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In-house TV studio opens lines of communication, strengthens community ties

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January 11th, 2017
TV studio, live programming, Java, Niteside, Arts and Enrichment Center, Fireside Lounge  Wind Crest’s morning talk show Java airs on the community’s in-house TV channel.

TV studio, live programming, Java, Niteside, Arts and Enrichment Center, Fireside Lounge Wind Crest’s morning talk show Java airs on the community’s in-house TV channel.

With the launch of its in-house TV studio and live programming, Wind Crest, in Highlands Ranch, Colo., just made its community a little stronger. 

“The TV studio definitely increases the way we communicate with the people who live here,” says Community TV Coordinator Tanya Passidore. “TV is a powerful tool to get out urgent messages, orient and educate new residents, and help neighbors get to know each other.”

New and noteworthy

Resident volunteers produce two live programs, Java, a morning talk show, and Niteside, an evening variety show.

Java hosts interview community members and highlight neighborhood happenings and outside events. “A lot of people involved in Java are involved in the entertainment committee,” Passidore says.

Niteside features longer interviews as well as performances such as Gaile Brown performing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on her harp.

To close, Niteside hosts “mosey down to the old corral” (on set), where Merlin Neff makes a night cap to share from his recipe book. Merlin is known for his extravagant recipes and dinner parties he has in his apartment home at Wind Crest. 

“It’s a fun way to close the show,” Passidore says.

She works with all the TV studio volunteers to develop content, coordinate guests, and record and edit presentations. 

Jack Liggett, Veda Rogers, Dee O’Donnell, and Barbara Wright rotate hosting Java, while Veda, Dee, and Barbara also help behind the scenes. For Niteside, Veda Rogers and Gene Corrigan rotate hosting various guests. Ron Poinsett, Andrew Sauter, and Marge Hidalgo work behind the scenes for both shows.  

“The Arts and Enrichment Center and TV studio have been a long time coming. Over time, we’ve attracted a lot of residents with an interest in performing arts,” Passidore says. “Others have backgrounds in photography, and one volunteer has experience with computers and engineering. They want to participate, and this really helps in coordinating all that goes on behind the scenes.” 

She also says viewers and volunteers alike anticipate upcoming programming such as a fitness show with Fitness Coordinator Gina Muaau, a weather segment with resident Bob Lee, and a nature segment with resident Norm Fox. 

All-access events

In addition to the two live shows, the standard-definition and high-definition channels also show recorded performances from Wind Crest’s Arts and Enrichment Center and events elsewhere on campus. 

For example, residents host a storytelling series in Fireside Lounge throughout the summer months. Like live memoirs, the life stories provide the audience of friends a glimpse into their neighbors’ personal history. These events are broadcast to every home on the community stations.

“Now everyone in the community is able to view the events and shows we have here, regardless of whether they are able to get to them,” Passidore says.

She adds that with another residence building—Longs Ridge—100% sold out and opening in the fall, the TV stations open lines of communication for orienting new community members. 

“We have a whole new group of people coming in who have no idea how our community works, so we want to have more opportunities to get everyone on board when they move in,” Passidore says. “There’s a lot of opportunity to use TV to educate new neighbors about life at Wind Crest and help them feel settled and at home more quickly.”