Above: WSTV Digital Media staff working a camera during Maya Angelou's 80th Birthday celebration.
WSTV began cablecasting in Forsyth County on July 1, 1989. Initial funding for equipment came though a $250,0000 grant from Summit (now Time-Warner) cable.
The first major production was the coverage of the grand opening ceremonies for the city's Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in August of 1989. Live gavel-to-gavel coverage of Winston-Salem City Council Meetings began in May of 1991. County Commission Meetings were added in October of 1993.
With a staff of only two full-time employees, the channel was producing 32 hours of programming a month. In 2009, with three full-time employees and one part-time employee, WSTV produces over 200 hours of programming including satellite, training, tape-delayed, live studio, and remote productions.
In October of 2002, WSTV Digital Media moved into new facilities in the renovated Winston-Salem City Hall. Under the city's new franchise agreement with Time-Warner Cable, over $200,000 in new equipment was purchased to upgrade the facility.
Above: WSTV has a booth at the 2009 Business Expo held at the Benton Convention Center.