Alle-Kiski Community Access Television Station (AKTV) AKTV will be a community run audio/video learning center that broadcasts over the air waves, internet and cable. It will be hosted at the Alle-Kiski Valley Active Adult Center. This will facilitate multi-generational interactions and the cross pollination of ideas and skills. The goal is to offer a place to learn, create and take-to-market educational, governmental and community based programs. All people from the surrounding areas will be welcome to participate. AKTV will integrate and share talent from the surrounding schools, youth and adult organizations. There will also be an effort to staff the facility from within. The groups who have expressed support for this endeavor are; Alle-Kiski Valley Active Adult Center New Kensington Town Council and Mayor Westmoreland County Community College aka “WCCC” Penn State New Kensington aka “PSNK” Singers, Producers, Entertainers, Artists in Kindness aka “SPEAK” New Kensington Civic Theater New Kensington Chamber of Commerce AKTV community access will serve as a broadcast outlet for videos produced at: the main studio in the AK Valley Active Adult Center WCCC facilities PSNK facilities local schools that have or will have production capabilities local church groups that have or will have production capabilities civic groups that have or will have production capabilities local citizens that have production capabilities provided they follow the format of the station, i.e. educational, governmental or civic minded There will be no charge to participate, but AKTV will retain the rights to broadcast all material produced in its facilities, as well as market and rebroadcast on other stations. When the shows are commercially distributed, then AKTV will retain 50% of the profit with 25% going to the Alle-Kiski Active Adult Center and 25% to the station for upgrades and operational expenses. The content creators, including the crew, will divide the remaining 50% in a fashion to be determined at a later date. The studio will also be available “for hire,” but the focus will be on content creation and “back end” moneys. AKTV will be a platform to develop shows that will also be pitched for broadcasting on other stations i.e. WQED, A&E, The History Channel, Discovery, Google TV, Apple TV and others. Video is rapidly developing into the mortar that holds the bricks of creativity together. AKTV community access will benefit the community by providing: educational, informational and locally relevant programming a center for the citizens to learn and refine marketable skills a place for local talent to meet, work and grow together an opportunity for the citizens to create their own good news about the area making it more attractive for others to visit, shop or live. an archive of local history for future generations Formats for people to be heard facilitating conflict resolution All local citizens that have production capabilities provided they follow the format of the station, ei, educational, governmental or civic minded. Knowing how to make a video today is like knowing how to write when the printing press was invented. Google searches videos before they search any other file type. In the near future, I project that virtual sales will surpass shopping as we know it today. Google will expand Google Earth to simulate visits inside a store, peruse their shelves and buy items anywhere on the planet. YouTube is used by many to learn various software applications, make household repairs, garden, cook, play instruments and a multitude of other “how to” and educational instructions. Video resumes will gradually increase over printed resumes and provide companies a better "feel" of the potential employee. Video will create new industries which service these and other unanticipated applications. It is important to locate the studio where the eldest of the population congregate. This will facilitate the interaction of generations and supply the young with material to learn the technical aspects of video production. All involved will acquire an increased awareness about the history of the community and preserve the recent past for future generations. To know where we come from helps us to determine where we want to go. If given the opportunity to develop video skills, it will help them become more expressive and provide them with a competitive edge on these emerging platforms. Many people feel the most difficult part of video is the audio and background sound, or music. This is an often overlooked market for musicians. The creation of music beds for video can be lucrative, especially if there is a track record or reputation of quality material. Our surrounding region has consistently proven it produces prodigious musical talents. To generate a revenue stream for musicians, that has nothing to do with serving alcohol, will be welcomed and met with agreeable cooperation. A goal to strive for would be to develop a mentorship program within the school systems. The students with the knowledge could earn college credit as they teach their skills to others.