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Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday

3PM - 8PM


3PM - 6PM





Mailing Address:

East Side Community Television

PO Box 2040

East Peoria, Illinois 61611


East Peoria Community High School

Rooms 101A & 102A

1401 East Washington Street

East Peoria, Illinois


Executive Director:
Mark Lasswell
(309) 694-7944

  What is East Side Community Television?  

East Side Community Television is the Public, Educational, and Governmental Access Cable Channel serving East Peoria, Illinois.  Seen on Comcast Cable channel 22 in the Cities of East Peoria, Creve Coeur, and Washington, Illinois.

  What is access television?  

Unlike most television programming that we see, public access television is produced by nonprofessionals, usually by people just like you. Public access is reserved for anyone who wants to produce a noncommercial program on any subject of his or her choice. Public access is an extension of your First amendment rights to the freedom of speech.

Public access television programming comes from the bottom up and has maximum community involvement. That is why we say public access is “true local television.” Viewers don't simply sit back and watch television; they also go out and make their own programs.

  When did public access television begin?  

Local cable programming is almost as old as cable television itself. Most early local programming efforts were developed by small independent cable owners with ties to the local community. Because of their interest in community affairs, some of these small local owners began local programming in the early 1950's.

The first true community operated public access channel began in the Dale City, VA, in 1968. And in the following year, with the advent of the first portable black & white camera and reel to reel Television equipment, it paved the way for public access television channels across the United States.

Public Access first came to the East Peoria Area in 1972 with the formation of the East Peoria Cable Television Commission. This city commission was established by the East Peoria City Council to insure the cable company's compliance of the franchise agreement and to oversee the operation of the Public, Governmental and Educational Access cable channels. It was slow in the beginning, but public access channel 2 went on the air April 8, 1976 at 7:00 pm with the tape delay showing of the East Peoria City Council meeting.

In the months ahead, the commission decided to dissolve itself and to become a non-profit organization. The decision was made mainly due to the fact that the FCC preferred public access channels to be operated by non-profits, thus avoid possible government censorship and it would also open the channel to more financial opportunities. And so in August of 1976 the East Peoria Cable Television Corporation was formed, and has been the governing body of the East side community television channel to this date.


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