DATV is celebrating 40 years of public access television with their first gala Nov. 8. DATV PHOTO

DATV will celebrate 40 years of public access television with first gala

Brews, Brains & Broadcasting will be held at The Steam Plant Nov. 8

DATV plans to celebrate 40 years of public access television with a gala this week. 

Brews, Brains & Broadcasting, A 40 Year Flashback with DATV, will be held Nov. 8 at The Steam Plant in Dayton. 

DATV, the brainchild of Roxie Cole, made its television debut March 1, 1978 when it was known as Access-30-Dayton.

DATV was known as Access-30-Dayton when it debuted in 1979. DATV PHOTO

Cole, who would become the executive director and manage the organization for 13-years, worked alone at the start and operated from a room in the basement of Roberts Hall at the United Theological Seminary, according to DATV’s historical narrative. 

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DATV grew in popularity and two decades later expanded to a second channel dedicated to spiritual broadcasting for Dayton churches. 

Today the organization continues to broadcast on two cable access channels and provides, training, equipment and facilities for residents to produce their own non-commercial cable television programs. 

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DATV founder Roxie Cole with Jim Bucher on set in the mid 1980s. DATV PHOTO

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The gala evening will feature a silent auction, trivia contest, heavy hors d’oeuvres and music from the Stivers School for the Arts Jazz Combo. Amelia Robinson, reporter and columnist for Dayton.com and the Dayton Daily News will be mistress of ceremonies. 

WANT TO GO? 

WHAT: Brews, Brains & Broadcasting, A 40 Year Flashback with DATV 

WHEN: November 8. Registration and drinks begin at 6 p.m. 

WHERE: The Steam Plant, 617 E. Third St., Dayton 

ADMISSION: $55 for individual tickets that include two drinks. 

MORE INFO: To purchase tickets: www.datv.org/2018gala

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