Telethon garners $18K to benefit Nevada County TV station
By anyone’s measuring stick, Nevada County Television’s Oct. 13 telethon was a success, raising almost twice as much as the community access television station’s initial goal.
With a new facility necessitating funds to complete the construction of a studio and new broadcasting equipment needed, organizers of “Power Up NCTV” had a goal to raise $10,000 at the telethon.
The event itself garnered more than $8,000, but thanks to an anonymous donor who pledged $10,000, NCTV walked away with $18,372, according to Terri Hicklin, NCTV’s access coordinator.
“There is a huge sigh of relief,” Hicklin said. “It’s prayers answered. It makes us realize that people do care.”
The station has provided community-access television for western Nevada County for nearly two full decades — most recently from facilities at the old armory building off Zion Street in Nevada City.
This spring, NCTV, also known as the Nevada County Digital Media Center, moved into the Nevada City Tech Park on Providence Mine Road, a location subleased from Grass Valley USA, LLC (formerly known as Grass Valley Group).
“Primarily, we were trying to get our studio completed,” Hicklin said. “We are at point where when an electrician has finished his work, then we’ll be able to start putting the innards back in.”
Over the years, community producers have created programs chronicling a multitude of Sierra foothill happenings from local elections, community events and local sports, as well as cultural programming. NCTV’s government channel has broadcast Grass Valley’s and Nevada City’s city council and planning commission meetings, as well as county government meetings.
The move wasn’t the only big change for NCTV. The group has five new board members, and its interim executive director is no long working for NCTV.
Part of the excess money from the telethon will help in recruiting a new executive director, Hicklin said.
“We haven’t had a chance to get together and celebrate, but hopefully when the studio is ready, we’ll have a big party,” Hicklin said.
To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 477-4236.
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