LETTER TO THE EDITOR: CAT-TV has helped educate residents, offer new opportunities

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

I’m writing to urge Columbia residentsto support Columbia Access Television (CAT-TV) and oppose both the elimination or reduction of funding for CAT-TV in Columbia. I’ve been a member of CAT-TV for over two years and taken all of CAT-TV’s film-making and editing classes. I’m very impressed with CAT-TV’s program and facilities.

I’m also greatly impressed with the friendly, helpful, competent staff of CAT-TV: Jennifer Erickson, Sean Brown, Jimmy Moore and Justin Gregory. They are very helpful and provide individual instruction, as well as problem solving. CAT-TV has educated me about the reality behind what we see on TV. Columbia Council members should be proud of the CAT-TV program.

Every week, I videotape comedians on stage (i.e., “The As Yet Unnamed Comedy Show,” at Eastside Tavern every Tuesday), as a retirement hobby. I make those videos available to performers free of charge, to share with friends and learn how to improve their performances. I’ve provided CAT-TV with over 100 short comedy videos for airing. Because of adult language used in comedy, my videos are aired on CAT-TV late at night and in early morning programming. CAT-TV is an excellent venue for featuring local artists. Several comedians received positive feedback from friends and strangers, after seeing them perform on CAT-TV’s channel. CAT-TV has helped the comedy show enlarge its live audience.

CAT-TV facilities and programming have helped me enrich my retirement and give back to the community. It is a synergistic relationship.  

William W. Donald is a Columbia resident.

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