Exactly WHY is Buncombe County Strangling URTV?

What makes URTV a community resource?

Now-a-days the local voice is often lost in the whirlwind, 24-hour news cycle. URTV
provides a forum for local residents to express their interests and concerns to their
community through the channel and website.

The expansion of services during the last two years is remarkable: 24/7 programming, LIVE shows, a second studio, call-in line, youth camp, mobile editing, expanded training, HD cameras, webcasting and internet radio.

But to be clear, without the producers making programs, this equipment is just stuff in a room. It is the people who utilize this resource that make URTV valuable to the community.

What might people be surprised to learn about URTV?

People donʼt realize how much the facility gets used. The level to which WNC has embraced this resource has exceeded all expectations. The numbers are astounding and given the size and population of this area, the creative output of URTV producers is extraordinary.

People might not know how easy it is to get involved. Simply put, any resident of WNC can use URTV’s resources to make their own TV show. You make it, we air it.

How does URTV help create community?

Critics often cite the Twitter/YouTube phenomenon when questioning the value of a community media center. But these services only work for people who have their own equipment and already know how to use it.

URTV provides facilities, equipment, training and perhaps most importantly a group of people exchanging ideas, energy and expertise to help one another improve their skills and shows.

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist living in Asheville, North Carolina. He has traveled the world documenting the tears, joys, laughter and lives of people everywhere. He currently focuses his camera on the same topics in America. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as USAToday, CNN, Upsurge, Dream Row and others. A portion of his income from each photo shoot is donated to organizations that help the homeless in the communities in which he works. You can see more of his photography by clicking here.

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