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Creating CCTV and putting this community on television, work from 1987 to 1994
July 20, 1987 The City of Salem and Marion County sign a five year franchise with Viacom Cable, updating a 20-year franchise, increasing franchise fees from 3% to 5%, securing two commercial-free community channels and adding a $45,000 annual PEG access capital fund.
1988 The City of Salem and Marion County form an inter-government agency, the Mid Willamette Valley Cable Regulatory Commission (CRC), for the purpose of managing cable TV franchises and providing public, educational and government (PEG) access, often called community TV.
May 1989 The CRC contracts with four Portland-area members of the Alliance for Community Media for advice on how to provide community TV. The group recommends an independent non-profit organization. The City of Salem agrees to locate the organization rent-free in the soon-to-be expanded Salem Public Library.
August 4, 1989 The City of Salem and Marion County incorporate Capital Community Access Television (CCAT), appointing charter board members Jane Cummins, Dr. Charles Zawel, Greg Parker and Tim Hendrix, who in turn appoint JoAnn Runyon, Ernie Oakes and Richard Shipley. Former Salem City Councilor and CRC Chair Jane Cummins is elected Board President, Tim Hendrix Secretary and Richard Shipley Treasurer.
Nov. 13, 1989 Alan Bushong starts work as CCAT Executive Director with the charge from the board to put the community on TV.
February 1990 The organization changes its name to Capital Community Television (CCTV).
February 1990 CCTV opens an office in the temporary Salem Public Library in the Smith Furniture Building.
February 1990 CCTV borrows equipment from its Treasurer to record its first program—a League of Women Voters information meeting.
May 1990 CCTV televises its first live program—primary election returns on City of Salem and Marion County elections—from Fire Station # 6 on Channel 34.
May 1990 The Salem City Council confirms use of 40% of cable TV franchise fees for funding CCTV in the wake of Measure 5.
August 2, 1990 CCTV production truck arrives in Salem from Ohio. The engineering and equipment design was donated by Portland Cable Access, now called Portland Community Media TV.
August 23, 1990 Superintendent Homer Kearns addresses the community in CCTV’s first truck production.
Sept. 21, 1990 Host McKay High School defeats Corvallis 27-6 in CCTV’s first recorded football game. KCCS Radio announcers Mike Allegre and Dave Montagne call the game. Originally planned as a training session, everyone likes the result and the game is televised in late October.
September 1990 Salem’s CARS-band microwave dish is moved from Fire Station #6 to the Salem Public Library roof for delivery of CCTV programs.
October 1990 CCTV televises six high school football games from Chemeketa Community College’s channel master control; CCTV and Chemeketa agree to share Channel 34, with CCTV programs on every Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Nov. 26, 1990 CCTV provides first live coverage of a Salem City Council meeting.
Dec. 12, 1990 CCTV records first Marion County Commission meeting for tape-delayed telecast.
Jan. 26, 1991 CCTV opens its doors in the newly-expanded Salem Public Library.
February, 1991 Partnering with State of Oregon Legislative Media Services, CCTV provides two hours of tape-delayed legislature coverage weekdays.
April 14, 1991 CCTV opens the studio and launches public access. CCTV Board President Jane Cummins and Cable Regulatory Commission Chair Dave Moss help open the studio.
May 2, 1991 CCTV first televises the Awesome 3,000.
May 9, 1991 CCTV first televises the Jaycee Relays Kids Race.
June 5, 1991 CCTV first televises a high school graduation—North Salem from the Salem Armory on a steamy, mid-90s day and modest air conditioning.
June 1991 CCTV teaches its first studio workshop.
August 1991 CCTV occupies Channel 34 full time; Chemeketa moves to Channel 33.
October 26, 1991 CCTV records the Pacific Coast Invitational Marching Band Championship from Sprague High School, CCTV’s first high school music program.
October 31, 1991 CCTV televises the first live Halloween program, Capital Crypt.
December 1991 CCTV honors volunteers in the Salem City Council Chambers; the Volunteer Recognition becomes an annual event.
January 1992 CCTV partners with Willamette University to televise Beyond the Dream, Valuing Diversity, CCTV’s first Martin Luther King Day program.
May 19, 1992 CCTV provides live local election returns and interviews from CCTV’s studio.
June 1992 CCTV partners on Chemeketa Community College’s live graduation telecast from the Salem Armory.
Oct. 5-11, 1992 The Salem City Council and Mayor R.G. Andersen-Wykoff proclaim CCTV Local Cable Programming Week.
Dec. 7, 1992 CCTV places a mini-mobile production unit in service for Salem City Council meetings, avoiding an equipment set-up in four inches of newly-fallen snow.
Dec. 22, 1992 CCTV televises its first live Christmas program, Talk to Santa.
December 1992 CCTV televises a Youth Basketball Clinic with Willamette Men’s Basketball Coach Gordie James. The clinic becomes an annual event; after six years, six programs covering different aspects of basketball are televised each year.
Feb. 19, 1993 Willamette University defeats Pacific Lutheran 73-53 in Men’s Basketball as CCTV televises its first college sports event. CCTV televises a second Willamette tournament game the next week as Willamette marches to an NAIA national championship.
April 7, 1993 CCTV produces first Heart and Soul program for area non-profit organizations that include the Humane Society, Garten Foundation, La Clinica de Senora de Guadalupe and the American Cancer Society.
May, 1993 CCTV co-produces Tapestry, a program to celebrate local diversity hosted by A. J. Talley.
September 1993 CCTV implements a Matco automated channel playback system, increasing available channel time and eliminating annoying timers.
Sept. 26, 1993 CCTV program schedules appear in the Sunday Statesman Journal weekly TV guide; daily listings follow two weeks later.
Oct. 9, 1993 CCTV televises its first college football game as Pacific Lutheran defeats Willamette 48-36 from McCulloch Stadium.
February 1994 The CCTV Board approves a new mission and values statement.
March 28, 1994 CCTV moves from Channel 34 to Channel 25.
April 1994 CCTV organizes partnership with the League of Women Voters, Salem City Club, Chamber of Commerce, Salem Neighborhoods Inc. (SNI) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to provide non-partisan, voter information candidate forum programming for Salem, Marion County state and federal elections.
April 6, 1994 NW Natural Gas donates a retired van for CCTV production uses.
New franchise resources make impact: in 1994-1999, CCTV uses new franchise resources to build community through television.CCTV program schedules appear in the Sunday Statesman Journal weekly TV guide; daily listings follow two weeks later.
July 1994 CCTV works with the City of Salem and Marion County to secure a modern 15 year cable TV franchise that includes four community channels and expands capital funds to $150,000 a year in the first five years, then more than $400,000 annually.
July 1994 CCTV co-produces Cascade Surge Soccer with John Strauch; this is CCTV’s first program produced in both English and Spanish.
October 1994 North Salem high school students working under the name Apdnarg Zork produce Musicians at Work: Surviving Salem, funded by the Beirne Foundation of Communication Workers of America (CWA).
Nov. 29, 1994 CCTV offers the Interactive Video Bulletin Board (IVBB), an addressable information service available to touch tone callers.
March 1995 Forbidden Freedom, by community producer Scott Hawley, depicting a letter written by a young Vietnamese girl to the world, wins the first award given to a show on CCTV.
February 1, 1996 CCTV begins limited services to the City of Keizer in a pilot project. To start the project, CCTV provides the first telecast of a Keizer City Council meeting.
February 1996 CCTV is turned into an emergency information center during the Flood of 1996, interrupting regularly scheduled programs to televise LIVE hourly updates on weather and road conditions.
July 1996 Responding to the #1 public request, CCTV begins televising the Salem-Keizer School Board meetings.
July-Aug. 1996 CCTV holds its first two Summer Video Camps for students in grades 7-12 to help fill a gap left by unfunded Parks Dept. youth programs.
October 1996 CCTV provides an in-service training for Salem-Keizer teachers on Beyond Channel One—Media Literacy Training for Teachers and Students.
January 23, 1997 CCTV’s microwave dish fails in bad weather; by good fortune, TCI (the cable company at that time) is testing the new fiber optic connection provided as a part of the Institutional Network (INET), completes the test and only two hours of programs are lost.
April 1997 CCTV partners with the Salem Public Library to host its first Alliance for Community Media Northwest Regional Conference for the five northwestern states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, plus British Columbia and Alberta.
September 1997 CCTV partners with the Salem-Keizer School District to teach an Advanced TV class; the class televises School Board meetings.
September 1997 The City of Keizer votes to become a full participating member of the Cable Regulatory Commission.
Nov - Dec 1997 Using increased capital funds made available in the 1994 cable TV franchise, CCTV begins conversion to digital tape and purchases new JVC cameras for the production truck. Within two months, CCTV has purchased new digital camcorders and substantially increased Channel Master Control to include digital tape playback.
Dec. 8, 1997 CCTV televises the Festival of Lights Parade with new equipment.
January 5, 1998 CCTV launches two new channels and divides programs by theme to improve viewing ease, beginning with the Noon, January 5 telecast of the Salem City Council meeting. Channel 25 is designated for local Public Affairs, including government meetings; Channel 27 is Education and Entertainment, including school sports and music and all other fine and performing arts; and Channel 28 is Community Voices, including church and all other programs.
Feb. 18, 1998 CCTV provides the first live telecast of a Marion County Commission meeting.
November 1998 CCTV, Oregon Migrant Education and Salem-Keizer Schools develop a pilot homework call-in program, Mathemagica, to provide math help in English and Spanish. In the following four years, more than 120 programs serve Salem-Keizer students.
June 1999 CCTV produces seven local high school graduations in an intense three-day period, including all six Salem-Keizer high schools.
June 1999 CCTV records the state high school championship game at Volcano Stadium in Keizer. The game is televised into nearly 200,000 homes in Marion and Washington Counties. This is the first time an Oregon state baseball championship is shown on television.
Taking the Next Step: in 2000-2005, CCTV increases work with governments and schools, begins transition to digital, saves capital funds for a new center.
April 2000 CCTV receives the Alliance for Community Media Northwest Regional Overall Excellence in Program Award at the Seattle Conference.
May 30, 2000 CCTV moves to Channels 21, 22 and 23 as channels are changed as a part of cable company regional alignment and marketing.
July 6, 2000 CCTV televises the Salem City Council meeting with four robotic cameras installed in the chambers. A fifth camera is added later. Long meetings and short notice meetings are now much easier to cover since camera operators are not needed.
July 2000 CCTV remodels the studio, studio control room and editing rooms, and installs eleven Inscriber Character Generators, upgrading all production systems.
Nov. 25, 2000 CCTV televises the first Marion County Commission meeting from the Senator Assembly Room in the new Courthouse Square using robotic cameras.
April 2001 CCTV hosts its second Alliance for Community Media Northwest Regional Conference.
April-May 2001 CCTV televises the entire Salem Budget Committee meeting schedule.
May 2001 CCTV expands coverage of the Marion County Budget Committee meetings.
May 2001 After forming a partnership with the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA), CCTV begins coverage of 4A high school state choral and instrumental championships, a competition in which Salem’s five high schools take many of the awards.
July 2001 CCTV adds Final Cut Pro non-linear editing.
February 6, 2002 CCTV televises the shortest Marion County Commission meeting at Courthouse Square: 4 minutes, 49 seconds.
January 6, 2003 CCTV provides the first live web stream of a Salem City Council meeting at www.cctvsalem.org. Meetings are also archived for 24-7 availability.
January 8, 2003 CCTV provides first live web stream of a Marion County Commission meeting and archives the meeting.
March 19, 2003 CCTV produces the 500th telecast of a Marion County Commission meeting.
August, 2003 CCTV televises 16 softball games from the ASA 18U Gold National Softball Tournament, featuring the best age 18 and under girl’s softball teams from around the country playing at Salem’s Wallace-Marine Park.
May 2004 CCTV expands to complete coverage of schools in state music championships, and makes the programs available to be shown around the state.
Building a community asset for generations: in 2005-2009, CCTV moves to a new center and builds media partnerships in the community
August 2005 CCTV begins use of its new Synergy Broadcast Systems Channel Master Control, improving the efficiency of channel management.
March 2006 The City of Salem includes CCTV in the planning of a public-private partnership for a multi-owner, multi-floor building in downtown Salem at 295 Church Street.
March 2006 CCTV provides its first live television and web coverage of an event from the Salem Senior Center, covering the Medicare Part D Town Hall hosted by 5th Congressional District Representative Darlene Hooley, including U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Peter DeFazio.
March 2006 CCTV televises six high school state tournament basketball games from Mac Court at the University of Oregon, CCTV’s first state tournament basketball games.
June 3, 2006 CCTV televises all three Oregon high school state baseball championships.
August 2006 CCTV puts nationally-acclaimed TRONGuide training materials on its website, and televises more than 30 episodes in the following year.
August 2006 CCTV televises the Salem-Kawagoe Sister City Middle School Student Appreciation Dinner, beginning ongoing work to inform more people about Salem’s growing role in the world community.
September 2006 CCTV and the State League of Women Voters produce an Oregon Supreme Court candidate forum that is televised statewide.
Nov. 27, 2007 The partners of 295 Church Street hold a groundbreaking ceremony on a five-floor building. CCTV will occupy most of the first floor, the City of Salem IT Department the second floor, and 27 residential condominiums on the top three floors.
Nov. 30, 2007 CCTV produces five high school football games in a 28-hour stretch, working in two different locations. Amazing!
Dec. 18, 2008 Salem Mayor Janet Taylor hosts the Grand Opening of CCTV’s new center at 575 Trade Street in a ceremony that also features Salem IT Department’s new facility and three floors of residential condominiums. The ceremony is televised and streamed live.
Dec. 18, 2008 CCTV launches the new studio with the fabulous Flextones and LiveBandKaraoke.
January 2009 CCTV launches the Non-Profit Information Center on television and the web. The center consists of an information page for local non-profit organizations that includes a video brochure produced by CCTV, a map, hours of operation, a brief description and a link to the organization’s website.
Mar. 13-14, 2009 CCTV hosts its third Alliance Northwest Regional Conference, this one at CCTV’s new center at 575 Trade Street in downtown Salem.
March 14, 2009 CCTV receives six awards in the Best of the Northwest Regional video festival, including Overall Excellence in Programming.
March-July 2009 CCTV shares a leadership role in local planning of the Alliance for Community Media’s 32nd National Conference in Portland, the fourth time for Portland to host.
July 17, 2009 CCTV receives the Alliance award for Overall Excellence in Public, Educational and Governmental Access programs.

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