The team at Tellico Village Channel 3 taught themselves to run camera, monitor audio, shoot stories, edit video, and create graphics for announcements.


The team at Tellico Village Channel 3 sets up to shoot a studio segment about the library.

"We've done the 4th of July Parade, we've done Christmas things, we did our own flash mob," Tom Valenzo said.

He started volunteering at Channel 3 in 2007.

"Elliott was my neighbor and I was looking for something to get into trouble with so this was it," he said.

Volunteers run a television station dedicated to keeping their community informed. Emily Stroud and Jim Martin

Harold Ek is one of three people who volunteered at the station when it started in 1992.

"I'm the only one who has the guts to hang in there this long," he said with a laugh.

"We started very much just doing announcements of various activities in the Village. Since then we have broadened out and now we do videos which again bring a more in depth look at some of the things going on in the Village," he said. "Up on the wall we have our original editing and what not which was done in a closet about one third the size of this room."

It's a pretty advanced set up. Not only do they have non-linear editing but also three cameras in the studio and even a teleprompter.

"Also it you go to our website, it's the only place in the Village where you can see all the bulletins being produced by all the different departments," Tom said.

They've taught themselves to run camera, monitor audio, shoot stories, edit video, and create graphic for announcements.

Harold said, "No paid staff at all. And the other thing, no real training."

Harold says he enjoys it more than golf. As for Tom...

"You're always aware of what's going on in the Village and the hardest thing in a retirement community is trying to keep track of what's going on. And this is really... you've got a front row seat," he said.

They have a front row seat at Tellico Village.

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