Paul Sedlak, director of broadcast operations, has been elected president of the NCTV79 board of directors and outgoing president Carlton W. (Tony) Thompson was elected chairman.

Radford Stone, the chairman of NCTV79, will become founding chairman emeritus.

Thompson has served as president of NCTV79 for nine years, often commuting from his main home in Rhode Island to his New Canaan residence for Channel 79 meetings and events.

During his tenure, NCTV79 has established a broadcasting studio in Town Hall and expanded its programming to include live coverage of all town meetings, such as the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Finance, in addition to many community programs, including New Canaan Library and Senior Men's Club speakers, concerts, presentations sponsored the League of Women Voters and other groups and events of public interest.

Thompson, who also was instrumental in securing grants for Channel 79, plans to remain active on the board of directors and the advisory board.

Sedlak has served as director of broadcast operations for the past nine years and as the NCTV79 liaison to the Area Nine Cable Council, a regional association of public television stations.

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In addition, he has been instrumental in getting grants for NCTV79. A former pilot for TWA with additional experience in construction management, he has been involved with NCTV79 ever since his then neighbor, Rachel Coder Mathews, chairman of the advisory board asked if he would like to do some volunteer work in retirement.

"In addition to scheduling the filming of events, Paul is responsible for getting the finished product on the air, developing and airing the weekly schedule and supervising the creation of the 24/7 Bulletin Board and its ever-changing content," said Thompson.

"Behind the scenes, Paul discovered a state grant opportunity to obtain and install broadcast equipment in Town Hall. He applied, got the funding and supervised the installation of equipment. He now schedules and staffs the increasing number of Town Hall events. In addition, he has been instrumental in obtaining grant funding from Cablevision via his monthly participation in the meetings of representatives of our 10 neighboring cable communities. We are all pleased that Paul has finally agreed to accept some long-overdue recognition for years of invaluable hard work."

While Town Hall is being renovated, NCTV79 will have broadcast facilities, which are being organized by Sedlak, at the New Canaan Nature Center where the town will be conducting most of its meetings.

These meeting will take place in the Sturgess room at the visitor's center and will be broadcast live as well as recorded for future viewing.

The meetings there will begin in November and continue until the renovation of Town Hall is completed in about two years.

The station will then reinstall the broadcast equipment in its new location in Town Hall and continue to cover meetings of interest to New Canaan residents.

NCTV79 programs are also archived on its website, nctv79.org, and available on demand.