DERRY — If you’re one of those people who complains that there’s never anything good on TV, maybe it’s time you did something about it.
Next month, Derry Community Television will host an open house to show residents how they can contribute to the station’s programming.
“We would like to inform the public about what we do and let the community know we are here to serve their needs,” said Debbie Roy, assistant cable coordinator.
Roy said the open house is a chance for residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations to learn what P.E.G. (public, educational and government) cable access channels are and how they can participate.
“We have equipment and a studio which many Derry residents don’t know they can use for free,” Roy said. “We offer free training on all video equipment. Once trained, residents can sign out the equipment to create a show or to cover their local event.”
Derry Community Television, channels 17 and 23, are paid for by Comcast franchise fees. Channel 17 focuses on government related programming, and Channel 23 is a public access channel that gives residents an opportunity to showcase their talents or expertise. Since Comcast funds the stations, no tax dollars are used for operational costs, according to the release.
Cable system coordinator Chris Martin highlighted the value of the stations to residents.
“It gives the public an opportunity to voice their opinions, show their creativity and volunteer to help cover local events,” Martin said. “They will learn how to operate camera equipment and learn how to edit their own shows.”
Martin said part of the reason cable television decided to hold an open house in April is “because we’re getting into the spring season and there will be a multitude of opportunities” for volunteers.
“We will also be offering free classes starting in April and want to give residents a chance to sign up,” Martin said.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. DCT is located in the basement of the Derry Municipal Center at 14 Manning Street. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information or to register for the event, contact Debbie Roy at 845-5514.