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Turn on Channel 6 and check out HMTV6

July 28, 2012|Liz Thompson

If you are an Antietam Cable Television subscriber, please turn on Channel 6 and check out HMTV6, our latest effort to bring news and information to Washington County residents.

HMTV6 launched two weeks ago and is possible because of an outstanding working relationship with our sister company, Antietam Cable, and the talent and expertise in The Herald-Mail newsroom.

Launching a television channel gives us one more outlet to provide local news to our customers. If you don’t live in Washington County with access to Antietam Cable Television, you can see some of our programming on HMTV6.com.  

HMTV6 includes hourly news segments, weather reports and special features about the people, places and issues in Washington County.

The channel is set up to let you decide when you want to watch, with taped programming looped in four-hour blocks during the day. Local news and weather are updated at 8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Herald-Mail Sports Editor Mark Keller and sports writer Tim Koelble are our HMTV6 sports anchors, who provide daily reports. The sports staff also produces a weekly program focusing on local sports.

Twice a week, Lifestyle Editor Crystal Schelle and Assistant Lifestyle Editor Chris Copley produce The Calendar, a program that looks at upcoming events through the week and the weekend.

And many — if not most — of the videos in the news program are shot by Herald-Mail reporters. The reporters also edit most of the video they shoot and even provide the narrative (also known as the voice-over) for them. The other day I saw a news story with City Hall reporter C.J. Lovelace doing a stand-up on camera.

I literally clapped.

When we talk about this being a multimedia world requiring the talents of multimedia journalists, we mean it. And our newsroom and broadcast staffs demonstrate it on a daily basis.

And that’s because you don’t consume news in the same ways that our audience once did. Sometimes you want to read it, sometimes you want to watch it and sometimes you need it on the go. We can meet all those requirements.

Meet our news team by going to HMTV6.com or check us out at www.facebook.com/HMTV6.

While producing television programming is a new venture, streaming video live online is something in which we have a little experience.

We covered the Maryland State 11-12 Little League Tournament held in Brunswick last week, streaming live video to www.herald-mail.com for all but one of the games.

In order to do that, we had to sign a contract with the National Little League organization and will pay a broadcast fee to both the national organization and the Brunswick Railroaders Little League, hosts for this year’s tournament.

We had support for the effort from several advertisers, which will help offset the expense. And the Brunswick Little League organization was great in helping us with setup, power and the all-important Internet connection.

We could not have provided such a consistent, well-done level of coverage to the tournament without the hard work of sports videographers Dave Barnhart and Andrew Barnhart. Between the two of them, they worked the camera through blazing sun and pouring rain, with a few technical glitches thrown in for good measure. 

Also making the coverage outstanding was the color commentary provided for every game by Keller and Koelble.

It’s been a busy summer. Stay tuned. There is always more to come.

Liz Thompson is The Herald-Mail’s digital director. You can send an email to her at lizt@herald-mail.com.

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