Don Keating of Newcomerstown took one giant step closer to becoming a TV broadcaster on Wednesday May 9.
Keating taped the official premier episode to his new news and weather program in Brunswick, Ohio. It is filmed in the studios of Brunswick Area TV, or BAT TV for short. While residents of Newcomerstown and vicinity can not view the show on their TV sets they can go to the Internet and view archived episodes. Anyone who would like to view Keating's show, or others in the archives for BAT TV may go to https://bat.viebit.com/ for a thumbnail list of previously recorded programs.
While the first episode featured some election results, information on a Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service and a bizarre story of a man in India who tried to take a "selfie" with a wounded bear, Keating notes they will be doing in-studio interviews in the future as well as hitting the streets in Brunswick and Medina County.
Brunswick Area Television is a "Public Access" station, meaning anyone from that area who has an interest in starting their own show may inquire about doing so at their station. Anyone who does not live in the area must have a "Sponsor" to be considered for a program. That is what Keating did. So while Keating is technically not "employed" with the station, he does go to the station once a week to tape his show. As he put it "I'm finally able to go to a real live studio with all of the bells and whistles and do what I like doing, broadcasting."