Thanks to the generous efforts of several people, our national KWVA website will link the Ft. Wayne, Indiana,
Access TV Tell America Programs, developed and produced by James E. Yaney, with the internet on YouTube.
(Scroll down or Click HERE to view clips)
Jim Yaney's programs have appeared monthly on Channel 57 for the past three years in the Ft. Wayne area to a growing
audience of viewers. The public access station has been very supportive and helpful in making this one of their
best rated shows on their station. It has required countless hours of work by Jim and his staff, but they are
gaining in expertise and experience with the productions. Recently, the staff at the TV station started work in
conjunction with KWVA webmaster, Jim Doppelhammer, to install web links with YouTube to enable the viewing of
ten minute segments of each of the programs they have developed.
At my request, Jim has supplied the following
background information on how his program has evolved into a very well accepted part of local television in Ft.
"The staff members of the Tell America television program were asked to make a pilot film which would be
seen over Comcast Cable TV in October, 2005, for possible acceptance by the TV viewers. After the first
presentation, I was encouraged by Mr. Robert Irie, station manager, to come in and sign a contract with
Access TV as the producer of the show. In doing so, I wrote scripts, presented the programs, and was
responsible for its contents. I felt I was taking on a tremendous responsibility.
On October 25, 2005, Tell
America made its debut on Comcast Cable TV on Channel 55. Later on in January, 2006, our program was being
seen by more viewers than expected so they put us on a channel that everyone watches which was Channel 57 at
prime time 7 pm every other Wednesday. Our programs have grown, since then, from 14,000 viewers to over
100,000, and we are now going into our third year of production with no end in sight.
At the start of
2007, Verizon FIOS, the national telephone company fiber optic division, formed another TV network and asked
Access TV for permission to present our Tell America program on their network. Permission was granted by
Access TV, and now we are being seen by two networks and with the current link with YouTube being viewed
internationally on the Internet.
It was my job to find a special staff that would enhance the program status,
so I decided to give the program some diversity in order that people would know that we represent all
veterans of the 20th century. I interviewed several veterans and found five who would participate in our TV
program and our school visitation program. Those five volunteers are: Dale Parish and William Hullinger,
Korean veterans of the X Corps and Chosin Reservoir, and John Pequignot and Gilbert Hoeppner, recipients of
the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Silver Star from WW II.
Our programs open by presenting news from our
organization, information about our comrades who have been returned to this country for burial from Korea,
and a commentary that is befitting of our great organization. We feature thirty minutes of subject matter
concerning the Korean War, such as the Inchon Landing, the Pusan Perimeter, and the Chosin Reservoir. We
also show a number of features recognizing Medal of Honor recipients including Sgt. Woodrow Keeble, Col.
James Stone, Cpl. Ronald Rosser, Cpl. Hiroshi Miyamura, and Cpl. Duane Dewey. We look forward to many more
years of similar documentation and programs.
We are well accepted by our peers and our viewing audience
here at Access TV, and for that, we are honored. God permitting, one of our future goals is to get the
program on a national television network.
On October 30, 2007, we celebrated our second anniversary on TV with a two hour show that was televised and
shown on local TV. KWVA director Chris Yanacos, Indiana State Senator Dillon and several other noted
veterans attended the show.
We are proud of where we started and where we are going. I must credit Larry
Kinard for getting me to focus on what was to be my future work in sharing that FREEDOM IS NOT FREE and that
I am no longer one of the veterans of a forgotten war."
As you can see from Jim Yaney's report, Tell America is moving forward in this country and appears to have a
very promising future. To that, I would like to add the following acknowledgment: