VStv is moving another step closer to its launch.

VStv will provide high-quality commercial television programming, including daily news, weather, sports, and other locally produced programming, all with a primary focus on the greater Midcoast region.

The VStv studio is located at 266 Meadow St. in Rockport. Alan Hinsey and Reade Brower are co-owners of VStv. Hinsey also serves as the TV station's general manager and executive producer.

While VStv is a separate company, it will be produced in affiliation with the region’s leading news and community reporting outlets: VillageSoup online, The Courier-Gazette in Rockland, The Camden Herald, and The Republican Journal in Belfast.

The studio is nearly complete and a full launch is set for January 2015.

The build-out of the VStv studio, including installation of equipment, is nearing completion. VStv is using high-definition cameras, switchers, audio equipment, and lighting. VStv’s equipment search has even gone international — much of the studio lighting that will be used at the VStv studio comes from studios and sets used at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. VStv may also be acquiring some state-of-the-art equipment that was used at the recent 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Pilot programs and promos will be taped this fall. VStv programs will be available on Channel 88 on Time Warner Cable to more than 50,000 households, from Augusta to the Midcoast to Bangor, and will also be available free as video-on-demand over the Internet. Some limited videocasts of pilot programs and promos will occur this fall — with the full Time Warner Cable Channel 88 and Internet launch set for Jan. 5, 2015.

Four programs, plus a Midcoast food show, are in development.

The VStv daily programs (Mondays to Fridays) to be launched on Jan. 5 are:

“VStv News & Weather” — morning and evening regional news coverage — as well as a briefing on headlines from around the state, plus in-depth Midcoast weather reporting and forecasts.

“Morning Report” — with anchor David Troup and Lyn Tesseyman with the weather.

“Evening Report" — evening news anchor and weather person not yet chosen

“Above the Fold” — a daily news follow-up program featuring interviews and panel discussions with news makers, public officials, journalists, and thought-leaders from around the region. This program will attempt to drill down deeper into the major stories of the region by talking directly with the folks who are behind the headlines. Alan Hinsey will serve as host and moderator.

“Your Daily Sports FIX” — a daily wrap-up of local and regional sports stories, scores, highlights, and interviews with coaches, players and fans — plus a sports roundtable complete with endless speculation and prognostications by local experts. Scott Anthony Smith will be the daily host; Ken Waltz and Mark Haskell, Courier Publications and VillageSoup sports director and associate sports director, will be contributors.

“Soup Du Jour” — a daily serving of talk for the Midcoast. Arts, entertainment, authors, human-interest stories, events, and fun interviews with the broad range of interesting, outstanding, hard-working, and sometimes quirky folks who make up Midcoast Maine. Jenn Johnson, Chris Quimby and Vicki Doudera will serve as co-hosts.

“NOSH with Kerry Altiero and Lani Stiles” — VStv plans to launch its very own food and cooking program in January. The program is called “Nosh” and will be hosted by Kerry Altiero, owner/chef at Café Miranda and Miranda Catering in Rockland, and Lani Stiles, owner/chef at Megunticook Market and Catering in Camden. In addition to in-studio interviews and cooking, Altiero and Siles will be reporting from farms, kitchens, restaurants and dinner tables from all across Midcoast Maine. They will focus on fresh local foods, the farm- (and dock-) to-table movement.

“Game of the Week” — VStv also plans to begin the “Game of the Week” in January — a local high school game, broadcast live, each week in three-camera, hi-def coverage.

Other new programs are being developed for release in the spring, including a Midcoast reality/game show; a show about parenting issues from a mom’s perspective, and a show about the business of small business in the Midcoast region.

Now hiring staff (on-air talent and technical staff)

VStv is now hiring. They are looking for talented and energetic people who want to work in an exciting and creative environment. They want to hire folks who like a challenge and are passionate about bringing an innovative new media infrastructure to Midcoast Maine.

Several technical and behind-the-camera positions have already been filled: News Director/News Producer Brian Willson, Assistant Technical Director/Engineer Lars Prandelli, and Associate Producer/Writer Scott Smith.

VStv is looking for other qualified candidates to fill the following full-time positions: lead producer/writer, associate producer/writer, lead tech director/chief engineer, lead video editor, daily production database manager

VStv also is looking for prospective on-air talent. Hosts are needed for numerous programs; immediate jobs include evening report news anchor and weather (need not be a meteorologist).

Interested candidates should e-mail resumes and cover letters to Alan Hinsey, general manager, at alan@vstv.me.

Open house and studio tours set for fall

In October, VStv studios will host a reception for potential program sponsors and ad buyers. Plus, an open house for the general public and the press will also take place in October.

To learn more about program sponsorships and advertising opportunities on VStv, contact Wendi Smith, director of sales, at 713-7533 or wendi.smith622@gmail.com

For more information about VStv, contact Alan Hinsey by email at alan@vstv.me.