Katahdin towns eye public TV extension

Posted Oct. 05, 2009, at 8:30 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:12 p.m.

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Scott Dorr helped create and operate public access television in Millinocket and wants to do the same for the rest of the Katahdin region, he said Monday.

Dorr will meet with the Medway Board of Selectmen on Oct. 19 to discuss his idea of establishing a channel for the two towns, possibly on Polaris Cable, which serves Medway and other parts of the region, he said.

Dorr and Dan Thibodeau, another KAT-TV veteran, are working on the idea.

“Our passion never died, and we felt that there isn’t an avenue for us in East Millinocket to have that avenue shared,” Dorr said Monday. “We used to do comedy shows and we miss that. We miss producing and all of the aspects of public TV, and we don’t feel like KAT was giving us that kind of opportunity.

“Hopefully, it won’t cost either town a thing,” said Dorr, who recently moved to East Millinocket.

The town Board of Selectmen indicated some support for the idea during its Sept. 28 meeting, according to draft minutes of the meeting. Chairman Mark Scally said the idea, however, wouldn’t likely be eligible for any immediate funding. The town’s budget already is set.

It would take $2,000 to $9,000 to launch public access TV in East Millinocket and Medway, Dorr said. Besides grants, the television effort could be paid for by business sponsorships, advertising and private donations.

Among the ideas suggested was sharing time with Millinocket on its Channel 13, a proposal that Millinocket Town Manager Eugene Conlogue doubted the KAT-TV board of directors would endorse, Dorr said.

Another option would be using an unused or underused KAT-TV channel and sharing it between Medway and East Millinocket. Dorr is exploring that with Polaris’ operators, he said.

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