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ACCESS 4 marks 20 years on the air

November 11, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – ACCESS 4, Springfield’s public access television station, will observe its 20th year of service to the community with several special retrospective programs. 

Segments of “Celebrating 20 years of Public Access Television” will air Sunday, November 13, at 4:30 p.m.; Monday, November 14, at 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, November 16, at 5:30 p.m.; and Friday, November 18, at 9 p.m. The guests on Sunday and Wednesday will be Carol Gaston, Alyle Lyle, John Kelker, and Tom Shafer. Guests on Monday and Friday will be Jon Gray Noll, Pat Graham, Joyce Jackson, and Bob Bartel.

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ACCESS 4

ACCESS 4 is operated by UIS’ Office of Electronic Media and is open to all residents of the Springfield area. The service is provided by an agreement between UIS and Insight Communications, with funding provided by Insight.

When the station went on the air in 1985, it was designed as a way to provide access to the media to those who would not otherwise have it. Jerry Burkhart, who directs the Office of Electronic Media, noted, “Today this idea is just as important as it was 20 years ago. Public access television has the ability to reach a wide variety of audiences, and these programs can provide a vital link between individuals, organizations, and the community.”

In addition to providing a professionally managed forum for public discourse and artistic expression, ACCESS 4 allows UIS students and local producers to gain experience in television production under the guidance of the office’s professional staff. Over the years, more than 13,500 locally produced programs have aired and the station has garnered a number of awards.

“Public access television is truly a great public service,” observed UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen. “We are grateful to Insight Communications and its predecessors for their continued support, and we look forward to 20 more years.”

The Office of Electronic Media is a unit of the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership. For more information, contact Burkhart at 206-6799 or go to the office’s website at http://cspl.uis.edu/OEM/.

 

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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