The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1997 · Page 21
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SUNDAY MAY 18, 1997 THE SALINA JOURNAL Money CLASSIFIED / INSIDE c BRIEFLY Holiday Inn Express opens at Ninth, I-70 Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites has opened at 210 E. Diamond. The hotel has 93 rooms, including one-bedroom units, two- bedroom units and suites. It also has a meeting room that can accommodate 50 people. The hotel is owned by Omaha, Neb.-based Omaha Hotel, which also operates the Holiday Inn Holidome at 1616 W. Crawford. The phone number is 827-9000. Revenue and losses up for Sterling House Sterling House, a Wichita-based company that owns assisted-living apartment complexes for the elderly at 1200 E. Kirwin and 2251 E. Crawford, reported a dramatic increase in revenue for the first quarter. For the three months ending March 31, revenue almost tripled to $7.69 million from $2.58 million for same period a year ago. The company however, reported a net loss of $304,400, or 6 cents a share, compared to $244,200, or 5 cents a share, the year before. Sterling House has 73 assisted- living complexes in Kansas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Texas and Florida. Allred named director of residency program Charles Allred has been named director of the residency program at Smoky Hill Family Practice Center, 501 S. Santa Fe, Suite 200. Allred will oversee faculty and resident-physicians and coordinate their activities with those of the Salina Regional Health Center and various local and state agencies. Allred has been an associate director of the residency program since 1992 and has served as an interim director since January. He holds a degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Allred replaces Rick Kellerman, who left Smoky Hill Family Practice Center to lead the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Salina Vortex hires two new employees Phil Tiemeyer has joined Salina Vortex, 3024 Arnold, as an engineering technician. Tiemeyer is a part-time mechanical engineering student at Kansas State University — Salina. Nicole Frigon has joined Salina Vortex as an accounting and clerical assistant. Frigon is a part-time computer information systems and technical management student at KSU-Salina. - Salina Vortex manufactures slide gates and diverter valves used in handling dry bulk materials. Bradley elected to top post in bankers group Dale A. Bradley, chairman and president of the Citizens State Bank of Milton vale, will be the next president-elect of the Kansas Bankers Association. Bradley, who was elected by the association's membership of more than 400 banks, will be installed at a meeting this August in Colorado Springs. The office will put him on track to be president in 1998 and chairman in 1999. Bradley has served on various committees of the bankers association and on the governing council and board of directors. He also served as secretary of the Independent Bankers Association of America and been active in other organizations during his 32-year banking career. Salina Television Viewing Options sun HARDWIRE CABLE TCI of Salina 825-7151 (effective June 1) m Monthly cost $32.78 M Number of channels 60 m Installation cost $27.88 il Cost for each additional TV $13.97 (installation fee at time of initial installation) $20.95 (if installed later) M Channels American Movie KAAS (Fox), «• WIRELESS CABLE Heartland Wireless Communication 1-888-382-8955 $30.52 14 Free $2.73/month CNN Classics Salina Discovery Channel America's KAKE (ABC), ESPN Jewelry Store Wichita KAKE (ABC) Animal Planet KMBC (ABC), KSAS (Fox \ Arts& Kansas City KSNW (NBC) Entertainment Knowledge TV in/i/ru /rao\ Black KOOD(PBS), , Ntekelodeon Entertainment Hays mcKeioaeon Television KPTS (PBS), ^.^ Cable News Hutchlnson . Network KSHB (NBC), Cartoon Kansas City 1 DO TNN TNT CNBC KSNW (NBC), USA CNN-Headline Wichita Weather Channel News II KWCH (CBS), Comedy Central Hutchinson Country Music Learning Television Channel Court TV Lifetime CSPAN MSNBC CSPAN2 MTV Discovery The Nashville Disney Network El Entertainment Newsport Education Nickelodeon Access Odyssey Encore Plex Prevue Channel ESPN Public Access, Q_|l__ ESPN2 Salina Family Channel QVC Fit TV Sci - FI The Food TCI FYI Network TNT Fox News Univision Fox Sports USA (PSN-RM) VH-1 * These are the FX WDAF(FOX),KC most popular TV Government The Weather r r . Access Channel program package Home & Garden W|BW (CBS) options from these Home Shopping Topeka services. Network WTBS >g _^m, ^sBiWil jS$&9S8tS8att!8£§t -.^^ TCVN of Kansas 827-5551 $24.42 13 Free $3.19/month plus $25 deposit CNN Discovery Channel ESPN Eternal World Television/ NACEPF Family Channel KAAS (Fox) KAKE (ABC) KSNW (NBC) KWCH (CBS) TBS TNN TNT Wsflthsr Channsl feSK ^i^S^a^^Mik x^SliiiliW^^™ft\ ^•HHi^Hm ^tHBBBlBBBik IBflHflRHKik 5 ^^Kfji^^^B^^B^^B^BiL 'i^^Hv . iSHHB^^MHlk Niill|I^H!|K^iii^DPi^^R^Hj^l\' "•i DIRECT BROADCAST t Directv | Primestar 1-800-347-8288 f 825-7151 S I I il $31.91 | $37.23 ! 45 \ 47 (plus 31 music < (plus 30 music audio channels) $ audio channels) JJL I $300 I $158.53 (for satellite dish | and receiver) 1 1 $250 | $14.88/month for second receiver | for leased equipment 1 A&E Home Shopping Access Network Infomercial Learning American Movie Channel Classics MSNBC America's Health Much Music Network Nashville Animal Planet Network BET Newsworld Bloomberg International Bravo Platinum Cartoon Network Preview Channel Earth Channel Cl^j Preview Channel CNBC Regional Sports PMM Network CNNI/CNNfn Scl-FI Channel CNN-Headline 1^ News ' N ' Court TV Trinit y C-Span Tu . rne . r Classic C-Span2 Movies Discovery ™™ ~. , INolWOrK Channel .„. M . El Entertainment .,,™ Television WGN ESPN Weather ESPN2 T C hnannel Family Channel H ° Fox News Channel History Channel Home & Garden t,. American Movie MSNBC Classics MTV A&E Much Music BET Nickelodeon Cartoon Network Odyssey CNBC Prevue CNN QVC CNN-Headline Regional News Weather (10 CNN-SI channels) Comedy Central Romance CSPAN1 Classics CSPAN2 TBS Discovery TNN Channel TNT Disney (2 Trinity channels) TV Food ESPN TV Land Family Channel Univision History Channel USA Learning VH1 Channel Lifetime Local Regional Sports I ' ' . ' TV lovers have new choices for service TCI of Salina dominates market, but satellite, wireless cable viewing are cutting in By ALF ABUHAJLEH The Salina Journal Surfing through television channels, remote control firmly in hand, can be frustrating. Some viewers want more channels to choose from and others could do with less. Whatever their preferences, Salina television viewers have a range of programming options to pick from. Problem is, few people know about them. The exterior television antenna that comes with most television sets — so called rabbit ears — can only pick up the Fox affiliate in Wichita- Salina, said Kevin Warner, store manager of Suburban TV and Appliance Center, 1900 S. Ninth. There are three types of television technology available in Salina: hardwire cable, wireless cable and direct broadcast satellite. Chief among them is hard-wire cable that the Denver-based cable company TCI of Salina, 144 N. Seventh, pipes into 16,657 of the city's households. TCI offers a basic package with 23 channels for $11.05 a month, including taxes and fees. The expanded package adds 36 more channels and brings the monthly cost to $29.36. Customers also can choose from six premium channels, including HBO, Cinemax and Showtime. Premium channels range in price up to about $15. TCI of Salina has announced a rate increase that will take effect June 1. Basic programming will rise to $11.98 a month, and the expanded package will jump to $32.78 a month. Rick Christy, general manager of TCI of Salina, said most of the rate increase is attributed to rising programming costs. To smooth things over, the cable company will add the The Disney Channel to the expanded package in June. Still, the rate hike has caused some TCI customers to vent their frustration over the company's prices. At a city commission meeting last month, for example, one TCI customer complained the quality of the programming doesn't justify a rate increase. Christy said other customers have also expressed their concern over higher rates. "Every time fees go up, people are going to be upset," he said. "But we can't offer our services for free. I think that we are giving our customers a pretty good product for what they pay." So far, Christy said, TCI hasn't lost any customers. In the past year, the company's customer base grew by 39 from 16,618 subscribers in 1996, he said. Viewing via satellite One alternative to hard-wire cable is satellite television. California- based Directv sells satellite television programming to some 2.4 million households across the country. See TV, Page C2 T STAYING AHEAD Phone changes only save if you're aggressive Taken-for-granted customers must insist on savings that go From staff Reports to others for phone service Airfare comparison Pectination FromSalina From Wichita Orlando S«n Francisco Boston AHanti Miami PtitaWphla 218 17« 294 202 218 878 248 m 348 301 227 348 All lares are USAir and show the cheapest round-trip prices as of the previous Thursday if tickets are bought three weeks in advance. Fares from Kansas City to these cities are $40 less titan fares from Salina. ,*-, Destinations are trie most popular ones for Salinans flying USAir. A limited number of tickets is available at these prices. : USAir Journal Graphic NEW YORK — You've had a choice of long-distance telephone companies since 1984, when the government broke up the AT&T monopoly. Competition turned out to be great * for some users (especially business) but not for the average customer at home. Now, competition is being forced on the local phone monopolies, too. If the past is prologue, the average user will be overlooked again. Many of you remember the dismantling of Ma Bell. Complex as it was, it initially lowered everyone's long- distance telephone rates. But there hasn't been a general cut in the cost of standard long-distance service since 1989. Last year, rates actually went up. Nearly two-thirds of all residential cus- JANE BRYANT QUINN The Washington Posl * tomers are on expensive standard-service plans, according to the Boston-based Yankee Group, a telecom research service. You're the ones that the carriers take for granted. There's plenty of price competition in long-distance service, but it's concentrated in the discount "calling plans." Anyone can get these discounts. If you ask, your carrier will analyze your bills and give you the service that costs the least. You could easily save 30 percent to 50 percent on your long-distance charges. But you have to ask. Otherwise, your carrier cheerfully lets you pay higher, standard rates. Those rates will be cut somewhat this summer, thanks to a deal done this month between AT&T and the Federal Communications Commission. Starting July 1, AT&T's standard long- distance rates for calls within the United States will drop 5 percent during daytime and evening hours and 15 percent on nights and weekends. Sprint and MCI are expected to make similar cuts. The price of discount calling plans will go down, too. This deal is part of the latest move toward total telecom reform. The long-distance companies will be offering local ser- vice, to break the grip of your local phone monopoly. In return, the local phone companies will soon be allowed to offer long- distance lines. So each group of companies will be competing on each other's turf. FCC Chairman Reed Hundt insisted that the initial price cuts include standard rates, "to share the benefits of competition with everyone." The lesson, however, isn't a happy one for everyday telephone users. The government, not competition, lowered their long- distance telephone bills. Competition passed them by, and the same story could be replayed at the local level. By the way, the new restructuring deal introduced a consumer price hike, too, for the 16 percent of households with more than one telephone line. Today, everyone pays $3.50 a month for every line coming into the house. Starting next January, you'll pay $3.50 for your basic line but $5 a month for each additional line — fax, modem, cell phone, pager, or the private line you got for your teen-agers. Businesses will pay even more. These extra-line fees can rise in future years. As for local phone competition, consumers in maybe three dozen markets have a choice between two or more carriers, says Jeffrey Kagan, head of Kagan Telecom Associates in Marietta, Ga. "I don't see a price war," he said. "What you'll probably see is discounts for buying multiple services from the same company." Rate cuts of some sort will be offered to customers at the start, as the new local carriers try to build up their clientele. One interesting development is the return of the full-service telephone company, with a single carrier seeking to handle your local and long-distance calls (not to mention your cell phone, Internet access and other services). Take AT&T's lowest rate in Connecticut for in-state service —10 cents a minute, which greatly undercuts daytime rates of the entrenched Southern New England Telecommunications Corp. To get that rate, residents have to take AT&T's long- distance service, too. Before AT&T even entered the local market, SNET had added long-distance service of its own. The convenience of one-stop shopping snagged a lot of customers from AT&T. So the pattern holds. Competition won't save you money unless you shop aggressively for low rates. SUGGESTIONS? CALL MARY JO PROCHAZKA, MONEY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sinews©saljournal.com

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