Seniors getting set for DTV

1:06 PM, May 29, 2009   |    comments
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Before Thursday the forecast for Cherie Jackson's TV future was snowy.

 

"No we would call it blizzard," Cherie said laughing.

 

Cherie's been trying. Her family's been trying. But "It doesn't work," Cherie said.

 

Yes, somewhere on the trip from analog to digital Cherie's wires got crossed. "I could not play a movie," she said. And she wasn't getting all her favorite channels either.

 

"What we're going to do is reprogram it," volunteer Jerry Annann said.

 

Enter Jerry. "Scroll down to the channel," he continued as he programmed Cherie's TV. Trained as an electrical engineer, these days Jerry's a DTV troubleshooter for Volunteers of America.

 

Volunteers of America wants to help more seniors with the switch to digital.  If you need assistance, call them at 612-331-4063 and ask the receptionist for the DTV hotline.

 

"For a lot of the elderly, television is extremely important. It's how they get information," Jerry said.

 

Thanks to $30,000 in grant money, the local Volunteers of America workers like Jerry have been giving free help to thousands of people like Cherie. "You get to help them get everything working," Jerry said. "I really appreciate it," Cherie said smiling.

 

In less than an hour both of Cherie's sets are DTV ready. All the channels are back. "And now I can play movies," Cherie said smiling.

 

Now, thanks to Jerry and Volunteers of America, Cherie's TV future looks bright and clear. "Yeah, thank heavens," Cherie concluded.

 

Volunteers of America wants to help more seniors with the switch to digital.  If you need assistance, call them at 612-331-4063 and ask the receptionist for the DTV hotline.

 

 

By Jeff Olsen, KARE 11 News

 

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