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Dekker: Discover Tinley TV show lets residents know what’s going on

Julie Dekker

Julie Dekker

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Updated: October 16, 2013 6:11AM



In this age of technology, there seems to be no end to the ways that people can stay connected. We have access to the entire world if we want it.

But I’ve found that most of the people I talk to also want to know what’s happening in their town, the events and information that directly impact their lives.

In Tinley Park, there’s a great community television show that does just that.

Discover Tinley Productions Community Television produces a half-hour news program that highlights the people and events that shape the village. Discover Tinley Productions is a part of the village’s community resource commission and has been producing local TV programs since 1983.

In the early days, the commission’s TV crew mostly covered special events . There was no permanent studio, and they produced the programs everywhere — from the basement of the police department to the public works garage.

In 2000, Discover Tinley Productions moved into a studio in the old PAWS animal shelter building near 183rd Street and 80th Avenue and began producing the news show on a monthly basis. The program is put together entirely by volunteers.

Discover Tinley Productions is continually looking for volunteers who are interested in television production. You must be at least 15 years old and able to commit to 10 hours a month. There are no education requirements, as they will train you as you go along.

Many area high school students have learned hands-on camera usage, directing, editing and production skills for personal interest or for community service.

I met recently with Ron Centanni, who has been hosting the local show since 1981, and Reta Brudd, who has been with the community resource commission for 40 years and is involved with every aspect of the program. Brudd works with the volunteers, teaching them how all of the equipment works.

“It is a lot of fun,” Brudd said. “I get to meet so many interesting people and cover all the great events that happen in Tinley Park. I think that this is a valuable thing that we do for the community.

“I also believe that it is important to be actively involved in your community, to be a part of where you live. I also work with some tremendous people that make putting these shows together a really enjoyable experience.”

Centanni told me that hosting the monthly program helps to fulfill the dream of being involved in broadcasting that he has had since high school. He agreed with Brudd that it’s the people that make this job so interesting.

“We are recording the history of Tinley Park as it happens,” Centanni said. “I don’t know of any other town that does this. We have a wonderful archive of the people and events that have shaped our community. Generations to come will be able to look back at these recordings and see who and what has brought our community to where it is today.”

The Discover Tinley program can be seen on the village’s local cable access channel, Comcast channel 19, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays as well as on YouTube at Tinley Park CRC.

The community resource commission also hosts other events for Tinley Park, such as the Youth in Government program where area high school students get to shadow village officials to learn how village government works.

Every December, the commission puts together the Christmas Market in the downtown area and in spring it hosts the Discover Tinley Community Expo. The commission also oversees the community service scholarship program, in which the village awards six $1,000 scholarships to local high school students.

Check out Discover Tinley on Tuesday nights and learn more about your community. We all have the opportunity to shape the community in which we reside, so don’t be afraid to get involved. It can open up a whole new world for you.

Find out more about the community resource commission at www.tinleypark.org.



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