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Salem’s Capital Community Television gets a new name to reflect added services

One of Capital Community Television’s production vehicles with the organization’s new name and logo. (Courtesy/Capital Community Television)

Salem residents hungry for local information have new options starting Aug. 4.

Capital Community Television (CCTV) will introduce Apple TV and Roku live programs and streaming on demand. CCTV will also begin streaming more live broadcasts on the organization’s website.

A new name, Capital Community Media, will encompass these changes.

Capital Community Media was founded in 1989 to close a news gap. Salem has no local affiliate station, and yet the community holds important meetings that are critical to residents.

Capital Community Media focused on broadcasting those meetings, starting with the Salem City Council in November 1990.

Channels 21, 22/322 and 23, all available through Comcast Cable in Salem, delivered the programming. Those channels will remain available, but now, even people without a Comcast connection can get robust information.

“This will give us a much wider distribution area and visibility in the community. It’s been a long time coming, and we’re really excited about it,” said Kirimi Flitter, programming and promotion coordinator for Capital Community Media.

This isn’t the first time the organization has added services.

In 2003, the community operation live-streamed a Salem City Council meeting via social media. And in 2019, the team entered a partnership with Spanish-language broadcaster Mano a Mano.

The two organizations share FM station 98.3, with Capital Community Media broadcasts happening between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. each day.

“We’re far beyond just television at this point,” Flitter said.

“Our mission is to empower people and to provide community information through media. And half of that is what we do as a staff, reporting community events, gavel-to-gavel coverage of meetings, candidate forums, emergency information, school music, sports events, and nonprofit coverage,” Flitter said. “The other half is that we provide media training.”

Lucy Carballo Hernandez, producer

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