Westborough TV welcomes new general manager
Westborough – On Oct. 25,Westborough TV (WTV) welcomed Maria Sheehan as its new General Manager.
Sheehan comes to WTV from Shrewsbury public access, where she was the government access coordinator and the K-8 TV production coordinator. She taught television production in six diff erent Shrewsbury schools for four years, worked at Channel 5, and was the traffic coordinator at Channel 68.
After more than a month on the job, Sheehan is very excited to be at WTV.
"I want to thank the Westborough TV Board of Directors for giving me this opportunity," she said. "I also want to thank Bob [Cantara] for running the whole studio this summer until I was hired. It made my job a lot easier because he did it so well. I want to turn this place into [the board's] vision. I want to make it happen."
That vision includes having the programming reflect all that's going on in the community.
"I want to make this place a useful part of the community so people [will] come in and use it," Sheehan said. "It's a great way to publicize bake sales, cookie sales, promote businesses or help an organization out. People can tape their kid's First Communion and put it on the air. It's a great opportunity for people to share the joy in their life."
Another goal is to slowly build up the government channel, the education channel and the public access channel so that each channel has a distinct identity.
"It's important to build up [these channels] so people can learn more about the town and the people of the town," she said.
According to Sheehan, WTV is a great place for kids to learn a new skill and for retired people to have a say. It's an eff ective way to educate the town about what's going on in government and schools, and a convenient way for people to get to know what organizations are around that they might join.
"I want people to know that we're here. We can teach people how to shoot a cooking show in their own kitchen or how to post their videos on YouTube," Sheehan said. "It might seem overwhelming to put a show together, but that's why Bob and I are here – to hold their hand."
WTV has classes in how to use a video camera, how to shoot with a video camera, video editing and how to use the control room in the studio.
Sheehan dreams of airing old movies from the public domain, a story hour and weekly services from local churches and synagogues.
"I want to start a program called 'Freely Speaking,' where people can come in and say whatever they want," Sheehan said. "People can call the station and sign up for a slot. There are a lot of people who have opinions and this is where they can voice them. This is the last place where freedom of speech is unfiltered.
"I want everybody in this town to be as excited about it as I am. I want people in here all the time. I want to grow it. There's so much we can do."
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