After 16 years of operating as LPCTV, we have changed our name to Okemo Valley TV. While we now have this new identity, everything else remains the same. The name change is the result of our current strategic plan, which identified the need to build a stronger identity & brand, as well as broaden our potential reach. Basically, this means we needed a more identifiable / recognizable name that was inclusive of the region. We wanted the community to be involved with the process as much as possible, so we began by putting out a survey. We asked community members about the name and what the liked or didn't like about different names. The most favorable response we received was "Okemo Valley TV", so the Board considered that name, and formally adopted it as our new name in May of this year. We announced the new name at our annual meeting in June, but held off making it official until we had everything lined up. And so, the second step was to create a new logo; we decided to have a logo design contest, which just recently concluded. The new logo has been finalized, which came from an entry submitted by River Valley Technical Center student Cameron Purington.
So, welcome to the new-look Okemo Valley TV!
OVTV Executive Director (Left), with RVTC student Cameron Purington, who won logo contest
RVTC Teacher Ms. Kristen Wilson (Left), with students from her Technology Essentials class
After receiving 42 entries from 17 different people in the recent logo design contest for Okemo Valley TV, we are pleased to announce Cameron Purington as the winner. Cameron is in the Technology Essentials class at River Valley Technical Center. The class, taught by Ms. Kristen Wilson, participated in our contest as a class project. The class visited our facility this past week, where they were given a tour and heard from Okemo Valley TV Board member Jon Clinch, who helped judge the contest and offered some insight on design and typography. Since 2001, we have been known as "LPCTV", but our name has changed and now, thanks to Cameron, Ms. Wilson, and the RVTC class, we have a logo! "By identifying a need to re-brand LPCTV, we wanted to involve the community much as possible", said Executive Director Patrick Cody. Community members were polled earlier in the year to help choose a name and then, over the past few months, the logo contest was held. "By getting the community involved, not only to participate in our regular operations, but also to shape who we are and where we're going, that's what it's all about."
Fundraising for the 3rd and final phase of of construction on our facility is well underway. We are pleased to announce that we have received 2 grants totaling $30,000 to help towards this effort. We have received a $5000 award from The Cricket Foundation and, just this past week, we learned that we have been awarded a $25,000 Building Communities grant from the VT Division of Buildings & General Services. This brings our fundraising total up to $65,000, towards the goal of $175,000. The final phase includes the build-out of private edit suites, a sound booth, a digital learning classroom, control rooms, and a kitchenette.
Keep tuned into your local government in action. We have been providing "gavel-to-gavel" coverage of local gov't meetings since 2001, and we have continued to expanding that coverage. We are now televising 2 local meetings per day on our Education & Gov't channel. Meetings play each night, beginnign at 7PM, and then repeat starting at midnight, 8AM, and 2PM the following day. Find all of that info. & more here
In all, we cover an average of 16 meetings each month. These include meetings in Ludlow, Cavendish, Plymouth, Mount Holly, and, our latest addition, Andover. We record Selecboard, Planning Commission, & Development Review Board meetings. In addition, we cover school board meetings in these Towns as well, including those held within the Two Rivers Supervisory Union.
By increasing our telecasts to 2 meetings per day on our Educational & Gov't channel, we have doubled the number of times that each meeting plays, to a minimum of 16 times.
Not only do we televise the meetings, but we also make them available for viewing right here on our website.
Did you hear that LPCTV is re-branding? We will soon be changing our name to "Okemo Valley TV". This is a big task, which includes all new graphics, signs, posters, banners, etc. And it all starts with a logo. This is where we could use your help. We are looking for community involvement in the design of the new logo. Not only will you be helping to create a new identity & look for your community TV station, but there is also the extra incentive of a $250 cash prize for the winning entry. The deadline for all entries has been extended to September 30th.
So, please get in touch if this piques your interest. Send us an email, or call the station at 228-8808 for details and information on guidelines, etc. You can submit anything from a basic sketch to a polished Illustrator file. Don't have Illustrator? That's OK, because we do - and you can come here to use it. We are here to help.
Here is helpful link to tips on logo design: https://blogs.adobe.com/creativecloud/logos-learn-what-separates-the-great-from-the-good/?trackingid=MYYBS32Z&mv=email
There were over 50 ballots cast in the Board of Directors election last week. Congratulations to newly-elected Board members Jon Clinch and Kurt Van Buskirk-Woods and to Sharon Bixby & Fra DeVine for being re-elected.
Awards are a way for us to recognize and show appreciation for community members who have volunteered a considerable amount of time and energy into creating noteworthy and original programming over the past year. As presented at our annual meeting on June 22nd, this year's award recipients are:
"Outstanding Achievement Award": Plymouth Vermont Historical Society
for dedication to the planning, coordination, & production of the feature documentary "Irene- Ruin to Renewal"
"Producer of the Year": John Specker
for being one of the more prolific community producers since we opened the new studio in 2013, recording a large of volume of traditional American folk songs.
"Youth Award": Aiyana Fortin
for once again producing a winning entry into the Vermont History Day's doucmentary category, and for her volunteer work with us.
The Board of Directrors meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 25 has been re-scheduled to Tuesday, May 30 at 5:30pm.
The LPCTV Board of Directors is holding a vote on an amendment to the election By Laws at this meeting. You can find our By Laws on the Organizational Documents page.
And here is a draft of the amendment on which the vote will be held on May 30th. If you have any questions or comments about this amendment, please contact us directly.
We are pleased to announce that its two TV channels can now be found on VTel’s “VTelevision”. The programming can be seen throughout the VTel service area in Southern Vermont. This includes subscribers in the Towns for which LPCTV is designated to serve: Mount Holly, Plymouth, Andover, & Reading. Examples of relevant programming for this audience include coverage of community events, “gavel-to-gavel” coverage of local government meetings, music and other performances from local artists, and programming produced for and by the local schools.
LPCTV’s local community “public access" channel can be found on VTel channel 160 and its education / government channel is on VTel 161. Both of these channels are in standard definition. In the near future, there will be the addition of HD channels, which means LPCTV’s programming will also be viewable in high definition on VTelevision.