- Kris Straub confirmed on Reddit that it would indeed have aired on the station in the 1970s. This would also suggest that Candle Cove, Local 58 and Broodhollow are all ultimately tied together around the same narrative.
However, one threat that fits the mould of the message (besides the series' obvious threat of general supernatural events) is a betrayal of the U.S. by its allies. It would have to be most or all of the allies, and it would have to be simultaneous, but if those conditions were met, it would be a serious threat to the United States. The allies would know better than any "pre-established" enemy what the U.S.'s war tactics are. An en-masse betrayal would also leave the U.S. to fight completely for itselfafter all, it would have no allies. The tactical and combative advantages of the former allies combined with the intelligence and weapons of the existing enemies would leave the U.S. at the mercy of its attackers.
The whole world would have to turn on the United States to leave it as defenceless as the contingency message makes it out to be. That might have been what the government at the time was fearing would happen. Consider that Lyndon B. Johnson was president the year after the Cuban Missile Crisis. That was bad enough. The Johnson Administration wanted to have plans in case something worse were to happen. Cue "Contingency".
- Considering the alien creature we see on You Are On The Fastest Available Route, it may be around the time Weather Service occurs. If the aliens can control mirrors like in Weather Sevice, GPS isnt much harder.
Couple this with the animation error of the realistic skeleton being incorrectly overlaid on top of the original animation, the sudden change of the moon's appearance, and the abrupt loss of the audio track two-thirds of the way through... and it's easy to see that this is a heavily doctored cartoon. Either by someone already infected by the Eldritch Abomination or by the DPAD in Contingency.
According to Game Theory, aliens have been hijacking signals from Local 58 and been using its programs in order to manipulate humanity into killing themselves. The video states that during the moon landing in 1969, Neil Armstrong and his crew encountered these aliens and angered them by either invading their territory or some other reason and have decided to attack Earth by using broadcasted signals to manipulate mankind into turning on each other and killing each other. They supposedly tried to create a PSA to convince the American population to commit suicide, taking away people's dreams to increase their aggression and even use subliminal messages in cartoons. But apparently they haven't been successful in that regards and are now taking things into their own hands by using the moon to drive people insane or even attacking people directly by hijacking sat navs to lure them to their deaths.
While the notion of an alien invasion has been debunked by Kris, this doesnt mean that there isnt some interference or hijacking by the apparent Eldritch Abomination on, or by, the moon. Its just alien to our understanding.
- Focus on... - A documentary series of various topics. Possible episodes:
- Culture - art, shows and television
- Faith - religions and what they teach; mostly focusing on Mason County and the accepted religions, what they believe and how the people believing them with a bias towards whoever paid for it.
- Community Roundtable - A talk show, featuring the most important people in the county, talking over specific topics of the week.
- The TRI Presents - Infrequent documentaries including various, mostly neurology-based, science videos, with an added service: home VHS videos, which includes the video Real Sleep. The on-air show mostly presents the main bulk, with the cassettes holding personalized experiences.
- Public Eye - local talk show and news, from around the county and neighbors. Early 70s-90s.
- Still Life - vignettes collected in the veins of Night Gallery and Twilight Zone. Ran from the 50s to the early 70s.
- Mason County News
Other possible shows:
- Know yourself - history serial, from the 60s to the 80s.
- Highlights of Mason County - infrequent documentaries about Mason County and their most proudest, be it natural, built, or just people.
When taking those into account, the general plotline almost reads like "lost episodes" for Arthur and Wile E. Coyote... and the art shifts and morbid tone directly echo a classic creepypasta surrounding a "lost" Mickey Mouse cartoon.
- Dude, it would be a epic twist if this WMG theory was made canon by Kris.
This is shockingly very plausible. UHF stations in the United States (that is, channels 14 through 79) struggled to survive until the advent of cable television, some needed network affiliations or owners with deep pockets to keep them afloat, and in many cases that still wasnt enough. On the surface, had a tiny little independent station like WCLV-TV signed on in the late 1950s or 1960s, it honestly would have been shuttered in a year or two due to losing a lot of money trying to serve a small, remote area like Mason County, West Virginia with a few live programs and a small assortment of public domain films and travelogues. Logically, it would have probably signed on in the early to mid 1980s in order to have had any chance of success.
Low-power television stations in the United States (which WCLV-TV, given its apparently very limited coverage area, honestly could have been note ) were not mandated to switch to digital in 2009 like their full-power counterparts. Moreover, some LPTV stations had no choice but to sign off for good after the FCC made channels 52 and above unavailable for broadcasting (but a digital station can still be mapped out to such a high number). And even if WCLV-TV had converted to digital, the FCC held an auction starting in 2015 and ending in 2018 where television stations could sell off their broadcast spectrum and either shut down operations, or enter a sharing agreement with a neighboring television station in the same market.
It wouldnt be too much of a stretch for a station staffer to create this bizarre set of retro-themed horror vignettes and insert it on the overnight lineup as Paid Programming, knowing no one would actually watch it. Whats to say that the owners of WCLV-TV didnt cash in on their spectrum sale and close down for good as this Found Footage started to surface?
- A lot of the background material seems to imply that Local 58 was a public station funded by public money, donations and focused mostly on local issues. (although seemingly not affiliated with NET/PBS)This makes its survival from the fifties to the early 2000's a little more plausible. In real life a station in Mason county would serve about 60,000 people in two counties and Mason county in some of KS's previous works has some fictional towns inside of it. So it wouldnt be much different from your typical mid sized city PBS stations IRL.
- To be fair, Kris has said that KLCS-TV - an educational station in Los Angeles at channel 58 - is very much the inspiration for the 58 in both here and Candle Cove, with Local as a "local to you, the viewer" Captain Ersatz of sorts for PBS note . If the copyright at the end of Skywatching is anything to go on, the station license belongs to the Community Television Foundation of Mason County. It still doesnt explain the paid programming (a term more common in commercial television) but its possible if an outside provider produced a community-related or public affairs program and paid for its airing. Regardless, what weve seen in that time slot so far sure aint Ronco informercials...
- Maybe the CTFOMC is strapped for cash/donations and decided to add other types of paid programming (such as, well, infomercials) to the overnight slots to make money. And the "short horror themed content" was paid for out of the bored station employee's own pocket.
- Another possibility is that the Moon is just said Eldritch Abomination's domain and that its true form is sleeping underneath the celestial body. Skywatching takes note of a arrow shaped crevice which is referred to "HIS THRONE" which could literally mean it is the unseen god's throne and seat to observe the Earth from.
- Perhaps the Eldritch Abomination is actually Apocolothoth, the Moon God and one of the Great Old Ones from the Cthulhu Mythos.