ONTV exceeds its $5,000 goal for FISH
Orion Neighborhood Television hosted its 11th annual food drive the week of Feb. 1st. The virtual 5 day drive exceeded its goal and raised $5,325 for the Oxford/Orion FISH Food Pantry. ONTV also accepted non-perishable food items during the week. ONTV was able to drop off a van full of food to FISH at the end of the week, thanks to the community’s generosity.
ONTV cannot thank the community enough for its continued support. A special thank you to our volunteers who hosted throughout the week: Stacy Calloway, Peggy Barry Bartz and Sammy Taormina. Another thank you goes out to Randy Gower from FISH, Roger Smith for Lake Orion High School and musical guest George Sinnott.
If you missed the food drive but would still like to make a donation to FISH, visit their website at OxfordOrionFISH.org. Oxford/Orion FISH provides emergency aid in the form of food and agency referrals to individuals in Oxford, Lake Orion, Addison and Oakland Township. People who have a need for groceries can call the office at 248.628.3933.
ONTV Honored at Virtual Ceremony
Orion Neighborhood Television was honored at the Philo Festival of Media Arts, earning two awards for excellence in local programming. The Central States Alliance of Community Media hosted a virtual ceremony on Oct. 29. The Philo Awards in an annual public access television cable TV competition within the Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan region. The “PHILO” is awarded for excellence in community media in various categories.
ONTV was the winner in the community event professional category for its “Miracle League Grand Opening” program. The “ONTV Newscast” was also recognized as a finalist in the news professional category.
On Aug. 9, 2019 Orion Township celebrated the grand opening of Miracle League Field, which is an accessible baseball diamond for people of all abilities. “ONTV had multiple cameras at the event to cover the opening ceremony and following game,” says station manager Joe Johnson. “It was amazing to see the entire community come together to make this happen and we were happy to document this historic moment. To be recognized for our efforts by the ACM is just frosting on the cake.” “This program is a perfect example of why community television is so important,” says Ian Locke, executive director. “Local news stations came out and covered the event as a news story. ONTV covered the event from the opening ceremony to the final out.”
Over the years, ONTV has taken home awards at both the regional Philo and the national Hometown Media Awards. “We feel that our staff and producers create programs that are considered to be the best in the country and our facility sets a standard that others hope to replicate,” says Johnson. “The feedback we get from the community regarding our programs and classes inspires us to keep doing what we’re doing.”
The Philo Awards is named after Philo T. Farnsworth, the father of modern television. The ACM Central States Region honors the memory of Philo T. Farnsworth by recognizing the effort of access producers who promote the use of media in their community.