On February 21, 2023, Greg Torre joined the MVCC staff as the Chief Broadcast Engineer. Greg is returning to work with the public after spending the last 5 years working in corporate broadcasting. We sat down with Greg to talk television.
Greg, welcome to the public access TV team! How have your first two weeks been here?
The first two weeks have been going very well! I am loving working with such a great team. There are a lot of systems to get acquainted with and much information to take in here with this role, so I have been working hard to get myself settled in. Thankfully the MVCC team is full of friendly folks that have been eager to help any time I have needed it!
And how did your journey lead you to MVCC?
Moving back to the Miami Valley has really shifted my focus to family and the community here. This community initiated me into the world of video production and audio/visual technology when I was a teenager. Coming to MVCC really makes me feel connected to the area. It gives me hope that I can help provide that same passion back to the public.
As Chief Engineer, you’ll really be involved with all the infrastructure that keeps our four channels and 24,000 hours of annual programming on the air. Whew! And you just helped with the transition to HD cablecasting.
It all seems so daunting when you word it like that! In all truth though, I take the responsibility very seriously. There are a lot of intricacies to keeping our channels running. The roll out of HD cablecasting here has been quite exciting as well! I was happy to see how much the quality improved once it was implemented. The road to it had some bumps but overall, it has been a fun, cooperative, effort that is definitely paying off.
Have you had an opportunity to watch some of our public access television programming?
I have had many opportunities to tune into our public access TV. It makes me happy to see all the local passion and talent that helps create our programming!
Any thoughts to making a show in the future, or participating in a production?
I have given this some thought, as I do love the creative process myself. Just the other day I was brainstorming different show ideas with friends. I do think that it will only be a matter of time before I start dabbling in the world of video production once again.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
Well, coming from an Italian family, I have always loved to cook and bake. Since my return to the Dayton area, I have already become a member of the Italian Club at the behest of my family and had a great time working the Festa last fall. If you attend this year, you can find me there making pizza and/or cannoli all weekend!
If our community producers or schoolteachers have questions about equipment, can they contact you?
Of course, they can! I am happy to help in any way I can, from problem solving to helping people get familiar and comfortable with the technology they are using.
There’s a whole building of technology here in addition to eight cities of remote equipment and IT work – so we really appreciate having you here!
Thank you very much, I am so happy that I get to be a part of the team with MVCC! I look forward to working closely with all our cities in our area!
The Miami Valley Communications Council operates four cable access channels with cable providers Spectrum TV and AT&T TV. Complete program schedule listings, as well as on-demand viewing, can be found at www.mvcc.video. MVCC was formed in 1975 as a council of governments representing the eight member cities of Centerville, Germantown, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood, Springboro, and West Carrollton.
Miami Valley Communications Council is a municipal communications and technology organization representing the eight member cities of Centerville, Germantown, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood, Springboro and West Carrollton. The council also has affiliate agreements with other Miami Valley cities. MVCC was formed in 1975 as a council of governments to monitor, regulate, and administer common cable television franchise agreements, manage the operation of the council's cable access television channels, and develop and implement intergovernmental projects designed to strengthen communications between member cities and their citizens. A policy-making body consisting of delegates representing member cities governs the council.
MVCC is funded through franchise fees paid by the cable service provider. Franchise fees are rent that the cable company pays for placing its wires over or under the public rights-of-way (streets.) MVCC uses these franchise fees to support its community access television activities, cooperative intergovernmental projects, and to explore new and changing technologies that will benefit member communities. The council, in turn, provides many services to our communities at little or no cost.