Station Manager Steve Galvin, left, and producer Peter Morton edit video at the NPC-TV station on Marston Street in Norway.
Station Manager Steve Galvin, who has been working at NPC-TV for 13 years, said he'd love to have more local content, but it's a matter of retaining consistent volunteers.
The station is funded through a $1.44 monthly charge on Time Warner cable subscribers' bills and doesn't use any tax money, Galvin
It's impossible to track how many people watch the channel, but it is broadcast to around 3,500 households.
As an educational nonprofit, however, the station's five digital cameras, small studio and professional editing equipment, all open for the public's use.
There are plenty of ideas out there, Galvin
said, but people have a tendency to lose interest when they get into the filming and production of a TV segment.
That means that instead of using his 35 years of TV experience to train new cameramen and coach burgeoning directors, Galvin
or Peter Morton, the station's sole full-time employee, wind up producing most of the local content.
"We've got to change the mindset of community a little bit," Galvin
"I'm still fine with going out and filming, but we really need more volunteers to be producing for the station."
Now, with a new, energetic board, Galvin
is cautiously optimistic local interest will pick up.
agrees that filming local sports is crucial, but he'd like to see different student-produced content, like a news magazine or biweekly interview show.
The board is also working on engaging local business to underwrite some of the programming.
Although public access channels are banned from airing advertising, local companies can support programming in exchange for a little publicity.
With a budget of about $90,000 a year and new equipment purchases to make, that underwriting could make a real difference.
and board members hope that by possibly adding high school sports, they can attract some new supporters.