After more than 20 years of serving Hacienda Heights, Industry, Valinda, La Puente, Bassett, Avocado Heights and north and south Whittier, KCAT Channel 3 is signing off.
The television station’s board of directors voted about two weeks ago to shut the operation down.
As the local television access station in the area, KCAT covered a variety of events in the San Gabriel Valley including the Hacienda Heights 4th of July Parade, Concerts in the Park and the Industry Pro Rodeo.
We sent out a photographer Saturday night to shoot the last taping of Marty’s Corner, one of many community-based programs taped at the station’s Hacienda Heights location.
I haven’t gotten the full scoop as to why the station is shutting its doors yet, but I suspect a slipping economy and little money for public broadcasting likely has something to do with it.
Look for a full story in next weekend’s paper. In the meantime, here’s some video from the show. One of the Tribune’s reporters, Michelle Mills in the clip too: