Woodland TV (Formerly known as WAVE TV Channel 21)

Reviewed in 2022 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

Public access began in the back of the City Council Chambers, not much larger than a closet. Early public access directors provided part-time service to the station, which included minimal programming as well as maintaining a contract to cover the City Council meetings. Council Members Dudley Holman and Elaine Rominger, City Manager Kris Kristensen, and Former Congressman Vic Fazio believed that the community would benefit greatly by having a forum to air and view local events and issues facing Woodlanders. So in 1992, these City leaders forged a PEG (Public, Educational, and Government) station with the incoming cable service provider.

Since 2018, with upgrades in technology to a digital format, Woodland TV has moved to providing 24-7 on-air programming.  WTV has digitized hundreds of hours of old VHS and DVD format programs, which were the mainstay of our previous on-air programming, and have now included all of that historic programming in our current library.  In addition to our "new" library of recently digitized programs and current local coverage of events, WTV supplements on-air programming by utilizing programming from other PEG stations.  With this and other additions to our programming library, WTV is able to air at least 4 first run programs daily.

Woodland TV is a non-profit corporation whose primary purpose is to empower individuals, organizations and groups within Woodland to produce and/or present their own non-commercial cable programs. Local programming reflecting the full and diverse range of Woodland residents, their perspectives, concerns and interests is encouraged. Woodland TV coordinates training, production, playback and promotional activities to achieve their efforts. 

Additionally, Woodland TV maintains a community bulletin board that plays between all shows which includes: slides of local non-commercial events, organizations, and programs that the community may benefit from. 

Contact Woodland TV to post a community bulletin board event or if you're interested in getting involved with your local public access TV station.  Currently there are several very devoted public access volunteers who serve the community by giving hundreds of hours of their time to bring local events on the air.  We provide training to all of our volunteers.


Woodland TV provides the opportunity for our community to speak and share freely through public access media.


Expand Community and Regional Programming:

- A primary goal is to provide quality local community programming to our viewers. There are numerous interesting events occurring daily in Woodland and to provide expanded video coverage we need to increase the number of volunteers and part-time staff to enable coverage of these events.

Volunteers, Board members:

- Increase membership and volunteer base, including active board members to help us be more viable as a growing organization. We are interested in recruiting teens, seniors and interested community members to help us in this venture and provide fresh perspectives to the community.

Continue community outreach through collaborative efforts:

- Increase partnerships and collaborations with other nonprofits, local government and residents of Woodland and to provide these individuals and organizations the necessary resources and support to produce programming for public access television.

Document and preserve local history:

- Work with local organizations, seniors and retirement homes in our community to digitally preserve our local living history. Supporting this effort to preserve local history, WTV will collaborate with other organizations to review and make use of existing documented history to be digitized. Potential partners include: City of Woodland and the Historic Preservation Board, Yolo County Archives, Gibson House and the Yolo County Historical Society, Woodland Public Library, and others to be determined.

Continue to expand education and training on videography & video editing:

- We are constantly shifting to meet the expanding technology being used. The skills of film editing is continuously changing with the advancements in technology, especially with the various video options from phone to cameras. WTV in looking to expand our interface with citizen journalists through their local podcasts and YouTube channels.

WTV Live Streaming

Expand the base of coverage of on-air programming through use of a live streaming platform:

- Currently, only Woodland cable customers are able to view WTV Channel 21 in real time. WTV has expanded coverage provided to our community through alternative delivery channels available to non-cable subscribers, including social media, website, YouTube, Vimeo and others, but these are limited to individual programs and not viable for real time viewing of Woodland TV. This effort will enable viewers in our local community, to the worldwide community, to watch Woodland TV in real time by tuning in using the internet.

Organization Data


Organization name

Woodland TV (Formerly known as WAVE TV Channel 21)

other names


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Mission Category

Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Operating Budget

$50,001 - $100,000

Organization Need

Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, Technology, Volunteers

Demographics Served

AAPI, Animals, BIPOC, Immigrants & refugees, Individuals with disabilities, Seniors, Veterans, Youth & Children, Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx, Low-income individuals/families, LGBTQ+


524 Main St. Suite 206
Woodland, CA 95695

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Woodland, CA, US

Yolo, CA, US



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