In April 1 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
Duo County Telecom's recent commitment to community content has been a hit locally, thanks in part to the hard work and efforts of Ramie Hutchison, who oversees the videography portion of the cooperative.
Eric West, Duo County's director of marketing, said a unique commitment was made several years ago to provide Russell and Adair counties with live local content by filming high school and Lindsey Wilson College sporting events, graduation ceremonies and broadcasting local church services.
This, he said, offered subscribers something that a satellite television company could not.
“We are pleased to see this type of local programming grow by broadcasting local government and community interest events,” West said.
Much of that growth is due to Hutchison, a 2008 graduate of Lindsey Wilson College and Frankfort native, who interned for Duo County his final year in college and whose experience landed him a job with the cooperative.
He first started filming Adair County High School and Lindsey Wilson College sporting events.
“I never thought I'd end up in videography but through the internship I developed a love for it,” he said.
Hutchison, who never edited video before being hired by the cooperative, said Duo County uses high definition cameras that shoot in 720p and top notch video editing equipment as well as a professional broadcasting video switcher for live broadcasts.
“Since I've been here we've started filming several new things such as city council meetings, local events and other things in the community,” he said.
This local content, which airs on Duo County's community channel 2, has received rave reviews from people in the community. Hutchison said he has been approached numerous times by people who have said they enjoy the local city council and fiscal court meetings.
“It helps the governments stay transparent,” he said. “They know they can better educate and inform the public through Duo County Telecom.”
Hutchison films Russell Springs, Jamestown and Columbia city council meetings as well as both Adair and Russell County fiscal courts, among other local events.
While the meetings are broadcast on their respective community channels the following two days at 5 PM, Hutchison also uploads them to the cooperative's Youtube site for viewing at www.youtube.com/DuoCountyChannel2
“The advantage of Youtube is you can track the people’s interest in our content,” he said. “The biggest hits on Youtube are actually the community events.”
Hutchison said he also runs the cooperative's Facebook and Twitter pages as well, allowing more interaction between the general public and the business.
“I update promotions, new features, what's playing tonight on our local channel and things like that on the sights,” he said. “We just take pride in the local content because that is what the community needs.”
On community channel 2 in Russell County, WJRS audio is featured while in Adair County, WAIN audio is played. Also on the local weather map channel 144 on digital cable, WHVE audio is aired.
“Behind the cameras, we're there, trying to provide for the community,” Hutchison said.
Also, this coming fall Duo County will take their capabilities even further as they will broadcast home games of the initial season of the new Lindsey Wilson College football team.
Hutchison said LWC students along with Russell County native, Travis Smith, would help run the equipment to broadcast the football games just as they do Adair County and LWC basketball games currently.
“I really take pride in the work,” he said. “I enjoy sharing how this works with other people. People don't see that sometimes to make a three-minute video it can take up to several hours.”
He said being blessed with good equipment and a good workplace has allowed his passion for videography to grow, and so to have the community events and meetings aired locally.
“Duo County will continue to evaluate ways to improve the television services offered within our community by adding more and more HD content as well as continuing to explore what we call very local content, what happens here in your community,” said Director of Marketing Eric West.