Few communities can boast about having their own television station, but the City of Wadsworth can. WCTV (Wadsworth Community Television) is a PEG access television studio owned and operated by The City of Wadsworth, operating three channels - Public (Channel 15), Educational (Channel 16) and Government (Channel 17). WCTV's programming is currently available on CityLink Cable and Time Warner Cable systems. Started in 1983, WCTV continues to create a better community through communication.
WCTV offers an abundance of FREE services to all residents of Wadsworth. You can produce your own television show using cameras, tripods, microphones, lights, and editing systems for post production - all provided free of charge. We also provide the training needed to operate the production equipment. A fully-equipped studio is also available for community use, complete with 3 robotic cameras, graphics software, audio system, and green screen capabilities.
This year, community volunteers will produce over 1,800 new shows, and provide over 20,000 hours of local programming. Surely you've enjoyed tuning in to see your neighbors, friends and community leaders, your children's or grandchildren's school plays and concerts, church services, and the annual Blue Tip Parade. You can also learn what is going on in the city government by watching live coverage of City Council, Planning Commission, and Board of Zoning Appeals, as well as taped delays of Cable Commission, Economic Development, and Public Safety, Public Service and Public Ways Committee meetings.
If you're a sports fan, you are sure to appreciate WCTV's ongoing commitment to bringing the community first-rate coverage of high school sports, with local announcers giving you the play-by-play action. You are sure to see a professional quality production that compares to any national sports broadcast.
In addition to quality local programming, WCTV also provides FREE public service announcements to non-profit organizations, FREE personal greetings such as birthdays or anniversaries, and FREE copies of WCTV programs (just bring in a blank DVD-R). Tune into WCTV for school and community announcements including school closings, leaf pick-up, emergency alerts, and more. If you need to know information about our community, WCTV should be the first place you look.
Have you ever seen a local commercial while watching your favorite national cable network? WCTV offers advertising opportunities to our local businesses and organizations. Commercial insertion is offered at reasonable rates on several cable networks, and Video Vendor Channel 18 is only $1 per day. It's one of the best advertising deals in town!
The highlight of the year is always the presentation of The WCTV Clapper Awards, given to the producers of the best programming on WCTV throughout the past year. The viewers play a big part in choosing the winners, and the awards ceremony is broadcast on WCTV for the whole community to see. Last year we awarded over 90 WCTV Clapper Awards to our worthy producers and volunteers.
As you can see, WCTV is comprised of many facets, and we provide an invaluable service to our community. The staff of WCTV is comprised of John Madding , Cable TV Programming and Access Manager; Johanna Perrino, Operations & Community Relations Coordinator; John Barnard, Studio Operations Technician, and Drew Bicksler and James Barnard, Sports Production Crew Members.
Would you like more information on the services of WCTV, or do you have an idea for a show? Call us at 330-336-7919 and find out more, or just stop in. We are now located in the new Wadsworth Community Center. Entrance is on the west side of the complex. For the most up-to-date WCTV information, LIKE us on FACEBOOK.