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About Us

Fairhaven TV (FHTV) is a cable access program operated by the Town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Encompassing the Government Access and Public Access channels, FHTV produces local government meetings, public service announcements, and original programs unique to Fairhaven. 

 

Our Government Access and Public Access channels are broadcasted on local Comcast Cable Channels 18 and 95, respectively. All FHTV content is also available online.

We also offer free hands-on training seminars in studio production, videography, editing and lighting for Fairhaven residents!

Meet The Team

Derek Frates

Fairhaven Cable Access Director

Derek Frates began his tenure with Fairhaven Cable Access in July 2018. He is a graduate of Salem State University and earned his Master’s Degree in Media Studies from Rhode Island College. He previously worked as the Cable Access Production Coordinator at Dartmouth Community Television from 2006-2018.


Prior to that, he worked for Falmouth Community Television, Westport Access Community Cable and New Bedford Cable Network in various roles including director, editor, videographer, Public Access Coordinator and Interim Station Manager.


Derek is pivotal in the training and implementation of public access policies and working with the community in many different aspects of video production. In November 2018, Fairhaven Community Media Channel 95 was launched under Derek's direction, allowing Fairhaven residents and town organizations the platform to produce television shows and learn video production skills.

Alyssa Botelho

Videographer

If it involves a camera, Alyssa does it. Her passion for storytelling began at Fairhaven High School where she produced films, music videos, and promotional videos alike. While a high school student, she attained 3 first place awards from the Massachusetts Video Educators Competition and 3 honorable mentions from the New England Student Emmy Awards.

Now a student at the University of Rhode Island, she majors in both Film/Media and Business Management and is working towards a directorial career in the television and film industry. She is a proud female filmmaker and has been recognized by the Rhode Island International Film Festival for her pursuit of excellence.

She keeps busy as the owner-operator of the cinematic wedding film house Unforgettable Productions, a videographer for Performance Video Productions, and a production assistant for Bristol County Media on the documentary series "The Highway Murders".

 

She has loved being apart of the creativity at Fairhaven TV for the past 3 years and is excited to tell even more stories.

Bethany Fernandes

Videographer

Bethany studies Marketing and Management at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society and has accelerated her degree to graduate early this winter.

 

Bethany's knack for business is matched by her love for video production. When at Fairhaven High School, she earned a National Student Emmy Award along with 3 nominations, 4 New England Student Emmy Awards and 10 nominations.

 

To capitalize on her talent, Bethany founded "The Well", her luxury video production company that specializes in commercial and wedding videography.

Last summer, Bethany studied International Marketing in Spain and would love to continue traveling to bring outside media influences and ideas to Fairhaven. She is happy to be a part of the Fairhaven TV team.

Erick Sa

Production Coordinator

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We do know he is an avid  Fútbol Enthusiast.

Pattie Pacella

Administrative Assistant

Pattie has been the Administrative Assistant for both Fairhaven TV and the Building Department for the last 2 years. She has worked with the Town of Fairhaven for more than 5 years cumulatively.

 

Pattie is the President of the Fairhaven Rotary Club and is a community member of various
Boards and Committees in Town. She also is a reporter with the Fairhaven
Neighborhood News.

 

When not at Town Hall, Pattie enjoys spending time with her  daughter Grace and husband Gary. Respectively known as "Girl Friday", Pattie's enthusiasm to help others can be seen in all her work, both professionally and personally.

She also enjoys a good book and writing.

Todd Migliacci

Set Designer, Etc.

Todd started making videos as a kid borrowing his parent's VHS camcorder. In college he worked with Dartmouth Community Television simultaneously being a set designer for local theater companies.

 

Now, working with Fairhaven TV, Todd films, works on sets and is the live event coordinator with his background as a national-touring performer.

Miranda Branco

Videographer

Miranda was born and raised here in Fairhaven. She started her media career in 2008 at Fairhaven High School's Media Production Program: Blue Devil TV in 2008.

 

Continuing her love for broadcasting at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth she received her bachelor’s degree in Communications & English and never stopped working in the field. During college, she worked events with Dartmouth Community TV, both behind the scenes and on air, loving every moment of it. Now, Miranda is working with Fairhaven TV along with continuing her education at Sacred Heart University for their Master of Arts: Sports Communication and Media - Sports Broadcasting program.

Thomas Podielsky

Graphic Designer

All Tom's life he has been fascinated by art and entertainment- music, comic books, movies and especially television. He knew early on this was something he wanted to do for the rest of his life. With his paper-route money he purchased his first camcorder and never looked back. It was at Cape Cod Community College where he got a taste for broadcasting, hosting his own radio show.

 

 Tom graduated from UMASS Dartmouth CVPA with a degree in digital media. After college he became a graphic designer and continued to work for Dartmouth Community Television until transitioning over to Fairhaven TV. He is a production assistant as well as a graphic designer.

Cable Advisory Committee:

Barbara Acksen, Chairperson

Maria Carvalho

Robert J. Espindola

Ronnie Medina

John Methia

Mike Merrolla

Kenneth J. Souza

 

www.fairhaven-ma.gov/cable-advisory-committee