The Hadley cable access station is fueled by one man’s passion.
When Richard Trueswell, the access coordinator and sole employee of TV-5, began filming Hadley Select Board meetings in 1990, he used a camera borrowed from a friend of his brother. Over the years, the station has gotten more funding and equipment, but it is still a one-man operation.
“I usually have someone to back me up when I’m not available to shoot a meeting, but other than that it’s mainly just me,” Trueswell said.
In the past two decades, Trueswell, who is 53 and single, has left the station twice, but he has always returned to record his hometown’s business.
There are few people — if any — who have attended as many Hadley governmental meetings as he has. He has been covering Select Board meetings for 23 years. Now he films as many as three meetings a week — including the Select Board, the School Committee, the Planning Board and occasionally the Zoning Board of Appeals. He estimates that he has been to more than a thousand meetings.
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