CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper version of “Cops” — or something like it — may be airing on local cable Channel 3 in the near future as the city government seeks to expand its public-access programing.
Dennis Rollins, of Wolf Gang of Wyoming, presented his ideas for television content, including ride-alongs, at a work session Tuesday. Council members quickly had ideas about how to make it one of the most-viewed shows.
“Now, when you’re doing the police ride-along, Paul and I want to sneak by and we’ll move the police car maybe half a block just to see what they do,” Mayor Kenyne Schlager said.
Councilman Paul Bertoglio, though, was skeptical of the plan after mishearing the comment.
“You’re going to moon the police car?” he asked.
“That would be played a lot,” Councilman Paul Meyer said, as laughter erupted in the meeting room. To which Councilman Stephen Cathey added, “Wait until that shows up on YouTube.”
The idea behind the show, Rollins explained, is to provide a behind-the-scenes look at city jobs, whether performed by a police officer, firefighter or garbage collector. He also proposed shows that highlight Casper’s history, arts or upcoming events.
“One of the main things we really want to do is expand the community bulletin board,” he said.
The channel would provide a place for people to submit notices of activities, which the production company may expand upon with interviews. Rollins said he would also seek public input about what type of programming people desire.
Wolf Gang of Wyoming is an independent production company operating in Casper since 2007. Rollins is the executive producer of “Wyoming Portraits,” a weekly PBS series that highlights various people and places across the state.
“I personally feel that this opportunity is a great chance for us to be able to take the knowledge and experience that we have gained over the past several years and really turn the public access channel into a very interesting creature,” Rollins said Tuesday.
To add to the channel’s live broadcast of council meetings, government meetings will be replayed at different times during the week. Rollins said he will also explore the option of re-airing public domain television shows, to take up less airtime as original content is created.
After the presentation, Meyer said he was impressed with Rollins’ enthusiasm. He thought the programming would provide residents and visitors with an informative and entertaining resource.
“With people wanting to be engaged in government further and further, and particularly, it’s comfortable from one’s couch, I think we’re going in the right direction,” Meyer said.
The City Council supported the plans Tuesday and will formally vote on a $44,500 contract for a year of programming at an upcoming council meeting.