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May 29, 2007 > Lights, camera and ... action!

Lights, camera and ... action!

By Steve Warga

The City of Milpitas' very own television production studio went on the air last Monday, May 21. You can catch their programming on local cable channel 26 and you can learn all about it at their website

Milpitas Information Services Director and resident tech guru, Bill Marion, has teamed with a group of citizen volunteers and partnered with Comcast Cable to install a fully-operational studio, complete with editing equipment, tucked in a ground floor area at City Hall. In that the studio occupies what was once locker and shower rooms for maintenance workers, Milpitas Community TV Channel 26 may be the only production facility this side of the Bay to boast both men's and women's showers!

More importantly, the design and operations staff strongly encourage producers and crews, amateur and professional alike, to register and produce their own TV shows. There are considerable hands-on opportunities awaiting aspiring television stars and production teams, for only nominal fees.

It's all spelled out in their mission statement: "Milpitas TV's mission is to provide a forum to invigorate civic engagement, inspire diverse voices and strengthen community life. Our goal is for all who enter our facility to find an environment where free speech and a spirit of community can thrive. Milpitas TV administers one cable channel and offers video production via its own studio facilities, providing individuals, community groups and non-profit organizations a way to discuss community issues through video. Milpitas TV receives funding through Comcast Cable."

Programming hours are currently set from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m., or until the Late Night Movie ends. The very first offering here was the classic "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" at 9 p.m. on the twenty-first. Look for more of these fine, old productions in days to come.

Broadcast hours are blocked for Children's Programming, Educational Programming, and a general interest section described as "Drama, Cultural and Entertainment Programming, Community Events." That's a whole lot of "programming," but the staffers eagerly encourage those nascent producers and crews to come on down and put their best efforts on TV 26. It's another example of the city's ceaseless efforts to support community activities and civic organizations working to improve the Milpitas way of life.

Milpitas Community TV Channel 26
Milpitas City Hall
455 E. Calaveras Blvd.
(408) 586-3000

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