New year, new look for SSP TV
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.