Shop at Home Network
|Shop at Home Network|
|Closed||March 8, 2008|
|Owned by||Multimedia Commerce Group|
The Shop at Home Network (more commonly known as just Shop at Home, Shop At Home TV, SATH ) was a television network in the United States. Before its acquisition by Jewelry Television in 2006, The E. W. Scripps Company owned and operated the network from 2002 until 2006, when the network temporarily ceased operations on June 21. In 2006, competitor Jewelry Television bought Shop at Home from owner The E. W. Scripps Company along with all of Shop at Home's assets. The network primarily focused on home shopping programming, as indicated by the name. During Scripps' ownership, some of its programming was done in conjunction with other Scripps channels (such as Food Network).
Shop At Home (SATH (Shop At The Home) stock symbol) the concept was started by Joe Overholt in the middle 1980s. Located in a strip mall just off of Interstate 40 in Newport Tn the original programs were taped in segments and mailed to head-end origination studios to be played when time was available. The low budget production was aired over unused satellite transponders to an audience that of individual satellite dish owners. It soon became apparent that these inconsistent excursions would not a shopping channel make. After pulling together some very limited funding from a few local East Tennessee small business men and individuals around Knoxville SAH began the search for affordable satellite distribution time. Plans were being made to take the company public and without securing a means of distribution it would fail. An "available for the right price" transponder was located and an affiliate (and friend) of Overholts entered into negotiations and after much legal and financial wrangling this most important asset was acquired.
The technical difficulties caused by the hills and valleys of East Tennessee and prohibitive cost-per-mile across the vast expanses of the rural flatlands west of the Mississippi had created a pent up demand for television programing. Homeowners many of whom had no access to cable and a minimal number of off-air television channels were looking for a way to receive some of the same programs their urban cousins had access to. Since Overholt and a few others in the Knoxville area were in the process of pioneering the satellite to home backyard dish concept it was logical to search for the programming to go along with it. The first shopping channel (Home Shopping Network) had just appeared out of Florida, so the network was launched as a rival. The ability to reach this entertainment starved market was important to the fledgling experiment and this markets appreciation and monetary encouragement was key to SAH's progress. The beginnings of today's satellite television as an industry began by providing the dish and electronics to receive the signals from satellites in space that coincidentally was the same way that HBO and other entertainment was distributed to cable systems across the country. The Knoxville group that Overholt approached had formed the "Satellite TV Awareness Association" (STAA) a local trade organization that's purpose was to inform citizens and elected representatives to Congress of the issues surrounding the "business" of the new industry. The cable lobby had portrayed back yard dish owners as pirates and accused them of stealing their programming. The STAA (Overholt was a member) and others made it public that offers had been made to the programmers to pay for the product being received but most programmers had refused the "offer to pay". The STAA sought assistance from their elected representatives, of which Al Gore was one, for a fair solution to the problem. Gore was conducting local town hall meetings and had a sympathetic ear for this ground roots movement from his constituents. A few months later when the STAA decided to bring the issues to dish owners they used the same satellite signal to do so. From a rented studio in Nashville they hired a local MC to host a panel of "experts" in the field to answer questions and propose solutions to the dish industries problems. Gore was unable to attend in person but had pledged his support and participated in the event via telephone.
In 1987 the company was taken public as Shop At Home (NASDAQ-SATH) because the stock symbol SAH was already registered. The IPO was a success and "Shop At Home" was born.
Originally, Shop at Home was a regional shopping network based in Newport, Tennessee. In the beginning, it was similar in format to larger national rivals QVC and the Home Shopping Network. However, beginning in 1989, the network pioneered the sale of collectible coins and currency. The success of The Coin Vault (hosted by Robert Chambers for nearly 20 years) allowed the network to branch out into shows that featured other collectible items during the 1990s, thus setting SAH apart from its peers. Most shopping networks, like QVC and HSN, were primarily targeted at a predominantly female audience, while SAH's collectible-themed shows attracted a mostly male audience.
Popular shows during the 1990s and early 2000s also included The Knife Collector's Show, co-hosted for most of its run by Shawn Leflar and former SAH personality Tom O'Dell, and the Sports Collectibles show, emceed by Don West for a majority of its run. The network also kept an eye on the most popular collectible trends of the late 1990s and early 2000s including shows devoted to Beanie Babies and Pokémon.
During this era, the network's late-night fare developed a cult following due to its hosts' outlandish behavior and loud tone of voice. As a result, the show was parodied several times on Saturday Night Live with Will Ferrell playing Don West.
Starting in 2000, it was thought that SAH's collectibles-based format began to wear off in popularity and most of its management was replaced. The new management switched the network to a more traditional shopping channel format, and as a result, replaced many of its old hosts and brought in new personalities from Scripps's sister networks such as HGTV and Food Network to tie into those popular channels, most notably Paula Deen and Emeril Lagasse (The Coin Vault was retained, and remained successful).
Before the network's temporary suspension, it operated 24 hours a day, but ran some taped programming in addition to live broadcasts.
E.W. Scripps ceased its operations of Shop at Home on June 21, 2006. The company cited difficulties in competing with the larger QVC and HSN. "Going Out Of Business" proceedings began May 22, 2006, when Shop at Home started their Huge Blow-Out-Sale. During this sale, many of their regular items were sold at discounted rates, along with some items that weren't presented on Shop at Home before. Special sale conditions were that credit cards were required, and that all sales were final. The sale ended June 2, 2006; however, a Last-Chance Sale began exactly a week later on June 9, and lasted until the network's closure.
Employees at Shop at Home were to receive an additional two weeks pay, severance pay, and, if they remained through the network's closure, three months of benefits, such as insurance.
Jewelry Television Buys Shop at Home
As the scheduled final days of Shop at Home approached, Jewelry Television announced it would purchase all assets of the network and maintain 100 unspecified jobs in Nashville under its sale agreement. Scripps detailed the sale at $17 million for fixed assets, and noted that Jewelry Television would also assume existing cable and satellite television carriage agreements.
On June 23, 2006, Shop at Home TV returned to the air with a limited schedule, once again specializing in the sale of various collectible merchandise ranging from collectible gold, silver and rare coins; popular brand name watches like Tag Heuer & Bulova; to unique knives and autographed sports memorabilia.
The original schedule was 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Eastern time. Kim Church (named Kim Stamper until 2005), Shawn Leflar, Robert Parsons, Elliot Smith, and several other hosts returned.
On September 11, 2006, Shop at Home returned to a full 24-hour on air schedule, returning to selling a variety of products.
Before its second closure, several longtime hosts returned to the show in a "Reunion Month" throughout the month of February.
A couple of the shows have received new life on other networks. The Watch Show and Tim Temple moved to Jewelry Television. Robert Chambers will host a show similar to The Coin Vault on ShopNBC.
Shop at Home went off-the-air on March 8, 2008. The website continues to be active, selling coins, knives, and sports collectables. It also promotes watch sales via Jewelry Television (and, previously, a website branded as part of Jewelry Television rather than Shop at Home, which has since been folded into the main Jewelry Television website), but no longer does so.
Controversy on signed Sports Items Sold
There have been a number of reports that many Mickey Mantle sold items were forgeries. an example of a Mickey Mantle autographed baseball that was sold by Shop At Home TV back in the 1990s; "It is a forgery and Shop At Home sold hundreds of thousands of dollars of similar items according to sports memorabillia fraud busters in a blog on autographmagazine.com forums".
- Kim Church (formerly Kim Stamper) - later at Jewelry Television and then back at Shop at Home; now a volunteer at HSN
- Nan Kelley - now at Great American Country (GAC)
- Lisa Robertson - now at QVC
- Julie Tello - now at HSN
- Kim Prentiss (as Kim Boyd until 2005) - now at Jewelry Television
- Shawn Leflar
- Elliott Smith - now an electronics expert at ShopHQ
- Laura Smith - in television ministry, and co-Pastor of Eastgate Creative Christian Fellowship
- Lea Little - Saturday-Wednesday nights and later Wednesday-Sunday nights; later hosted weekly Bella Luce on Jewelry Television and then back at Shop at Home; now a guest product expert on HSN
- Shawn Diddy - later at Jewelry Television; now at ShopHQ
- Robert Parsons - now a Partner at Internet and Mobile Television Applications Network
- Matt Martin
- Chuck Long - now on "The Country Vibe with Chuck & Becca"
- Jennifer Miller - now at Jewelry Television
- Libby Floyd - later at ShopHQ; now a host at Jewelry Television
- Nichole Murphy - still a television personality
- Christina Reguli
- Ron Maestri
- Steve Bryant - Talk Radio and Infomercial Host/TV Sales Specialist
- Betty Leigh - now at HSN
- Jeff Bible - (Formerly of VCC, VIA TV, ACN, Rarities Exchange, Chris Kirk Knife Show) Now retired from TV...Entertainer in Tamp Bay Area
After the second closure of Shop at Home, Kim Church, Lea Little, Julie Tello, and Betty Leigh moved to HSN, with Lea Little as a guest product expert.
The Coin Vault
After the close of Shop at Home, The Coin Vault returned to air December 2008 under different ownership. Hosts of The Coin Vault
- Robert Chambers (formerly of Shop at Home)
- Scott Houk
- Andy Abel
- Morgan Overholt
While Shop at Home was primarily a cable and satellite television network, the network also aired on broadcast television stations in the United States. Until Scripps' sale of the network, five of these stations were owned and operated by Shop at Home itself, but its operations remained completely separate from the existing operations of Scripps' general commercial television stations outside of financial disclosures. In September 2006, Scripps agreed to sell the stations to Multicultural Television Broadcasting LLC for $170 million pending FCC approval; they dropped Shop at Home programming soon after Multicultural took over. The five stations were:
- WSAH 43 Bridgeport, Connecticut/New York City
- WMFP 62 Lawrence/Boston, Massachusetts
- KCNS 38 San Francisco, California
- WRAY-TV 30 Wilson/Raleigh, North Carolina
- WOAC 67 Canton/Cleveland, Ohio
Other stations remained affiliated with the Shop at Home Network, and are listed below:
- WYLE Florence/Huntsville, Alabama/Decatur, Alabama
- KSVM-LP Santa Barbara, California/Santa Maria, California/San Luis Obispo, California
- WJJA Racine/Milwaukee
- WJYS Hammond, Indiana/Chicago
- KHON-DT2 Honolulu, Hawaii (late night hours only)
Some stations stopped broadcasting Shop at Home before the first closure:
In addition, programming was seen online on the network's website.
Following SAH's first closure, these stations began airing Jewelry Television. Some stations continued to JTV in the late morning and afternoon even after Shop at Home's return to 24-hour programming. WJJA would carry JTV until April 21, when it was purchased by Weigel Broadcasting to carry the Me TV classic television format and became WBME-TV.
- "Company Facts at Shop At Home". Archived from the original on 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
- "FAQs About the Sale" (FAQ list). shopathometv.com. Shop At Home TV, LLC. 2006-06-12. Retrieved 2006-06-14.
- "Regular Programming Resuming Tomorrow". Retrieved 2008-02-17.
- "Jewelry Television to acquire Shop At Home network assets". Retrieved 2008-02-17.
- "Shop at Home to Cease Broadcasting". Houston Chronicle. Associated Press. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-01-08.[dead link]
- "Shop at Home Sold Many Sports Forgeries". Autograph Magazine Live. 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Scripps sells Shop At Home TV stations". Retrieved 2008-02-17.
- sathsite.com (Shop at Home-branded site selling coins, sports collectables, and knives)
- Infamous stabbing of a SAH demonstrator
- Camera demonstrator mistakes photo of butterfly for photo of horse
- Fake Mickey Mantle sold/certed by Shop At Home