Established in the early 1980s, the AGGW Cable Commission serves the cities of Arlington, Gaylord, Gibbon, Winthrop and Fairfax in an area about 60 miles southwest of the Twin Cities. The population is 5,000-6,000 people, with two representatives from each city serving on the cable commission. Representatives are appointed by their city councils.
Coordinator Wade Werner has been working with the system for nearly 20 years. While he works part-time for the cable commission, his full-time job is with the GFW School District, which houses a small equipment and playback room for the system. Channel 7 is mainly a message board, while Channel 8 includes city meetings, community and educational programs.
One of the proudest accomplishments of the commission was the in-house production of a children’s program called KGFW TV, which ran from 2001-2008. With the help of kids from GFW Schools, 38 episodes were produced, all of which can be viewed on YouTube (search KGFW TV). In recent years the commission has continued to provide grants to area school districts and cities for equipment and technical device needs.
The best place to find AGGW Cable Commission programming is through the system’s YouTube channel, AGGW Public Access TV. The channel includes 160 videos of city meetings and community events such as parades, coronations and festivals.