETA. Before the demon barber of Fleet Street dispatched his first customer, DirecTV butchered the high definition program it said it was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Technology360
It must have been the very early 1980s when the television station I then managed got out of the film business. The proximate cause? Our producer on a river rafting documentary lost her Bolex (I think it was) in a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Technology360
Communications attorney, Michael D. Berg, has a very good article accessible to non-lawyers and non-engineers on the implications for television stations of spectrum repacking on TVNewsCheck. For station CEOs, COOs and board members, this is a good use of your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at Technology360
The New America Foundation has released a paper tying spectrum policy with sustaining public media. No, it’s not yet another proposal to create an endowment for public media from spectrum auction proceeds. Here is the executive summary: Executive Summary In... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at Technology360
It was interesting to see that Pebble blew past its $100,000 goal for crowd funding development of its innovative watches from Kickstarter, raising over $10 million. In checking out Kickstarter and a competitor called Indiegogo, it struck me that these... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2012 at Technology360
Attorney David Oxenford of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has a good overview of what procedures broadcasters might expect from the FCC in the matter of repacking and auctioning of television broadcast spectrum. Link: Broadcast Law Blog. Trackback (posted 20 Feb.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Technology360
The following essay of mine was published in the public media newspaper, Current, on Jan. 30, 2012. It’s not yet online so I’m reproducing it here with a small update to call out the role of education. I currently do... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at Technology360
... says Blair Levin, former FCC staffer who's described as the chief architect of the Commission's 2010 National Broadband Plan. The GOP version of this legislation: ... contains provisions designed to protect broadcasters who hang on to their spectrum. And... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Technology360
Loudoun Co., where I live in northern Virginia, has or had the highest median income of any of the 3,000+ U.S. counties. But that doesn’t give my wife and I access to terrestrial broadband, and neither of the WISPs that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at Technology360
The title says it all about this helpful overview of DCMA fair use provisions by Ashkan Karbasfrooshan in MediaPost’s Online Video Insider blog. Thanks to Patricia Torres-Burd of Houston PBS for the tip. Link: MediaPost. Update 2 January 2012: And,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at Technology360
John Shepler does a five-part look forward on the competition for bandwidth ahead. I’m not necessarily endorsing everything he says and some of my fellow television broadcasters may want to take their amlodipine before reading, but it’s worth your time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at Technology360
The prestigious James MacTaggart lecture is a fixture at the annual MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. I’ve never attended one, but they’re always interesting and I look forward to catching up when they’re posted. This year’s lecture was given by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2011 at Technology360
Thirty-six years ago, our attention was focused on a toothy great white shark which was terrorizing Amity Island, thanks to the artistry of Steven Spielberg and Peter Benchley. This summer, the dysfunctional family of 535 elected representatives to Congress are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2011 at Technology360
Jon McTaggart, who has succeeded Bill Kling as CEO of the American Public Radio Group (American Public Media, Minnesota Public Radio, KPCC, et al.), gave a terrific speech this morning at the Public Media Marketing and Development Conference – a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at Technology360
A couple of weeks ago, I had a good conversation with an old friend and colleague who is an executive at a combined radio and television operation about the dilemma such stations have in knowing which of the new set... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at Technology360
Updated 12 July 2011: See also Building web usage for pubmedia - challenge for TV and music radio. --------- Available web statistics tend to overstate the broadcast equivalent of cume and understate the broadcast equivalent of average usage (and therefore... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at Technology360
Kudos to @KQED, @PBS and @NPR for pioneering implementations of web apps for the Google Chrome browser. First, congratulations to @KQED, and particularly to one of our top innovators, @TimOlsonSF and his team, on the launch of the very cool... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at Technology360
Erick Schonfeld reports on a new Yahoo study that shows the disappearance of a gap in online viewing caused by live TV that was present in 2009. He writes: ... Only two years ago, prime time showed the biggest dip... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at Technology360
My online genealogy database is centered on the traditional Stadsbygd parish (prestegjeld), which includes persons and expatriates from Stadsbygd, Rissa, Hasselvika, Ingdalen and Lensvik, as well as neighboring parishes such as Leksvik, Stjørna and Ørland -- plus many from there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2011 at Stadsbygd og staværinger
The broadcast is available on the web at with text available in both Norwegian and English. And it's also available on regular television in Norway. As this is written, it is in the middle of the night in Norway... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2011 at Stadsbygd og staværinger
On four different occasions since early 2004, I’ve used information from the Television Bureau of Advertising web site (click “Cable & ADS” on the right navigation) to determine the number of households that use over-the-air reception (OTA) exclusively (that is,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at Technology360
The FCC's new state of the media report called, Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age, is out today and can be accessed here: The report's principal author is Steven Waldman, former editor-in-chief of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at Technology360