The clock is ticking on the Nevada County Digital Media Center to find a new location to house its broadcast studio and offices in the wake of a high-cost lease in Nevada City that played a part in the public access station’s near-dissolution.
“The concentration is the move,” said Keith Davies, new president of the station’s board of directors. “We’ve been working diligently to find a new location for weeks.”
The digital media center is on the rebound from a late-August decision by the organization’s board of directors to dissolve the station, citing a lack of discretionary finances and an abundance of financial obligations, including space leased at the Grass Valley (Group)’s tech center in Nevada City.
“We had more money going out than coming in,” said Davies, who was not on the board that voted to close the station.
Since then, supporters have rallied to save the station, replacing the board with a new group of directors who are looking to slim down the station’s operations and keep it on the air. That group of supporters raised more than $10,000 at an October telethon to keep the station on the air — adding to a $10,000 loan that Davies and others had personally made to the station.
Station officials have identified three potential locations and hope to make a decision this week or by Thanksgiving at the latest, Davies said. He noted that a warehouse, space at an industrial park or office space with easy public access are the most ideal options, but sharing space with another business is also a possibility.
“We need at least 1,000 square feet, but 1,500 or more would be better,” Davies said. “The producers and technicians who create programming are very flexible and understanding, but the board of directors wants to find space adequate to serve the station’s needs for the foreseeable future.”
After the station secures a new home, Davies said the next step will be cementing the leadership for Nevada County Television, also known as NCTV. The new board voted Oct. 15 to suspend the executive director position until the station’s finances could sustain the expenditure.
“After the first of the year, the concentration will be the executive director,” Davies said. “We have to find a new face to represent NCTV. Then we are looking to improve programming for 2014.”
The station’s board continues to meet Mondays to resolve its facility and funding issues, Davies said. Those meetings take place at the former Grass Valley Group building, located at 400 Providence Mine Road in Nevada City.
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