"It is certainly a challenge to fill two channels with a limited pool of programming, so at times there is redundancy," Forrest said. "But with the help of production manager and technical whiz Jared Gunnell, we are gradually making things more interesting.
"Executive director Bruce Johnson's long, institutional memory and his wife Marita, who helped found SAPA 10 years ago, are also major contributors with their many community connections and slick video editing skills."
SAPPA TV membership is free to citizens from the aforementioned towns upon the completion of a video production workshop which in turn, gives members the opportunity to utilize the station's studio facilities including video production and editing equipment. SAPA TV members are also encouraged to get involved with any other station activities as well.
"Through SAPA, the community has the ability for anyone to become an amateur film producer," Forrest added. "Citizens can create their own television shows to either entertain or promote a particular point of view."
Some of the services SAPA-TV offers includes camera training classes, linear and digital editing equipment and training, community bulletin board announcements, local school coverage as well as student internship opportunities.
A sampling of SAPA TV's current programming includes shows featuring low impact yoga, a health-related program, a model engineering show, a program about getting out of debt, various panel discussions, a fine arts program and various church and local government programs, just to name a few. "By capturing local performances by a variety of artists, SAPA TV provides unique entertainment right in the comfort of your living room," Forrest concluded. "People can watch anything from local sports to vicariously attending a church service, because public access isn't bound by a lot of rules about subject matter.
"Indeed, you can watch some pretty interesting and weird stuff!"
To learn more about SAPA TV and the many services they offer, call 885-7983, 875-7983 or visit online at www.sapatv.com.