DAVID BENNETT, LEFT, and Riley Icenogle man the production booth at The Ripon Channel in City Hall.          Ian Stepleton photo
DAVID BENNETT, LEFT, and Riley Icenogle man the production booth at The Ripon Channel in City Hall. Ian Stepleton photo

     “AT THE CORE, the simplest part of our mission ... is recording and broadcasting government meetings.”

     That’s Riley Icenogle’s quick explanation of what The Ripon Channel does with those franchise fees it receives each year.

     But, over the years, it’s become much, much more. The advent of social media has widened its reach beyond the borders of the community.

     A relatively recent change by cable provider Charter Communications also has means that The Ripon Channel, as it’s now known, actually spans two channels. That’s double the programming being broadcast by the same amount of staff.

     Amid such growth, Ripon Channel coordinator Riley as well as David Bennett have big dreams for what the channels could do going forward.

     “We’re always open to new ideas. Our committee is currently exploring new ideas and new ways to do things,” Riley said. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Aug. 2. 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.