NORWAY — While it’s hard for longtime Norway Paris Community Television Station Manager Steve Galvin to dim the lights on his role at the local station, he looks forward to once again tapping into his creativity in Rockport.
Galvin told the Advertiser-Democrat on Monday he was hired as the director of programming and chief engineer for a new TV station, VSTV, that will cover the Midcoast region, which he says is an underserved area.
For the remainder of this month, he will split his time between NPC 11 TV and VSTV to smooth the transition for Norway’s Marston Street-based studio.
“I put my blood sweat and tears in building the station up, and I just don’t want it to crumble,” Galvin said. “It’s going to be so hard leaving my peeps.”
But the partners at the new TV station made him an offer he couldn’t refuse — financially and creatively.
“It’s a good opportunity for me to do what really I like to do and what my level of experience and talent should be doing,” Galvin said. He’s had two Emmy nominations for previous work he did in Maine arts programming. “I just can’t shoot town meetings week after week after week and not do something else,” he said.
Galvin said that his leaving NPCTV has nothing to do with some of the more recent issues with the station’s former board of directors and that he believes the new board is poised to take care of the station after he departs.
“My newest board I have now has been fantastic, and I know they’re doing everything they can to see the station succeed and to retain me,” he said. “I think I’ve done my part here. I think I’ve taken it as far as I can. It’s time for somebody else to step up and time to move on to different things.”
And Galvin has taken NPCTV far.
When he started more than 14 years ago as station manager, it was in a closet in Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in Paris and there were only three shows that aired per week.
Now NPCTV is on the air 24/7, with lots of local programming and some that’s imported, along with showing B films in between. There’s also the new studio facility in Norway, which includes a green room to film in and editing space.
“I’ve taken it a long way from where it was,” Galvin said. “I love serving the community here, and I think local TV is really an important thing. It’s the last bastion of free media.”
But he’s ready for new things. VSTV boasts a recently built studio, which Galvin estimates is five times the size of his current one, and he has all new equipment waiting for him to set up as he sees fit.
He won’t be editing at his new gig, which frees him up to get out in the community, meet people and explore the streets of Midcoast Maine. He wants to get back into doing programming on music and the arts and focus on one of his other passions — roller derby.
Galvin is a longtime supporter of Maine Roller Derby, based in Portland, and is excited he will be near the Rock Coast Rollers in Rockland. He’s considered to be Maine Roller Derby’s “super fan” by many women in the league and has wanted to get the sport back on television like it was in the 1970s.
“Nobody else is doing that, but they’re streaming it online, which is cool, but who watches that? Derby people. Not the general public, they don’t see it,” Galvin said. “I want to be the guy who brought it back on TV, and I’d like to start right here in Maine.”
For his new gig, Galvin brings a boatload of experience in broadcasting, filming and some advertising, even though he got his degree in business management. He landed a job right after graduating college at a TV station in Massachusetts. He had a nationally syndicated music show called “On the Wire,” a hangman-style game show called “Alpha-bet,” an exercise show and a show focusing on the weird — his favorite episode was when he took a trip to Lizzie Borden’s house.
As for his two Emmy nominations, Galvin received those for Outstanding Director Live Arts/Entertainment when he worked for Maine Public Broadcasting Network as the director of musical and culture programming for its Maine Arts series. In total, the show received 10 Emmy nominations, one of which was for the opening sequence, he said.
With his future with VSTV, maybe he’ll take an Emmy home.