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Oct/11

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ACTV Programs Win Statewide Historical Awards

ACTV shared in some “historic” awards at the North Carolina Society of Historians’ annual banquet, held Saturday October 22 in Mooresville, North Carolina:

Alleghany Memories

Mildred Torney, Margaret Crouse and Pauline Jolly shot in front of the blue-screen backdrop in the ACTV studio.

The Alleghany Historical – Genealogical Society won a Paul Green Multimedia Award for the first episode of its new television show, Alleghany Memories, that featured Mildred Torney and Pauline Jolly being interviewed by Margaret Crouse.

This first installment of the series, shot by Charlie Scott in the new ACTV studio at the Blue Ridge Business Development Center in Sparta, airs Thursdays at 6 p.m.

From the NCSH judges’ collective comments: “This is one of the best oral history DVDs we have ever had the privilege to judge! It’s the kind of, “find a comfy seat and bring a cup of coffee-type” of recording, set in a relaxed atmosphere. It felt like we were sitting around with friends, just visiting with three exceptional women who have done so much for Alleghany County, NC … and that is an understatement!”

Alleghany Lives

Brad Jenkins won a Paul Green Multimedia Award for his play Alleghany Lives. Charlie Scott shot the play during the county’s Sesquicentennial in 2009 and the station has aired it several times since.

Judges’ comments: “After the play was over, even though Mr. Jenkins was not present, nor was any cast member, they would have seen the same type of standing ovation that they received at the end of the play recorded on this DVD! It is truly a piece of work, ART, to be proud of.”

Mountain Topics

A Paul Green Multimedia award was given to Clark Hunter for a series of programs on the Blue Ridge Parkway for his show, Mountain Topics.

Clark, a member of the ACTV Board of Directors and a career broadcast professional, has developed one of the first original programs for the station.

NCSH judges: “The host always seemed interested in what the speaker had to say. He asked intelligent, open minded questions, and made some excellent comments. It was easy to see that he had done his homework with regard to the subject matter at hand. His voice holds one’s attention and sounds very interesting and inviting.”

Alleghany County projects won over 10% of all awards given in 2011 by NCSH. Congratulations to each of the winners and thank you and the NC Society of Historians for your contributions to North Carolina History.

Thanks, also, for allowing Alleghany Community Television to share in the production of these historic, historical, award-winning entries!

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Aug/11

29

ACTV Launches 2 New Shows on Thursday Night

The Alleghany Jubilee

ACTV recently taped the first episodes of The Alleghany Jubilee that will be aired on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM.

Amber Call shoots video of the Rise and Shine Band as square dancers take the floor.

Ernest and Agnes Joines have been hosting and playing old-time, mountain music at the Alleghany Jubilee in the old Sparta Theater building on Main Street for the last eighteen years.

Agnes has hosted an annual Hillbilly Variety Show for several years, now, regularly selling out the 900+ seat Sparta School Auditorium. The Hillbilly Show raises money for the Alleghany Planning Committee, Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission’s local arm, that helps Alleghany citizens with heating bills, home garden seed distribution, and Head Start. They also give out 2 annual scholarships to Seniors at Alleghany High School.

The program will feature local performers and the first two shows (Videotaped August 5th) are a preview to this year’s Hillbilly Show on October 15th.

ACTV Station Manager Charlie Scott oversees Daniel Caudill manning the Tricaster.

ACTV Station Manager, Charlie Scott, was on-hand to direct a crew of young technicians that included Daniel Caudill, Destiny Blevins, Amber Call and Natalie Marion. “The crew did a great job. They’re knowledgeable and professional, and we couldn’t have asked for a better result,” said Claire Halsey of Imaging Specialists who are co-producing the series with the Jubilee.

Photos are by Coby LaRue of the Alleghany News and are reprinted with permission.

Destiny Blevens records video of the band.

Alleghany Memories

Immediately following the Jubilee at 8:00 PM will be Alleghany Memories, a new interview program from the Alleghany Historical – Genealogical Society. The show will feature older citizens telling stories about their lives in Alleghany County. The first episode features Mildred Torney and Pauline Jolly, both former Alleghany librarians, who were interviewed by Margaret Crouse in the ACTV studio. The show was sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

L-to-R- Mildred Torney, Margaret Crouse and Pauline Jolly at the Alleghany Community Television studio.

Candidates for the show must be at least 80 years old and must have a sponsor lined up to pay production and airing costs. Folks can be interviewed by someone from the society, friends, family members or anyone they are comfortable with. For information, contact Reba Evans of AHGS at 372-4866.

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Feb/11

14

Please Support ACTV!

The station is now in around 3000 homes in the region. ACTV is, at present, in 437 Surry County homes, 800 in Wilkes County and 1675 in the Skyline and Alleghany Cablevision viewing area. Those numbers are growing (daily) as Skyline and other systems bring customers online to new fiber-optic delivery systems in the mountain region.

Imaging Specialists in Sparta has been working with ACTV by donating hosting and maintenance for this web site (which was originally a Senior Project by a student that participated in the program.) We hope to eventually stream station content, which will showcase Alleghany County in a way never before possible. When that happens, viewership will potentially include anyone in the world with a computer and an Internet connection.

ACTV is a relatively new organization that originated in the Alleghany County School System and the A. Anderson Huber Cyber Campus. Station Manager, Charlie Scott and Cyber Campus Manager, Travis Sturgill have been working with Alleghany High students for several years to build a modern, viable TV Station.

With their oversight, the students have been doing the lion’s share of the work, learning and performing jobs like videography, programming, announcing, sales, makeup and every other job associated with operating a TV station. Their newest project, soon to be broadcast, is an Alleghany News program. It will join the many locally produced shows including school academic and sports events, Senior projects, Sparta Town Council meetings and area church services.

Other counties all over North Carolina, have been watching ACTV closely, hoping to replicate our success. There are plans to bring in students from the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, to intern and help train Alleghany students.

ACTV is the best unknown resource in Alleghany County (and possibly Northwest North Carolina) and you should be a part of it.

If you don’t know much about the station, check out our site or, contact Charlie Scott at 657-0825. Since we are a non-profit enterprise, overt advertising isn’t allowed, but sponsorship is welcome, either of individual shows, series or at station level. Gifts to the station will (very) soon be tax deductible after we achieve full 501(c)(3) status.

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May/10

25

New from ACTV

We’ve added some new features to the site, recently, that you might want to check out. For instance a new Donations page allows visitors to donate directly to ACTV, via paypal and a Sponsor page has been added to highlight our sponsors, partners and donors.

We’ve also added a link to our upcoming week’s Schedule. This schedule is live and changes automatically as programming changes are made, so it’s the best, most up-to-the-minute source for what you’ll find on ACTV.

We’ll soon be adding a wish-list. You might be able to help out the station in ways other than monetary donations. You never know- that inverted transceiver coupling laying around your garage might be the ideal item we need for our collection. Check back often, as the list will change!

Look for new and interesting local programming on ACTV in the coming weeks. Groups are really taking advantage of our low production and airtime rates.

Sponsorships are very reasonable now, also.  Get your name into households all over North Carolina’s high country!

Contact Charlie Scott or Travis Sturgill for a quote today.

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Feb/10

24

Welcome to the new site!

First off, I hope every one is enjoying watching our programming. Secondly, there’s a lot of website and station updates coming down the ACTV pipes. I don’t want to give to much away but ACTV is currently working on some new shows that you will not be able to see anywhere else. We’ve heard many complaints about the current lineup being a guessing game a structured program lineup is in the works and should be available to view on the site soon.

DVDs are available for purchase.

Contact the station at 336-657-0825.

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