Peters Township Community Television History

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2016


2015

July

Cameras in Council Chambers are replaced with new high-definition cameras, including the 13-year-old overhead camera that shows plans and other items to the projector in the room. Also, the agenda items appear as on-screen graphics to help viewers follow along. This equipment and the new graphics makes their debut at the July 9 Planning Commission meeting. 

Agenda item graphics appear for the first time!

October

There were 83 programs recorded in October, which was an all-time monthly record!!

 


2014

January

Brand-new all-in-one touchscreen Sony Vegas Pro Editors are purchased to replace 2 old editing computers

Purchased a wall-mounted television for the Caucus Room in the Municipal Building

February

Kelsey Sylvester joins the PTCT Staff as the Volunteer and Production Coordinator

March

"Book Buzz" debuts


2013

April

Sony Vegas Pro editor is purchased

May

A 3rd Studio Camera pedestal is purchased, as well as new 19" LCD Teleprompters for all 3 studio cameras

June

PTCT Staff oversaw the purchase and installation of a new A/V and wireless audio cabinet for use at the Peters Township Public Library

 

September

PTCT created a video highlighting the Township's involvement in Character Counts as the Committee celebrated its 15th anniversary

Derek Bonner leaves PTCT

October

Joan Kaylor debuts her newest show, "Tapping with Joan"

PTCT purchased 2 digital signage monitors, security cameras, and literature holders to create an Information Center in the lobby of the Municipal Building

December

"Talking Y.E.S." debuts


2012

February

"Inside Media" debuts

March

PTCT purchases another Sony Vegas editor

June

PTCT purchases its 3rd camcorder, a Panasonic AG-AC130P, nicknamed Silver

July

The District maintenance staff begins installation of a studio lighting pipe grid in the studio area

Derek creates a Social Media Promo for the station

 

August

 New Blackmagic ATEM Video Switcher is purchased

September

20 new Lowel fluorescent fixtures are purchased for the Studio

October

The station purchases its first solid-state recorder for the control room, a BlackMagic HyperDeck Studio

November

The first in a series of Comprehensive Land Use presentations, Plan Peters 2022 are recorded


2011

January

Derek Bonner is hired as the new Volunteer & Production Coordinator 

February

"Healthy Inspirations" debuts

June

The station begins a massive facelift/redesign of its control room

 

July

New studio cameras, pedestals and a hard drive recorder are purchased as the station continues its upgrades to the studio/control room

September

The sports scorebox makes its debut on the Sept. 7th Girls Soccer game vs. Baldwin

December

 PTCT switches to Vimeo for its online video home

Web site gets major overhaul as the station shifts to Google Sites for its creation

Google Presentations is now used for the computerized bulletin boards on the Public Access and Government channels, replacing PowerPoint and the Aavelin


2010

January

New, larger LCD teleprompters replace the aging CRT ones in the studio and the station purchases its first DDR, a Grass Valley Turbo 

February

A new large presentation monitor is added to the pre-production room in order to allow for group instruction on editing and other video concepts 

March

"Conservation Nation with Hardy Kern" debuts

April

"Highway and Hedges Outreach Ministries Show" is seen for the first time on PTCT.

 

June

PTCT online programs can now be downloaded as free podcasts from the iTunes store 

July

Online viewing reaches a record monthly high for the station as PTCT programs are viewed 2,295 times

November

After 3+ years as the PTCT Volunteer & Production Coordinator, Laura Dougherty leaves to pursue other opportunities


2009

February

PTCT moves its online video hosting to blip.tv and also debuts online Council meetings

March

Planning Commission meetings can be viewed online for the first time

July

Major redesign in the layout of the station's 8 editing workstations, as PTCT purchased round workstation clusters

 

August

A number of new items are purchased, including: a new control room switcher (Datavideo SE-900), 2 new editing stations (Sony Vegas) and new chairs for the editors (as part of the station's upgrade to its pre-production/post-production area)

October

The station's website moves to its new online home, www.ptct7.com


2008

April

The Aavelin Bulletin Board for the School District & Municipality are moved to the PTCT playback room

The Peters Township PEG channels make their debut on the Verizon FiOS system

June

Community Day: Grilled

September

Panasonic HVX200a cameras make their debut


2007

May

Debbie Kirtz retires as the Volunteer & Production Coordinator.  Darla Kurnal serves as the interim Coordinator

August

Peters Township Council signs a franchise agreement with Verizon

September

The station's new internal network begins operation & is implemented into the station's workflow

The NewTek VT-4 is purchased for the control room

 

October

"The Scoop on Pilates" changes its name to "Skinny Jeans Pilates"

Laura Dougherty is named the new Volunteer & Production Coordinator

November

The Primera BravoPro DVD Publisher is purchased, enabling up to 50 DVD copies to be duplicated & printed


2006

February

The NewTek Tricaster is purchased 

 

 

"The Afternoon Show with Dr. Willis" debuts

 

 

March

The debut of "@pt"

May

"Ask the Doctor" goes on the road to the PT Library

 

August

A FireStore is added to the JVC-5000, making it the station's 2nd camera to go tapeless

October

LCD monitors are purchased throughout the station, replacing all remaining CRT ones

"Things They Usually Don't Teach You" debuts

The Leightronix Nexus debuts on Oct. 16, the first program to be played back: 10/9/08 Council Meeting

December

The station buys a 2 TB Ethernet Disk, 1 TB NAS Server & a 24-port switch to begin building its in-house network

 

The on-air Program Guide makes its debut


2005

January

"Just Under 10" debuts 

Febraury

The office furniture for the Volunteer & Production Coordinator area is upgraded, giving it a professional look

The station phases out its S-VHS cameras by buying a JVC GY-DV5000U mini-DV camcorder

The station's first direct-to-edit disk recorder is purchased, a FireStore and is attached to the Sony 250 

March

JVC 5000 debuts (Lakeside Church service) 

May

The station records its final program with the Panasonic Supercam (a May 17th Girls Varsity Girls Lacrosse)

 

June

"Let's Compute!" debuts

September

"Last Word in Sports" is offically renamed "Last Word in Sports with Dale Lolley"

October

The Sulkowski dynasty expands: "Knit On!", "Let's Talk Healthy Pets", & "Let's Talk Dentistry" all debut

December

"Life Without Limits Family Wellness Show" debuts

 

Professional grade DVD recorder is added to the control room


2004

January

The station buys 3 new digtal cameras for the studio

July

The station purchases an Adobe Premiere Pro & a Sony Vegas non-linear editing system, which brings the station's complement of NLE's to 4

August

The station purchases its first true lighting kit

September

The Peters Township Community Recreation Center opens

 

Linda Vaira becomes the host of "Chamber Focus" 


2003

January

A brand-new laser is purchased jointly by PTCT & Adelphia

March

"Humane Happenings" debuts

May

New video switcher, Panasonic MX70, is purchased for the control room

The station begins uploading programming onto the web

 

June

The PTHS Boys Baseball team makes its first-ever trip to the State Playoffs, the PTCT cameras follow them

August

An overhead camera debuts at Council Meetings

September

"PTHS Morning Announcements" return to being broadcast throughout the school building

 

Ryan Boni, Debbie Kirtz, & Robin Hodgin-Frick receive the 2003 Voter Service Award from the League of Women Voters of Washington County


2002

January

Long-time Board member & Volunteer Walter Scott passes away

February

 "Peters Township Planning Commission meetings" make their televised debut

March

Hockey team wins its first-ever state championship & its journey is followed by the PTCT cameras

 

May

A MagicBox Aavelin is purchased for the Municipal Channel

June

Torrential downpours at the Commencement Ceremonies

Adelphia Communications files for bankruptcy protection

The Sony DSR-250 makes its debut with the recording of the PTHS Play, "Gone with the Breeze"

PTCT records its first show directly to DVD, "Last Word in Sports"

December

The station buys its first studio camera pedestal

"Angels Pets" debuts


2001

March

The station buys its first digital camcorder, a Canon GL-1

"Integrative Health Care Today" debuts

August

The station purchases its first non-linear editor, an Applied Magic Screenplay

October

"The Big Picture" debuts

 

November

A new 24-channel audio board is purchased for the control room

December

Station buys 2 Mirror Image teleprompters, marking the first time the station has prompters on more than 1 camera


2000

March

Peters Township School District teachers go out on strike

April

Council approves the purchase of a multi-camera system in the Council Chambers

May

PTHS Televised Morning Announcements go off of the air

PTCT moves to the ESF building for the summer

June

PTCT holds its first "Thanks to Students, Teachers and Adul Volunteers Picnic" at Peterswood Park attend by over 65 people

 

September

PTCT moves into its final home, Room A100 of the High School (Sept. 6)

October

PTCT records its first show directly to DVD, "Last Word in Sports"

November

Sean Adams is hired as the producer of the Peters Township Council Meetings

December

"The Family Wellness Show" debuts, as the "PT Park & Rec Update"


1999

February

"Let's Paint...with James Sulkowski" debuts

April

PTCT purchases its 2nd Supercam

Adelphia switched all Township service over to the new fiber system

May

PTCT moves its operations to the old PT Library for the summer while construction/renovation occurs at the High School

 

July

The first Toaster dies

September

The station buys a Videonics AB-1 A/B roll editor to replace its 10-year-old Toaster/Amilink system

October

"Headlines" debuts


1998

February

"The Friday Show" debuts

The station switches to a PowerPoint slide presentation for its bulletin board to replace the Texscan

Thomas Presbyterian Church is added to the Sunday line-up

March

The station purchases its Production Truck

April

 Adelphia staff assist in the installation of a modulator at the High School for Channel 17, now all 3 channels can originate programming from the High School

 

June

PTCT buys its first Panasonic Supercam

The first "Last Word in Sports" is recorded

July

 "Foodcrafting with Carolyn" debuts

August

Project V.O.I.D. & the Community Bulletin Board are honored at the 1998 National Association of Telecommunication Officers & Advisors Awards in San Diego

 

September

A crew from HBO Family Channel arrives at PTHS to tape a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Probable Consequences"

November

David Cable is named interim Public Access Director

Dr. Eugene Hammell takes over as the host of
"Ask the Doctor"

Dr. Hammell takes over the hosting duties on "Ask the Doctor"

Dr. Hammell takes over the hosting duties on "Ask the Doctor"

December

Ryan Boni is hired as Peters Township Community Television Public Access Director


1997

February

Sandee Umbach becomes the new host of "Ask the Doctor"

March

JVC switcher added to the remote multi-camera unit

April

"Howard & Kopp with Real People" debuts

June

Playback equipment moves from the basement of the Township Library to the High School

JoAnn Scott begins volunteering to update the PTCT Message Board

 

August

Erin (Feist) Boni joins the PTHS staff

"Pet Talk with Wet Pets and Friends" debuts

September

PTHS orders its first non-linear editor, a Media 100

The Board reviews plans for the PTHS renovation/addition

Peters Township Council looks to begin videotaping their meetings for rebroadcast on Channel 17

October

"Cable Girls" debuts

 

A website known as The Peters Township Community InterNetwork lauches at www.peterstwp.com, and the PTCT schedule appears on the page. Here's what the schedule page looked like in 1997


1996

March

"Chamber Focus" and "Manager's Notebook" debut

April

"Adopt-a-Pet" debuts hosted by Kristin Holt and featuring Lori Kurtzhal from the Washington County Humane Society

July

Debbie Kirtz begins her second stint at PTCT as the Volunteer and Production Coordinator

 

August

New card key entry system is approved and will allow playback equipment to be moved to the High School, but doesn't get installed until February 1997

September

PTCT schedule begins appearing in The Advertiser

December

A record 250 hours of community event programming aired on Channel 7


1995

January

 "The Political Platform" and "Canonsburg Hospital" debut

March

"Senior Perspective" debuts

A 2nd Hi-8 Camcorder (Sony EVW-3001) is purchased.

May

The Peters Township Community Television Policy Manual is approved

 

August

Robin Hodgin-Frick joins the staff at Peters Township High School

"Sports Talk with Jim Jones" debuts and the Lakeside Baptist Church and Library Baptist Church services are added to the schedule

October

"Ask the Doctor" debuts on October 24th with Michelle Jefferson as the host and Dr. Vincent Petraglia as the first guest as they discuss "Family Medicine"; the first broadcast of PTHC Hockey also appears on the station this month

The first "Ask the Doctor" show hosted by Michelle Jefferson on October 24, 1995

The first "Ask the Doctor" show hosted by Michelle Jefferson on October 24, 1995


1994

January

Joseph Sorce becomes the PTCT Public Access Director

July

"Judie -30-"  makes it to the finals of the Hometown Video Festival, sponsored by the Alliance for Community Festival in California.

Observer-Reporter newspaper article


1993

February

 Joyce Genter becomes the Video Production Coordinator for Peters Township Community Television

March

"South Hills Bible Chapel" services debut

May

"PT Magazine" becomes "South Hills Magazine"

June

Peters Township Community Television honors PTHS seniors who have helped with video productions with the first ever Sy Lerner Awards


1992


1991

April

The station takes part in producing a live interdistrict telecast entitled "Staging a Musical: Behind the Scenes" with assistance from Adelphia and the Township to be seen in Bethel Park, Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon, and Peters Township School District.  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper article   Another Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper article    Observer-Reporter newspaper article

May

 A Texscan character generator is purchased for the soon-to-be-launched Government Channel

June

The Peters Township Municipal (Government) Channel is launched on Channel 17


1990

March

Debbie Kirtz is hired as the  Video Production Coordinator for Peters Township Community Television.  Glenn Ward is also hired as the station's first Video Productions Technician (he is also employed by Upper St. Clair in the same capacity.

Peters Township Community Television purchases a van to store and haul equipment to shooting locations.

The Board makes a request to Council to expand the Cable TV Board to 5 members.

June

Marilyn Tatusko becomes the station's third Video Production Coordinator.

August

Kim Bidorini is hired by the Peters Township School District to teach brand new courses, called Media I and Media II.  These classes were an expansion of the previous Student Publications I & II courses (which produced the school newspaper "Smoke Signals".  The new classes continued producing the school paper, as well as the production of video programs for Peters Township Community Television.

November

"PT Magazine" debuts


1989

March

Kathy Hennig is the station's first Video Productions Coordinator

May

The Board discusses a large number of programs that are in the works: Council meetings, Arrowhead Trail, Elementary School Magazine, Folk Music with Walter Scott, Firework Safety, Recycling Tape, West Penn Tennis Tournament, Family Medicine and Family Dentistry, Township Manager's Forum, Tennis Instruction, House Tour, Cooking with Luis, and Community Day Promotion.

August

Ms. Hennig would soon be getting an office located in Room 225 at the High School in the fall.

The Board discussed the creation of the Video Productions Technician position.


1988

January

Debbie Kirtz is appointed to the Peters Township Cable TV Board

A Service Club at the High School is discussed by the Board and is set to go into service in the fall (eventually renamed the PTHS Video Club.).

May

Representatives from Peters Township and Adelphia meet to discuss renegotiating the Cable TV Franchise Agreement

August

The first Video Production Class is discussed, which will be taught by Jim Riding, Paul Sutherland and B. Nickles and cost $25, with registration and publicity to be arranged by Joanne Nelson of the Recreation Department.  It will be offered in January 1989, with an advanced class to follow.

 

October

Peters Township signs a franchise renewal agreement with Adelphia for an additional 15 years on October 24.  Part of this agreement results in the creation of Channel 20 (a local origination studio facility to be used by the communities of Upper St. Clair, Bethel Park, Mt. Lebanon, and Peters Township.  In addition, the Township is granted its own separate Public Access, Educational Access, and Government Access channels.  

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper article

 

Adelphia gives Peters Township an equipment grant of $75,000 (over 5 payments) for the purchase of equipment for the Township Public Access channels, as part of its agreement.

 

Basic Cable Channels offered on Adelphia as part of the agreement include: WPCB, WQEX, KDKA, WTAE, WPXI, WQED, WTRF, WPTT, WPGH, WTOV, Public Access Channel, Education Access, Government Access, Local Origination, WTBS Atlanta, WWOR New York, CBN Cable Network, ESPN, Lifetime, Cable News Network (CNN), Financial News Network II, Cable Headline News, C-Span, The Weather Channel, MTV, Nashville Netowrk, KBL Entertainment, USA, Arts, Culture and Entertainment, Nickelodeon, Meadows Racing Network, and QVC.  In addition, Home Box Office (HBO) and Disney Channel are offered as Premium Programming Services.

November

Canonsburg General Hospital begins its decades-long relationship with Peters Township Cable TV, by supplying the station with 7 programs to air on the station, the first of these "Seven Warning Signs of Cancer" with Robert Lesnock, M.D. is shown for the first time on Nov. 30.  Additional programs include "Lung Cancer", "Understanding Breast Cancer", "CGH's Coping & Caring Support Group" & "Colorectal Cancer"


1987

February

Bethel Park backs out of the proposed South Hills Consortium and it is believed that this is the end of the idea of forming this Consortium.

March

The Board approves the purchase of a character generator, the Texscan SpectraGen IV B with a WeatherView Package for around $7,650 and it goes into service in May.

May

Seymour (Sy) Lerner passes away at the age of 53 on May 27 from cancer

Ron DeGrange and new PTSD Superintendent Dr. Dennis Urso ask about broadcasting the High School Graduation Ceremonies live.  Dr. Urso also requests more information on how the Board can assist in putting a group together to do productions of school sponsored activities.

June

PTHS Graduation ceremonies are broadcast live with the help of Adelphia.    

 

At the Board meeting, Arlan Stehney suggests getting help from Adelphia to attempt to broadcast football games and other activities in the fall.

 

August

Plans are made to run a cable to the High School football field and to install a modulator in the auditorium projection room, which was completed the following month.

October

Adelphia assists in the first 2 recordings of PTHS Football on Oct. 24 (Homecoming) and Oct. 31 (Senior Rec).  Rick Stellfox served as commentator and Mike Silvestri and Mike McLaughlin were the camera operators.

November

Bids go out for the purchase of equipment including 2 cameras, special effects generator, remote control units for the cameras, cables AC adapters, monitors, and tripods.

 

After successful recordings of football games, the Board now turns its attention to what to record next. Suggestions include: basketball, the High School Christmas play ("The Sleigh Ride Express"), wrestling, and the tree lighting ceremony. 


1986

January

PT Recreation Director Joanne Nelson works to make a series of programs produced by the Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging available on Channel 7, including "Stay Healthy and Alive", "Mental Well Being", and "Crime and the Elderly".

July

Westminster Magazine (5:00 p.m.), South Hills Assembly of God (6:00 p.m.) and South Hills Aglow (7:00 p.m.) make up the programming schedule on Peters Township Cable TV on Wednesdays.

November

On Mondays, Channel 7 shows 2 programs "The Nature Series" and "The Money Program", bringing the station's complement of regularly recurring programs up to 5.

South Hills TV Cable Company, Inc. changes its name to Adelphia Cable Communications.  Ron Barckhoff replaces Fran Bradley as General Manager.


1985

January

Chuck Redpath becomes South Hills TV Cable Chief Electronics Technician.  Arlan Stehney is appointed to the Cable TV Board.

The Budget for the Cable Television operation in Peters Township for 1985 is $21,860

February

The Board grants preliminary approval on the operating rules for Public Access Television within Peters Township.  Our first Policy Manual is about to be born!

June

South Hills TV Cable transfers all cable lines and relocates all equipment to the new Cable TV Room.

July

As plans for the demolition of the old Peters Township Middle School move ahead, the Board discusses the possibility of locating a community studio in the new Middle School building because of the lack of space in the High School.

 

September

The Peters Township Cable TV Board solicits bids for the purchase of a portable 1-piece ENG/EFP camera system, a VHS Editing System, and a tripod/dolly with the options to buy additional equipment  and choosing either a JVC 1/2" system or a Sony 3/4" U-Matic system.  While the bids are out, Peters Township begins discussions with the other local municipalities (Upper St. Clair, Bethel Park and Mt. Lebanon) to discuss possible joint ventures in production and equipment sharing in a South Hills Consortium.  So, the Board decides to reject all bids, while it waits for further discussion.

The cameras that ALMOST WERE!

The cameras that ALMOST WERE!

October

Adelphia looks to add Pennarama video service to Channel 7 to supplement local programming.  The Board approves the request to be shown daily from 12-4 and 8-12.  Pennarama was the main content provider for PECS (Pennsylvania Educational Communications System), which would eventually be renamed the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).

"Westminster Magazine", a program created by Westminster Church makes its debut on Peters Township Cable

November

Peters Township Cable Television Channel 7 officially has a set of Operating Rules for Public Access Cablevision, as approved by Council on Nov. 25.

Adelphia begins construction on its news office and studio facility to be located on Enterprise Boulevard in Bethel Park.


1984

January

A monitor is installed in the Peters Township Public Library which shows the Township channel.

Paul Lauer is hired as the Assistant Township Manager of Peters Township

March

The Cable TV Board approved the purchase of a color monitor/receiver, reviewed the differences in quality between 1/2" and 3/4" tape with an eye towards using 1/2" in the future, discussed the possible future purchase of a Scientific-Atlanta Model 6350 modulator (estimated cost: $1,700) to be placed in the High School to originate programming, and also reviewed blueprints for the construction of the studio facility

Public Communications Channel moves to Channel 7!

October

Fran Bradley of the South Hills Cable TV Company makes a suggestion to the Board that a course in television should be introduced into the high school curriculum, and if a great deal of interest is shows perhaps a club could be formed.  This is the first mention that we have found of what would eventually become the PTHS Video Club and the Media Department at the High School!


1983

February

More programming!!  The Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors begins supplying a series of programs entitled "Local Government - a Primer for Elected Officials"  and the Environmental Quality Board looks to produce a program on Clean-Up week (using the Peters Township Middle School equipment.)


1982

January

The message channel moves from Channel 2 to Channel 9

April

The Board discusses the idea of a future studio facility for the first time, it is decided that the High School would be the most logical place for this eventual facility

May

Trinity United Methodist Church is set to become the first featured and regularly scheduled and produced programming for the Peters Township Local Access Channel when its series "Trinity Today" is given full approval for broadcast by the Cable TV Board

June

Council approves funds to purchase a video tape player and to relocate the Cable TV Public Access origination point to the Public Library in the Community Room to begin airing of programming directly from Peters Township
 

Discussions between the Mrs. Morgan of the Cable TV Board and Mr. DeGrange of PTHS about having students participating in the production of local programming
 

The Township's first video tape player (Panasonic NV 9100) and a converter are purchased at a cost of $1197. (similar unit shown below)

 

July

Peters Township Community Television is born!! (sort of)  On July 5, Trinity Today is shown for the first time on Cable Channel 9.  Pittsburgh Press newspaper article

October

Expanded Basic Cable comes to Peters Township with the addition of ESPN, CNN, USA, MTV, Nickelodeon/ARTS, CHN (Cable Health Network), WTBS, and a broadcast channel in Wheeling in a 19-channel package available for $8.50 per month for the first TV set.  In addition, viewers would receive the premium channels Cinemax and The Movie Channel as part of the package at no extra cost.

December

The Township's Message Channel and programming is relocated to Channel 23.


1981

January

 Michael Silvestrithe Assistant Manager/Planning Director of Peters Township since June 1976, is named the Township Manager, replacing James Ross. Observer-Reporter article

Peters Township High School is wired to allow for it to be an origination point and all school buildings have been wired to receive cable TV programming

February

Plans are made for the first ever Peters Township local cable TV recording: the February 12, 1981 Middle School Band Concert, which would arranged with Mr. Dell and set to be recorded by Miss DeCarlo.  After a few issues arose during the planning stages, it was decided that it would be recorded professionally by Tom Fletcher of Electronic Services, Inc, in order to demonstrate the capabilities of locally produced programming.   It was scheduled to be aired on Channel 2 (the channel shared by WPCB and the Bethel Park/Peters Township message channel) on Sat. Feb. 14 at 11:00-noon and 6:00-7:00 p.m., Tues Feb. 17 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday Feb. 19 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  Unfortunately, the concert (and thus the broadcast) were cancelled due to weather and rescheduled for March 26, 1981

March

Representatives from Trinity Methodist Church meet with the Peters Township Cable TV Board to discuss their intentions to produce a weekly half-hour program (including community interests, continuing education program for the Church, a short Bible study and short Pastoral segment) with their own equipment onto 3/4" tape and have it air on Channel 2.

 

The first locally produced program, a Peters Township School Band Concert, is recorded on March 26, 1981 at the High School and is broadcast on Channel 2 for the first time on March 28, 1981 at 11:00 a.m..  In addition, publicity for this recording are sent to The Advertister, Observer-Reporter, Pittsburgh Press South, Post Gazette South, and 3 radio stations (WTAE, WWSW, KQV).

 

Wiring to make the Municipal Building an origination point is completed

 

Basic cable TV customers in Peters Township: 2,317

 

May

The Public Communications Terminal goes live

June

A tradition begins!: The 1981 Peters Township High School Graduation Ceremony is recorded and broadcast

September

South Hill TV Cable Company asks to be able to raise its prices for the first time.  Basic Monthly Service charges increase from $6.00 to $7.20, additional outlets (from $1.00 to $1.20), installation charge (from $15.00 to $17.35), and relocation, transfer, reconnection or additional outlet installation charge (from $6.00 to $11.50)


1980

June

Adelphia completes installation of cable lines in Peters Township, so now all residents of Peters Township has access to the service.  Fran Bradley becomes the new contact person for Peters Township with the South Hills TV Cable Company.

October

The current Cable TV Line-up in Peters Township on Adelphia Cable:
2 - 40 and community message board
3 - KDKA (2)
4 - WPGH (53)
5 - Home Box Office
6 - WTAE (4)
7 - WUAB (43 - Cleveland)
8 - WOR (9 - New York)
9 - WTRF (7 - Wheeling)
10 - WIIC (11)
11 - WTOV (9 - Steubenville)
12 - WQED (13)
13 - WPGH (22)


1979

January

Adelphia has 520 cable television customers in Peters Township

February

By the end of the month, Adelphia is up to 885 customers in Peters Township

March

1,225 customers hooked up to cable system by the end of March

 

April

The April 18th Peters Township Cable Regulatory Board meeting is attended by John Bullock (Board Member), Seymour Lerner (Board Chairman), 
Robert McMurray (Board Secretary), James A. Ross (Township Manager), and Anthony W. Accamando, Jr. (Manager, South Hills T.V. Cable Company).

Dr. Jack, Superintendent of the Peters Township School District contacts the Board to discuss the School District's participation in Cable T.V. services, 
including the wiring of the school buildings.

May

The Board begins to the discuss the possibility of purchasing the station's first electronic bulletin board, what was then known as a Public Communications Terminal

September

The Board discusses the possibility of creating 4 programming centers for Peters Township: 

Municipal Building: community message center, like the current message center housed in Bethel Park and shared by Peters Township and Bethel Park on Channel 2

Library: Children's and adult programming

School District:to be submitted at a later date

Outside agency: to provide and implement programming and services


1978

Adelphia spends much of 1978 attaching cable support strands to telephone poles and beginning the process of cabling many of the streets in Peters Township for cable television service, including the major roads:

May:

Strands: Justa Bout, Bower Hill, Sugar Camp, Bebout, Venetia, Froebe, Brookwood, and McMurray

Cable: Venetia

 

June:

Strands: Old Washington, Route 19, Thompsonville, Thomas, and Center Church

Cable: Brookwood, Thompsonville, Sugar Camp, Froebe

 

July

Cable: Route 19, Froebe, Center Church, Thomas

 

August:

Strands: Robin Hood, Hidden Valley

Cable: Robin Hood

 

September:

Strands: Waterdam

 

October:

All aerial construction of the Peters Township cable television system is completed (some underground construction was still being worked on)


1977

April

Peters Township Council appoints the first Peters Township Cable TV Regulatory Board on April 4.  The first members are: Larry Lewis, 1 year (member at large), Maree Morgan, 2 years (school district representative), and John Bullock, 3 years (technical representative).  Observer-Reporter newspaper article


1976

April

Peters Township signs its first cable franchise agreement (a 15-year agreement) with Adelphia Cablevision, Inc on April 5, 1976. 


1975

July

After 18 months of research and work, the Peters Township Cable TV Study Group recommends to the Peters Township Board of Supervisors that Adelphia Communications be allowed to offer cable TV service in Peters Township.  The Peters Township Cable TV Study Group was chaired by George Frazier and also had the following members serve on the committee: John Bullock, Dr. Howard Jack, Jack Morgan, Donald Musson, Dusty Rhodes, Joyce Schaeffer, George Thornburg, Walt Winnowski, and Paul Linder.


1973

November

The residents of Peters Township vote to change the Township's form of government to a Home Rule Charter beginning in January 1976 (the first in Washington County).  Observer-Reporter newspaper article