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Introducing the New GPC Weather Channel!

Great Plains Communications is excited to announce the upgrade of our local channels across the state, to GPC Weather.  This upgrade brings brand continuity and state-of-the-art automated weather forecasting to all of our previous channel 2, GPC-TV, and Weather on 2 communities.

 

With the new format of the channel, GPC Weather condenses numerous legacy channels into four distinct channels that are broken into the following regions:

    • NorthWest
      • Chadron – Gordon – Rushville – Hay Springs
    • SouthWest
      • Grant – Venango – Palisade – Hayes Center – Imperial
      • Sutherland
      • McCook
    • Central
      • Broken Bow – Stapleton – Callaway – Oconto – Arnold
    • NorthEast
      • Bloomfield – Center – Creighton – Crofton – Niobrara – Plainview – Ponca – Verdigre – Wausa – Winnetoon – Wynot
      • Elgin – Neligh – Oakdale – Petersburg – Ewing
      • North Bend – Dodge – Scribner – Snyder

 

This week, we will also be promoting GPC Weather across our social media outlets with #GPCWeatherWeek. The week’s daily post will include topics such as new channel features, severe weather safety, and a weather radio GIVEAWAY.

 

To view an early access demo, click here to go to our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/kLHV4urWNH4.

A Twist on Easter Classics with Food Network and HGTV

Easter is this weekend, and Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite twists to some of the classic holiday traditions. To start, our cable channel, HGTV has provided a fun step-by-step guide to creating unique galaxy decorated ceramic eggs; eliminating the risk of unfound eggs becoming your home’s air freshener the week to follow. Then Food Network has some colorful and yummy deviled eggs that are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Lastly, we wanted to make sure your dinner table is as beautiful as your food is delicious, with this Vintage-Meets-Modern Spring Table Setting by HGTV.

 

DIY Galaxy Easter Eggs – HGTV

 

How to Make Colorful Deviled Eggs – Food Network

 

Vintage-Meets-Modern Spring Table Setting – HGTV

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about what we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Who Was St. Patrick?

Tomorrow many will dress in green or risk being pinched as part of the St. Patrick’s Day tradition. But who was St. Patrick and what part of the colorful holiday started in the United States? Are you one to believe he drove snakes out of Ireland? Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel The History Channel for some insight on the holiday and St. Patrick himself.

2017 March Madness®

Brackets are open! Who do you have going all the way in the NCAA® March Madness® tournament? March Madness® pools have been formed among businesses, friend groups and family homes as the nation finalizes their predictions before the games begin. Great Plains Communications wants to make sure you don’t miss a minute of the action, so we have listed the starting game lineup by date and time below, provided by the NCAA®.

 

Tuesday, March 14

5:40 PM CT               truTV                     New Orleans vs. Mt St Mary’s

 

8:10 PM                truTV                     Wake Forest vs. Kansas State

 

Wednesday, March 15

5:40 PM                truTV                     UC Davis vs. NC Central

 

8:10 PM                truTV                     USC vs. Providence

 

Thursday Afternoon, March 16

11:15 PM             CBS                        Princeton vs. Notre Dame

 

11:40 PM             truTV                     UNCW vs. Virginia

 

12:30 PM             TNT                        Winthrop vs. Butler

 

1:00 PM                TBS                         SD State vs. Gonzaga

 

1:45 PM                CBS                        Bucknell vs. West Virginia

 

2:10 PM                truTV                     East TN St vs. Florida

 

3:00 PM                TNT                        Middle TN vs. Minnesota

 

3:30 PM                TBS                         Vanderbilt vs. Northwestern

 

Thursday Evening, March 16

5:50 PM                TNT                        Xavier vs. Maryland

 

6:10 PM                CBS                        TBD vs. Villanova

 

6:20 PM                TBS                         VCU vs. Saint Mary’s

 

6:27 PM                truTV                     Vermont vs. Purdue

 

8:20 PM                TNT                        FGCU vs. Florida State

 

8:40 PM                CBS                        Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin

 

8:50 PM                TBS                         North Dakota vs. Arizona

 

8:57 PM                truTV                     Nevada vs. Iowa State

 

Friday Afternoon, March 17

11:15 PM             CBS                        Oklahoma St vs. Michigan

 

11:40 PM             truTV                     NM State vs. Baylor

 

12:30 PM             TNT                        Seton Hall vs. Arkansas

 

1:00 PM                TBS                         Iona vs. Oregon

 

1:45 PM                CBS                        Jacksonville St vs. Louisville

 

2:10 PM                truTV                     TBD vs. SMU

 

3:00 PM                TNT                        TX Southern vs. North Carolina

 

3:30 PM                TBS                         Rhode Island vs. Creighton

 

Friday Evening, March 17

5:50 PM                TNT                        TBD vs. Kansas

 

6:10 PM                CBS                        Wichita State vs. Dayton

 

6:20 PM                TBS                         Troy vs. Duke

 

6:27 PM                truTV                     TBD vs. Cincinnati

 

8:20 PM                TNT                        Michigan State vs. Miami FL

 

8:40 PM                CBS                        Northern KY vs. Kentucky

 

8:50 PM                TBS                         Marquette vs. Southern Carolina

 

8:57 PM                truTV                     Kent State vs. UCLA

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and are interested in finding out what we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you. If you are currently a cable customer and don’t currently take advantage of our WatchTVEverywhere feature, click here and sign up today! You will need the name of the account holder and your account number. These items can be located on your bill.

2017 Spring Premieres

Winter may be ending, but good television is always in season. There are some intense premieres starting this week, from Designated Survivor coming back after a very dramatic winter finale to the hit series, Underground returning for a second season. You might also recognize some familiar faces in new series premiering, such as John Lithgow in the NBC series, Trial & Error, and Rosario Dawson in the Marvel series, Iron Fist on Netflix. You can find the trailers and premiere times below.

Designated Survivor – Wednesday, March 8 at 9:00 p.m. on ABC

 

Underground – Wednesday, March 8 at 9:00 p.m. on WGN

 

Trial & Error – Tuesday, March 14 at 9:00 p.m. on NBC

 

Iron Fist – Friday, March 17 on Netflix

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to find out more about what we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative will be happy to assist you.

Mardi Gras History and Recipes

It’s Mardi Gras, a holiday full of colors, music and celebration. But do you know how the well-known Carnival started or why it is also referred to as Fat Tuesday? Below we have shared a video from our cable channel, History Channel to shed some light on the rowdy holiday.

If you are looking to celebrate Mardi Gras with your family, consider meeting at the dinner table with these recipes from our cable channel, Food Network.

 

Slow-Cooker Smoke Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo

 

Muffuletta Sandwich

 

Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful Mardi Gras!

What are Sunspots?

As you watch a thunderstorm, it’s hard to miss the immense power from a strike of lightening. Most people aren’t aware that the Sun also has the ability to create a magnetic disturbance similar to lightening. When energy from the Sun expands, solar flares are created, better known as sunspots. These disturbances have the potential to affect TV services twice a year during February/March and September/October. You might notice some channels periodically showing a fuzzy signal, sparkles, or even a total loss of the channel. Typically lasting 5 to 15 minutes, the sunspot activity should not cause any worry as it will pass.

So what exactly causes the disruption in your channels? As the satellites orbit, they eventually will align between the earth and sun. As a result of the mini-eclipse the satellite has formed, the sun’s rays overpower the transmission from the satellite. It is important to note that the effects brought on by sun spot activity is not a cable outage and there is really nothing Great Plains Communications, or any other cable provider, is able to do. The sun outages are often country-wide, and the only thing we can all do is wait for it to pass. Luckily, after 5 to 15 minutes, your program should air as normal.

If the problem has not subsided after 20 minutes, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and they will be sure to have our technicians look into the issue. For more information on sun spots and the current level of solar activity, visit NASA’s website at http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/SunspotCycle.shtml.

2017 Valentine’s Day Recipes

If you are looking to have a romantic Valentine’s Day at home, don’t assume that means you can’t have an amazing meal. Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite Food Network recipes for you to enjoy with your loved one next week.

 

Red Velvet Heart Pancakes

If you are looking to get creative this Valentine’s Day, make these cute heart shaped red velvet pancakes for your loved one. They are not only beautiful to look at; it will be like you are starting your day off with dessert.

 

How to Make Holiday Beef Wellington

This Beef Wellington might look fancy, but it is surprisingly simple to assemble. The spinach and artichoke add an earthy flavor to the beef and the presentation is always a show stopper.

 

Champagne Jelly Flutes

This is a fun way to combine cocktails with dessert. By adding the gelatin, you will be able to enjoy a nostalgic texture with the adult flavor of champagne.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day with Hallmark Channel

Have you already started planning for the big day of love and romance? Maybe you are looking to make a beautiful home-cooked meal for the one you love, or maybe there is a restaurant that means something special to the two of you. No matter what your plans are or what gifts you purchase, love is something to celebrate and the Hallmark Channel is having a Countdown to Valentine’s Day marathon to do just that. Below we have included the upcoming schedule for the Hallmark Channel, including three World Premiere Original movies.

 

Tuesday, February 7

8/7c: All of My Heart

 

Wednesday, February 8

8/7c: Walking the Dog

 

Thursday, February 9

8/7c: Unleashing Mr. Darcy

 

Friday, February 10

8/7c: Love Locks – Hallmark Hall of Fame

 

Saturday, February 11

11a/10c: Valentine Ever After

1/12c: A Royal Winter

3/2c: The Wedding March

5/4c: Appetite for Love

7/6c: Walking the Dog

9/8c: A Dash of Love – World Premiere Original

 

Sunday, February 12

11a/10c: Love’s Complicated

1/12c: Walking the Dog

3/2c: All Things Valentine

5/4c: A Dash of Love

7/6c: Love Locks – HHOF

9/8c: While You Were Dating – World Premiere Original

 

Monday, February 13

8/7c: Walking the Dog

 

Tuesday, February 14

12/11c: Love Locks – Hallmark Hall of Fame

2/1c: While You Were Dating

4/3c: Walking the Dog

6/5c: A Dash of Love

8/7c: Love at First Glance – World Premiere Original

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about what we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

The Origin of Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil did in fact see his shadow this morning, meaning six more weeks of winter. While Groundhog Day is one of the oddest traditions in the United States, most people don’t actually know where the whole idea started. Great Plains Communications looked to our cable channel, the History Channel for more on the origin of this bizarre holiday and we would like to share a few facts we found.

The idea originally stemmed from an ancient Christian tradition called Candlemas Day. History Channel describes Candlemas Day as a day when, “clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter,” with the candles, “representing how long and cold the winter would be”. From there, the Germans expanded on this idea and chose a hedgehog as a way of predicting the weather. Once German settlers made their way to America, they continued the tradition in Pennsylvania, but switching to the locally common groundhog rather than a hedgehog.

The first Groundhog Day celebration was on February 2, 1887 at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. It was created after a local newspaper editor, Clymer Freas, pitched the idea to a group of businessmen and groundhog hunters known as the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. They found the area of Gobbler’s Knob where the inaugural groundhog has led to the Punxsutawney Phil we know today.

As the idea of a groundhog predicting weather picked up popularity, additional areas have adopted their own traditions of a local creature helping with the annual weather forecast. In Vermillion, Ohio, they have the wooly bear caterpillar, where if the insect has more orange than black coloring on its furry body, the coming winter will be mild. Places have also adopted their own local groundhog to make their predictions, such as General Beau Lee in Atlanta, GA, Sir Walter Wally in Raleigh, N.C., and Jimmy in Sun Prairie, WI.

Just as he saw his shadow this morning, Phil has seen his shadow 102 times in high contrast to the 17 times he has not. No matter if you are bundling up to get through the next six weeks of winter or celebrating the few more weeks for cooler temperatures, Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a wonderful Groundhogs Day.

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