Homemade TV has Steuben County Covered

By Eric Olson

June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 27, 2008 at 3:07 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--IT DOESN’T TAKE PROFESSIONAL ANCHORS OR ELABORATE HI-TEK EQUIPMENT TO BE A TELEVISION STATION. 101 LAKES NETWORK CHANNEL 20, ANGOLA INDIANA, IS ON THE AIR. THE LITTLE STATION IS OPERATED OUT OF THEIR HOME BY TRENT AND RETTA LEWIS. IT’S CARRIED BY THE LOCAL CABLE COMPANY BUT THE LEWIS’S DO EVERYTHING ELSE.

Retta: Cause we have to do the sales and the shooting and the editing and then try to pick out stories that are interesting.

FROM LOCAL CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS TO THE JULY FOURTH PARADE THE LEWIS’S CAN BE SEEN OUT AND ABOUT GATHERING STORIES FOR THEIR CHANNEL.

Retta: The mayor has a show, there’s a cooking show, a sports show, Crafty Summers has a show. We love this community and it shows by what we do.

WITHIN MONTHS OF LAUNCHING CHANNEL 20 IN 2005 THE LEWIS’S RECEIVED A BLOW MOST OF US CAN’T IMAGINE. IT CONCERNED THEIR 15 MONTH OLD SON, ZANE. HE APPEARED TO BE LOSING MUSCLE CONTROL. ZANE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BATTEN’S DISEASE, A VERY RARE TERMINAL ILLNESS. THE DOCTORS SAID HE HAD SIX MONTHS TO LIVE.

Retta: We just loved on him took care of him and he lasted two months.

THE LEWIS’S CHANNELED THEIR GRIEF INTO PRODUCING A DOCUMENTARY ON BATTEN’S DISEASE, FOCUSING ON THE FAMILIES OF PATIENTS AND HOW THEY COPE. THE FILM IS BEING USED TO RAISE MONEY FOR RESEARCH.

Retta: We didn’t have a million dollars to give to research for this disease so we wanted to do anything we could. And the only thing we know how to do was video.

THEIR SONS STORY CAN BE SEEN ON CHANNEL 20, IN AMONGST THE COUNCIL MEETINGS AND LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS. A GIFT FROM THE HEART, FROM SOME REAL LIFE TELEVISION STARS. ERIC OLSON, OUT IN YOUR COUNTRY.




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