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Putting the Tahoe in Truckee Tahoe Community TV

Rene ShadforthSierra Sun

photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra SunMaia Schneider, right, is the host of Truckee-North Tahoe Talks.

Even though Truckees neighbors on the North Shore of Tahoe might not know it, they have a talk show.The old Truckee Tahoe Community Television talk show standby, Truckee Talks, is back as Truckee-North Tahoe Talks after a two-year hiatus. Host Maia Schneider said its time for Truckee and North Tahoe to start acting like a region.What I realized when I first started working (in Tahoe City) is how little I know about Tahoe City, but Tahoe City and Truckee are related in so many ways, she said. We wanted to start acting regionally and thinking regionally, and we thought that the show would be a great way to do that.Channel six, the local public television station, is not available on most of the North Shore, but those with Cebridge on the West Shore and part of Tahoe City can catch Truckee Tahoe Community Television.The first episode of Truckee-North Tahoe Talks kicks off with a regional focus, with Nevada County Supervisor Ted Owens and Karen Willcuts of the Tahoe City Downtown Association.Truckee Talks started in 1996 with a painted brown sheet for a backdrop in a modular classroom at Tahoe Truckee High School. Today the set of the talk show might not look like much, but Schneider said the program has come a long way.Director Vince Deveney said the new program is taking a retro approach very cheap and low-tech.The old show suffered greatly because of technological constraints, Deveney said. We revamped the set. We have taken the best pieces from the previous show and grafted them onto the new one.The show follows a live to tape format, meaning Truckee-North Tahoe Talks is taped in one take, and theres no cutting room floor. In the end, Deveney said he hopes viewers get the feeling of live, edgy dialogue between people in their region.I hope [the program] becomes a tool for the community to speak out, so the rest of us know what the hell our community is thinking, he said. It should be a mirror of what the community wants, needs and feels.Check it out