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For UVMtv: New digs, a new channel, a new start

March 8, 2016

Things just keep getting better for UVMtv.

Just before spring break, club leaders found out that they’d need to vacate their studio under Ira Allen Chapel to make way for UVM computer techs, who themselves had been booted from their old space as UVM shuffles a number of offices.

UVMtv Station Manager Melisa Rayvid

UVMtv Station Manager Melisa Rayvid

Packing everything up wasn’t necessarily easy, but UVMtv quickly relocated to a bright new space in the basement of Wright Hall, one of the residence halls on Redstone Campus.

For UVMtv, the relocation comes on the heels of signing a deal with Burlington Telecom to create two channels available to Burlington residents: channel 300 for standard-def reception and channel 313 for high-def.

Anyone with a Burlington Telecom subscription will be able to watch 24 hours a day. The newest shows will air in the evenings, said Melisa Rayvid, UVMtv’s station manager.

“UVMtv is very excited to be back on TV and broadcasting throughout the Burlington area,” Rayvid said. “Burlington Telecom has helped up become a real television station again.”Unknown

For nearly a decade, UVMtv had streamed up to four channels into UVM’s residence halls. However, when the department of residential life yanked cable from the res halls in 2013, UVMtv went web-only. Several shows continue to flourish online, but the cable deal should mean wider viewership, Rayvid said.

“Our entire staff and people within the UVM community cannot wait to see themselves and their friends on TV,” she said.Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 1.43.00 PM

The partnership is a good deal for Burlington Telecom, too, said Abbie Tykocki, the organization’s director of marketing and public relations.

“Burlington Telecom has a lot of off-campus student customers,” Tykocki said. “UVMtv was eager to get back on the air, and BT was excited to be able to help. It’s a really cool way for BT to say thank you to our student customers.

“They support us, and we’re thrilled to help give something back to the community.”

With the switch to the new studio, UVMtv had to take the new channels offline during spring break as UVM re-wired the space, but Rayvid said channels 300 and 313 will be back on the air next week—right after UVM’s spring break.



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