Telluride TV

From left, Telluride TV Executive Director Peter Kenworthy, filmmaker Ken Burns, station producer and editor Tim Johnson, and host Colin Sullivan. (Courtesy photo)

Telluride’s local public access channel, Telluride TV, is now available via live stream and on demand through the station’s website, meaning viewers can watch their favorite local programs from anywhere in the world.

“By going online, we open up all our content to everyone everywhere,” Telluride TV Executive Director Peter Kenworthy said.

Kenworthy explained that previously the only way viewers could access Telluride TV was if they were tuning in through their television sets in the towns of Telluride or Mountain Village. Viewers also had to subscribe to cable to get access.

“That limited our viewing population pretty strictly,” Kenworthy noted. “Having a dedicated platform is a big advantage for us.”

Having online access also means viewers can choose what they want to watch and when. “It means that you can go to our website and you can either watch what we’re currently showing on the cable channel or you can search for any of our content,” he added.

Kenworthy explained that viewers can also watch archived material and programs that were created years ago.

When Kenworthy became the executive director in 2016 he immediately saw a need to improve the way viewers could tune in. He also knew the content itself needed an upgrade.

“You have to create content that people are actually interested in watching,” Kenworthy explained. So, he connected with local entities to see if they would be interested in producing more relevant, local content.

“There were some obvious choices,” Kenworthy said, including a cooking show, fitness, health and wellness programming, as well as community updates on things like the library and local businesses.

Telluride local Patrick Laguens hosts a segment on the station titled “Wine Geek, Food Freak,” where he conducts cooking classes and provides viewers with information on food and wine.

Laguens noted how the programming has evolved over the years.

“When Peter Kingsworthy came on, he really pushed the envelope on local content,” Laguens said. “It’s very creative right now. They think outside the box as far as how to push this local station and I think, of course, this new move of going worldwide, so to speak, is pretty huge.”

Telluride TV was established in the mid-1980s.

“It was part of a national movement that came in existence in connection with the advent of cable TV,” Kenworthy explained. “It was in exchange for the cable companies being allowed to come into municipalities and use the existing infrastructure of towns and cities to basically lay their cable and to connect with residences and businesses.”

Kenworthy said that the pay back was that there would be a free public access TV channel provided.

“It happened all across the country in towns and cities, large and small,” Kenworthy added, noting that the cable company, Charter Spectrum, pays the Town of Telluride for the access of data provided from the underground infrastructure.

Telluride TV is a nonprofit, gaining funding through Charter, grants and promotional programming similar to underwriting. It is a busy operation run primarily by Kenworthy and Tim Johnson, Telluride TV’s producer and editor. “Tim, who produces everything, is outrageously talented,” Laguens reported.

As for the future of Telluride TV, Kenworthy said he would like to continue enhancing both the quality and amount of the content.

“There’s so much going on in this community and there’s so many people with so many talents,” Kenworthy said. “I would like to be able to showcase more and more of that through the channel.”

Kenworthy also added that he welcomes members of the community to reach out, provide feedback and offer suggestions for programming. “Our tagline is ‘Local, That’s How We Roll,’” he said.

To catch your favorite local shows online, visit Telluride TV’s website at telluridetv.org.