Fayetteville Television Center plans 20th anniversary celebration

Fritz Gisler, the city’s Television Center manager, shows off a control room to Ward 1 City Council member Sarah Marsh during a recent new alderman tour of the facility.

Photo by Todd Gill

City officials will celebrate the Fayetteville Television Center’s 20th anniversary on Thursday, Jan. 31.

The public is invited to the event, set to begin at 4:30 p.m. inside the center at 101 W. Rock St. in downtown Fayetteville.

The building, located across the street from the police department, houses the Fayetteville Government Channel, the city’s public access channel, and is home to the Fayetteville Media Services Division.

The center also trains Fayetteville residents in production skills, provides free use of camera and editing equipment for residents to produce their own programming, and assists various city departments and divisions with presentations.

Following an open house reception, Mayor Lioneld Jordan; Fritz Gisler, Television Center manager; and Dan Robinson, executive director of the city’s public access service provider, Your Media, will speak at a facility rededication ceremony at 5:15 p.m.

Self-guided tours of the center are planned from 5:30 to 7 p.m. An acoustic performance by local musician Benjamin Del Shreve is set for 6 p.m.

From a recent news release:

If you have not toured the City’s Television Center, this is a wonderful opportunity to see where fun, productivity, open government, free speech, art, discovery and enlightenment, history, new friendships, inclusion, public service, government transparency and accountability, and deliberation and commentary all converge in Fayetteville. If you have visited the Center in the past, you know it is an exciting place, and we think you will appreciate the City’s extensive improvements. We hope you will come and celebrate the re-dedication of the City of Fayetteville Television Center and the next 20 years of City-supported television in Fayetteville.

For more information, contact the center at 479-444-3434.