|Larry Aldridge and
George Walters present studio concept to Ernest Chism
and Frank Bluestein.
||Dowden Communications is
awarded cable franchise and establishes Germantown
||Dr. Worth McDougal of
the University of Georgia designs original GHS-TV studio
and Germantown Access Studio.
||The GHS-TV studios are
dedicated. GHS-TV begins to operate over Channel 7. The
first summer intern program is established. The studio
is a totally unique concept. GHS-TV provides local
origination programs for the community. In return, the
cable company furnishes the studio with equipment and
provides for a yearly operation and maintenance budget.
GHS-TV is one of the few cable high school television
facilities in the country.
||Martin Cutler is awarded
the first GHS-TV Senior Scholarship provided by the
||The community access
studio is not being utilized at the Germantown
Cablevision location. GHS-TV agrees to handle the
community access programming as well as the local
origination. All equipment is moved to the campus of
Germantown High School.
||First Hometown USA video
||At the request of the
Cable Advisory Committee, GHS-TV combines government
access, community access, and local origination into one
channel. The Access Together Program is created. GHS-TV
agrees to a minimum of 70 access shows per contract
period. The school provides the equipment and personnel.
The cable company provides the operation and maintenance
support. The Germantown City Government provides the
capital needed and the community provides the talent.
exceeds 300 hours of government, public access, and
local origination programming over one channel. GHS-TV
televises all Board of Mayor and Alderman meetings,
Planning Commission meetings, Design Review Board
meetings, as well as special events.
||GHS-TV reaches 400 hours
of programming per week. Additional programming needs
require GHS-TV to take over a classroom area for
expanded production work.
||Expansion of the GHS-TV
facilities is proposed. Heritage Cablevision increases
Senior Scholarship to $750.00.
||Shelby County Schools
commits over $100,000 in funding to completely renovate
and expand GHS-TV in order to keep pace with rapid
growth of the studio.
Television enters into international agreements with
educational access facilities in Europe and the former
||The Germantown Community
Television Foundation is founded with George Walters
appointed as the chairman, along with a six member Board
of Directors. This non-profit organization is given
responsibility to oversee the fiscal management of
||GHS-TV begins operating
as SmartLink Channel 17.
Alumnus Jim Barrett returns to GHS-TV to produce the
documentary 100 Visions, which chronicles the 1995 trip
to Russia made by the Poplar Pike Playhouse students and
staff. The documentary is shown nationwide on the
Channel One network.
||GHS-TV is now producing over 100 shows per season, including 10 Access Together shows per month, for a total of almost 5000 hours of local and national programming seen over the channel per year.
|2001 - 2003
||Winner of Best Educational Access Studio in the USA Award presented by the Alliance for Community Media.
||GHS-TV is awarded a National Student Television Award of Excellence (Student Emmy) by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
||GHS-TV wins a total of 12 Hometown Video Awards, the most 1st place awards won by any access station in the USA.
||GHS-TV and its German partner station H-TV produce a one hour program cablecast live throughout Central Germany.
|2005 - 2006
||Winner of Best P.E.G. Access Channel in the USA Award, given by the Alliance for Community Media.
||GHS-TV wins 5 Student Emmy's from the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
|1988 - 2013
||GHS-TV wins over 120 additional first place Hometown USA Video Awards in categories including live coverage, local news and informational programming.