INTV Channel 5, Community Access Television, endeavors to be the premiere, on-air educational, community access station for Northwest Ohio and one of the best in the State of Ohio. Through teaching and volunteerism, we will create a community resource grounded in discovery. INTV Channel 5 serves diverse communities within the Time-Warner Cable Company viewing area, NW Ohio and the Tri-State area.
The idea to begin a public access station in Wauseon, Ohio was conceived in early 1993 when local businessman, Larry Weber, knowing that Wauseon had a great deal of athletic talent and promise in the coming years, thought that it would be wonderful to capture these events on video and broadcast them over the air for the community to watch and enjoy. However, it wasn’t until the fall of 1995 that enough funds for equipment were raised and INTV made its debut on the air.
Much of the funding for the station was raised through the generosity of local businesses and the Wauseon City Council along with Mayor Jerry Matheny, who welcomed the project and donated the franchise fees the city received from Adelphia Cable to go toward the operation and purchase of equipment. The City of Wauseon continues today to support the station through the Time-Warner franchise fees. The Wauseon School Board agreed to provide a location in the high school for the station to operate. Another vision Mr. Weber had for INTV was to one day start a broadcast journalism program through the school that would enable students to learn the various aspects of television broadcasting and help give them a jump start in their future careers. This dream was realized when the Broadcast Journalism class was started in 2001. Many people were instrumental in the founding of INTV. Larry Weber spearheaded the effort and donated all of his time for over 7 years to get the station off the ground. Dave Armstrong and Justin Grant also worked tirelessly in organizing and taping in those early years. Mel Stickley spent a great deal of time putting together a mobile trailer system to tape football games. Lonnie Krauss helped with wiring at the football field so we could broadcast the games. Brian Weber set up the original Community Calendar and studio equipment. There are many more individuals that contributed in countless ways in the effort to get INTV started. Without them, it would never have happened! INTV continues today to provide availability to the airwaves for the citizens of Wauseon along with needed information and entertainment to the city.
DON D. MATHEWS
Don D. Mathews, 64, of Wauseon passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Don was born in Coldwater, Michigan on Oct. 30, 1949, the son of the late Jerry and Lamoine (Keeslar) Mathews. On July 10, 1971, he married Sue Beck, and she survives.
Don owned and operated Mathews Painting in Wauseon for over 40 years. He was also serving as a member of Wauseon City Council. It was his ninth year on City Council. He was an Air Force veteran. Don loved baseball and played in the Roy Hobbs league for nine years, from 1998–2007.
Don was the President of INTV for years. He dedicated a lot of time and effort into INTV. Always looking to update the equipment and take on new programming. He allowed INTV to maintain a great relationship with the city of Wauseon.
Beloved by many, known by all, cherished by whoever talked to him. Don Mathews loved this community and did more for it than any of us could ever hope. He was nominated Wauseon’s citizen of the year in 2014. Don’s memory will live on as INTV continues to run as he would of kept it running.
Rich Batdorf, age 67, Wauseon, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Rich was born on May 4, 1948 to John C. and Velma (Irwin) Batdorf in rural Wauseon. He graduated from Wauseon High School as a member of class of 1966. After graduating from BGSU with a degree in accounting, Rich joined the firm of Arthur Andersen in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1971 he married his highschool/college sweetheart, Susan Oyer, and they returned to Wauseon where Rich became a CPA.
Rich was involved with a lot in his community including city council, homecoming committee, cruise night, and ironwood golf club board of directors. He was a Rotary President and Paul Harris Fellow, Homecoming Grand Marshall, Wauseon Development Committee member, The Wauseon Downtown Association Member, Tournament Director for the Jon P. Spiess Memorial Collegiate golf tournament, Elks officer and member of the Fulton County Heart Radiothon board of directors.
For many years you've heard and watched Rich on INTV Channel 5. As INTV Sports Director, Rich broadcast numerous area games and tournaments. He was part of the stadium broadcast duo each Friday night at the Wauseon football games. He also represented our channel at his beloved OSU football games. Rich was always a family man first. He and Susan celebrated 44 years of marriage together and were blessed with two children, Stacia and Tyson, five grandsons, who were the light of his life. Rich taught his grandson Jaxon how to broadcast and they did several of INTV's local sporting events.