May 11, 2014

Some satellite TV companies are currently making a big push to encourage TV viewers to leave cable and use their service.

They will tell you that their service includes ALL local channels. Just an FYI. SCTV’s channels are NOT available on satellite TV.


SCTV, which is featured on Comcast Channels 5, 95 and 96, is one of the few remaining ways that you can learn about your community and your government. It can also be seen on AT&T’s U-verse Channel 99, but it takes some perseverance to get there. Other media is disappearing. Just yesterday we saw that the latest Simsbury publication “Inside Simsbury” would no longer be appear here. Support SCTV!

SCTV Week April 23, 2012

April 24, 2012

At the recent SCTV Volunteer recognition celebration,

Mary Glassman declared April 23, 2012 as SCTV week.

First Selectman, Mary Glassman read the Town of Simsbury Proclamation declaring the week of April 23 as SCTV week.

Ken Picard Wins 2012 “Buzz Holmes” Award

Ken Picard and his wife Cheryl show the Buzz Holmes Volunteer Award.

SCTV Volunteer Recognition

April 17, 2012

On Thursday, April 19, SCTV will celebrate and honor it’s many volunteers at a gathering at the Arts Exclusive Gallery. From producers, camera operators and directors to on-air talent, all volunteers will be thanked, including the SCTV Board of Directors. This year will be the first to honor Buzz Holmes with an annual award given in his name to an outstanding volunteer.

Film Festival

February 9, 2012

Registration Deadline is April 1, 2012

We are responsible for nothing and you are responsible for everything … Well almost everything.
That pretty much sums it up and is pretty standard for almost all festivals. We don’t window dress it … We are just to the point.

However, for those of you who really, really need definite boundaries, here are most if not all of the rules.

Tribute to the all the community volunteers during storm Alfred.

December 12, 2011

A brief video by volunteers of Simsbury.

SCTV mourns the loss of Albert (Buzz) Holmes

November 15, 2011

Buzz was a US WWII veteran, a SHS teacher, a tennis player & coach, and Simsbury Hometown Hero. He joined SCTV as a producer of Our Simsbury over a decade ago & was an active board member, fundraiser, & dedicated volunteer.

His loss will be felt at SCTV & throughout Simsbury. Our condolences go out to his family.

Interview with Albert J. Holmes, WWII veteran. CCSU Veterans History Project.

Simsbury Community TV celebrates Buzz Holmes By Althea Greaney.

SCTV Congratulates Ken Picard – ACM Video Festival Winner!

October 29, 2011

SCTV congratulates our fellow board member Ken Picard for taking first place in Alliance for Community Media’s Sports Category for his outstanding production of Simsbury Farms Golf Series. Ken’s award will be presented at ACM’s Northeast Video Festival Saturday, November 12th at 6:30 pm at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. If you’re interested in learning more about public access stations and getting a glimpse of the outstanding programs produced by your local station, please join us for the video awards ceremony that evening. For more information, please visit Congratulations Ken!

Tegan Blackburn,
President SCTV

Elements of Broadcast Communication to be taught by Young Broadcasters Assoc.

October 19, 2011

Beginning Tuesday, October 25 from 4pm-6pm.
Three-week workshop for ages Ages 11-18
Cost – $250

Workshop activities include:

  • Delivering the broadcast script using YBA’s Trademark Curriculum (I.P.I.E.);
    Inflection, Pronunciation, Intonation, Enunciation

  • Reading off the teleprompter & the Live Shot- Deliver a script, and then ad lib for :30 “live” on location anywhere in the world or out of this world!
  • Introduction to the interview
    The interview plays a large role in broadcast communications. You will learn how to ask a question the right way. The importance of being conversational. To be a good interviewer, one must also be a good listener.

  • Introduction to host your own talk show
    Participants will prepare the topics and take turns being host concentrating on improved eye contact with camera, eye contact with co-hosts, body language and non-verbal communication. Show review and critique in a group setting is one of the defining moments of the workshops.

for more information and to Register visit

Simsbury Community TV celebrates Buzz Holmes

August 6, 2011

By Althea Greaney, SCTV volunteer

Published: Saturday, August 06, 2011 on

Submitted photo. Albert (Buzz) Holmes, a volunteer at Simsbury Community TV for nine years, is the producer of “Our Simsbury,” a half-hour show.

SIMSBURY — Simsbury Community Television recognizes producer Albert (Buzz) Holmes, a man of passion and vision, who, for the past nine years has been able to obtain enough support for SCTV to ensure its future in the Simsbury community.

The half-hour program “Our Simsbury,” which Holmes created, has been a staple on SCTV from October 2002 through today. Wherever he went, Buzz was always talking about SCTV and how important it is for Simsbury to have its own television studio. When Buzz talks with you, his eyes twinkle and you know he is thinking of a new idea.

Failing health has forced Buzz to stop producing “Our Simsbury” and give up his position on the board, but ask him what he wants for SCTV and he’ll tell you: enough money to buy the cameras and equipment needed to keep the volunteers coming in to keep freedom of speech alive and well.

Buzz began ‘Our Simsbury’ after retiring from his job as a Simsbury high school teacher. His plan was to involve as many people as possible in SCTV, so he originally had high school students as his hosts and recruited camera people from among his many acquaintances, family, and friends. Eventually he began recruiting people he would meet shopping to be his host and camera operators. His guests were local people who had interesting hobbies, occupations, or provided services in Simsbury. As time passed, Buzz perfected and streamlined his technique for producing “Our Simsbury” by providing his guests with a document on how to prepare for their appearance. Some shows that appear regularly include the AARP tax program, the Simsbury Fly in, and the Farmington Valley VNA. In 2009, Buzz started filming the Senior Men’s luncheon speakers. He always loved filming the Tariffville Memorial Day Parade, and this year’s rain storm prevented him making this his last parade program.

But creating more than 250 programs for SCTV was not his only contribution. Buzz has been an active member on the SCTV board of directors, and for several years wrote for and obtained grants totaling $83,000 for SCTV. His impassioned pleas for assistance have helped SCTV obtain the cameras and equipment needed to stay active in the Simsbury community, filming events, meetings, and providing Simsbury residents with a forum to speak their mind.

To celebrate his contributions to SCTV and give Simsbury residents a chance to review some of the programs Buzz has created, SCTV will be replaying many of his programs next weekend, Aug 6 and 7, and you can also view some of “Our Simsbury” programs on-demand at

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