Access Channel 5
About Access Channel 5

Access Channel 5 began operations in June 1995 from a building owned by the Village of Mayville. The structure originally served as a train station for the Pennsylvania Railroad. The first live program was a telecast of the Mayville July 4th Parade. Later that month a 1-hour live talk show called Senior Report began. It was hosted by Reed Powers and continued until Mr. Powers passed away in 2014.

In the fall of 2000 the studio relocated to the newly-constructed Chautauqua Lake Central School building, where operations continued with only a 2-hour interruption in service. In 2001 the station's feed to the cable company was upgraded to a fiber optic cable, providing far superior performance than had previously been provided.

In the summer of 2010 the station again relocated. The Town of Chautauqua now owned the former Mayville Central School building and one of the remaining, unoccupied spaces left in the building was the former industrial arts area. Town officials felt that utilization of this space for public purposes was the perfect use. Volunteers totally remodeled these classrooms and the station operates there now.

The channel serves approximately 5,000 homes in the cabled areas of the towns of Chautauqua, North Harmony, Portland, Ripley, Sherman, and Westfield, as well as the villages of Mayville, Sherman and Westfield. Cable operators have included US Cable, Adelphia and Time Warner. Time Warner has the technical capability of providing Access Channel 5's service to all of the cabled homes in Chautauqua County.

The organization incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in 2010 as Access Chautauqua County TV, Inc. and filed a d/b/a with the State of New York under the name Access Channel 5. Access Chautauqua County TV, Inc. is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) entity.


Shows That Have Been Produced On Access Channel 5

Statistics:
# Of Locally Produced Shows
Since 1995
As Of December 2016:
3238
Last Year's New Shows (2016):
174
Average New Shows Each Year:
154
PO Box 188
Mayville, NY 14757
Phone: (716) 753-5225
E-Mail: channel5@fairpoint.net