Spotlight Clark: New Facility is a Very Busy Place in Clark
By Don Smith, Staff, Clark TV
Clark TV-36 is owned and operated by the Township of Clark as OurClark Media TV36 which is part of the Communications and Business Development Department under the Direction of Elizabeth Clee. The TV-36 Staff includes Phil Scardilli, TV/Multimedia Teacher at ALJ High School who has been with the station for 20 years and Don Smith who brings over 25 years of experience in local television.
TV-36 covers Council Meetings, Board of Ed Meetings, Zoning Board Meetings, Planning Board Meetings and any other governmental meetings that need coverage. The studio is also used to do emergent news reporting to the community about various situations that may arise in the township.
Our mayor and council believe TV-36 should be an extension of the services the Township provides and a reflection of life in the community. As such, the staff attends all Township events and numerous recreational ones to provide coverage via TV36, YouTube and other social media platforms to all residents. Some of those events include: the Little League/Softball Parade, Memorial Day Parade, 9-11 Ceremony, Annual UNICO Festival in October, Recreation’s Trunk or Treat, Veteran’s Day ceremony and the much-loved Winter Wonderland/Tree Lighting.
Additionally, the TV-36 staff broadcasts school and library events of interest such as concerts, talent shows, graduations, sporting events, guest speakers, special programming and much more. In 2021 the studio staff began interviewing local experts and professionals to create short videos on various topics of interest to our viewers. We even created a set of commercials reminding locals to “Shop Clark for the Holidays.”
In the next year, we are planning to invite residents with special interests, talents and a willingness to share, to slide in front of our cameras and do what they do best for our audience.
Our facility has just finished a multi-year remodel and upgrade to state-of-the-art equipment.
The studio is run with a TriCaster TC1 unit which is fed by
3 Sony Studio Cameras HXC-FB80SN with HDVFL750 VF/20X Lens and Viewfinder controlled by 3 Camera Control Units (Sony HXCU-FB80N) for Full 1080p Resolution
Our Bulletin Board is powered by the Infovue system Player and 1 Remote stick, and Show Management is controlled by a Leightronix Ultra HD Server running through a Blackmagic Smart Video Hub.
The biggest upgrade was to our council chambers infrastructure with 5 Sony PTZ Cameras controlled remotely from our control room to the brand new Court/Council Chambers and Police HQ across the street all brought in with bi-Directional Fiber. In addition to the cameras, we are able to control 4-65 inch Sony monitors on the walls in the courtroom with full control of audio and video to the room with a Crestron Control Unit.
We also have Fiber lines to the high school football field for live games as well as a fiber line to the high school auditorium.
In addition to the fiber feeds, we have a LiveU Solo Unit that enables us to go live anywhere throughout the town. TV-36 is set for the future needs of the community and will continue to grow its programming for years to come.