A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director
· The Alliance for Community Media is a national organization of community television station members similar to KOCT. They are currently having their annual conference in Boston and we received news from the conference that KOCT won a Hometown Media Video Award. KOCT’s talented Jon Beltz shot and edited some of the innovative footage and KOCT’s Micheyl Steinway polished the promo video for KOCT’s Journalist Roundtable. Congratulations team. Watch the promo now!
· Speaking of Journalist Roundtable, I hope you caught last weeks ‘live’ television show. If not, click here. We had a diverse guest list and our three journalists honed in on important north county topics. Viewers who want to be informed about local issues should watch—and share with your neighbors who may not be aware of KOCT’s informative, award-winning monthly program.
JRT Host Kent Davy is joined each month by Journalist Alison St. John & Logan Jenkins
Mark Jackson was our first guest. He and some local community groups, (saveoursandiegocountryside.org ), are opposed to the proposed Lilac Hills development planned for northern Escondido/Valley Center. (The developer, Randy Goodson, appeared on JRT in May to present his perspective.)
Max Disposti, the Executive Director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside discussed recent vandalism at their facility that was deemed a hate crime by OPD. In light of the tragedy in Orlando, we asked Max to discuss the progress and peril facing the LGBTQ community.
Linda Culp is the Principle Planner for SANDAG. She discussed the planned expansion and improvement of the Oceanside Transit Center-- a busy southern California mass transportation hub.
Pastor Steve Bassett was our final guest. He operates the Bread of Life Rescue Mission in Oceanside. The non-profit was formed in 1999 and serves the poor, hungry, and homeless in six North County cities; Pastor Bassett gave a first-hand perspective of their services, his organization, and their future plans.
Journalist Roundtable will go dark in August in anticipation of a busy Election 2016 season of programs. If you want to be an informed voter for this election you’ll want to watch KOCT-North County’s Channel! Set your DVR for September 1st at 6pm for programming for, by, and about our community.