CHICAGO, Sept. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) has announced the appointment of Richard L. Mayo II as Chief of External Affairs. Mayo will join CAN TV after most recently serving as Senior Director of Marketing & Communications at McCormick Theological Seminary. He has more than a decade of experience in marketing, communications, nonprofit operations and creative leadership in diverse communities.
“We are so excited to welcome Richard to CAN TV as we work in the coming months to make one of the largest and most prominent community access networks in the country even better,” said Darrious Hilmon, Executive Director of CAN TV. “This fall, CAN TV is expanding its prime-time lineup, launching new podcasts, making it easier to stream content online, and more. Richard will help reintroduce CAN TV to our longtime fans and help more Chicagoans be aware of this unique local resource.”
Mayo is excited about the opportunity and ready to build on the great work and legacy of CAN TV.
“CAN TV really puts the HYPE into hyper-local and I’m excited to continue the platform for the views and voices of communities that are often overlooked and underrepresented,” said Mayo. “There is no city like Chicago and there is no better place than CAN TV to see the latest and greatest of our city, listen to the different perspectives of its citizens and grow together in the community. Let’s go!”
Mayo will support recent initiatives to grow the station as it evolves to represent the way people consume media today. This month, the network’s new website went live. It includes 24/7 live streams of CAN TV’s four program channels and on-demand episodes for popular shows. Also this month, the network launched a new signature programming block — five new programs that air weeknights at 7 p.m. CT. The shows are a mix of interview and conversation formats featuring local news, culture, politics and community leaders, all hosted by Chicagoans, featuring stories about Chicago. The network is also launching a series of new podcasts.
In addition, CAN TV improves its audience measurement and impact through a partnership with Nielsen, a global leader in audience insights, data and analytics. CAN TV will continue to offer its popular free, low-cost training programs that teach media production skills and educate future CAN TV producers.
About CAN TV
Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1983 as a public space on cable television, free of advertising, filters, and censorship. It is one of the largest and most prominent PEG programming providers to the public, education, and government in the nation. CAN TV broadcasts the diversity of people and ideas that reflect Chicago, including voices often excluded from mainstream media on five channels.
Image 1: Richard L. Mayo II
CAN TV Head of External Relations
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