Monday, Dec. 9, Cordova’s first locally based TV channel went on the air. CordovaTV premiered on YouTube with a series of five videos focusing on art exhibitions, cake decorating, holiday shopping and other areas of local culture and commerce.
CordovaTV is a work in progress, said Robbie Lewis, vice president and station manager for Cordova Radio, which runs CordovaTV. CordovaTV will adapt and shape its content to suit the needs of the community, he said.
“I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anything close to this,” Lewis said. “I think ‘TV channel’ is probably the closest way to describe it, but what we’re creating here is really the first of its kind.”
Currently, individual CordovaTV features are funded by the groups they cover. Lewis hopes that the channel will be able to keep viewers informed while helping promote local businesses, he said.
The channel is currently developing a video on Cordova Electric Cooperative’s new automated battery system, Lewis said.
“One of the things I really like about YouTube is how open-ended it is,” Lewis said. “Really, I just want to play it by ear and take opportunities as they come.”