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Collaboration with Weston Playhouse Recognized

Sun, 03/31/2019 - 00:57 -- Patrick

 Last year, we teamed up with Weston Playhouse Theater Company  to produce a short video tour of the brand new Walker Farm facility. The video featured an interview with Steve Stettler, the longtime Artistic Producing Director, who retired at the end of the Playhouse's last season. The video received recognition from the Northeastern region of the Alliance for Community Media, the trade association for community TV stations & media organizations, at its annual “Nor’easter Awards” in November. It earned 2nd place in the “PSA / Short Program” category. Shown here with the award are our Board President & Treasurer, Fra DeVine (who is also on the Board at Weston) and Susanna Gellert, the new Executive Artistic Director at Weston Playhouse Theater Company. Last week, we went back to Walker Farm to record a follow-up to that earlier video. Fra interviewed Susanna, covering  a variety of topics: how the Walker Farm facility is being used, Susanna’s background and vision, and a preview of the plays she is bringing to the Playhouse during the upcoming season. The new video is also featured on our website here and will be running over the coming weeks on our community access channel. We are grateful for the community partnerships we have with organizations such as Weston Playhouse!

We Are Under Renovation!

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 11:59 -- Patrick

 We have begun construction on Phase 3 renovations in our facility. While this is going on, we have limited operating hours. Starting March 25th, & until approximately April 22, our facility will not be open during our normal business hours (as posted here. Instead, we will be opening during the evenings & some Saturdays. 

During this time, our studio will be inoperable. Instead of recording in the studio, our staff is available to help record programming on location, upon request. Please let us know if you have a production you would like to do, by calling the main office phone & leaving a message (228-8808), or send us an email.

Our new temporary hours, effective immediately, and running until further notice are: Mondays - Thursdays, from 4-9PM and Fridays 4-8PM

We will also be open from Saturday, March 30th & Saturday, April 6th from 10AM - 4PM.

If you have any questions or want more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to resuming our normal operating hours later in April and showing off all of the new spaces & improvements in the facility. The new spaces will include a classroom / conference room, a studio control room, master control room, and equipment training room. 

Chamber Member of the Month

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 17:58 -- Patrick

Thank you to the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce for naming us "Member of the Month"!  Chamber Director Carol Lighthall stopped by our recent Board of Directors meeting to make the announcement. 

Shown in the photo are (from Left): Production Coordinator Eric Chatterjee, Board President Fra DeVine (with Rosie), V.P. Lou Krefski, Chamber Director Carol Lighthall, John Cama (Okemo Valley TV Board member), and our Executive Director, Patrick Cody.

Become a Member

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 18:18 -- Patrick

Talking Black River Sports

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 17:50 -- Patrick

Okemo Valley TV and Black River Academy Museum (BRAM) have been collaborating on "Ludlow Memories", a series of shows through which longtime local residents offer their reflections of how life was in Ludlow. Each episode, or, in some cases, set of episodes, focuses on a specific topic. The  latest incarnation of Ludlow Memories is a mini-series focusing on the history Black River High School sports, from the opening of the new school in 1939 through the present day, Hosted by former basketball coach Earl Washburn, coach So far there have been 2 episodes in this mini-series: the first one covers the period from 1939 through the early 1960s, featuring guests Stew Schmidt & Sue Pollender. The 2nd episode covers the period from the mid-1960s through the 1980s; guests on that episode were Sue Pollender, Jennifer Stowell, Dave Baker, Stew Schmidt, Tony Valente, & Pat Pullinen. All episodes of Ludlow Memories can be viewed by going to

Where Are They Now?

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 19:12 -- Patrick

Check out these recent interviews with Black River graduates who are off writing & making films:

Sean Temple (Class of 2007) & his partner (both in life and film) came into the studio to talk about filmmaking and working in the industry in L.A. We also screen their film from a few years ago, Aster & Sidney, which immediately follows the interview.

Rachel Carter & Asher Ellis, both Class of 2002, stopped by to talk about their careers as authors - in Rachel's case, as a young adult novelist, including the So Close to You series of books. And for Asher, as a writer of horror stories, essays, short stories, and short films. He wrote the screenplay for "Exit 7A", which is screened immediately following the interview. Rachel & Asher are not only former classmates, but they are lifelong friends and occasional collaborators. 

Thanks to Sean, Sarah, Rachel, & Asher for sharing their stories and letting us know where they are now.

Want to help tell the story of one of your friends, family members, or classmates? Nominate them for the "Where Are They Now?" series by sending us a quick email. 

Help Support Community TV!...Summer Membership Drive

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:41 -- Patrick

We are a hyper-local independent, non commercial, and non profit community TV station & media education center serving the Black River Valley & Okemo region. We count on community involvement as well as community support to keep things not just afloat but also evolving & thriving . And since timing is's time for our Summer membership drive! Please take a moment to enroll as a member or to renew now.

In the past year, membership dollars helped these efforts:
1. Televised 1364 new programs on our channels, including...
- 527 new "local" TV programs, produced right here in our community
- 100 locally-produced PSAs & short promo videos
- 147 programs from regional organizations and neighboring communities
- 309 programs from state gov't & other statewide organizations, thanks to our colleagues at other community stations & the VT Media Exchange
2. Lent equipment or our studio / facility out to community members on 139 occasions
3. Provided video coverage of community events, meetings, and news / information 221 times, including...
-"gavel-to-gavel" coverage of municipal & school board meetings
-school events, workshops, presentations, & more
-promotional videos & PSAs for community organizations
4. Engaged with the local schools in different ways, including:
- The design of our new logo
- Work-study opportunities
- After-school programs
- In-class workshops combining science w/ video
- Fun (& educational) green screen videos
- Supporting the production of "History Day" documentaries
5. Re-branded from "LPCTV" to "Okemo Valley TV", in response to your input, to better reflect the larger region we serve
And this year, we have some big improvements in the works, including:
- Upgrades to our TV & website community calendars
- Live Streaming (coming soon!)
- starting work on the 3rd & final phase of our building project, thanks to the "Building Communities" grant from (received earlier this year)

Become a member or renew now


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