Truckee wants its TTMTV
While critics often complain about the influence that MTV has over the global music industry, Truckee resident Paul Klein is working hard to give the local music scene more of a presence on the airwaves.
As the creator and producer of Truckee Tahoe Music Television, Klein is responsible for bringing recorded performances by some of this area’s most popular bands to the homes and television sets of Truckee residents via Tahoe Truckee Community Television, channel 6.
Klein, a former defense contractor for the U.S. government, moved to Truckee from Half Moon Bay after retirement. He currently splits his time between the two communities.
While “producer” might be his official title at TTMTV, in reality Klein is responsible for every aspect of the show, from filming to editing to post-production.
On his motivation for airing local bands, Klein said, “I’m a techie … and when I moved up here I wanted to do something both creative and technical.”
Combining his love of music and the challenge of producing a television show proved to be the perfect outlet for Klein’s interests, as well as an excellent opportunity for local bands to enjoy a little more exposure than they normally would.
“It’s a self-directed volunteer effort,” Klein said of producing the shows. “I get to choose what I do when, and it benefits the bands and the community.”
Last year Klein filmed many local shows, which will be edited into this season’s TTMTV programming. His favorite location is the Truckee River Regional Park Amphitheater because it is an outdoor venue and the concerts there are usually free to the public.
Typically, two hours of raw footage gets edited down to one or two 30-minute shows. Klein estimates that it takes him approximately six hours in the studio to produce one 30-minute show.
With more than 100 shows completed so far, Klein has documented a good chunk of the Truckee and Tahoe music scene.
Response to his project has been good Klein said, though he would welcome more comments from members of the public who have seen the show.
All of the bands Klein has filmed have been excited about the opportunity to share their music with a wider audience, and Klein has found no lack of musicians eager to work with him.
“Per capita, this town seems to have more musicians than any other place I’ve been,” he said.
Some of the many bands that have appeared on TTMTV include The Deckheads, The Deadbeats, Larry Yates, The Blues Monsters and more.
With the summer concert season just around the corner, Klein is laying plans for another full season of filming, putting together footage for next season’s programming, as well as plenty of time in the studio editing.
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