All right, folks: I have been a member of URTV since its physical beginning. I have labeled cables to become a member and submitted the first series, Attica Cherry—The Anti-Show, and produced over 40 hours of programming at URTV’s studio A.
On a personal level, I have watched the progression of events unfold with the changing of executive director and then program director. Overall, operations are fluid and more functional. Of course I have not entered the ring of politics [regarding] the board and [topics such as] stealing the cable signal and recasting it as direct competition, and now the jeopardy of funding because of—what?
I read your article [“Whose TV,” Feb. 25] and still can’t find any real issue of substance other than tidbits of gossip and hearsay. If you have a legal issue, take it up with the adults in court; otherwise, get over it and use the public access like it is supposed to be used. Let’s get real kids—play nice or get off the playground. Don’t threaten to shut it down because of bullying. Our crew is here to—bottom line—make television. Any who cast stones are seen at fault for their destructive aggression.
Frankly, Pat, John and Curt do an excellent job and are to be commended for pulling it all together. Those three should be thanked and asked how we, as the public-access community, can help—not do what we can to scandalize and cause issues for contempt or speculation.
I encourage Asheville and Buncombe County to take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity to get involved in making local media. If not, at least support it in some way, because it truly is an honor and privilege to participate in local-community dialogue. It is, as well, our First Amendment right of freedom of speech to use such a great tool, whether for information or entertainment.
— Troy Hornberger, producer