Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley will be honored as "Citizen of the Year" Saturday at a dinner hosted by the Tri-Valley Community Television Foundation at Garre Vineyards in Livermore.
The event is one of several this year sponsored by the TV30 Foundation, which is headed by former Livermore Mayor Marshall Kamena.
TV30 is marking its 39th year as the broadcasting voice of the Valley with a host of unique and special programs for 2015.
The nonprofit system was started by Darla Stevens and Pleasanton artist Charlotte Severin, who put together the first community television station to cover the country's 1976 bicentennial celebration in Pleasanton.
Much has changed since those early days as Comcast cable became a dominant carrier in the Tri-Valley, making channels 28, 29 and the main channel 30 available for Tri-Valley television.
Today, TV30 is the independent community broadcaster serving the cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton, and carrying a lively menu of programs ranging from Let's Talk Sports, Conversations, Spice of Life, Tri-Valley Youth View, Valley Gardener, Slipstream and Education Zone.
City Council and school board meetings for these three cities also are regularly broadcast, usually live on the nights of the meetings. Municipal government meetings are carried on Channel 29 with school board and other education reports carried on Channel 28.
Tri-Valley Television now broadcasts to a population base of nearly 300,000 people, with viewers from Napa to San Jose and the surrounding Bay Area also able to tune in AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 by clicking on Dublin, Livermore or Pleasanton.
With its online streaming capabilities, all three channels are also accessible anywhere Wi-Fi services are available, even on smartphones.
TV30 produces a minimum of 30 new programs a month with a staff consisting of mostly part-time and freelance employees. A production crew is hired to work on specific projects, and the system uses interns from various high schools and colleges, including Los Positas College, Santa Clara University, San Jose State, UC Berkeley and as far away as Southern Oregon University. Volunteers round out additional positions.
The organization also offers affordable video production services to a variety of clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, and classroom training and workshops in video production through the Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Program.
Tri-Valley Community Television is a California nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, now governed by a three member board of directors comprised of the mayors of the cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton. Last month, newly-elected Dublin Mayor David Haubert joined mayors Jerry Thorne of Pleasanton and John Marchand of Livermore for his first board meeting.
Also at those meetings is Melissa Tench-Stevens, Tri-Valley Television's executive director. Hired just over five years ago, her extensive experience in financial management as well as 20 years as director of programming and station operations for independent station KICU -- Channel 36 in San Jose -- has enabled TV30 to turn the corner with a balanced half-million-dollar annual budget, a successful fundraising arm and in-house production services for the region's nonprofits. A staff of talented part-time engineers, producers and on-air personalities has brought new vigor to three TV channels that were losing viewers.
Tench-Stevens has produced a series of candidate forums covering local city council and school board races, added programs specifically focused on the cities she serves, and introduced programs including the Mayor's Report and other on-air interviews with local legislators, county supervisors and community leaders.
TV30's mission is to educate, inform and communicate with Tri-Valley residents, to provide programming that is locally focused and is not available through other networks, yet is within the limits of the system's financial resources.
"I am very thankful to have a staff of conscientious young professionals devoted to television production," Tench-Stevens said. "They have made our programming so outstanding as to glean several multi-state awards for excellence."
She said TV30 produces over 30 original programs each month, ranging from topics of special interest showcasing the Tri-Valley lifestyle to practical advice on how to avoid elder abuse against senior family members.
"Our Channel 30 exclusive coverage of complete varsity high school football and basketball league games has been a really popular addition to our presentations," she added. "The players, coaches, parents and student body have really become faithful viewers. Literally thousands of extra people in the Tri-Valley watch these broadcasts on the weekends."
Some of TV30's regular programs are:
Slice of Life: A monthly half-hour lifestyle program hosted by Anna Kagarakis. Each program highlights the unique places, people and events in the Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton. The snappy magazine format features interviews with various people and organizations from these cities.
Slipstream: This fast-paced, time-sensitive half-hour local community news program updates viewers about what's going on in the three cities TV30 serves. Hosted by Chantel Woys, the program covers segments on local government, school districts, community events, recreation, food and entertainment. Additionally there is a short interview segment geared toward upcoming city sponsored or nonprofit events. The 39th episode of Slipstream is now airing.
Mayor's Report: Host Tom Morrison sits down every other week for one-on-one interviews with the mayors of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton. Morrison also hosts Supervisor's Report, featuring interviews with Alameda County supervisors Scott Haggerty and Nate Miley.
Let's Talk Sports: Sports-related interviews with current and former professional athletes and coaches from the Tri-Valley and the greater Bay Area. Hosted by the legendary "Dr. B," George Baljevich.
Tri-Valley Sports Final: Each week, Tri-Valley Television provides video highlights from high school games in Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton. This program runs all year long and covers various sports over the summer. Hosted by Ian Bartholomew, Baljevich and Tim Sbranti, the program offers a lively review of the games as well as awards for Play of the Week.
Tri-Valley Sports Final Annual Outstanding Athletic Awards: This awards event, created and produced solely by TV30, is its signature event which honors students that were chosen weekly during the academic year by the Tri-Valley Sports Final hosts. The event also honors the award winner's parents and families who have supported them. The event is held live on the last Thursday of May each year and includes a professional sports figure as a guest speaker.
Conversations with Robin and Shawn: Be entertained, learn and laugh as these two interview professionals, retailers, authors, entrepreneurs, physicians and more. This half-hour program has a new episode every week.
Ed Zone: This program touches on a range of items that fall within the "education zone," which includes hearing directly from educators and administrators in local schools to learning about Tri-Valley history and more. Hosted by Marshall Kamena, the Ed Zone is partially funded by the TV30 Foundation.
Your Schools: Host Terick Albert interviews teachers, students and administrators about various subjects from the new Common Core to Project Lead the Way and more.
Valley Gardener: Hosted by Jacquie Williams-Courtright, this monthly gardening program provides tips that are relevant to gardening where you live.
City Council, school board meetings: Tri-Valley Television broadcasts and airs repeats of the regular meetings of these agencies. Additionally, a "chapterizing" service is offered for the Livermore City Council and the Pleasanton school board meetings so that viewers can review the minutes online and then click right on that spot to view video of the meeting.
Special Events: TV30 covers parades, election specials, State of the City remarks and holiday programming. These include the Dublin Tree Lighting, Livermore Sights and Sounds Parade, Pleasanton Hometown Holiday Parade, Cantabella Choir Holiday Special and Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade.
"Going forward, we look to continue improving the quality of our programming with new graphics, methodically adding content that meets our mission and growing the TV30 Foundation," Tench-Stevens said.
Tri-Valley Television broadcasts from its own studio and headquarters at 4663 Bernal Ave, Suite B, in Pleasanton. For more information, sign on to TV30's website at www.tv30.org/