The Star Valley town council unanimously agreed Tuesday to contract with Arizona Communication Sites for the development and production of a cable television channel. Now, it is only a matter of time before NPG Cable customers in Star Valley and Payson have a better idea of what is going on in and around the town.
"I would like to get started in July," said Steve Bingham, owner of the KRIM radio station and partner of Arizona Communication Sites, LLC. "All the equipment in already in place.
"The next step is going to NPG Cable and letting them know."
The Town of Star Valley has the right to a government access channel to be used at its "sole discretion," per an agreement with the cable provider.
Bingham, who helped run Payson's government access network, Channel 4, for eight years before the town took it over, said that Star Valley will likely use the station primarily as an "information station."
"Star Valley gets to run the station," he said. "Star Valley can use it however it wants."
Bingham said there are still obstacles to overcome before programs can be broadcast, but the planning stages have already begun.
"We've got really big plans, but the game plan is one step at a time," he said.
Bingham said the channel will be used primarily to promote Star Valley, but that he is also interested in promoting all of the Rim Country.
"The emphasis is to promote the Rim Country as a nice place to visit and a nice place to live," he said. "We want to provide a community service for areas of the Rim Country.
"When any organization has an event they want to promote, we'll put it on."
Envisioning programs ranging from Star Valley government meetings to Payson High School football games, Bingham said he is interested in making the channel one that people will want to watch.
Currently, the base for the cable channel operations is located in the KMOG studios. Bingham said he is not sure what channel number will be issued for the town's newest television station.
A full-time employee for the new station has already been hired and will run the day-to-day operations for the channel, including putting together programming and making contacts for the production of programs, Bingham said.