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July 16, 2014

BCTV celebrates 30 years on air

By Elizabeth Scussel
C & G Staff Writer

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BCTV celebrates 30 years on air
Bloomfield Community Television has been serving hyperlocal coverage to the area for 30 years. Residents join operations manager Steve Rota and his BCTV team to produce more than 600 programs a year.

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Since 1984, Bloomfield Community Television has been serving hyper-local television programming to Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills and Franklin, and they’re always looking for the next new show.

The station welcomes residents to bring their program ideas to BCTV and become involved in their production.

BCTV now produces more than 600 programs a year. Many of the programs are in a series format and are produced in the studio by local residents. The other shows are produced by local nonprofit organizations and document events taking place in and around the community.

From sports talks to council meetings and exercise education to cooking classes, the shows on BCTV cover the gamut of the television spectrum.

“A lot of people don’t know what’s available to them,” said BCTV operations manager Steve Rota. “Our programing is local, interesting and it is really well-done.”

This hard work isn’t going unnoticed. With numerous awards under its belt, BCTV has grown to become one of the largest community television stations in the nation.

For its most recent win at the 35th annual Telly Awards, BCTV was judged by a panel of over 500 industry professionals and was among more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and various countries.

BCTV took home three Telly Awards, for shows “Soup! & Company,” “Beyond the Box Score” and “The BBSO and Mozart.”

“Bloomfield Community TV takes great pride in the quality of our programming,” said said BCTV general manager Greg Kowalski. “Being recognized for that by your peers is gratifying. And it’s a way of reaffirming to everyone involved in production that they are doing superior work.”

Residents interested in pitching a show idea must first attend a camera workshop to learn the basics of the behind-the-scenes work involved.

Rota explained that the workshop is not just to learn the technical side, but to also become aware that the shows take a serious commitment.

After completion of the workshop, a proposal of the show is then submitted to the BCTV Program Development Committee. From there, Rota and the team at BCTV do the fine-tuning and tweaking, and production begins.

“It’s been great working here. Every day is different, and all the producers and volunteers have been great,” Rota said. “It’s a family — we’re a great, big family.”

BCTV’s state-of-the-art studio and facilities are available for tours and workshops. For more information on BCTV, call (248) 433-7790, send an email to cable_dept@bloomfieldtwp.org or visit www.bloomfieldtwp.org.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Elizabeth Scussel at escussel@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1037.