CTV names new executive director

courtesy of CTV North Suburbs • New CTV North Suburbs Executive Director Dana Healy.

CTV North Suburbs, the nonprofit community media center that, among other things, records and broadcasts city council meetings for many area cities, has a new executive director.

Dana Healy took over as head of the Roseville-based organization July 16, coming from eight years in a similar position in Danvers, Massachusetts, a city of 27,000 people about an hour north of Boston.

“Everybody’s so nice — that ‘Minnesota Nice’ is a real thing,” said Healy, a brand new resident of Shoreview, who has a total of 18 years of community media experience.

She said she was drawn to the job by the interesting challenge of serving so many cities — nine in all — as well as the staff that was already in place.

CTV is run by the North Suburban Access Corporation, a board of directors with representatives from the member cities of Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, Roseville and St. Anthony.

Healy said CTV has already broadcast 222 municipal meetings, 14 school board meetings and 60 sporting events so far this year, and her biggest challenge coming in will be wrangling that magnitude of programming, organizing it, and getting it out to the community.

Referencing CTV’s coverage of events like the Rose Parade in June, Healy gave it high marks.

“The level of production value that this station delivers is beyond impressive,” she said. As seen at the parade, CTV had a crane-mounted camera, production van and more stationed on Lexington Avenue to catch the action.

Healy is replacing Cor Wilson, who is retiring after 27 years with CTV and can be credited with making the organization into what it is today.

“In my field, Cor Wilson is a living legend, so they’re huge shoes to fill,” she said. “I would say there’s a slight intimidation factor, but I’m more excited for the challenge. If you get butterflies, run towards the butterflies, you’re doing the right thing.”

Dan Roe, Roseville mayor and chair of the CTV board, thanked Wilson in a statement while giving Healy an early vote of confidence.

“Dana has demonstrated during the hiring process impressive organizational and communication skills, along with a vision and enthusiasm that we think will well serve the organization and our communities going forward,” said Roe.


A new funding reality

Funding for the organization comes from PEG fees — that stands for public, education and government — which are charged to cable customers in the nine member cities. Two cable companies have agreements allowing them to serve the member cities: Comcast and CenturyLink.

A recently renegotiated agreement with Comcast means a decrease in PEG funding for the organization, and to work within the new funding reality, Healy said she’d be taking a hard look at the station’s operations and how they can be most successfully organized.

“With such a talented crew, we really want to assess and leverage their strength,” she said. “And pairing that with a budget that has a new landscape, we have to take all of those things into account.”

Healy said she hopes to build CTV through new programming, for instance, targeted at kids, while continuing to “deliver a quality community media center that will enrich the lives of the residents we serve.”

She said CTV promotes transparency in local government and is a tool that some people might not know is available to them. “We’re here to build a strong community through the accessibility of information.”

For more information about CTV, go to www.ctvnorthsuburbs.org.


– Mike Munzenrider can be reached at mmunzenrider@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813

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