By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — It’s time to talk cable.
Derry Community Television officials came before the Town Council last week as part of the town’s budget workshop review process, giving upcoming plans about programming and how much things cost.
Cable coordinator Chris Martin and assistant coordinator Debbie Roy told officials there is definitely something for everyone on local cable Channels 17 and 23.
The C-17 channel broadcasts town government meetings and other public meetings. The D-23 station began in 2011 and lists community bulletin board notices and other town-related information. D-23 also give volunteers and residents a chance to create and broadcast their own programs and ideas.
All revenue to sustain the local broadcasting is cable subscriber driven and not a part of the town’s taxes.
That’s good news, officials said.
“We are a totally self-sufficient budget,” Martin said. “It doesn’t affect the tax rate at all.”
Now it’s time to get the word out that more help with cable programming is needed and volunteers are welcome.
That includes anyone wanting to create their own program.
“We have a whole new channel to fill with programs,” Roy said. “We want everything.”
Right now, he said, D-23 is an outlet for volunteers to use, where they can be trained on equipment and produce their own programs. Martin is the only full-time employee of the four staffers.
Some of the programs being filmed and broadcast are “Business Matters” featuring Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce director Stacey Bruzzese; “Legislators’ Lounge” featuring Derry state Reps. Brian Chirichiello and James Webb; “Up Close and Political” with former town councilors Kevin Coyle and Janet Fairbanks; and several other local programs featuring organizations like the Greater Derry Humane Society.
Other groups like Rotary, local businesses and nonprofit organizations are welcome to have a program. Getting more people involved in the life of the station is key.
“The last two years, we have been trying hard to recruit and train volunteers,” Roy said. “We’re always looking for new volunteers and new shows.”
Roy said D-23 is the perfect outlet for people to use who want to learn more about running the equipment and producing programs. Training is free, the equipment is available and there is always something to cover in a town as large as Derry.
Anyone interested in finding out more about being involved in local cable TV can contact Roy at 845-5514.