NJTV Studio in Gateway Center
PBS station NJTV (OTA [Over The Air] channel 50.1) has completed its move from Montclair State University to Downtown Newark, after a stay in WNET's Manhattan studios while the Gateway space was being constructed.
Called the Agnes Varis Studio, the complex opened with a bang in a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 27th that involved a number of NJ dignitaries. It even brought former Newark Mayor Cory Booker home for a visit.
Actually, I don't know if now-U.S.-Senator Booker maintains a residence here, or if, once Newark launched him into the political stratosphere of the United States Senate, he relocated his NJ digs to some suburban locale. I hope not. I met Booker a number of times. He was open and willing to speak to a blogger he knew nothing about. I also sort-of met the previous Mayor, Sharpe James, during an African-American Parade on Broad Street. This is one of the advantages of living in a mid-size city. But, then, when I lived in Manhattan, I sort-of met Mayors Koch (who lived in Newark for a while in his childhood) and Beame. I have not, as of yet, met Mayor Baraka. In due course, I suspect, I will.
Here is some info about NJTV's new space from an article at its website.
May 28, 2015 – Newark, NJ – NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, publicly unveiled its new studio space in Newark with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday. The 10,645 square-foot Agnes Varis NJTV Studio, located on the second-floor concourse space of 2 Gateway Center, now serves as the network’s television anchor studio and broadcast home to its weeknight news program, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams . The state-of-the-art digital studio will also soon produce Michael Aron’s perennial public affairs series[es] On the Record and Reporters Roundtable . NJTV’s new location also houses staff office space as well as a community room.* * *
A landmark $2 million gift from the Agnes Varis Charitable Trust supported the construction of NJTV’s Newark studio. The late Agnes Varis was a self-made business leader ... [who] also spearheaded several philanthropic endeavors.
NJTV has received two other substantial gifts in support of the new space. A gift of $300,000 was given by Josh and Judy Weston. Mr. Weston is the honorary chairman of ADP [which, you will recall, was our late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg's company] and serves as NJTV’s board chairman. NJM Insurance Company’s $250,000 naming gift will support the community room, which will become the focal point for NJTV’s community engagement efforts and will be used for hosting public events and program productions. * * *
"We take pride in providing our viewers with unique, quality, Jersey-centric programming," added NJTV General Manager John Servidio. "This new studio, integrated into the heart of New Jersey’s largest city, affords us tremendous opportunities to connect with the public and our neighbors as we enter our fourth year of broadcasting."
It must drive Jersey City officials and boosters NUTS every time they hear Newark referred to as "New Jersey’s largest city". Tuf. Newark IS New Jersey's largest city and, altho no one can predict the future, it seems likely to remain so, because there is lots of residential construction (for instance at the Newark ShopRite site), and rents/purchase prices are substantially lower for larger residences than are available in Jersey City. J.C.'s new residential construction is beyond the economic reach of ordinary families of size. Newark's is not. So, whereas some individuals may be able to manage J.C.'s high costs, most families cannot. When you tally the influx, individuals vs. families, families win out. Which means that Newark wins out. J.C. is thus likely to fall slitely farther behind Newark every decade, rather than gain against us.
It drives ME nuts when people say things like "Jersey-centric". This is NOT "Jersey". Jersey is a small island off the coast of France, part of the Channel Islands dependency of the United Kingdom. I just reread a post I placed in this blog on February 23, 2007, "JerseyPride.com Not So Proud", which explains why the Isle of Jersey and the State of New Jersey share the term "Jersey". I think that post is terrific, but the fotos that had been in it no longer appear, because they had been hosted by AOL but AOL closed all members' online-storage spaces years ago. That seems pretty dopy to me, esp. now that AOL has just been bought by Verizon for $4.4 billion. If the reason for closing subscribers' online spaces was expense, but AOL is now awash in dollars, doesn't it's having closed foto-storage spaces look short-sighted, even moronic now?
Here's more good news for Newark from the NJTV/WNET empire.
NJTV has a growing relationship with the city of Newark, having partnered with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on special programming like American Songbook at NJPAC and The Midtown Men Live in Concert! Other independently-produced programs that air on the network like Conversations at NJPAC with Steve Adubato and Due Process are also taped in Newark.So there is now a fair amount of broadcasting produced in Newark, as there should be. Unfortunately, I cannot generally bear to watch NJTV News (at 6pm on channel 13.1) because it plays an 8-tone musical 'tag' something like 150 times in the 25-minute course of each broadcast, and that drives me crazy. So I have to mute my TV every time that maddening noise comes on. I then usually miss the first few seconds of legitimate sound after each span I need to mute. I would like everyone responsible for that INSANE musical attack to be ARRESTED, jailed, and subjected to endless assault by those 8 notes over and over again, 24 hours a day, loud, for as long as they are incarcerated. They should be given a means by which to commit suicide to escape that insane attack, say, an icepick. If they do indeed stab themselves to death, or puncture their eardrums to end the agony of endless assault by that lunatic musical tag, so much to the good.
I went looking for the NJTV studio when I was in 2 Gateway Center for the small Ysa Perez fotograffic art show in The Gateway Project's space last Saturday. It turns out that the NJTV studio is right next to The Gateway Project, but just beyond it from where I enter, from the west, so I hadn't see it theretofore.
Earlier that evening I had attended the Hycide event at the Newark Museum, pix and discussion of which I intend to present here in the near future, but which is too much for me to deal with right now.