SUMMIT, NJ — The Suburban Chamber of Commerce's monthly First Friday networking breakfast featured Summit-based HomeTowne Television (HTTV), with the network's President and CEO, Fred Honold, speaking to the group about the current state and future direction of the organization.
HomeTowne Television is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit cable access station and video production company, serving as a hyper-local broadcast media outlet for immediate and surrounding communities.
Originally formed to serve just five core towns -- Summit, Millburn / Short Hills, Berkeley Heights, and Springfield on Comcast TV 36 -- the network today, with the addition of Verizon, reaches 31 towns in parts of Essex, Morris, Somerset, and Union County.
The network's $200,000 budget is funded by the City of Summit, special grants and contributions from its viewers, as well as production fundraising from partners such as Paper Mill Playhouse, Overlook Medical Center, Reeves-Reed Arboretum and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey.
"We have been trying to stay at pace with technology," said Honold. Technology has improved with better cameras that feature higher definition, enabling more dynamic coverage of community happenings.
The network has also taken steps to elevate up their interactive presence, through enhanced social media efforts and a revamped website.