Friday, March 28, 2008

City Council Replays

Due to tape problems, we will be replaying the March 25th City Council meeting from a VHS videocassette that was taped off of the cable signal on Tuesday night. As a result, you will may see incorrect date and time information before and after the replay. No, you are not in a time warp. We apologize for this.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Message from Karen Bazzarri, STTV President

The City of Scranton has chosen not to fund Scranton Today TV. Therefore, non-governmental programming must be curtailed. For the present, STTV will continue to broadcast county, school board, city council and municipal meetings in accordance with our primary mission of promoting an engaged and informed electorate.

Please note these additional changes:

Submissions to the Community Calendar will no longer be accepted.

Tapes submitted for cablecast must be in DVC Pro format.

The Scranton Today TV office will not be staffed on a regular basis. To request a tape or DVD copy or to ask a question, leave a message at 207-0765 and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Message from Lawrence Pugliese

Friends and Colleagues:

Thank you for the years of interest and support... It's been my honor and pleasure to serve my community through Stories, Wisdom & Recipes...

I hope to continue the program within the new paradigm presently being created by ECTV.

It's been a great run Scranton Today. Your legacy will always be on display within all future variations of public access television in NEPA. Your pioneering work will be remembered by those in the future who trace back through time this region's strong sense of civic understanding and involvement.

My compliments and my gratitude to you for establishing this wonderfully democratic ideal into something real. Here's to its future, and to all who've been involved as supporters and producers.

It is only with every aspect of our strong, dynamic, interdependent and intelligent community that this sort of effort could every be realized.

Our parcel of Penn's Wood is so much better now, and will be for future generations because of your work.

Thanks again... Talk with you soon...

Lawrence S. Pugliese

Producer of Stories, Wisdom & Recipes...

Friday, March 14, 2008

Programming Cutbacks

The City of Scranton's decision to award management of Channels 61 & 62 to ECTV has seriously eroded our ability to raise funds and retain staff. As a result, we will be forced to make cutbacks in programming. Tapings that involved multiple cameras and complex direction have been canceled. The most prominent of these shows, Stories, Wisdom, and Recipes, will be taping its last episode on March 20th. For the time being, we will continue to tape, whenever possible, shows that require only static cameras or a portable camera. We will also continue to tape and cablecast (live when possible) municipal meetings for the time being. We hope that, by the time our resources are completely exhausted, ECTV is ready to take over.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Good-Bye to Melissa Marks

Melissa Marks, STTV Station Manager since 2002, will be leaving to take a position at the American Cancer Society. Melissa's last day will be March 21st. Melissa has been a crucial factor in STTV's success over the last six years. Her job involved juggling complicated and ever-changing shoot schedules and creating programming schedules that, inevitably, did not make everyone happy, but were always fair and always considered the diverse needs of our viewers. Melissa will be missed, and we wish her only the best.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Letter in Scranton Times

We are deeply appreciative of a letter in today's Scranton Times by Marlene Parks supporting STTV.