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From the Hip'

Rob Andres wants to get people talking.

The Baldwinsville resident and volunteer for Public Access Channel Baldwinsville (PAC-B) is coordinating "From the Hip," a new program for the local television station designed to get people talking about local issues, as well as regional, national and global topics.

"The idea is to have more active participation for local issues rather than one-way receiving," Andres said. "It would be nice to have a highly interactive forum in Baldwinsville where people can gather and be part of the process."

Andres envisions several different segments: "Taking it to the Streets," "The Lion's Den" and "Good News." "The Lion's Den" would tackle heated issues in a round-table format featuring several participants, while the format of the "Good News" segment would be a commentary regarding positive events happening in and around Baldwinsville. With "Taking it to the Streets," residents of all ages would respond on an individual basis to topics ranging from light-hearted to serious.

While Andres has the structure of the program in place, as well as several topics he would like to address, he wants to create a panel of participants to get the show rolling.

"I would like to get more people to take part," he said, adding that he is also looking for feedback regarding local issues. "I want [the show] to be an open forum for people to express their opinions. You never know when a discussion is going to spark an idea that will make a difference."

If you are interested in joining "From the Hip's panel of participants, have suggestions for the program or just want to voice your opinion, e-mail Andres at robbieandres@yahoo.com. At this time, there is no set launch date for the program.

PAC-B TV (channels 98 and 1498 on Time Warner, 30 on Verizon FiOS) features programs ranging from high school sports, community events, municipal board meetings and more. Located at 8 Mechanic St. in the village of Baldwinsville, PAC-B TV is a volunteer-run station.

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