What Is Pegasus?
is an acronym that stands for Public Educational Governmental Access Service
for US. Pegasus is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) Public Access television
station located in Perry, Iowa, population 7,000. Pegasus is an organization,
which provides access to video and audio equipment to persons residing in the
Perry Community School District. Anyone with an idea for a TV program may
become a volunteer producer and make a program of any topic and have it air on
the access channel.
station also airs the city council meetings and school board meetings for
citizens in the community to view, along with any other meeting of public
interest. With the exception of the Access Coordinator, volunteers who have
received training from Pegasus produce all local programs. Although the
organization is small in numbers, a core group of volunteers bring a number of
fresh programs each month.
How Is Pegasus Funded?
order for a cable company to operate in a community, it must pay a fee to the
city for the right to operate. This is called a franchise fee. The City of
Perry collects five percent of the gross profit from TCI of Central Iowa, the
cable operator in Perry. The City of Perry donates this franchise fee to
Pegasus Inc. for the purpose of facilitating programming on the access channel
and equipment and training to the residents of Perry. The city has also
mandated a PEG fee to all cable subscribers in the cable system of $.50 per
month, which is in turn given to Pegasus. With the combination of the franchise
fee donation and the PEG fee, our annual budget is approximately $40,000 per
year. Individual and corporate donations as well as memberships also add to the
the hours of 10 a.m. and approximately 10 p.m. programs are aired on the access
channel. In between programs and during off times, the channel runs a Community
Bulletin Board. The Community Bulletin Board displays information from a
variety of groups, including the City of Perry, the McCreary Community Building
and the Perry Public Library. Any organization or individual may submit an
announcement of interest to the public, in writing, to Pegasus for inclusion on
the bulletin board.
at Pegasus is currently listed into two categories: Series and One-time events.
All programs must either be locally produced by a certified Pegasus Volunteer
Producer, or sponsored by a citizen residing in the Perry Community School
District. Each volunteer producer or program sponsor is then responsible for
the entire content of the program.
produced locally include topics such as town meetings, religious programming,
concerts, school activities (including sports and music), nature/outdoor
programming and opinion-oriented programs. Pegasus currently airs two
pre-recorded call in shows from Senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin.
Pegasus also offers people with aspirations of becoming a radio DJ the means to
practice their skills in a radio style music program that is run in the
background of the Pegasus Community Bulletin Board. Many volunteers have loaned
the organization a wealth of music on cassette, record and compact disk formats
that are available for use during these DJ programs. Recently, the Perry High School PACES
program has been very active in producing programming for our community as PHS-TV. We are very excited about this
development and encourage all students in the Perry School District to become
Recently, the Perry High School PACES program has been very active in producing programming for our community as PHS-TV. We are very excited about this development and encourage all students in the Perry School District to become involved!!
a list of our programs, please visit our Program Schedule page.
at Pegasus Inc. have organized a group called the Pegasus Volunteer Alliance.
This group meets once a month to discuss topics of interest to the volunteers,
offer training and coordinate volunteer efforts. The meetings are currently
held the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. with free pizza being provided
by Pucci's Family Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. at the Pegasus Inc. studio located at
1014 2nd Street in downtown Perry. The PVA is the link for volunteer producers
to meet with each other and to utilize each other's skills to make their
programs require more than just one or two people to produce and the PVA offers
volunteers a chance to gain the extra support they need. The PVA is also
responsible for producing the city council and school board programs. The city
council meetings are carried live from the McCreary Community Building Theater
and are also tape delayed. The city council meetings air three times per week.
The Perry Community Schools Board of Education meetings are tape delayed and
shown twice each week.
meet the volunteers, please visit our Volunteers page.
In A Nutshell
Inc. is a volunteer organization concerned with the community. It is governed by a seven-member Board
Dan Haymond, President
Chris Gordon , Vice President
, Vice President
Jim Ellenberger, Secretary
To be determined, Treasurer
The Access Coordinator, Keith Knoll runs our day-to-day operations. Our mission at Pegasus is to promote free speech and thinking by providing access and training to semi-professional video and audio equipment. Any citizen who resides in the Perry Community School district or any non-profit agency in the state may utilize the Pegasus facilities for free. If you have a question, would like to become a volunteer or a volunteer producer or just have a program idea, please call us at (515) 465-3793, or submit your inquiries to our e-mail address at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your input....days since the terms of the Franchise Agreement was not completed ( @ $100/day fine).
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