Volunteer Community Producers have always been the “backbone” of community access television. Every year, typically more than 1,000 community volunteers become involved with CTV in various ways. Involvement often includes participation in training workshops, studio use, portable camera use, edit equipment use and/or appearances as program guests.
CTV employs a small number of people who perform various roles in training volunteer producers, facility maintenance, program scheduling, and other activities that ensure smooth day-to-day operations and the future sustainability of the channel. Current CTV employees include:
David Vogel (Email: david@ctvKnox.org) holds a Master’s Degree from the California State University – Los Angeles and has been employed at CTV since 1987 (31 years). In his role as General Manager & Chief Operating Officer since 1990, David is ultimately responsible for every aspect of the organization’s activities, including: monitoring media & telecom policy & associated litigation, franchise renewal, policy development, fiscal management, facility design, equipment purchasing & maintenance, capital improvements, hiring & supervision of staff, and the sustainability & growth of the organization. Mr. Vogel is a current board member for the Knoxville Center for the Deaf and a member of the national Alliance for Community Media. He is past board chair of the Alliance for Community Media – Southeast Region, the Knoxville Advisory Board (TDOC), and the Tennessee Stage Company. He is a past board member for the West Side YMCA, National Federation of Local Cable Programmers and the National Alliance for Community Media. Mr. Vogel is also an active member of the Southeast Chapter of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.
Kevin Jeske-Polyak (Email: kevin@ctvKnox.org) holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee and has been employed at CTV since 1998 (20 years). In his role as Assistant General Manager, Kevin is responsible for the planning and coordination of major organizational development initiatives that support the mission of CTV, maintenance of updated job descriptions, documentation of policies & procedures, supervision of staff, performance evaluation, collection & reporting of operational metrics, facility design, equipment inventory management, community outreach, website development, needs assessment, focus groups, strategic planning, and grant writing. Mr. Jeske-Polyak is a current member of the national Alliance for Community Media, current president of the Southside Waterfront Neighborhood Association, past board member of the Alliance for Community Media – Southeast Region, Community Mediation Center, Community Shares of Tennessee, Knoxville Mayor’s Advisory Council for the Handicapped, and AIDS Response Knoxville. Prior to entering the nonprofit arena, Kevin enjoyed a successful 15-year career as a multi-unit executive manager in the food service industry.
Jason Amos Oaks (Email: jason@ctvKnox.org) holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tennessee and has been employed at CTV at different periods since 1992 (13 years of cumulative experience). In his role as Production Manager, Jason is primarily responsible for training & supervising production staff, scheduling staff to meet production demands, coordinating staff-produced programs, creating and facilitating training programs for new community producers, providing creative input pertaining to outreach strategies, and coordinating staff efforts to fulfill commitments to collaborative partners.
Justin Willocks (Email: justin@ctvKnox.org) holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tennessee and has been employed at CTV since 2014 (4 years). In his role as a Media Coordinator, Justin is primarily responsible for coordinating staff-produced programs, training new producers, and performing the necessary steps involved in receiving and scheduling programs for playback. Additional responsibilities include creating background graphics for the community calendar.
Jonathon Czarny (Email: email@example.com) hold’s a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and has been employed at CTV since 2017 (1 year). In his role as a Media Coordinator, Jonathon is primarily responsible for the coordination of staff-produced programs, training new producers, and performing the necessary steps involved in receiving and scheduling programs for playback. Additional responsibilities include coverage of off-site events, production of staff produced documentaries & public service announcements, and promotion of public access television and the channel through social media.