Many Springfield and Lakemore residents take advantage of viewing programing on local channel 1023 through Spectrum cable television.
If you are not familiar with the channel, Channel 1023, offers both communities a public service that many others do not have.
The station provides coverage of all local government meetings that are important to the communities. The coverage includes the Springfield Board of Education, Springfield Trustees, Lakemore Council and Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC) Board of Education.
Retired Springfield High School Teacher Frank Chenoweth and Springfield graduate Angella Fausset are the "people behind the cameras." Maybe you have seen them at a school or community event wielding their cameras to catch all the action, such as the village Halloween party, Easter Egg Hunts, Christmas Tree Lightings, Turkey Festival, Rock the Docks, Sparkle Cheerleader’s, Shop With A Cop or Share A Christmas. The station also provides coverage of many school events for the Springfield Local Schools. Those events range from home Portage Trails Conference football games and school concerts, to the elementary school arrival of Santa Claus. The crew will also be seen at the special and important events in the communities such as Hope United’s groundbreaking at the former Edwin Shaw Property. They are on the scene for many special student events at all Springfield Local Schools. The team produced 29 original programs in the last quarter.
During the last couple of years, there have been some changes for the local TV channel. It has changed from Channel 15 (analog) to digital 97-204 and landing at its place on Spectrum’s channel guide at 1023 (digital and fiber optic).
Also, the station has added some fun and interesting programs to its schedule. Artist George Erwin hosts an hour and a half painting demonstration for those at home to follow along to create their own picture. Thomas Jenny hosts Art Academy, interviewing local artists and there is the Provisio Connection which highlights a variety of non-profit community services.
Special events at Portage Lakes Career Center, including the MAPS Air Museum tour by the students that have been involved in remolding
Only Spectrum Cable supports local activities and it does so financially.
"They commit money to do this," said Chenoweth. He included the fact that Spectrum pays for the equipment to film at meetings and events as well as Spectrum pays Chenoweth and Fausset to be on the job.
Fausset said one of the goals for the local channel is to promote nonprofit organizations and the programs and activities they offer, such as Springfield Township Woman’s Club, county programs to support residents, Springfield Cares, Lion’s Club and calendars for the schools and community government.
If you have a program to be considered, have questions, announcements, or want to post an upcoming event it is best to visit the Facebook Page at Springfield Lakemore Channel 1023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.