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Flood Recovery Information

Mon, 07/10/2023 - 21:34 -- Patrick


Through this flood recovery period, the Governor Scott Administration is holding multiple press conferences per week, sharing important and timely information. Streams of the Flood Response Press Conferences can be viewed here, thanks to our colleagues at ORCA Media in Montpelier.


To view recently-recorded press conferences on demand, go HERE.


To view other programs related to the flood & flood recovery, go HERE


Other sources for emergency management information related to the flood:

Vermont 211- for State & Regional Emergency Contacts & Info

New England 511- Road Closure Info.

Okemo Valley Disaster Relief Fund

Ludlow Emergency Services

Mount Holly Emergency Management

Cavendish Emergency Info & Shelter

Plymouth Emergency Services

Producer Awards

Tue, 06/27/2023 - 19:40 -- Patrick


Over the last 12 months (starting July 1, 2022), we have broadcast & streamed well over 800 new LOCAL programs. That's more than 16 NEW shows per week, and a large portion of these are provided to us by community members and volunteer producers (yes, you too can have your own show!).
The 2023 Okemo Valley TV Producer Awards were presented at the Annual Meeting on June 20th. Watch the highlight reel here:


And the winners are (shown in the collage below, clockwise from top left)....

1. Producer of the Year- Pat Pullinen & Gary Blodgett, for "Update from Expeditionary School at Black River" (with Executive Director Patrick Cody in the middle of them)

2. Outstanding Achievement- Claire McKey Berkman, for her production of "Cavendish Library shorts" (shown with our Operations Coordinator Rebekah Fontaine)

3. Community Impact- Paula VanGuilder, for "Talk with Paula" (shown with Rebekah).

4. Youth Impact- Heidi Baitz, LES 6th Grade teacher, for her annual class project - this year it was the "Identity Project" (photo credit- Otis Nelson).

We'd like to congratulate this crew for their great over the past year and to thank everyone who contributes all of the local programming!

Board of Directors Election

Sun, 06/18/2023 - 23:25 -- Patrick

It's time for the annual Board of Directors election, which coincides with our Open House Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 20th . Click below to access the ballot & cast a vote - please read through the brief instructions first. Voting is open for anyone age 14+ living in one of the Towns in our service area - Ludlow, Plymouth, Cavendish, Mount Holly, Andover, & Reading.

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Annual Meeting, Awards, & Election

Thu, 06/08/2023 - 23:40 -- Patrick


Our Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 20th starting at 6pm . It will take place inside, in the studio. The event is open to the public and will include our annual producer awards, our "State of the Station" annual re-cap, the Board election, and a brief business meeting. Light refreshments will be provided.

The agenda is posted here . Come one, come all, but due to limited space, please RSVP by sending us an email or call the station at 228-8808.

Call for Nominations...

Wed, 05/24/2023 - 17:44 -- Patrick


We are calling out for nominations to our Board of Directors. This year, we have 2 seats up for election, to be held during the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 20th. This year, there are 2 seats to be elected to the 9-member Board.

Do you have an interest in helping grow public and community-based media? And do you live in one of the Towns in our designated service area (Andover, Cavendish, Ludlow, Mount Holly, Plymouth, or Reading)? If you answer "yes" to both of these, might you be interested in serving on our Board? Or do you know someone else who be a good fit? We want to hear from you. Check out this page for more information and get in touch by sending an email or calling Patrick at 228-8808. 

Nominations must be received by Tuesday, June 13th.

Strategic Planning Kick-Off

Wed, 05/17/2023 - 14:02 -- Patrick

​Our Board of Directors has kicked off a strategic planning process, which will lead to the creation of a roadmap for the next few years. A lot is changing all around us, from technology, to our whole funding structure, and the development of new partnerships and collaborations. Laying out such a roadmap is a must, so that we can prioritize our goals and come up with a realistic plan to implement them. Stay tuned for more!  Also, we are recruiting candidates for the Board of Directors - Board members are elected each June at our Annual Meeting. This year, the Annual Meeting & Board Election takes place Tuesday, June 20th at 6PM. Do you know someone who would make a good candidate? The nominating process is open now - more information is here.

Vermont Access Network Annual Meeting

Wed, 05/17/2023 - 11:08 -- Patrick

We are one of 24 community access TV stations operating in Vermont. Each of us operates as an independent non profit organization, but we collaborate on many different projects and work closely together on matters of statewide importance. Together, we make up the Vermont Access Network (VAN), our statewide membership organization. Recently, VAN held its annual meeting in Rutland, hosted by our colleagues at Rutland Regional Community TV (aka "PEG TV"). Representing Okemo Valley TV were Rebekah & Peter.

Here, Rebekah & Peter (far right) are shown during a meet-up with staff members from Burlington-based CCTV / Town Meeting TV.

Meet Peter

Wed, 04/12/2023 - 11:54 -- Patrick



We're pleased to welcome Peter van Gorder to our staff. The newest member of the team, Peter comes to us with a wide range of skills and a varied background, including media production, software, & audio engineering. We're already putting a lot of his well-honed skills to use; like all of us here, he is already wearing a lot of hats!


Read more about Peter & our other staff here .

Now on These Streaming Platforms!

Mon, 04/03/2023 - 14:17 -- Patrick

Hot off the press! We're happy to announce the latest addition to our offerings - Okemo Valley TV is now available as a free downloadable app across all of the popular "over-the-top" streaming platforms, and on mobile as well. You can now watch our live TV channels, and a large catalog of recent local programming on demand on the Okemo Valley TV app, on these streaming platforms. Click on the link to your platform of choice and see it for yourself. Let us know what you think!:


DOWNLOAD OKEMO VALLEY TV APP HERE:
Apple TV
Roku
Amazon Fire TV
iOS for Apple iPhone

Our Town Meeting Coverage

Thu, 03/02/2023 - 20:58 -- Patrick

Throughout the year, we provide "gavel-to-gavel" coverage of regular monthly meetings & special meetings of several local government bodies. We do this in the Towns of Ludlow, Plymouth, Cavendish, Andover, & Mount Holly. 

And then there's the annual Town Meetings, ahead of the annual Town Meeting Day in Vermont, which falls on the first Tuesday of March. We cover all 5 in the above-mentioned Towns - and 4 of them take place simultaneously on Monday night! 

We show a couple of the meetings live, and record the rest. All of them play in steady rotation as soon as they are done, and through Town Meeting Day.  This requires a lot of coordination & is quite resource-intensive..but we also enjoy our role in this important democratic institution!

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