A daily news program and original programming on local lifestyles, culture, and events is not what people expect from community television. Just as the Tri-Valley area is not an ordinary community, however, TV30 is not a typical community station.
"TV30 is a true community station," says executive director Glenn Davis. "We focus on events, people, and things that are happening right here in the Tri-Valley area. Our focus is Tri-Valley only, so we target the four cities of Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, and Livermore."
TV30's programming is divided among three channels. Channel 28 provides coverage of local school board meetings while channel 29 airs local city council meetings and other government-related events. Davis calls channel 30 "our flagship station," and that is where viewers find the programming that TV30 is best known for.
Chief among those is the TV30 News, a half-hour program whose reporters and writers focus exclusively on the Tri-Valley. With a brand new set and a recent Telly Award for best news program in the country, it's easy to see why Davis refers to the show as "our signature program." Fans of local school sports will want to check out Tri-Valley Sports Final for highlights and a wrap-up of the area's high school sports action.
"We also do a show called 'Everything Local,' which is an in-the-field kind of an evening magazine hosted by Eboni Warnking," says Davis. "Eboni goes out into the world and she finds out what's happening, what's exciting, what's odd and what's interesting."
The station also features a literary review program called "In a Word," a show on downtown Livermore called "Livermore Life," and many other original features. One of the station's longest running shows is "The Mayors Report," which is produced every other week and features one-on-one interviews with Tri-Valley mayors highlighting current events and activities in their cities.
Davis is constantly searching for ideas for new shows as well. "Some of our best ideas for programming don't come from within the station - they come from outside the station - so I am always open to hearing new ideas for programming. One of the things that we've been thinking about is a high-tech show that is home grown. I'm also looking for opportunities to work with high-tech industry and get them on our existing shows like 'Everything Local.'"
It's not just high-tech companies that interest Davis, though. He wants to hear from any business where exciting things are happening. "I'd like to have the opportunity to meet with those people and to talk with them about what's going on in their businesses." TV30 also has underwriting opportunities for businesses interested in supporting the station financially.
The station's three channels are available via Comcast in the Tri-Valley and are now broadcast into over 60,000 homes in the area. For additional information about TV30, contact Davis at (925) 462-3030 or access www.tv30.org .
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