Featured Member- Matthew Schuster
Executive Director, TV Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Why are you an ACM member?
I believe in the importance of community media and the positive impact this media can have within a community. It is vital for our communities to have a voice in local media. The ACM helps to provide a collective voice for media centers throughout the country in our public policy efforts, identity, and new innovative means for increasing our mission impact. I find the opportunity to connect with colleagues, share ideas, and measure best practices to be incredibly valuable.
What do you enjoy about being an ACM member?
I enjoy the colleagues that I have met throughout my career and involvement with the ACM. Many of these people I consider to be my friends. The support network created through the ACM has helped me through challenging times and also cheered with me during times of success. For me, it is all about all the people who make up the Alliance for Community Media, including those involved in the past, current members, and future members.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I started as an intern at a government access station in Meridian Township, Michigan, HOM-TV, while I completed my Masters Degree in Telecommunication-Media Arts. At the time, I didn’t expect for community television to become my career focus. 20 years later, I still find great value in this work.
Community Media has led me to live in various parts of the country, including Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, and now Santa Barbara, California.
I have a wife, Jane, who has supported me unconditionally in this career, even as I devoted time to the National Board of Directors during our first six years of marriage. We have a 3-year old son, Trevor.
I have spent a large portion of my free time as an actor in more than 30 local theatre productions. Some of my favorite performances include “The Wizard of Oz”, “Cabaret”, “White Christmas”, “A Chorus Line”, and “The Full Monty”.