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Truckee Community TV adds new programming

Story by AMANDA BUTLER

Have you ever wanted to host your own television program? Have you thought about directing or even producing a TV show?

Truckee Tahoe Community Television (TTCTV) gives Tahoe residents the chance to do just that.

Granted, TTCTV doesn’t pay, and it’s not a national network like NBC, but volunteering at Channel 6 gives residents the opportunity to get their feet wet in the television business.

TTCTV Programming Director Gary McNally says the local station is a great way for people interested in the industry to find out what it’s all about.

Marianne Bartley, a Tahoma resident, got involved in TTCTV when she saw that the station was looking for show hosts. She and her daughter both auditioned, and now they each have their own show.

“It’s a family thing for us,” said Bartley. “My husband is a cameraman, my daughter hosts ‘Kaleidoscope,’ a teen program, and I host and produce ‘Sierra Spirit,’ a program geared more for adults.”

“Sierra Spirit” and “Kaleidoscope” are both part of the new programming that Channel 6 has put into their nightly lineup. “Backcountry TV” and “Sierra Wildlife” are also new. Each show has a different purpose and addresses different aspects of life in North Lake Tahoe.

“I want to address several things on the show,” said Bartley. “First, I want to bring up issues, opportunities and projects – things that are helping the community. I want to help organizations get their word out. And, since we get Channel 6 over on the West Shore, I wanted to cover things going on over there.”

“Kaleidoscope,” a show with a similar format, addresses teen issues. Bartley’s daughter, Marianne Danielle, likes hosting the program because it is a continuation of one of her passions: public speaking.

“I’m really into speech contests right now, and this just seemed like the next step,” said Bartley, Jr. “I know it’s going to help me when I go to college.”

She doesn’t mind the attention that comes along with the job.

“Sometimes it’s kind of intimidating because you know that if you mess up, you are going to have to face your friends the next day.”

There are a variety of reasons people volunteer for Channel 6. Most like the experience working for the station gives them.

But being in front of the camera isn’t the only important position on the set. It takes several different people to put a show together.

Heather Koring works as a floor director. She ensures everything on the set is going according to planned.

“I want to get into filming and directing someday,” said Koring.

Sergio Coronado is a cameraman. He helps film “Sierra Spirit” and “Kaleidoscope.” He first got interested in volunteering when he installed a cable box into the Bartleys’ home. Now he hopes to host his own Spanish-language show.

McNally likes the enthusiasm he sees in the volunteers. With an annual budget of $60,000, he depends on volunteers to make Channel 6 work.

“We spend most of our money on equipment,” said McNally. “We pay the salary for two part-time employees, me and Peter Fletcher, and the rest of the work comes from volunteers and students.”

TTCTV’s studio is located at Truckee-Tahoe High School and offers juniors and seniors a chance to learn video production and TV business operation skills. Students produce computerized advertisements, learn how to work a camera and edit tape as part of three classes offered through the statewide Regional Occupational Program (ROP).

McNally himself started as a ROP participant 10 years ago and took classes alongside students.

“I started in the TV business 30 years ago – I repaired them, got into satellites and ended up taking classes at the high school in the ROP program. They hired me last May,” said McNally.

Channel 6 was started more than 10 years ago and has grown with the community. “Truckee Talks,” one of the first shows produced at TTCTV, is celebrating its hundredth show in less than a month. McNally recommends tuning in for “Truckee Talks” on April 1 to catch some “pretty funny shenanigans.”

For more information about volunteering or for a program directory, log onto www. tctv.org or call Gary McNally at (530) 582-1194.

Monday:

8:00 a.m. – Inside Tahoe

5:30 p.m. – Shortcut Cook

6:00 p.m. – Truckee Talks

7:00 p.m. – Pet Show

7:30 p.m. – Sierra Wildlife

8:00 p.m. – Sierra Spirit

8:30 p.m. – Sierra People

9:00 p.m. – Kaleidoscope

Tuesday:

8:00 a.m. – Inside Tahoe

6:00 p.m. – Truckee Talks

6:30 p.m. – Inside Tahoe

7:30 p.m. – Sierra Wildlife

8:00 p.m. – Sierra Spirit

8:30 p.m. – Sierra People

9:00 p.m. – Kaleidoscope

9:30 p.m. – Sierra Lifestyles

Wednesday:

8:00 a.m. – Inside Tahoe

11:00 a.m. – Sierra Wildlife 4

6:00 p.m. – Truckee Talks

7:00 p.m. – Pet Show

7:30 p.m. – Sierra Wildlife

8:00 p.m. – Sierra Spirit

8:30 p.m. – Sierra People

9:00 p.m. – Kaleidoscope

Thursday:

8:00 a.m. – Inside Tahoe

11:00 a.m. – Sierra Wildlife 4

5:00 p.m. – Schools in Focus

5:30 p.m. – Bearbones

6:30 p.m. – Inside Tahoe

7:30 p.m. – Sierra Wildlife

8:00 p.m. – Sierra Spirit

8:30 p.m. – Sierra People

9:00 p.m. – Kaleidoscope

9:30 p.m. – Sierra Lifestyles

10:00 p.m. – Truckee Talks

Friday:

8:00 a.m. – Inside Tahoe

5:00 p.m. – Schools in Focus

5:30 p.m. – Bearbones

6:00 p.m. – Sierra Lifestyles

6:30 p.m. – Inside Tahoe

7:30 p.m. – Sierra Wildlife

8:00 p.m. – Sierra Spirit

8:30 p.m. – Sierra People

9:00 p.m. – Kaleidoscope

9:30 p.m. – Fletch Films

10:00 p.m.- Truckee Talks

Saturday:

8:00 a.m. – Inside Tahoe

9:00 a.m. – Sierra Spirit

9:30 a.m. – Kaleidoscope

10:00 a.m. – Sierra Lifestyles

10:30 a.m. – Truckee Talks

11:00 a.m. – Artistically

11:30 a.m. – Sierra People 2

3:00 p.m. – Community Calendar

5:00 p.m. – Schools in Focus

5:30 p.m. – Bearbones

6:00 p.m. – Sierra Lifestyles

6:30 p.m. – Inside Tahoe

7:30 p.m. – Sierra Wildlife

8:00 p.m. – Sierra Spirit

8:30 p.m. – Sierra People

9:00 p.m. – Kaleidoscope

9:30 p.m. – Sierra Lifestyles

10:00 p.m.- Truckee Talks

Sunday:

8:00 a.m. – Inside Tahoe

9:00 a.m. – Sierra Spirit

9:30 a.m. – Kaleidoscope

10:00 a.m. – Sierra Lifestyles

10:30 a.m. – Truckee Talks

11:00 a.m. – Artistically

11:30 a.m. – Sierra People 2

12:00 p.m. – TTUSD Meetings

12:30 p.m. – TTUSD Meetings

1:00 p.m. – TTUSD Meetings

1:30 p.m. – TTUSD Meetings

2:00 p.m. – TTUSD Meetings

2:30 p.m. – TTUSD Meetings

3:00 p.m. – TTUSD Meetings

3:30 p.m. – TTUSD Meetings

4:00 p.m. – TTUSD Meetings

4:30 p.m. – TTUSD Meetings

6:00 p.m. – Sierra Lifestyles

6:30 p.m. – Inside Tahoe

7:30 p.m. – Sierra Wildlife

8:00 p.m. – Sierra Spirit

8:30 p.m. – Sierra People

9:00 p.m. – Kaleidoscope

10:00 p.m. – Truckee Talks


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