TV Santa Barbara Launches “History Harvest” Initiative to Gather and Archive Videos and Shows from 47 Years of Community Television

TV Santa Barbara (TVSB), the region’s community media access center since 1975, is seeking to collect and preserve some broadcast and television footage from the station’s nearly 50-year history.

“As TV Santa Barbara approaches its 50th-year anniversary, the station is working to locate some of the great material broadcast over the last several decades,” said Laura Treat, TVSB board member and media archivist. “This project is an important first step toward preserving the station’s history.”

TV Santa Barbara has started collecting video footage from past members and producers of community access television including DVDs, digital files, VHS, and Betacam videotapes. If you have media that aired on community television in Santa Barbara over the last five decades, please email, or call, (805) 571-1721 to coordinate pickup, digitization and preservation.

“In addition to preserving the history of the station, we also want to share and rebroadcast many of the community stories that have been told from the beginning of community television in Santa Barbara,” said Erik Davis, Executive Director of TVSB. “We have archived a lot of the contemporary content and are really focused on material broadcast from 1975 to 1999.”

The “History Harvest” is a multi-year campaign leading into TV Santa Barbara’s 50-year anniversary as the region’s community media access center in Santa Barbara. Please contact TVSB for more information; or call, (805) 571-1721.

Photo Caption: Dr. Opal Dailey pictured with old show tapes of her program which aired on community television from 1990 to 1998.

About TV Santa Barbara

TV Santa Barbara (TVSB) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization which operates two community access television channels, 17 and 71. TVSB’s mission is to empower people to make media that matters. TVSB does this by providing residents with the knowledge, resources, and tools to create their own original programming. TV Santa Barbara has served as the local media access center since 1974.

With studios at 329 S. Salinas Street, TVSB provides members with access to video production equipment and electronic media resources to facilitate public dialogue, free speech, and participatory democracy; to foster local creativity, education and culture; and to reflect our diverse and amazing community. Learn more at


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