May 26, 2024

CEO Announces Retirement

After more than three decades of service with Thurston Community Media (TCMedia). Deborah Vinsel, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), gave the Board of Directors her notice to retire effective December 31st or as soon as a replacement is named.

Vinsel has had a storied career in community television, working her way up from a producer and trainer at Waycross Community Television in Ohio to her current position as the CEO for TCMedia. Vinsel was recently honored as one of this year's recipients of the Soroptimists Award, recognizing Exceptional Women of the South Sound region. In her comments regarding the award, Vinsel said, "I fell in love with the concept of empowering people to use the medium to speak for themselves," says Vinsel. "I was so fortunate to have several mentors who were pioneers in the community media movement, and they greatly influenced my perspective on building community with media."

Under Vinsel’s leadership, TCMedia has spent 34 years telling the stories in our community and is now embarking on a new phase that reflects the diversity and richness of Thurston County and beyond. According to Meagan Murphy Ross, President of the Board of Directors, TCMedia has spent the last year shifting the organization’s funding model to that of a 100% nonprofit with no government funding. "Through it all," says Ross, "Deb has demonstrated her resolve to find new avenues to fulfill TCMedia’s mission as she and the organization continue serving Thurston County with an entrepreneurial spirit."

In her notice to the Board, Vinsel noted, "It has been a distinct honor and privilege serving as the Chief Executive Officer for TCMedia. I look forward to spending time with my husband and family and cheering from the sidelines as TCMedia moves forward!" Earlier this year, the TCMedia Board adopted a strategic plan that focuses on redefining and reimagining the organization, which continues to offer media education and training, impactful community programming, and new and innovative fundraising efforts. Ross stated, "Although the TCMedia Board is sad to see Deb leave, we are confident that we can orchestrate a smooth transition and keep the organization on track to meet our strategic goals."

Ross said that the Board will start a national search for a new leader immediately but is committed to taking its time to identify the right person. "We are looking for someone with a passion and excitement for continuing the TCMedia story."

Interested applicants can CLICK HERE for more details on the process.


February 7, 2024

TCMedia Keeps CH22

TCMedia is happy to report that we will continue to be the steward manager of cable channel 22. An agreement was recently reached with local jurisdictions to continue the operation of Channel 22 as the Public Access channel, although no funding was included in the agreement.

TCMedia CH22 airs programming created by individuals and organizations in our community, about our community, and for our community.  Programming seen on the channel ranges from informational talk shows, entertainment programs, and coverage of community events, to candidate forums and church services. The variety of content represents the diversity in our community in all aspects. 

"We're happy to be able to maintain this important local media resource," says Deborah Vinsel, CEO, "it's a digital media space where all opinions, perspectives, and creative efforts are welcome."  

You don't have to be a cable TV subscriber to watch TCMedia CH22. It streams 24/7 through our website - tcmedia.org - and is also available on Roku, AppleTV, and FireTV. To load the channel onto your streaming service, search for Thurston Community Media.  You can also download an app for Android or iPhones from your app store. 


December 13, 2023

See You Next Year

TCMedia production facilities and equipment checkout will be CLOSED from December 17, 2023, through January 1, 2024, for our annual year-end maintenance and holiday break.  All portable equipment and laptops must be returned no later than 4pm on Saturday, December 16th.

During these down weeks, we clean the facility, repair equipment, update software, and staff take a much-needed break to spend time with family and friends during the holiday season. We will be back in the office on Tuesday, January 2nd. 

Have a great holiday season.  We will see you next year!

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