Town Square Television: YOUR Local Community Media Station


Town Square Television’s award-winning staff posed for a portrait by Dan Grevas Photography on the station’s patio at 5845 Blaine Avenue in Inver Grove Heights.

Guest Dan Grevas (South St. Paul photographer and business owner) is interviewed by Colleen Fuentes, host of Town Square Television’s Channel 14 program, “The Good Stuff.”

Town Square Television Board Chair Caleb Werth and Executive Director Jodie Miller surprised Mark Goossens with the Volunteer of the Year award at the 2017 30th Birthday Bash open house.

A truly LOCAL media station

If you live in Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake or West St. Paul, Town Square Television is your connection to local news, information, and entertainment. This community media station has many of the amenities of a commercial TV station— award-winning staff, high definition cameras, a recently expanded and upgraded studio, professionally equipped edit suites and a newly upgraded custom high definition production truck— but with one distinct advantage: It’s all here for the public.

Members of the community can take classes, volunteer, or produce and televise their own programs. A comprehensive line of classes is offered for experienced video veterans and beginners alike, including HD Camera Production, Studio Production, Video Editing and Truck Production.

The non-profit organization televised more than 1,300 unique shows last year. Volunteers log hundreds of hours on studio and mobile truck productions, helping to bring their favorite sports, music or civic events online and on cable TV. Executive Director Jodie Miller points out that with a small staff of 13 employees, Town Square Television depends upon volunteers and sponsors to accomplish its motto: “Your Town, Your Stories.”

“We are constantly updating our equipment and training our staff to keep up with rapidly changing technology,” Miller says, “Our mobile production truck, which is a rolling studio on wheels, was overhauled last summer with state of the art cameras and lenses, additional point-of-view cameras, and specialty graphics and replay systems. Our staff is training on new editing software, and edit suites will be updated this year.”

 

Providing LOCAL video content

Programming on Town Square Television includes award-winning local news, music, arts, high school sports, faith-related shows, local government, election coverage, history programs, graduations, community festivals and more.

“In October of 2017 we celebrated our 30th Anniversary with a Birthday Bash Open House, and 500 people came out to show their support. This year will be a very big election year, and we will provide many hours of pre-election programming, including candidate forums and individual ‘Meet the Candidates’ videos, to help voters learn about the candidates on their ballots. On Election Night our staff and dozens of volunteers will produce a live show and open house event to bring candidates and the community together with the results,” Miller states. “We cover eight high school and college graduations every year, live on cable and internet, and provide free DVDs to all graduates with the help of our loyal sponsor, Volkswagen of Inver Grove.”

“This spring we will televise and webcast all home games for the Minnesota Vixen, a professional women’s football team of the Women’s Football Alliance, live from Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights,” Miller adds.

 

When and where viewers want to watch

By continuing to add new viewing apps and platforms, Town Square Television allows viewers to find programs online, or on TV, on their own schedule. Besides being easily accessed on Comcast Xfinity Basic Cable channels and Xfinity On-Demand, as well as CenturyLink’s Prism TV product, programs are also available at www. townsquare.tv. “We rolled out our new web site in 2017 to provide a more user-friendly and mobile-device-responsive tool for residents to interact with us and watch our videos, whenever and wherever they are,” Miller says.

Town Square Television is on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo, in addition to its TV channels and web site. Facebook Live was included in the mix for the Jan. 31 Special State Senate Election Candidate Forum, and is being incorporated with more live high school basketball and hockey games. “Our viewers are sharing our videos with their social media networks, and we are thrilled to have thousands of viewers all over the world,” Miller says.  


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