$10K loan to keep NCTV on the air
October 11, 2013
The majority of the Nevada County Digital Media Center's board of directors, which voted to close in late August, resigned Friday evening to the sound of applause and was replaced by new board members, symbolically starting a new era for the area's public access television.
"The greatest feeling here among us is one of gratitude," said Keith Logan, a sustainability consultant who is poised to become the new executive director of the Media Center, also referred to as Nevada County Television or NCTV for short.
The board's exodus and replacement was facilitated by a $10,000 loan from three individuals.
At its late September meeting, the outgoing board gave Logan a Friday deadline to raise $10,000, which its members said would demonstrate enough financial backing to maintain operations and give them the confidence to hand over control of the station.
Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce co-CEOs Keith and Robin Davies, along with former Grass Valley City Administrator Dan Holler, announced the $10,000 loan Friday, secured by a promissory note from Logan, to be repaid over the next six months. The loan will keep the Media Center's doors open while the new board restructures and slims down the operations of the nonprofit.
"I know each and every one of you has done the best you could," Logan said to the outgoing board. "I have nothing but positive feelings."
Although this is a personal loan and has no connection with the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, Davies noted that he and his wife became committed to helping save NCTV in part because of a recent live broadcast of the grand opening ceremonies at the chamber's new headquarters on East Main Street and the new monthly program being produced at the chamber by TouchDown Productions that airs at 7 p.m. Thursday nights on NCTV.
"We are providing seed money that will allow the new NCDMC board of directors to move forward and sustain the station in the long term," Davies explained. "With $10,000, NCTV can continue to provide the kind of local programming that has served the community so well these past many, many years. I believe it is how things can get done, the private sector and local government, county and cities, working together to provide the resources for good things to succeed and benefit our community."
The new board's members include Keith Davies; Holler, who is also the current Mammoth Lakes interim city manager; Craig Rohrsen, a manufacturing engineer who helped build NCTV's first studio in 2004; accountant Dai Meagher; and producer Cheryl Noble. Remaining on from the old board are Phil Carville and Syrus Metara.
"The energy at this board is much better, more enthusiastic and more grounded than the last board," Carville said. "I think it is enough to go forward."
The next step for NCTV and NCDMC will be to work with its producers, members, donors, business supporters and local governments to ensure continued operation of Channel 11 beyond the next three months. Their second annual fundraising telethon will be 1-5 p.m. Oct. 19 and will be broadcast live from the Grass Valley City Hall parking lot on NCTV.
"Last year, we raised almost $10,000 with the telethon, and we anticipate to match or exceed that amount this year." Davies said.
The new board agreed to meet at 6 p.m. Monday and tackle tough issues, such as finding a new location and developing a more sustainable operations model.
To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4236.
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