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‘Truckee Talks’ turns 100

Amanda Butler, Sierra Sun

“Truckee Talks,” one of the first shows to ever air on Truckee Tahoe Community Television Channel 6, recently taped its hundredth episode.

Maia Schneider, the show’s host, used the opportunity to revisit favorite episodes, and even her past hairstyles.

“I don’t typically watch ‘Truckee Talks’ because I’m my worst critic,” said Schneider. “But after seeing the clips (from the hundredth show), I thought, wow, I’m reliving this all over again.”

The commemorative program also brought back several people that were instrumental in the show’s production, including past producers and guests.

“We’ve really formed some great alliances through this show,” said Schneider. “We’ve met so many people from doing this.”

Hosting the program and her seat on the Truckee Town Council has made Schneider a bit of a local celebrity, something she admits she likes.

“I used to imagine what it would be like to be a celebrity,” said Schneider.

“Granted, I don’t really know how much exposure I get (from the show), but I do know that when I go to Safeway, it takes me an hour to get in and out … and when I walk downtown, people I don’t even know always say hello … I kind of like it.”

When asked if she was planning on doing another hundred shows, Schneider quickly replied, “Oh, yes … this is the one thing that I do where I walk away from it more energized than when I started.”

MaryLou Sullivan, one of the show’s producers, feels the same way.

Schneider and Sullivan have become good friends from working on the show together.

The two say they are most proud of the chance the show gives them to address and discuss public concerns.

“From the beginning I’ve felt that ‘Truckee Talks’ was a powerful outlet to discuss community issues,” said Sullivan.

Sullivan admits the show has come a long way in the past few years. When the program first began shooting, it quickly developed a nickname: “Truckee Drops,” because things continually fell from the set.

But dedication and hard work paid off, and the crew’s experience is showing in the quality of their product.

“(I’m proud of) the way everybody has hung in there, we certainly have tenacity,” said Schneider.

Schneider and Sullivan are hoping to take the show to the next level by incorporating some format changes in the future and upgrading equipment.

“We’ve been thinking about doing a call-in feature or some sort of interactive component for a while,” said Schneider.

Sullivan also says she has been filling out grant applications in the hope of getting some new equipment.

“We have some grant funding in the works that could help us replace or upgrade some of our equipment,” said Sullivan.

“Truckee Talks” is broadcast on Truckee-Tahoe Community TV’s Channel 6, on the USA Media cable system. The show airs at 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m., on Saturday and Sunday, and 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

For more information about Channel 6 programing visit their Web site at ttctv.org.


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