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TV30 board picks video producer as its new director TV30 board picks video producer as its new director (July 01, 2005)

Fills top post that's been empty six months

by Jeb Bing

An El Cerrito commercial video program producer has been tapped to run TV30, the community television station based n Pleasanton that serves four Tri-Valley cities.

Glenn Davis, 54, who has operated his own business for the past 20 years, was selected from among 50 candidates for the $65,000-a-year Executive Director's position.

One thing he'll inherit is TV30's plan to build new studios on a Pleasanton school district site near Second and Abbie streets. It will produce television programs and videos for use by corporations and nonprofits, something Davis has been doing in El Cerrito. The projects raise station revenue and reduce the need for tax dollars to support the system.

Davis succeeds Bruce Goddard, who held the job for less than a year and was forced to resign after problems with his management style surfaced.

The staff was decimated earlier this year in a series of firings by Goddard that led to widespread complaints. Several on-air personalities quit the station, and Goddard dismissed two well known TV30 veterans, Dawn Gordner and Sheila Tole.

Jeff Eorio, director of Parks and Recreation for the city of San Ramon, remains on board for the time being as interim director. He was able to retain several key staff production and technical workers, but the station has been without an permanent executive director since Goddard left Jan. 1.

Programs such as "Media Roundtable" and even live coverage of election results, such as the June 7 special election in Pleasanton, have fallen off the production schedule.

Eorio said Davis has 30 years of experience in the television industry, including work in his own company producing corporate and commercial video productions.

"He has worked with KGO-TV and several other network stations, so he knows the industry, he knows broadcasting and he'll fit right in by developing production work at TV30 that we're looking for. ... His experience in underwriting will help get the station back into prominence in the Tri-Valley." Eorio said.

TV30 is financed mostly by a 50-cent fee assessed to each Comcast cable subscriber.

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