How did you become interested in creating media?
My father's brother was making movies in Hollywood, so because of their intense competition, my family had been making "home movies"
that were like "hollywood movies" for most of my childhood. In college, I started producing (shooting, editing, titling) educational movies and other entertainment shorts. I minored in Journalism, had a late night AM radio show and hosted a weekend talk show on a local TV station during my many college years. So one might say that I've always had an interest in and have been involved in audio and video media.
Do you have plans for your own show? If so, what will the message of your show be?
I would love to host my own show! However, in today's youthful society, I am self-conscious of being elderly so I would rather produce shows that might better appeal to a broader, more youthful audience. As laws pertaining to the use of marijuana (cannabis) have changed dramatically over the past several years, there seems to be more and more questions about the use of it, both growing and cooking and other uses as well. So I figured that since I had so many questions that needed to be answered, perhaps others did as well. So I decided, and after a slight nudge from a few friends who knew of my production skills, to produce a show about marijuana. I did not want to do the usual Youtube type videos that show you how to roll a joint, or how to water a plant, or even just a "watch us smoke" video that seemed to be all that was out there and/or available. So I started producing educational, informative shows at DOM.
My first show, Moms for Marijuana Regulation, was so informative and educational, that I knew right away that this was the type of show I wanted to do. These were mothers and a retired police lieutenant that were proponents of changing the laws with regard to the use of marijuana. And if they could get their message out, I knew that I could help get 'the message' out from other such proponents, as well. Producing several other shows like What's Next with Wayward Bill, C4CPR Live, and The Rob Corry Show have allowed me to put educated, authoritative persons in front of the camera to speak intelligently about the subject matter.
What do you do outside of producing videos?
Having semi-retired, I live in the mountains now. I have wanted to do so most of my life. I still take hikes, bicycle, and ski up here, but I no longer participate in what I might call "city" activities such as "keeping up with the neighbors", working on my old muscle cars, or bar hopping down the mall on weekends. I enjoy taking in a 3D movie (even if it's one designed for the grandkids), and Imax movies. Of course, I still go for rides in my jeep on the weekends and I enjoy listening to what might be called classic rock & roll but am expanding my listening to other music available these days, as well.
Why is public access television important?
Public access is television in fact for us. The questions I might ask about cannabis are not going to be on local television and if it is, it's not about questions, it's about the hype. So the available choice to get the message out there is public access. Many a program has started out in concept as a public access show. In fact, if you think Wayne's World, it all started as a skit about a public access cable show and went on to be...
Why do you enjoy producing public access content?
I do not have the funds to purchase my own TV station, and watching what goes on at DOM to get everything "right" to air on multiple channels is a feat that seems to encompass a multiplicity of facets. However, the staff at DOM gets it done. It's that get-it-done kind of mentality that I like being around and that inspires not only myself, but I'm fairly certain others as well. Everyone seems very supportive and willing to help one achieve their set goals. And the only place to do this is going to be on public access. As such, it is a platform that allows someone like myself the ability to not only get shows on the air (cable), but to produce them in a professional manner with current, state-of-the-art, HD capabilities. And with the production platform comes the viewing audience that just isn't there on Youtube (unless I can get the Keyboard Cat to smoke a doobie!). Public Access allows me all this and so much more!!