One of the great things about working in the Community Television industry is the fact that all the stories that we cover are true. We do documentaries of all kinds, as well as covering sports and music events, and the people that we visit are all interesting and have a story to tell... sometimes more than one.
In the case of the City of Weyburn, Lu's Train Station had been responsible for helping people get in shape for 11 years. We had covered Weyburn's Biggest LuSer for a couple of years and then last year they came up with a new and final program: "A New Lease on Life" which inspired people all over. This became a 3 part series. part 2, part 3a, part 3b. This is one of the catalysts to my losing 30 lbs and getting my life in order.
The crazy thing about what we do here is the fact that everything we cover is a new learning experience. I recently got to visit the Western Development Museum Curatorial Centre in Saskatoon, SK to create a 2 part documentary series on the museum and the mandate that it has in Collecting and Preserving the History of Saskatchewan. The museum did post a clip from part one and I am tickled that they did so. The Western Development Museum: Collecting and Preserving the History of Saskatchewan
We also get to cover music events like CD Release concerts of some of our local musicians. We have covered concerts like: Jeffery Straker, Theresa Sokyrka, Little Miss Higgins, Connie Caulder and the list goes on and on and on... and sports... good Lord I could go on forever on the amount of sport events we cover.
One of the other pleasures in my editing life is onlining a show called "Max Magazine". This themed bi-monthly show features 3 stories from around the province and is hosted by Brad Grass. I have to say that it is very amusing coming up with things for Brad to do. My favorite episodes have Brad motorcycling, kyacking with his kids, belly dancing and the best of all: Roller Derby.
Some of our stories end up on mysask.com which is great for those who don't have Sasktel Max at home. Although the stories are only clips, you do get a pretty good idea of what they're about. The Therapy Dog story that I have linked to is one that I produced and edited. Max Magazine is also featured on there.
One of the most interesting stories that I was lucky to cover was about Psychic Medium Barb Powell in Saskatoon, SK. The experience was really quite surreal. The interview at the beginning was fairly relaxed and I learned a lot about Barb and her talent... then we got to experience a session. I cannot tell you how intense I found it. Only some of the events and people talked about that day made their way into the story, but I can tell you that I left feeling very strange and yet honoured to have the opportunity to learn a little bit about someone else's life and afterlife. The reason I mention this particular story is that I am currently working on another story about Barb. It's "A Day in the life of a Psychic Medium" and this time Barb is working on a special 'cold case' on a brutal murder 50 years ago. You'll have to check out Local on Demand to see it as soon as I finish it.
So there it is. Lots of stuff we do here and the stories are informative and fun. Sasktel is passionate about this province and telling stories is their way of sharing the people of this province with everyone else.