LynnCAM TV, the city’s community access and television station, held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning at its new headquarters at 527 Western Ave.
Cassie Vitali, executive director of LynnCAM, welcomed a gathering of city officials and business people to the festive event. Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy participated in the ceremony and was given a personal tour of the studios and offices.
LynnCAM had been using a temporary location on Central Avenue for the past six months in anticipation of the opening of the new studios.
The new facility has one large studio that can be divided for live or videotaped productions of shows. The offices are located on the opposite side of the building from the studio. A videotape editing area for members is located on the first floor. Parking spaces are available in the front, side, and back of the building.
“We also have six different sets in the studio and a green-screen set which gives us endless possibilities for backgrounds during broadcasts,” said Vitali. “We’re also installing brand new, state-of-the-art lighting. Everything, from the lighting to the sets, has been designed by professionals.”
The 31-year-old Vitali, who is also a professional actress, said she’s excited about the opening of the new studio.
“I’m so excited about our new studio,” said Vitali, who interned at the original Time Warner studio on Tremont Street while she was a student at the Pingree School. “I worked there all through high school and that gave me a good head start when I went to college [Indiana University where she majored in Theater and Drama and Broadcast Journalism]. And now having the nicest studio that Lynn has ever had and one of the nicest in the state – it’s an exciting thing.”
Vitale said her staff of seven is commensurate to the excellence and professionalism of the new studio.
“I have a staff that’s all very professional,” said Vitali. “A lot of times you work in public access and you may have only one or two people who have been trained in the field. Just about everybody on this staff has gone to school for this kind of work and that means the quality of work is excellent and very professional – and we now have a facility that is of the same caliber as they are. I want the city to know that we are here for them.”
Vitali thanked Executive Director James Cowell and Project Coordinator Bill Bochnak of the EDIC, Mayor Kennedy, and Community Development Director Jamie Marsh for their assistance in the opening of the new studio.
She also credited the LynnCAM board of directors, headed by Karen Chapman, for finding a suitable site for the new studio and executing a plan to open the studio.