I’ve been kickin’ it old school the last couple weeks when it comes to television, hooking up the bunny ears to the TV to retrieve the over-the-air signal as opposed to using a provider. It hasn't been as bad as I thought it might be. I’m not a big watcher of specific cable shows, and I’m not missing the DVR or being able to rewind or fast forward, so I don’t feel I’m missing anything in that regard.
And, I must admit that I’ve sort of enjoyed scrolling through all the options and the channels that end in ".3"
Maybe you’ve picked up that I’m slightly nostalgic, so doing this – and coming across old TV shows like "The Fugitive" – remind of my youth when my dad worked midnights and I’d sneak out of bed to sit at the kitchen table and watch "All in the Family" or "Sanford and Son" while he made his lunch for the day.
Most of the available networks are versions of Milwaukee Public Television, which I was exposed to quite awesomely when I moved to the city, and I like watching some crappy western series or some black and white "thriller."
Sure, there are some great programs out there that I’m not seeing right now, but sometimes just flipping on channel 57.3 and hearing the deep-voiced narrator say "When you’re a fugitive, there are no freeways, only toll roads paid in pain and blood" is just as entertaining as any sort of meth-induced zombie apocalypse.
Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.
A three-year Wisconsin resident who has considered Milwaukee a second home for the better part of seven years, he brings to the market experience covering nearly all major and college sports.
To this point in his career, he has been awarded six national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and projects. He is also a four-time nominee for the prestigious Peter J. Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, and is a two-time winner for Best Sports Story. He has also won numerous other Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards.
Jim's career started in earnest as a North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) senior in 2002 when he received a Richter Fellowship to cover the Chicago White Sox in spring training. He was hired by the Naperville Sun in 2003 and moved on to the Aurora Beacon News in 2007 before joining OnMilwaukee.com.
In that time, he has covered the events, news and personalities that make up the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, NCAA football, baseball and men's and women's basketball as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and various U.S. Olympic teams.
Golf aficionados who venture into Illinois have also read Jim in GOLF Chicago Magazine as well as the Chicago District Golfer and Illinois Golfer magazines.