In late 2008, OCAGC’s president Johnny Wu had a
telephone conversation with publisher of El Sol de Cleveland, and it
came to discuss on a possibility of a television show for the Asian
Pacific community, hence, it was the start of a great concept.
Mr. Wu, also very involved in the media and film production
community, continued discussing this concept with his peers and
realized it can be a reality.
In understanding the need and cost to make a
television show, a meeting was held, a core group of members
including OCAGC Board Members and many community leaders and
friends, agreed, to have this as an outreach initiative, OCA Image
TV Ohio was born.
A typical television show is expensive to
produce, but Johnny Wu knew that it is feasible with all the
resources he has available – everyone is willing to make this
happen, volunteering their time and equipment, hoping that once it
is kicked off, it would eventually bring enough attention and
funding to help cover the cost that would incur on later episodes.
We knew that the community will be very
proud of the show and as the first Asian American TV show for the
community in Northeast Ohio.
Founded in February 28, 1983, the Organization of Chinese-Americans
of Greater Cleveland, Inc. (OCAGC) is a non-profit, non-partisan
civil rights, cultural and educational organization. OCAGC is part
of the National OCA, with over 84 chapters and affiliates within the
United States. We are dedicated to promoting cultural heritage,
active participation in civic and community affairs, securing
justice, and equal treatment and equal opportunity for all Americans
of Asian/Pacific Islander descent. OCA’s tagline reads: "Embracing
the Hopes and Aspiration of Asian Pacific Americans".
The OCAGC serves the continually growing Asian Pacific
American community of Northeast Ohio and works with other
organizations and communities to promote ethnic awareness and
cultural diversity. More about OCAGC can be found at
IMAGE TV OHIO is an outreach project from OCAGC, hoping
to be self-sustain, a High Energy Magazine-styled 30 minutes
Television show. IMAGE TV OHIO will focus on local Asian Pacific
American cultural diversity and prospective on Economic, Social,
Arts and Cultural Development. The show will provide the community
at large a better understanding of Asian culture. Each episode will
include segments on a variety of diverse topics related to?economic,
education, culture, traditions, food, health and beauty,?fashion,
sports,?arts and entertainment, news, and current issues as well as
IMAGE TV OHIO will cover topics of interest to Asian
Pacific Americans in Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas and will
include cultures from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan,
Korea, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan,
Thailand, and Vietnam.
IMAGE TV OHIO will be shot on High Definition in
Downtown Cleveland. Currently, we plan to air up to 13 - Thirty
minute episodes each year. PSA and commercial spots and Sponsorship
packages (main underwriter, segment sponsor, product placement,
product feature/demonstration) are also available.
Each IMAGE TV OHIO episode will also be available online for viewing
at iTunes, numerous websites through one web link or embedded video.
Sponsors are encouraged to have the show linked at their website as
Where is IMAGE TV OHIO aired?
IMAGE TV OHIO is planning on airing on WKYC Channel 3
or on Cleveland TV 20 of Time Warner Cable’s digital channel 20.
Cleveland TV 20 is the best place for City of Cleveland news,
activities, programs, and events. TV20's primary goal is to make
local government more accessible and understandable with programming
that covers a broad range of information.
Operating 24 hours a day, TV20 has an audience of
928,000+ households - and continues to grow. Programming is
developed at Cleveland City Hall and the TV20 studio in the
Cleveland Convention Center. The signal originates from Time
Warner’s Cable, subscribers see this channel first thing when they
turn their television on.
WKYC, Channel 3, is an NBC-affiliated television station located in
Cleveland, Ohio, owned by the Gannett Company. Its studio is located
on the shores of Lake Erie, while its transmitter is located in
Parma, Ohio. WKYC, Channel 3 reaches 1,556,700 households within
these counties: Erie, Huron, Richland, Ashland, Lorain, Medina,
Wayne, Holms, Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark, Tuscarawas, Lake, Geauga,
Portage, Carroll, and Ashtabula.
OCA Image TV Ohio’s pilot episode is completed and
currently airing on Cleveland TV20. The pilot episode kicks off with
51 minutes of content, showcasing how the various ethnic Asian
cultures celebrated the Lunar New Year through pictures and videos
(i.e. Lion Dances and celebrations). Explanation of traditional
foods to include and a how to create a dish for New Year
celebrations; and a local spotlight on Cleveland own’s Cleveland
Chinese Music Ensemble.
For the 2nd episode, which is airing in mid. April, the theme will
be on Asian Weddings - honoring family and heritage, Asian Weddings
are also becoming a growing trend among Asian Pacific Americans and
Westerners alike. Learn about tea ceremonies, table toasting,
symbolic foods, banquet feasts, and playful games for the bride and
groom. With a local spotlight with JACL’s Daicho Icho Drummers.
OCA Image TV Ohio can’t not be made possible without the support
from our community, sponsor lists continue to grow, and the core
members IMAGE TV OHIO composed of several community volunteers: Lisa
Wong, Johnny K. Wu, Dr. Yachun Ku, Keith Benjamin, Kyle Znamenak,
Janet Nguyen, Peter Sampson, Cynthia Graham, Kris Smith, Luca Zullo,
Andrew Schofield, Jeff Yanik, Andrew Forthofer, and Isrrael Rosa.
OCA Image TV Ohio is currently looking for sponsorship to underwrite
the show, please contact Johnny Wu at 216.373.3278 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship information.