Shaw TV is a locally-based community channel service operated by cable TV company Shaw Communications, and is available to Shaw Cable subscribers in most major communities throughout western Canada. Each station runs programming produced by staff and/or volunteers. Most stations broadcast a variety of programming, including news, live studio shows, city council meetings, high school/college sports, and community bulletin board/telefied advertisements. Some programs are aired only locally, such as the Go Red Deer, Go Calgary and Go Edmonton segments on entertainment and other local news, while others are aired throughout a province or region, such as WHL hockey coverage and others are broadcast across Canada such as their new reality shows launching this fall, The Proposal, Make it Happen and Cooking with Fire.
ShawTV Red Deer Personalities:
Jim Claggett- Reporter
Jim has been involved with the media in Red Deer for more than 20 years working in both radio and television, covering a wide range of topics including local politics, health issues, community, crime and sports. He’s been a Master of Ceremonies for a variety of community events and has even pushed his public speaking skills to the stage as a member of Central Alberta Theatre. Jim also writes for two different golf publications and has worked as a caddy on the Canadian Golf Tour for several years. He has also coached football in the community and was a hockey referee for more than a dozen years. When he’s not at work, you can find Jim at a golf course, football field, hockey rink or ball diamond-as a participant or spectator.
Pat Smith – Senior Producer
A Central Albertan at birth, Patricia started as a volunteer producer with Shaw in 1983 and joined the staff two years later. Since then she’s worn every hat in the department, and returned to her first love, hands-on production, in 2006. She enjoys changes and challenges, and continues to find her work, co-workers and community contacts interesting and energizing.Originally a high school English teacher with a B.Ed. from the U of A, she also worked as an ACTRA rep, video editor, freelance writer and small business owner before finding her feet in community television. She thinks she’ll stay. Future plans include writing more original songs and learning bass and accordion.
Melanie Timms – Editor
Melanie grew up with a passion for movies. At a young age she had aspirations of being a journalist and documenting “real life.” Her voyeuristic nature led her to Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario where she majored in Film Studies, focusing particularly on documentaries. During her time in Ottawa she worked on projects such as a video for Ministry of Natural Resources Canada and volunteered at the Canadian Film Institute organizing film screenings and writing newsletters. In 2003 Melanie moved to Central Alberta, where she joined the Shaw TV team as an editor and has been cutting ever since. Outside of Shaw TV, Melanie enjoys travelling around Alberta with her musician boyfriend Ray to his various gigs. Her tv mobile experience is often exploited by the band, as she is used as a roadie to wrap audio cables and haul equipment.
Lex Engel – Videographer
Lex is a born and raised Central Albertan, and after a year living in the Netherlands, she returned to Canada to get her broadcasting diploma from SAIT. She did a stint in Lloydminster as a production assistant, and was an assistant director at CHCA news before joining the SHAW TV Red Deer team in 2007. Lex loves what she does, and is hard pressed to pick a favourite part, but she loves live events, and is especially proud of directing Shaw’s coverage of the Ponoka stampede. When she isn’t at work Lex can be found curled up with a good book, sewing, cooking, or hanging out with friends. You may also find a “gone fishin” sign up at her desk come Friday at 5 in the summer, as she says “the only thing better than a day at the lake is a week!”
New programs produced by ShawTV that air on Channel 10 ShawTV Red Deer nationally on ShawTV systems across Canada:
Make It Happen, hosted by Canadian Olympic silver medalist Helen Upperton, and produced out of ShawTV Calgary, asks the question: do you have a wish list of to-do’s that you really want to accomplish but have never realized the opportunity? Have you always imagined leaping out of a plane or crossing the finish line of a marathon? Are you the type of person that everybody wants to see succeed but you always come up with an excuse not to go for it? Here’s your chance to stop dreaming and actually reach out and achieve success by completing your number one goal. Weeknights at 8:30 PM et/pt on Shaw TV.
The Proposal, hosted by Wedding Belles Sarah Groundwater-Law & Aubrey Arnason, produced out of ShawTV Edmonton, takes viewers on the adventure couples go through before they walk down the aisle. The show goes behind the scenes as guys and a few gals… plan the most memorable proposal ever and then try their best to execute it! Along for the fun yet stressful-at-times ride… are the highly energetic and vivacious Wedding Belles, Sarah Groundwater-Law and Aubrey Arnason. No strangers to the wedding world – these two are more than excited to capture the special moment of ‘Yes! I WILL marry you!’ With nothing off limits, the journey to the altar is an exciting one filled with twists and turns, laughter and tears… but most importantly love. Premieres on Monday, October 15
Proposal Team: http://shaw.ca/TheProposal/team/
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ProposalonShaw?ref=ts&fref=ts
Cooking with Fire is a national competitive cooking program produced by Shaw TV out of Vancouver that showcases the culinary talents of the men and women firefighters. Firefighters are known as great cooks and this is their chance to prove that they can compete with the best. What will they make, how will they handle a cooking competition, who will win? Each show the teams compete for pride, bragging rights and a $1000 prize for their charity of choice. Charities such as the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, Saskatoon Pediatric Fund, Manitoba Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Foundation, Edmonton Burn Treatment Society. Weeknights at 9:00 pm on Shaw TV.
Production team: http://shaw.ca/CookingWithFire/Team/
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CookingWithFireShawTV?ref=ts&fref=ts
WHL Full On is a 10 part series produced out of Calgary scheduled to air weeknights beginning October 29. The exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at life in the WHL will take viewers where they’ve never been before. It’s a new perspective on the drama that unfolds on the ice. In this you we get the chance to explore what it’s like for young men to move away from their family and homes to pursue their dreams. Premieres October 29 on ShawTV.
To pitch a story idea for any of these national or regional reality shows, contact them through their Facebook pages. To pitch a story for the Go Red Deer segments contact them via the Shaw TV website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.