Randall Gregg, the former editor of Triangle Tech Journal, is taking his two-year-old Internet TV show to commercial TV.
“The Triangle Technology Show” made its debut Thursday morning on Fox 50 in RTP. The show will air each Thursday at 5:30 AM and last 30 minutes.
The first guest was Joe Colopy of Brontomail Software. Gregg will be the host — “at least for now,” he says.
“Initially, we will produce one new show each month, which will air four times,” Gregg added. “In a couple of months, though, we hope to make a new show every week or at least every couple of weeks as we learn the ropes on producing shows and get better and faster at it.”
Moving from a web cast to TV studio quality was a challenge, he admitted.
“It was a big step going from Internet broadcasting to producing a TV show for regular broadcast TV,” Gregg said. “But we wanted to go ahead and make that big step of getting on the air, because we think there is a huge need for more local content on TV in the Triangle.
“It’s a steep learning curve for broadcast TV. We’ve learned a lot in the past few months. We’ve still got a lot to learn, but it’s a lot of fun, and that’s why we’re doing it in the first place.”
The show launched on Fox 50, but the schedule and the number of stations on which the show appears could be expanded.
“We will also be airing at other times yet to be announced, possibly on other Triangle TV stations and cable,” Gregg said.
The show also will be broadcast via the Internet at RTP-TV web site.
Gregg declined to discuss financial details of the arrangement with Fox 50. “We’re still talking with some other stations as far as airing the show, so we don’t want to release too many details, but we will say that our own advertisers will be featured on every show,” he said.
Gregg said he has worked out a “partnership deal” with Sig Hutchison, who airs a weekly “Success Today” audio web cast. Hutchison’s show also focuses on technology as well as entrepreneurship. Gregg said Hutchison’s sponsors will be mentioned on the TV show. Sponsors include Z Promotion & Design, The Triangle Tech Journal, Maverick Marketing, Celito.net, SuccessToday, Intersouth Partners and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Online, RTP-TV has viewers in 38 countries spread across six continents, according to Gregg.