The Wiley Reception

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts

Long before smart TVs, satellite dishes or Xfinity, Martin P. Middlemark invented the television rabbit ears antenna to make watching television from stations in bigger cities attainable.

But, gentle reader, my childhood memories are of the type attached to the roof and stretching upward. I remember the H shape and later a fancy arrow shaped antenna controlled with a motor. Those earlier models had the father figure climbing to the roof to turn and configure for the best television reception, a major source of impatience in my home.

With cable tv, antennae became obsolete and forgotten. Finding this abandoned house last week, with a magnificent aerial, made me nostalgic and curious. I’ve been told it’s called the Old Wiley Place. Not knowing much about the folks, I do know they had great reception in their home.

Antenna are making a comeback, just like vinyl records. But where to buy?

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer share a painting or photograph each week that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street where you can stop and see their work. Their website is All works are copyright protected.


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