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City Communications Coordinator Dawn Wills manages River Falls Community Television (RFC-TV), working with production assistants Dennis Hildreth and John Lindell. Wills stands near the equipment that broadcasts RFC-TV channel 16, and now City Source Channel 18. (River Falls Journal photo by Gretta Stark)
City Communications Coordinator Dawn Wills manages River Falls Community Television (RFC-TV), working with production assistants Dennis Hildreth and John Lindell. Wills stands near the equipment that broadcasts RFC-TV channel 16, and now City Source Channel 18. (River Falls Journal photo by Gretta Stark)

City government gets another cable channel

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life River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

River Falls residents have grown used to seeing their local news -- including City Council meetings -- on River Falls Community Television, cable channel 16. Now, such meetings and much more, will be available on cable channel 18, now called City Source 18.

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“If you want to know what’s going on at local government, there’s lots of good programming on,” said Communications Coordinator Dawn Wills.

That includes City Council, Plan Commission and Utility Advisory Board meetings, and city programs like “Your City at Work,” “City View,” “Community Connections,” and “River Falls in focus with Mayor Dan Toland.”

Channel 18 will continue to carry Northwestern Wisconsin News from WEAU TV 13 out of Eau Claire.

Channel 18 was transferred from the River Falls School District to the city at the end of 2013. The school district had been managing channel 18, but was not fully using the channel. So the channel was moved to City Hall where RFC-TV staff have the equipment to run two channels.

It’s taken time, but Communications Coordinator Dawn Wills said channel 18 is up and running.

“It was a process for us to program two channels, it’s a lot more work now for us, but we’re happy to do it,” Wills said.

Wills, and production assistants Dennis Hildreth and John Lindell now operate both RFC-TV and City Source 18. Hildreth programs Channel 18, and Lindell worked on the technical side of moving Channel 18.

Channel 16, River Falls Community Television (RFC-TV) will stay a community access center, focusing on River Falls people, organizations and events. Its programming includes local church services, high school sports and local events. City meetings will be broadcast live on both channel 16 and 18 for now on.

Both channels’ schedules can be found at www.rfcity.org/tvschedules.

All city and community programs are available online at www.rfcity.org under the Video Center button. Videos can also be seen on the city’s YouTube station at www.youtube.com/user/cityofriverfalls.

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