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Posted April 11, 2011

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Volunteers

VOLUNTEERS: THE BACKBONE OF ROGERS TV'S LOCAL PROGRAMMING

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK, APRIL 10 – 16

WATERLOO – National Volunteer Week, April 10th to 16th, provides a special opportunity to recognize those who give back. At Rogers TV, Cable 20, we are celebrating the volunteers who help the station deliver its distinctive brand of local programming.

“Everyday our volunteers devote their time and talents to making television that matters to Waterloo Region,” says Charles Wechsler, Rogers TV Station Manager. “It’s their dedication and commitment to our channel that allows us to showcase this community’s vibrant sporting, cultural, political and special events.”

Currently there are over 100 active volunteers in Waterloo Region who work in front of the camera and behind the scenes at Rogers TV. Volunteers work hands-on alongside staff members and participate in free workshops in all aspects of television, including camera, audio, graphics and editing.

Greg Spieser is an aspiring filmmaker who joined the Rogers TV volunteer team last March. In just a year, Spieser has learned many new skills and crew positions, including camera operator, audio operator, guest coordinator and floor director on daytime, Waterloo Region’s favourite talk show.

“This has been a fantastic experience for me,” says Spieser. “I love the atmosphere, the people, and learning how to make a successful television program. It’s been a real eye-opener and an experience I would highly recommend to anyone. It doesn’t get much better!!”

Rogers TV has a number of initiatives and programming features planned to mark National Volunteer Week, including on-air promos, website profiles and an appreciation dinner. Throughout the week, watch daytime weekdays at Noon, 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM as Susan Cook-Scheerer and Jay Chagnon introduce you to Rogers TV’s dedicated volunteer team.

Rogers TV offers free training and a collaborative environment in which to produce local television programming.

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