Coming this June to a television near you will be the very first atheist television channel. David Silverman, the president of American Atheists, announced the channel during a speech at Stanford University. "Why are we going to television?" He asked. "It's part of our strategy of going where we are not."
The channel will be available on Roku, which is an Internet streaming player, kind of like a cable box. It will run solely atheist content and programming all day every day. Silverman expects to reach over 7 millions homes. The channel will show previous events such as past conventions and speeches along with videos provided by atheist bloggers.
A segment called "The Atheist Viewpoint" will be aired which was produced over twenty years ago by Madalyn Murray O'Hair, who is the deceased founder of American Atheists. She was also the plaintiff in the 1963 Supreme Court case which removed the Bible from public schools.
American Atheists' director of communications, Dave Muscato, said "We are envisioning a lot of different content from many different atheist content creators. We are hoping to sign on many other atheists who create videos currently on YouTube and other places.
This is the first ever nontheism channel, Silverman currently did not release its name. In the United States, currently there are over 100 Christian channels and four Jewish channels broadcasting nationwide. So the announcement of an atheist channel was a welcome one. When Silverman made the announcement during his speech, he received a warm reception from the audience. He also hinted at a possible radio channel in the future as well.