Sitzer bids NCTV family farewell |

Sitzer bids NCTV family farewell

There has been much talk of how to attract and keep our young people in the community. We have excellent school systems that develop the skills and talents of our children, and a family and community support structure that produces solid citizens. What to do?

I want to take this time to introduce Michael LaMarca, who will be the new executive director of Nevada County television starting in July. I had the privilege of having Michael as a student teacher while I was working at Nevada Union High School. He is a stellar teacher who, along with managing the TV station, will also be instructing a high school video production class at NCTV that will start in the fall (registration is still open).

Besides being a great teacher, Michael has a lovely wife, Azriel, and two small children. Their family has roots in Nevada County, and he will do well as the new head of NCTV.

I also want to thank Bill Carlquist, our video engineer, and Terri Hicklin, our government channel director, for the five great years they have given to help NCTV thrive and grow. Our local public access TV station will continue to be an important vehicle for public expression and education as technology develops, innovates and reaches more of the public (we now reach over 11,000 homes and soon streaming on the Internet).

It is because of the need for fresh eyes, youthful energy and new ideas that Michael will be taking over the leadership of the station. NCTV will be in good hands and I will still be out and about with video camera producing shows for NCTV.

As this is a time of transition, I want to point out how far NCTV has come: We now have two channels that reach the entire county, from Lake of the Pines to Truckee. We operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and carry live government meetings on Channel 17. We have spun off from the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office and are our own 501(c)3 nonprofit.

We have expanded our operational base, providing 25 locally produced shows and have ongoing classes for the community in video editing, field and studio production. NCTV has two full-time and five part-time employees, including three field videographers.

NCTV will continue to focus on community issues and needs; having produced an 18-part series on substance abuse, a nine part series on childhood obesity, and a five part series on emergency preparedness. NCTV is continuing to develop a video archive of historical events and persons who have contributed so much to the community.

With the help of our generous community and the collaboration of local non-profits, NCTV has conducted its annual Day of Giving, this year scheduled for Saturday, November 1. During the past four years, our 12 hour telethons have raised over $250,000 for the nonprofits of our community.

In other words, NCTV has become an integral part of our community with 30 underwriters from the business community that recognize the value of our services and understand how local technology is a vital part of our community’s evolution and success.

Though there is still more to do, I want to thank the many individuals and volunteers who have made working at NCTV fun and successful, in particular Steve Monaghan and Dave Bloch with the County information technology and Terry McAteer and Holly Hermansen with the county superintendent’s office. As with much in our community, it is the efforts of all that make living and working here a pleasure.

Lew Sitzer is the retiring executive director of NCTV.

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