The Media Department at City Hall is a complete television production facility. Paul J. Buckley, who produces the weekly news magazine type television show, “City Limits”, manages the department. “City Limits” is a thirty-minute program that airs twice every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on channel #6 and 5:30 p.m. on channel 12. The show highlights local issues ranging from: Government and Governmental Programs, Economic Development, Real Estate, Education, Health & Science, Arts, Sports, Culture, ad infinitum. Segments from the show can be viewed here on the City website’s YouTube channel. The Department also produces PSA (Public Service Announcements) for City departments and Not for Profits that need to get their message(s) to the public immediately.
The Media Department is also responsible for maintaining and producing the Utica Government Access Channel. This public access channel is an information outlet for all City departments to inform the Utica public about important events that concern them. It also airs Common Council meetings and other governmental functions. Tune in to Channel 98 for all the information this channel has to offer. Channel 98 will be aired 24 hours a day with new content and information updated as it becomes available.
The Media Department is also responsible for the City of Utica YouTube channel which has many great video segments for viewers to access. Just click the menu item to the left to access the YouTube channel.
The City of Utica has been a backdrop to many student and “Indie” films. With its abundance of iconic locations, Utica has proven itself to be a “Film Friendly” environment. The Media Department helps these filmmakers cut through all the “red tape” that occurs when dealing with municipalities. Assisting with locations, catering, hotels, extras, etc., the Media Department gets them on location and rolling in a timely fashion. Many production companies are amazed at how easy and friendly the people of Utica are to work with.
Through the years local high and college students have interned in this department to get a basic understanding in TV broadcast productions. Many of them have gone on to Ithaca College’s Roy Park School of Broadcast, Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University New House School and Herkimer Community College.