CTN Studios is actually the cable department for the city of Coon Rapids. The facility is located next to city hall and the building is over 8,000 square feet and boasts: two studios, master control, voice-over room, tape storage room, four edit suites, large staff open office area, and a 2 stall garage. There are also two production trucks stored in the garage. The 32’ truck covers the majority of community sports, concerts, community events and most production service projects. The smaller 18’ truck serves as the studio control room but is also easily mobile to handle additional community events.
The station operates 4 cable channels and assists the school district with their channel as well. The operation is driven by a full time manager, 4 full time staff members and a lot of part time employees! In fact, the station now averages over 330 original video productions per year. High quality productions are still priority though. In the past 8 years the station has received 16 first place honors in the Hometown video awards. Last year‘s high school sports coverage was also honored with a Midwest regional Emmy nomination.
CTN Studios may not be your typical government access operation. Besides providing area residents access to local government meetings, high school sports, and community events of public interest CTN Studios has several production service partners for additional funding. The Saint Paul Saints partner with CTN studios to cover all 48 home baseball games Live. Eight games are telecast live on KSTC channel 45 and the remaining 40 are carried on cable to many metro PEG stations through the Comcast Prisma fiber ring. CTN Studios also partners with the NSIC athletic conference to produce NSIC showcase, a studio program featuring highlights from the large division II conference. The program airs on FSN North. The truck and crew have also traveled to cover college football games in Mankato and Winona live on FSN North. The truck and a couple technicians also help cover the Eagles Cancer telethon at the Mayo Clinic which is carried live by the Rochester tv stations.