Truckee Talks to hand over reins |

Truckee Talks to hand over reins

Ted Owens

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; After 15 years under the direction of Executive Producer Maia Schneider, new leadership has taken over the production of Truckee Talks, the long-running locally produced television program.

Nevada Countyand#8217;s Fifth District Supervisor Ted Owens stepped up to take over the executive leadership of the program. According to Owens, his role is to ensure the content and production of the show reflects the showand#8217;s standing mission to provide information of interest to the community in a fair and even manner. and#8220;Truckee Talks has been a valuable resource for the community. My job is to ensure that we improve the show while retaining the original intent of the program,and#8221; said Owens. He explained Schneider recently left the area and asked him to take over. Owens has hosted a number of Truckee Talks episodes during the last 15 years of its production.

Owens wonand#8217;t be alone, however. Real estate broker and Truckee Follies producer Mitch Clarin has joined Owens as a co-producer and host. Clarinand#8217;s extraordinary connections in the community and sharp wit will lead to some interesting shows according to Owens. and#8220;I am looking forward to getting in the studio with out-of-the-ordinary shows and guests,and#8221; said Clarin. and#8220;There are a lot of important topics to cover in this community and weand#8217;re scheduling a number of shows now.and#8221;

Completing the team is Keith Thomas, aka and#8220;Mr. Truckee.and#8221; Thomas will also co-produce and host. In addition, he will lead changes to the showand#8217;s distribution, including adding social media to the mix. The team plans to include web streaming in cooperation with Truckee Tahoe Community Television (TTCTV), placing Truckee Talks shows directly on the TTCTV web site this year. Thomas said, and#8220;Adding social media to the television production is a vitally important way to get the word out to the entire community. Soon youand#8217;ll find Truckee Talks on Facebook and through other media. Weand#8217;re all really excited to make these improvements and help the show evolve.and#8221;

TTCTV Community Coordinator John Echols said the show has had a great run and heand#8217;s looking forward to working with the new team. and#8220;Maia Schneider has been the face of Truckee Talks for more than 200 episodes. We will miss her very much, and weand#8217;re glad she had the vision to continue the program through this new team,and#8221; said Echols.

Eric Matlock, programming director and station manager commented local programming is key to a vital community, and#8220;We hope more people want to produce independent shows, and we encourage locals to get involved. We have the facilities here to help.and#8221;

Truckee Talks will go back into production soon. Until then, you can view encore presentations of some of the teamand#8217;s favorite shows. Suddenlink cable subscribers can view Truckee Talks on channel 6 on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday evenings at 6 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 9 a.m.

For more information or to volunteer at TTCTV, call 530-582-1194 or visit

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