Public access TV offers endless options for the community
Just about anything goes on community television.
Shows on music, far-reaching politics, and even nudity – almost everything has graced the public access airwaves.
Truckee Tahoe Community Television – also known as “channel six” – is looking for people in the community who want to start their own television program.
Mark Brown, a Truckee chiropractor, answered the call by showing up to an orientation at the station Monday night. Brown, whose family has been in the area for a while, wants to feature Truckee’s history on his show.
“I’ve never done television,” he said. “I just thought, what a beautiful idea to show some of the historic sites.”
In the orientation, studio and technical manager Peter Fletcher talked to television hopefuls about the basics of producing a program. Fletcher, who produces snowboarding shows like “Huck Your Carcass” and the upcoming “Kick It,” said he is willing to share his experience with anyone in the community.
He discussed the importance of thoroughness in production.
“In television it’s a check, double check and triple check,” he said. “You’re checking your bases at all times.”
For people who want to produce but have no experience in television, like Brown, TTCTV offers free community classes. There are two course paths people can take – studio programming, which includes a series of three classes, and field programming, which includes a series of four classes.
To use the TTCTV facilities, people can pay $25 per year or volunteer five hours per year.
Nina Ski began volunteering at channel six behind the scenes before she started producing her own show, “All About Art.” Now she has been in front of the camera for three years.
“I started at an orientation. I just went to go check it out and I got addicted,” said Ski, who is an artist herself. “It’s a constant learning experience.”
Ski said “All About Art” was simply a response to her frustration that there are many art venues in Tahoe. Now she hears, “You’re that lady on TV,” all the time.
After being on television for three years, Ski has advice for aspiring producers: “Don’t stay within a box. Don’t follow a certain format. Stay open-minded and innovative.”
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