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Sitzer passes NCTV to ‘younger generation’

Lew Sitzer is stepping down as executive director of NCTV and will be replaced by Michael LaMarca starting July 1.

“It’s the right time,” Sitzer said Tuesday. “You want to step out when you’re at the top of your game and the TV station is doing well.

“I need to pass it on to the younger generation. Also, I turn 65 in a few days.”

LaMarca has a background in video and theater arts and will be teaching the high school ROP class in the fall.

“I know this will come as a surprise to many of you . . . After almost five years now, I need to rest up a bit,” Sitzer said in a memo to the staff of Nevada County Television, a viewer-supported station subsidized by government and Comcast Corp. funding. It offers two channels on cable for public programming and broadcasts local government meetings.

“The timing is right to turn over the TV station to someone young and enthusiastic,” Sitzer said. He expected LaMarca to face “a big learning curve,” but added, “I think his contributions to our continued operation will be immense.”

The founder of NCTV almost five years ago, Sitzer said he had plenty of volunteer duties to occupy his retirement.

Sitzer recently was elected to the board of BriarPatch Co-op and serves on the board of the local Public Education Enrichment Fund, which oversees NCTV and various youth education projects. He also has recently volunteered with the county’s Economic Resource Council.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237. To contact Editor Jeff Pelline, e-mail or call 477-4235.

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