To the Editor:
On March 24, the Yorkville City Council approved a notice to withdraw from the Southwest Fox Valley Cable and Telecommunications Consortium. The consortium is a fantastic resource for Yorkville. It is one of the things that makes our community unique. I know of no other Chicagoland city program that provides such a wealth of opportunities to its citizens.
The consortium manages the public access channel Fox Valley TV that allows Yorkville citizens to create programs like local talk shows, live streamed high school sports events, and on-air original stories. Most importantly, the consortium records the government meetings and broadcasts them for the community.
I participated in this program when I saw an announcement in the Record offering classes to become a producer. My class consisted of all age groups. Young adults wanted to see if this was their career path. Adults were interested in fulfilling a lifelong dream of making a movie. Retirees wanted to learn a new skill and help with live broadcasts of Yorkville High School football games.
Consortium manager, Mike Rennels, is an excellent teacher and leader. He provides an all-inclusive environment that allows the student to learn green screen keying, visual effects creation, DVD authoring, remote and studio camera setup, audio recording and control room operation.
FVTV remains current with the changing world of broadcast media. The consortium has gone from standard definition cable broadcast to high definition cable broadcast to media streaming. Mike has created an up-to-date facility for Yorkville residents to explore the world of media arts.
This is one of Yorkville's greatest assets, and it is worth saving! The final vote to withdraw from the consortium is forthcoming. Without the consortium, visual media coverage will cease, including Yorkville government meetings, so please contact your aldermen and encourage them to keep Yorkville in the Southwest Fox Valley Cable and Telecommunications Consortium.
Darren J. Crawford