Fitchburg Access Television (FATV) today announced its studio and offices, previously located at 175 Kimball Street, Fitchburg, have moved to 780 Main Street, Fitchburg. A soft opening will be recognized when the new studios are activated for broadcast on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, during the taping of the “Barbara & You” show.
The new location, which is located on the first floor of the Rollstone Bank and Trust building, provides the same amenities as the former location, totaling 5,500 square feet of creative space, all designed with the future in mind. In addition to the main studio, which totals approximately 1,000 square feet, the space boasts a podcast studio, three editing workstations, an editing suite, conference room, media preservation workstation and a green room/waiting area, as well as five administrative offices. The conference room will be named for the late David Clark, a lifelong Fitchburg resident who served on multiple city boards as well as a volunteer board member and sports commentator for FATV. With a commitment to supporting local businesses, FATV worked with local vendors and contractors to complete the renovation.
“FATV is dedicated to serving the residents of Fitchburg of offering hyper-local coverage featuring community events, civic meetings, and local sporting events to keep our community connected, informed, and entertained. Our members have access to state-of-the-art equipment and training to produce informational talk shows and programs of interest to the residents of Fitchburg,” said Nathan Glenny, Executive Director, FATV. “With our move to Main Street, we are now located in the heart of the city, presenting greater opportunity for growth with increased visibility and accessibility.”
Since its founding in 1987, FATV has called various locations in the city home, including the Wallace Civic Center, the Johnsonia Building, South Street School, and was at its most recent location on Kimball Street since 2005. FATV consistently broadcasts a multitude of programming, including 18 city meetings each month, such as City Council, School Committee, Planning Department and Board of Health. The station is also home to the “Barbara & You” show, which boasts the longest continuous host of a talk show in the country. For a complete list of shows, please visit www.fatv.org.
“FATV has been providing the residents of our city access to government meetings, public information and local sports from the comfort of their homes for more than 30 years,” said Mayor Stephen DiNatale, City of Fitchburg. “With the move to Main Street, FATV will be within walking distance to local businesses and civic institutions, while also being a part of helping make downtown a vibrant and emerging modern destination for all.”
Martin F. Connors, Jr., President and CEO of Rollstone Bank & Trust said, “Our building on Main Street serves as the perfect location for FATV to grow and serve our community. We are excited to welcome them to our building and wish FATV continued success!”
Upon completion of the renovations, FATV will host a formal ribbon cutting ceremony in spring 2023.