Serious talent, imagination, and resourcefulness are alive among the good people of Fayette County. If you don’t believe it, just spend a few minutes in the Fayette TV studio before showtime on Friday night. The positive creative energy in the room is almost palpable. Visual artists, filmmakers, authors, and chefs are some of the many local luminaries who bring their brilliant minds and skillful hands to the set of Going LIVE with FCTV.
Going LIVE was developed by the Coordinated 360 team, subcontracted station operators for Fayette TV, with an idea to celebrate the best in Fayette County arts, culture and entertainment. We had no way of predicting, however, just how much big-city talent existed in our small community.
Blending humor, light-hearted discussion, and interactive games and demonstrations, Going LIVE with FCTV is Fayette County’s first and only live variety show focusing on arts and entertainment. At Going LIVE, we’re also passionate about supporting and providing a platform for live, local music – almost every show begins and ends with a performance from homegrown talent representing a diversity of musical genres.
Filmed in front of a live studio audience at 65 West Main Street, Uniontown, the show airs on Atlantic Broadband channel 77, and streams live worldwide at goingLIVEfctv.com and FayetteTV.org.
Matthew Dowling (Host/Executive Producer) is founder and CEO of Coordinated 360 (a video production, event management, and event entertainment provider) and subcontracted managing director of Fayette County Community Television. As Host and Executive Producer for Going LIVE, Matthew brings more than 10 years of entertainment industry experience, having worked as both a radio and event disc jockey, local television host, and master of ceremonies. To learn more about Matthew visit: www.matthewddowling.com.
Dave Slusarick (Producer/Announcer) studied television journalism at WVU, and his passion for writing and producing grew while serving as executive producer for a small newscast that aired statewide in West Virginia. Dave’s producer/announcer responsibilities with Going LIVE represent some of his most fun duties as Creative Director of Coordinated 360, and subcontracted Community Liaison/Producer for Fayette County Community Television. Another project that Dave is especially passionate about is Mission Field: Fayette County, a Fayette TV documentary mini-series, of which he is creator and executive producer (www.missionfieldfayette.com).
Mario Porreca (House Chef) is a chef, author, and public speaker. He studied culinary arts at Westmoreland County Community College and previously served as a Sous Chef at the prestigious Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh. He has authored two cookbooks, received gold medals and Best of Show awards from the American Culinary Foundation (ACF), and has performed demonstrations at grocery and cooking stores, culinary schools, the Google Pittsburgh and Atlanta offices, and even a week-long Carnival Cruise. He is also a featured chef at ChefHangout.com. Visit him online at: www.marioporreca.com.
Episode 2.5 (Watch at http://tinyurl.com/a2u8w3z) – There are two new members of our Going LIVE team — interns Deborah Martinelli and Tillie Lee! You’ll meet Tillie on this special Saint Patrick’s Day episode. Our cast of characters for Episode 2.5 also includes a man in a kilt! Patrick Regan performs for us and gives us a “Bagpipes 101″ lesson, including a crash course on the history of the instrument. As we move from the stage to the Going LIVE couch, award-winning beer maker Greg Akins talks about his favorite hobby, and gives our co-hosts a sample of one of his favorite home brews. Then, Chome the World Traveling Flight Attendant talks about the amazing people and places she’s seen, including Dublin and Scotland. You don’t have to travel to Dublin to enjoy an authentic Irish pub, though — Zach Goetz of Boston Beanery, which has a location in Uniontown Mall, chats with Chef Mario Porreca and Bill Alexander of the Mario Cooks Radio Show about the St. Patrick’s Day specials at all Beanery locations, and serves up a scrumptious Shepherd’s Pie for us in the studio. St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only commemoration in March, though — Dr. Frederick Ruthardt of Southwestern Gastrointestinal Specialists stops by to talk about Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and explains how a simple procedure can save your life.
Episode 2.4 (Watch at http://tinyurl.com/au8lbz5) – Going LIVE takes our show on the road for Episode 2.4! We’re at the Connellsville Community Center’s breath-taking Porter Theatre, where Connellsville Mayor Charles Matthews and city Councilman Greg “Matty” Ritch introduce us to the people and businesses who are breathing new life into a facility that they hope will become the hub of community activity in Connellsville. Both the Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School Spring Musical Cast and Connellsville Area High School Spring Musical Cast perform for us, and we talk to Geibel Musical Director Nick Bell and Connellsville Musical Director Henry Molinaro about how their students capture the Broadway magic. Drew Smith of the John P. Murtha Wellness Center shares a list of options for exercise classes and personalized fitness plans at the facility, and Michael Edwards of Fayette County Cultural Trust explains how the Trust is serving the local area’s contemporary needs while honoring its history. After that, we learn about one of Fayette County’s most important outdoor assets– our bike and walking trails– with Ted Kovall of Yough River Trail Council and Will Prince of Trail Town Outreach Corps. Then, Bud Murphy’s restaurant’s Bob Bubarth (grandson of Bud Murphy himself) presents a cooking demonstration, illustrating that Bud Murphy’s offers so much more than just their delicious pizza. Plus, throughout this show, we’ve got a special treat for music fans: before and after each segment, you’ll hear one of Connellsville’s most acclaimed pianists, Levi Graft– of the Sammy Brooks Group– on keyboards!
Episode 2.3 (Watch at http://tinyurl.com/blbcvvz) – If the paper hearts on our set don’t give it away, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day at Going LIVE. We honor two favorite Valentine’s Day classics– jewelry and chocolate– with John Carom of Abby’s Gold and Gems and Jeff and Rosemary Brooks of Colebrook Chocolate, who share some gift-giving ideas and their businesses’ secrets to success in a sometimes shaky economy. Then, Chef Mario Porreca and Bill Alexander of the Mario Cooks Radio Show share the kitchen with Chef Joe Carei of Caileigh’s restaurant and Ellie Mae’s Catering, who demonstrates the process behind making a sweet treat that just might “melt” your Valentine’s heart. Also on this episode, Carol Stewart tells us about a unique family camp that happens annually at the beautiful Jumonville Retreat Center (and how you can be a part of it), and Tim Litvin plays and sings some laid-back tunes.
Episode 2.2 (Watch at http://tinyurl.com/am5ez8u) – This episode of Going LIVE opens up with Bob Junk of the Fayette County Buy Local Network explaining how we can save money for three years with the new community discount card! Then, it’s a showcase of young talent in Fayette County: Gino Mollica, a local high school student whose rich voice and skillful piano playing has earned him comparisons to Josh Groban, presents a moving performance… Devan Grote of the Fayette Young Professionals Network gives us the details on the Main Street Mosaic, a river-themed work of art coming soon to downtown Uniontown… Our sauciest guests, husband-and-wife team Matt and Danielle Lancaster, proprietors of Donata LLC, join Chef Mario Porreca, to talk about how a family sauce recipe turned into a practical way to make a difference… Popular New York City comic, Adam Lucidi, born and raised in Fayette County, tells us about his adventures and misadventures on the stand-up scene… and PhD student Nick Broskey regales us with stories about his journey from the hills of Fayette County to the mountains of Switzerland, and provides us all with some helpful health tips based on his years of research.
Epsiode 2.1 (Watch at http://tinyurl.com/b524ouv) - Why is co-host Dave Slusarick wearing gym shorts with his sport coat? He’ll explain when he and host Matthew Dowling sit down with new Going LIVE sponsors, Bob Junk and Lori Goodwin Scott of the Fayette County Buy Local Network. The “Have a Heart” theme for this episode was inspired by The Heart Ball, a once-a-year, one-of-a-kind event in Fayette County! This memorable evening at a five-star resort features a gourmet meal, live music, a huge auction with top-shelf items, and of course, dancing. Monica Sweet and Sheila Mechling tell us more, and Tricia Desvarro of the American Heart Association joins Chef Mario Porreca to compare notes on heart-healthy snacks and to provide novice cooks with some inspiration through the Simple Cooking with Heart at Home program. Another way to be good to your heart is through yoga, as certified instructor Jenny Seibert will tell us. It’s fortunate that yoga is a gentle, beginner-friendly cardio exercise, because co-host Dave Slusarick is getting a crash course, whether he’s ready or not! Plus, with some ”music for the heart,” we introduce Christian Sesek, a one-man homage to the Rat Pack. There’s so much romance in his polished renditions of these jazz standards, that you’ll want to watch this segment in the arms of someone you love.
Episode 14 – New Year’s Eve Special (Pre-show at http://tinyurl.com/bdhbzhk, Main feature at http://tinyurl.com/awjmzeo, Post-show at http://tinyurl.com/a8bw8t9) - Our special Countdown Pre-show features a look back at all of the live, local music that has graced the Going LIVE stage. Catch some of the musicians you may have missed, or watch those entertainers who were so good, you’ve got to see their performance again! Plus, learn a little more about their background, their musical influences, and their path to regional stardom. For our main feature, we’re treated to some tunes by “Mr. Trombone,” Harold Betters – a Connellsville native who once toured with Ray Charles, performed with Louis Armstrong, and appeared on the Tonight Show! Voice actress and musician Jordan Zeigler tells us about her experiences working on an Australian film, performing for John Lennon’s birthday tribute in L.A., and learning from some big names in the music industry. Then, we catch up with actress, stunt double and model April Black who was a finalist for America’s Next Top Model, and whose film credits include The Hunger Games! Find out what she calls one of her “most memorable experiences.” Chef Mario Porreca and Dan and Barb Clougherty of Wines, Steins and Cocktails talk about the art of mixology, and demonstrate the process behind making some unique adult beverages that you’ll want to replicate at your next get-together. After we count down to midnight, our post-show (“Going LIVE Unplugged”) features an uninterrupted set of high-energy music from vocalist/guitarist Brandon Petrucci and Going LIVE regulars Abacus Jones. It’s the perfect soundtrack to any party, and a great way to usher in the New Year!
Episode 13 – Holiday Special (Watch at http://tinyurl.com/b88nxfa) – The holidays have come to Fayette County! Fayette TV’s own Taylor Hackley exchanges her videographer/TV personality hat for a vocalist’s hat and puts us in the yuletide spirit with her renditions of seasonal favorites. The Brownsville High School Band, under the direction of Mr. Gregg Johnson, is also on hand to perform. Then, it’s time to expand our minds: Myrna Giannopoulos of the Tree of Life Synagogue shares her knowledge about Hanukkah– and shares some potato latkes with our audience! Mary Sampey, Pastoral Minister at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, talks with host Matthew Dowling about favorite Christmas traditions, and Patricia Jones and Dr. Norma Thomas of the East End United Community Center clear up some misconceptions about Kwanzaa. And what’s a holiday special without gift-giving? We share our “Favorite Fayette County Things” with you, including Gene and Boots Candies, Laurel Business Institute Massage Therapy Program, Pompadour Salon, the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Christian Klay Winery and books by authors Emile D. Etheridge Sr., Tom Baker, and Jason Jack Miller — and one of our viewers wins a meal at the Olive Garden, movie passes to Carmike Cinemas, and locally-made Colebrook Chocolate. Happy holidays, indeed!
Episode 12 (Watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfUEPhaj_IE) – When our producer saw the duo Martyr Kanin at the Fayette County Fair/Uniontown YMCA Battle of the Bands, he knew he had to book them for the show! Baseball player turned vocalist/guitarist Michael Miskanin III of Martyr Kanin tells host Matthew Dowling about how he was a late bloomer in the world of music, and gives some insight into the spiritual undertones of his songs. Like Michael Miskanin, the lovely– and lively– Jennifer Frame (JennFrameArt@gmail.com) is a Fairmont State University alum, but Fayette Countians are taking note of her work after she was featured as an Artist of the Month in the Fayette County Courthouse Law Library. Nemacolin Castle Tour Coordinator Sarah Boger is also on the “Going Live Couch” to give us the details on the castle’s Christmas Candlelight Tours, and her exciting role as a Production Assistant for the upcoming film “Citzen Soldiers.” Chef Mario Porreca is back, too, and today he blends two holiday favorites– egg nog and hot chocolate– to create the granddaddy of all seasonal beverages! Then, Chef Mario and Bill Alexander (co-host of the “Mario Cooks Radio Show” on WMBS-AM 590) issue a charity challenge to Matt and Dave!
Episode 11 (Watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1PHqY_3JmQ) – Jazz and blues are timeless, and no one knows it better than virtuoso Bobby Reed, who has been drawing crowds of all ages for 50 years. Regional favorites, the Bobby Reed Jazz and Blues Review, play two energetic sets, which include a track from their popular Christmas album. And Bobby talks one-on-one with host Matthew Dowling about how the musician’s blindness has not deterred him from doing what he does best. Then, Rich Miller (bandmaster/arranger) and Chris Decker (band manager) of the V.F.W. Post 8543 Band explain how you can see an all-star group of performers, and it will only cost you a can of beans! This episode of “Going LIVE” also features guests from Erie and Pittsburgh: Erie-based graphic novelist Garrett Free, a Fayette County native, describes why comic books aren’t just for kids, and gives us some insight into how his multi-part graphic novel is produced. After that, Tom Baker, Founder/Chief Program Officer of Get Involved! Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, tells us about a local book-signing event for his third book, which has a regional appeal and features the contributions of ten other great “movers and shakers,” including a Fayette Countian that viewers may recognize! Plus, co-host Dave Slusarick talks about his experience interviewing former Super Bowl MVP and three-time Pro Bowler Hines Ward.
Episode 10 (Watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcWdScFVRI8&feature=plcp) – It’s “The Dish with Trish,” as Tricia Desvarro of the American Heart Association tells us about a party with free food, beverages, and live, local music! What could be better? Well, it’s all for a good cause. Five non-profit organizations will get all of the gifts from this party! Plus… How many high school juniors have their own talent agent? Chelsea Feudale does, but this rising star is not an unapproachable diva – she’s just an ordinary girl with an extraordinary love for the performing arts. She takes a break from being a spokesmodel for Elmer’s Glue to join us on the Going Live couch. Then in a segment featuring “color commentary” from talk radio personality Bill Alexander, Chef Mario Porreca shows us how to prepare a savory selection that’s perfect for the crisp autumn weather… Pumpkin Tomato Soup! After our bodies are nourished from the soup, it’s time to get some food for the soul, as “Uniontown’s Got Talent” finalist Sharise Johnson-Moore lifts our spirits by belting out some sensational rhythm and blues with a gospel flare.
Episode 09 (Watch at http://www.youtu.be/_at8ur_W7G0) – She may soon be a household name just like Taylor Swift, but you’ll see her on Going LIVE first: 17-year-old singer/songwriter Katelyn Ritenour, 2011 Fayette County Teen Idol and Mount Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival Talent Show Winner! After a performance from Katelyn, Jeff McLaughlin and Rebecca Hilton from Downtown Uniontown’s Main Street program give us a special preview of the 2012 Home for the Holidays festivities. Then, host Matthew Dowling sits down on the set of Fayette TV’s “Time Out For Sports” with Coach Jes Hutson to hear about one of Fayette County’s most popular Thanksgiving traditions: the Salvation Army Turkey Trot… Coach even gives us some tips on how to prepare for a 5K race! Another special feature on this episode: Artist, chef, and local historian Heleen Kirch Karpel, whose paintings took “Best of Show” at the Fayette County Fair, presents a mini-exhibition of her work. Speaking of art expos, it’s almost time for the Uniontown Art Club’s annual Holiday Show and Sale event. Matthew learns more during an interview with Mary Ann Hovanic and Monica Sweet.
Episode 08 (Watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Del5dgYPxg&feature=plcp) – Where else but Going LIVE with FCTV will you see a mafia henchman, an elected official, an artist, and a nun all within one hour of programming? Co-host/producer Dave Slusarick kicks things off with a lively chat with Angel “Chi Chi” Salazar from the movie Scarface. Host Matthew Dowling sits down with painter David DiPietro, who receives a commendation on the show from State Representative Tim Mahoney. Then, Sister Barbara Jean Mihalchick, OSBM tells us about the beautiful new feature at Mount Saint Macrina that will greet visitors of the annual pilgrimage sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Basil. We wrap up the show with Chef Mario Porreca, who makes a dish that’s so sizzlin’, our fire alarm starts to buzz!
Episode 07 (Watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlgJT0gtwFs&feature=plcp) – Back by popular demand, Joe Materkowski of the band Abacus Jones presents a solo acoustic performance. Bob Junk of the Fayette County Buy Local Network returns to the show, too, to give us more insight on how we can make life better for farmers in Fayette County. Then, Terry Cellurale and Dave Dragosin give us a special preview of the food, music, and fun at this year’s Italian Heritage Festival, which is expecting a historic turnout at its brand new location. Wrapping things up is Chef Mario Porreca, who guides us step-by-step in creating a colorful, delicious, and easy-to-make sandwich.
Episode 06 (Watch at http://vimeo.com/46247718) – Kicking things off is Going LIVE regular Joe Materkowski with a stripped-down acoustic performance of an original tune from the repertoire of his band, Abacus Jones. Then, host Matthew Dowling sits down with Fayette County Fair board member Danielle Angelo to find out how and why our own county fair has become one of the biggest in the state. Like the Fair, the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale gives people of all ages the opportunity to exhibit their talents; We learn more from the theatre’s President, Brad Geyer, and theatre manager Kristen Tunney. Our theatres in Fayette County are just a few of our many local treasures, though; episode sponsor Bob Junk of the Fayette County Buy Local Farmers’ Markets talks about how the Buy Local Network helps our farms thrive. But the Farmers’ Markets aren’t all that happens in downtown Uniontown’s Storey Square! Kelly DeRosa-Judy and Carrie Brown Attaway give us the details on Dance for Dreams, a Storey Square event celebrating the art of dance and benefitting the Uniontown Arts Fellowship/Phoenix Arts Center. Chef Mario Porreca whets everyone’s appetite with some appetizers that you’ll want to make at home, and the episode closes with a song from Dance for Dreams featured performer and local high school student, Kamry Uhazie.
Episode 05 (Watch at https://vimeo.com/45545099) – For this special 2-hour edition of Going LIVE, host Matthew Dowling and the team are on location at the annual Independence Day Celebration on the grounds of the Uniontown Mall. In the spirit of the holiday, we hear from Chris Semans and Ryan Fiano, who have a very personal reason for being advocates for men and women in our country’s Armed Forces. We’re also joined by local sustainable communities specialist Devan Grote, representing our episode sponsor, the Buy Local Network Farmers’ Markets. Devan is a true believer in the importance of buying local products and supporting our community’s farms. Chef Mario Porreca agrees, and he’s got some special summer treats for us. On the second half of the show, he’s joined by Dan Wagner and Chef Christian to get an inside look at why the newly revamped 30 East Main is one of Fayette County’s hottest spots. And, our host makes good on a promise to allow award-winning barber/beautician Gennaro Cellurale to cut and style his hair in front of a live TV audience. Gennaro, who’s joined by his talented wife Anita Jordan, takes things a step further by bringing some models on the set to show off some of the freshest summer hair styles for women and men. Another familiar face returning for this 2-hour special is author/musician Jason Jack Miller, fresh off a new book release. Jason Jack and Chef Mario close the show by playing a high-stakes patriotic trivia game with Abacus Jones’ frontman, Joe Materkowski and three members of our live audience. There are Fayette TV t-shirts on the line, so it’s serious business!
Episode 04 (Watch at https://vimeo.com/42951930) – You may know talented barbers, and you may also know skilled beauticians, but Gennaro Cellurale is the best of both worlds! The local barber/beautician has been nationally recognized for his urban-inspired styles, and on this episode, he and some of his satisfied clients join host Matthew Dowling to talk about hairstyling as a true art. And speaking of art, Lauren Nemchik is an artist on a mission. She and festival organizer Kate Webster educate Matthew (and our viewers) on the revolutionary Schools for Schools program, and why they’re rallying local artists and musicians behind this particular cause. And if you’re looking to spice things up at the dinner table, Chef Mario Porreca takes you step-by-step in creating pork chops that will re-define your idea of what good pork chops should be.
Episode 03 (Watch at https://vimeo.com/42061010) – Some real movers and shakers are represented on this episode of Fayette County’s only live variety show. Sheree Cockrell is beautifying Connellsville, PA one mural at a time and her work is starting to garner attention well beyond the borders of Fayette County! “Food Mood Girl” Lindsey Smith is a local who once was once a compulsive eater; now she’s a health and wellness advocate with an amazing story which has become the subject of her very own book! Emily Lapisardi chats with host Matthew Dowling about the massive Market Streets Arts and Music Festival in Brownsville, PA, plus we score one of the last interviews with Andy King before he sets off on a cross-country bike excursion to raise money for charity! Chef Mario Porreca has something fresh and new for our viewers, and the gentlemen of the band Stereotype welcome the onset of warmer weather with some breezy summer tunes!
Episode 02 (Watch at https://vimeo.com/41222898) - It’s a treat for race fans and history buffs alike, as author/publisher/filmmaker Marci Lynn McGuinness shares some tidbits on a long-lost racetrack in Hopwood, PA, that once drew some of the biggest names in the industry! While the race track is long gone, one of Fayette County’s gems that still pulls a crowd is the State Theatre Center for the Arts. Production Coordinator Erica Miller is on the Going LIVE couch! Plus, Chef Mario Porreca is back with a fun and easy-to-create dish for at-home gourmets, and Darrell Smith of the band Outpost plays us out with some down-home fiddle tunes!
Episode 01 (Watch at https://vimeo.com/40382626) – We landed a lively bunch of guests for our inaugural episode of Going LIVE with FCTV! Three-piece rock/folk ensemble Abacus Jones open and close the show with their high-energy tunes, published local authors Jason Jack & Heidi Ruby Miller share some laughs with host Matthew Dowling, Professor Dave Meredith presents a fun and surprising crash course in Fayette County history, and former Duquesne Club Sous Chef Mario Porreca, even gets Matt to try some veggies – a sure sign of a chef who can work magic!
Date Ranges of Internships
- December 17 – January 11 (Winter Break Internship)*
- January 28 – May 3 (Spring Internship)
- June 3 – August 9 (Summer Internship)**
- September 3 – December 6 (Fall Internship)
- December 16 – January 10 (Winter Break Internship)*
- Minimum 60 hours, Minimum 1 day per week
- Minimum 60 hours, Minimum 2 days per week
- ** Minimum 60 hours, Minimum 1 day per week
- Identify and report on upcoming events in the region.
- Evaluate which guests and events are appropriate for a given television episode.
- Employ appropriate telephone manner and community relations techniques in securing guest appearances for a television episode.
- Construct content for marketing materials.
- Demonstrate sensitivity to guests’ needs and concerns while welcoming them and preparing them for television appearances.
- Have completed high school.
- Have reliable means of transportation.
- Currently enrolled in or considering enrolling in the collegiate study of broadcast, marketing or a related field.
- Possess basic soft skills including: business telephone manor, email etiquette and a proficiency in MS Office products.
Intern Job Description
An effective Going LIVE intern would work under the supervision of the show’s producer to strategize about guests, work to secure their appearance on the show, confirm and attend to guest’s needs and finally to promote each episode via email marketing and social media.
No financial compensation will be offered for the duties performed by interns. There is no promise of employment following said internship. Coordinated 360 is willing to work with educational institutions to verify internship as a means of course credit.
FAYETTE COMMUNITY TELEVISION (Fayette TV) is a non-profit, locally controlled TV station celebrating the best of Fayette County. Provided as a service of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce’s non-profit Redstone Foundation and operated by the subcontracted team at Coordinated 360, Fayette TV reaches more than 21,000 households on the Atlantic Broadband Cable System, and broadcasts worldwide at Fayette.TV.org through a 24-hour live stream. Fayette TV strives to spotlight the people and places that make Fayette County a cultural center, tourist destination, and enjoyable place to live and do business.
BPTV, “The Pulse of Bethel Park!” has begun airing Going LIVE several times per week as part of its regular rotation. BPTV operates Bethel Park’s very own full service television production studio, whose facilities and resources are available free to any individual, organization or group in Bethel Park. Individuals can create their own TV program, advertise a non-profit event on the Community Bulletin Board or become a volunteer to gain extensive, free hands-on training and experience with the latest video production equipment. BPTV helps local students achieve course credit through their internship program, and is working with the Bethel Park Community Foundation to establish the Bethel Park Volunteer Scholarship Fund!
Broadcasting to a population of 104,000, COMMUNITY ACCESS TELEVISION (CATV) of Erie is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation authorized by the City of Erie to administer the public access channel on Time Warner Cable, Channel 2. Their mission is to provide their community with access to mass media, by offering low-cost community programming. They specialize in giving people and organizations the tools that they need to get their unique messages across to their intended audiences.
PITTSBURGH COMMUNITY TV (PCTV 21), serving a population of 335,000, prides itself on being Pittsburgh’s community media resource. Located on Pittsburgh’s North Side, PCTV is among the oldest public access media organizations in the United States. PCTV works to encourage dialogue, promote media literacy, provide a platform for free speech and build a stronger community through training and by providing local citizens and non-profit organizations with the tools to produce and broadcast programs from their own unique perspectives. The station trains residents in television production, provides the resources necessary for the production of programs, and broadcasts community-oriented programming on Comcast Channel 21 and Verizon Channel 47 in the greater Pittsburgh area, as well as on their website.