WVIA documentary airs Monday
BY MICHAEL J. RUDOLF
Wyoming County Press Examiner
The final edits are being done on WVIA-TV’s documentary about Tunkhannock.
The program, ‘Our Town: Tunkhannock,’ is scheduled to be broadcast on Monday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m.
“I think it’s going to be wonderful,” said Lisa Mazzarella, producer of the program.
Much of the program was videotaped by people who live and work in the Tunkhannock area, Mazzarella noted. They used their own cameras to record scenes and interviews that tell the story of their hometown.
“Every single one of the volunteer videographers took it very seriously,” Mazzarella said.
These recordings, augmented by some material shot by WVIA’s own personnel, are being edited into an hour-long program.
The documentary’s first broadcast is during the public television station’s fundraising drive. It will be interrupted a few times for the station to solicit contributions.
To tie that campaign into the program, Mazzarella said all of the volunteers who contributed to the project were invited to the studio in Pittston Township to answer phones during the pledge drive.
There are still a few openings for others who want to come down to volunteer at the premiere, Mazzarella said. Anyone who wants to help should call Amber Corson, the station’s volunteer coordinator, at 602-1123.
Volunteers should be at the studio by 6 p.m.
Mazzarella said she has seen a rough cut of the documentary, and is impressed by the production. She said it is evident that people in Tunkhannock value their community, and want to showcase it in the best way possible.
By working on the program, she said many people seemed to discover facets of the Tunkhannock area that they may have taken for granted.
“This project allowed them to stop and take a look back at their community in a different light,” she said.
During the WVIA staff’s several visits to Tunkhannock over the past two months, Mazzarella said she noticed that residents showed incredible enthusiasm for the project, and she believes once the program airs that will continue.
“I know for sure you’re going to see a resurgence in community pride,” she said.
The documentary is the second of a series of programs WVIA is producing on local communities.
The first was produced in Danville in the spring.
Once WVIA has completed its initial broadcasts of the documentary, it will be made available as a marketing tool to attract business and tourism.
“I cannot think of a better way to promote a community than to hear the voice of the people,” Mazzarella said.