The People's Channel

Thank you for epic community service, Chad Johnston

Chad Johnston is the director of Chapel Hill's grassroots public access station The People's Channel. Not many people truly know the scope of the contributions he has made toward democratizing media both in Orange County and in Orange County. Sadly he's leaving us to run a station in a bigger community. The Independent Weekly has a wonderful cover story about him this week, and the public is invited to a potluck to say farewell to Chad tonight at the TPC studio on Elliot Road. If you can't attend in person, you can watch it live on TV!

I highly recommend reading the Indy article which gives a sense of how Chad has gone to bat to protect community media at the state level, as well as the thankless work of building and sustaining capacity for grassroots voices to be heard both in Orange and Durham Counties.

House party for The People's Channel

Via e-mail:

The People's Channel will be having a wonderful fundraiser/house party on Saturday June 28th 7-9pm, and y'all should come by for some delicious food and drink!

Who: The People's Channel, Chapel Hill and Orange County (soon Carrboro) Community Media Center

What: A House Party to benefit The Peoples Channel--A non-profit Community Media Center providing area citizens opportunity to exercise free speech through media production, education, and distribution of cable programming.

When: Saturday, June 28 7-9 p.m. Please join us for some exquisite food and drinks and great company. Suggested donation per person $20

Where: The Common House in Pacifica, at the end of Hanna St. in Carrboro Hosted by Vimala Rajendran 919.967.3864 The Peoples Channel 919.960.0088

Why: So the people that bring you Democracy NOW every night on your TV get funding AND to support your Community Media! I should remind folks that TPC is overworked and underpaid. We operate on a bare bones budget and have very few resources. So please consider a contribution! We are in serious need of equipment upgrades...

Thank you all!



Saturday, June 28, 2008 - 3:00pm


Common House in Pacifica, Hanna St. in Carrboro

Help Save The Peoples Channel and Local Community Media

Good evening to you all. This is Chad A. Johnston, director of The Peoples Channel, Chapel Hill and Orange CountyÂ’s non-profit public access television station. My brain is a little fuzzy due to the work load over here, so I apologize if I ramble on. We face very troubling times in the telecommunications world right now, and without community input and support, we could loose valuable community resources.


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