Videographers to get sneak peek at 'Our Town'

October 21, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A sneak preview of "Our Town: Waynesboro," Pennsylvania Public Television's look at this Franklin County borough, will be shown at 7 p.m. today at Waynesboro Middle School for the 22 local volunteers who videotaped segments for the feature.

Area residents can see the program Wednesday at 8 p.m. and again Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. on WITF-TV.

The Harrisburg, Pa.-based station also broadcasts over WITF-FM, Radio Pa.

The Waynesboro segment is the 17th in the station's "Our Town" series. One on Chambersburg, Pa., was shown in March.

The idea behind the programming is to connect the communities in WITF's coverage area, said Kathy Silks, vice president of audience retention for the station.

As central Pennsylvania's public broadcasting station, WITF serves a large and diverse geographic area that stretches from below the Maryland line on the south, to Juniata, Pa., on the west, Lewisburg, Pa., on the north and Reading, Pa., on the east, Silks said.


So many towns are in the coverage area that people don't know about or visit, Silks said. The Our Town series highlights them and helps to bring people together, she said.

WITF is using the Waynesboro segment to recruit members in the area. Normally each town's segment runs for an hour on television. Waynesboro's will run for two hours on Wednesday and during the rebroadcast on Oct. 31, said Paul Lavinsky, media fund-raising coordinator for WITF.

The format for both broadcasts will include 20-minute segments of "Our Town; Waynesboro" followed by 20-minute segments of the station's membership campaign, Lavinsky said.

He and Michael L. Greenwald, the station's senior vice president, were at Borough Hall Monday evening taping interviews with Waynesboro Mayor Louis M. Barlup Jr. and Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger, plus representatives of the four local public sponsors of the Waynesboro show.

Those tapings, plus three local features being shot Friday by station staffers on Harbaugh Church, Pen Mar Park and the history of a local millionaire, will be shown during the membership campaigns, Lavinsky said.

The interviews and features each will run about 90 seconds, Silks said.

In his interview, a nattily dressed Hamberger told Greenwald that because Waynesboro is an isolated rural southern Franklin County community a stone's throw from the Maryland state line, it's always had an independent, self-sufficient spirit "with uncommonly good people."

Subjects selected by the 22 citizen videographers include local buildings of note, special community features and architectural and historical features. The tapings were done in August.

The local videographers included Dan and Susan Bock, George Buckey, Patrick X. Burns, Bruce Francis, Jason Furnish, Charlene and Eric Good, MaryBeth Hockenberry, Noel Kline, David Mackley, Marilyn McCarney, Ashley and Sherry Newcomer, Charlie Recard, Jim Ross, Pat Schlee, Doug Shetron, Kim Shockey, Matt Stahley, Andrew Sussman and Seph Ternes.

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