New year, new look for SSP TV

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - ENTERTAINMENT -

It was a very ex­cit­ing start to 2017 for Sam-Son Pro­duc­tions Inc. and SSPTV.

The new year marks the 23rd an­niver­sary of the Ha­zle­ton area’s first lo­cal news broad­cast. “Lo­cal News 13” de­buted Jan. 4, 1994, on Ser­vice Elec­tric Cable­vi­sion.

Many more lo­cally pro­duced shows fol­lowed, in­clud­ing “The Sam Le­sante Show” and “The Girls,” pro­duced in SSPTV’s state-ofthe-art tele­vi­sion stu­dios in down­town Ha­zle­ton.

SSPTV’s news divi­sion be­gan 2017 with a new look.

“We wanted to freshen things up for the new year with a new look for our flag­ship news pro­gram and a new name that bet­ter re­flects our iden­tity,” said Jean­nine Le­sante Mazurki­wecz, vice pres­i­dent of sales/mar­ket­ing at Sam-Son Pro­duc­tions. “We launched ‘SSPTV News’ to con­tinue to pro­vide our view­ers with the lat­est news and in­for­ma­tion along with our me­dia part­ner, the Ha­zle­ton Stan­dard­Speaker.”

The for­mat fea­tures hy­per­local news with head­lines, sports, weather and the pop­u­lar fea­ture seg­ments that dis­tin­guish “SSPTV News” from other news pro­grams with the phi­los­o­phy of “neigh­bor talk­ing to neigh­bor.”

“SSPTV News” is broad­cast on Channel 13 and high­def­i­ni­tion Channel 513 on Ser­vice Elec­tric in Ha­zle­ton. SSPTV pro­grams also can be seen 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at www.SSPTV .com, or on Face­book.

“We would like to thank our loyal view­ers for their con­tin­ued sup­port of our lo­cally owned, fam­ily busi­ness,” said Sam Le­sante Jr., vice pres­i­dent and pro­duc­tion man­ager.

“We have been very for­tu­nate to have the op­por­tu­nity to not only pro­duce lo­cal and re­gional pro­gram­ming but to also work with in­ter­na­tional celebrity, Lea Salonga, to pro­duce a com­mer­cial that has been aired world­wide.”

The “SSPTV News” team, from left, are Lisa Schugardt, Ken Cara and Jean­nine Le­sante-Mazurki­wecz.

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