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Sunday, April 24, 2016 01:49 PM

WCM recognizes Olin Fimreite’s lifelong dedication to Trempealeau County

Olin Fimreite interviewing Northwoods Brew Pub founder and owner Jerry Bechard

WCM is recognizing Olin Fimreite’s lifelong contribution to public access television with the 2016 Friend of Access Award.  For well over 30 years, Olin has participated in every aspect of Trempealeau County Community Television and has advocated for community-based media.  For the last twenty years, Olin has used his cable access television show,
Discover Trempealeau County, to talk about the county he knows so well. 

“Olin was born and raised in Trempealeau County.  He raised his own family here, and as a soil conservationist he came to honor the people and this land from one end to the other, said Wade Britzius, the first director of TCCTV. “His love for this county combined with an endless curiosity and affable personality have made him an ideal host for the show.”  John Kelly, the current director of TCCTV notes that the popularity of the show has made its catch phrase, "29,000 people in Trempealeau County with 29,000 stories" a familiar saying around the county.

Olin was on hand when, in the words of Kelly, "the first cameras rolled into the studio in 1981."  Besides being the driving force behind numerous fundraisers over the years, Olin has encouraged his friends and neighbors to make shows about topics that matter to them.  The energy and excitement that Olin has shown for access television through the years has been one of the reasons TCCTV has enjoyed its long-lasting success.

The WCM banquet was held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison.