A few months ago, Holly Deitchman, station manager of BATV – or Batavia Access Television – contacted me. Holly wanted to know whether I would be interested in hosting a new, round-table talk show, a topic she and I had briefly discussed in the past.
The show would touch on relevant, local news issues. Holly was asking whether I would be the moderator of the show.
I agreed to the request, and planning for the show commenced. The first episode of "Viewpoint" discusses the downtown Batavia streetscape project. Those appearing on the show include Casey O'Brien, owner of O'Brien's Pub and Grill in Batavia; Joi Cuartero, executive director of Batavia MainStreet; Jeff Schielke, mayor of Batavia; Bill McGrath, city administrator for Batavia; and Carrie Sebold, a member of the Downtown Streetscape Advisory Committee.
Numerous aspects of the streetscape project were broached during the "Viewpoint" taping. Guests spoke about the specifics of the project and how related issues are being addressed. They also spoke about what the project will mean for the future of Batavia, and they discussed the arch that recently was erected.
"We received unbelievable support from all of the participants that sat on our first panel," Holly wrote to me in an email after the show. "Following the taping, our volunteer crew was excited about being a part of the show, and the panelists were grateful for the opportunity to present their viewpoint. This is a big win for BATV. We look forward to receiving show ideas from the community for future episodes."
The first episode of "Viewpoint" will air on BATV at noon Friday (Comcast channel 17 or AT&T U-verse channel 99). In addition, the show will air at midnight, 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. throughout the weekend.
It also will be available on demand Friday on the BATV website, http://batv.us; and on BATV's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/BATV1017.
Holly and I would love to hear your ideas for a future episode of "Viewpoint." Suggestions can be sent to me using the email address below. To learn more about BATV and the different shows it airs, visit Facebook.mybatv.com.
• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Contact her at email@example.com or 630-845-5368.