Gina Cardillo – General Manager –

Dan Clark – Senior Editor –

Carla Amann – Auditorium Manager –

General ACTV email –

ACTV – Austintown Community Television

4560 Falcon Dr.

Austintown, Oh, 44515

T: + 1 (330) 797 – 3900 ext. 1041




ACTV History

Austintown Community Television was born in 1980 when Paul Pormen, Media Director of Fitch High, and Ken Zinz, Fitch High School History Teacher and Austintown Trustee, excercized the FCC Regulation which stated that a Television Provider must provide room in their channel lineup for a community station when they have a monopoly over that community. Paul Pormen became General Manager of what would be a joint project between the Austintown Trustees, Austintown School Board, and Armstrong Cable. Channel 8 was then born on Armstrong Cable to comply with the FCC Regulation. At this time, Paul Pormen held the guts of Channel 8 in Media 3 of Fitch High School.

Linda Sarver, an aide in the Media Center, became Secretary and Post Production Manager of Channel 8. She held these positions until her retirement in 2004.

The studio outgrew its place in Media 3 by 1985 when the school district moved Austintown Community Television to a newly created studio in the Industrial Technology Department of Fitch High School. This is where it is still housed today. In the early 1990′s, Fitch High was the only school in Mahoning County to host a television studio.

In 1990, Armstrong Cable moved Channel 8 to a new home on their channel lineup. Channel 19 became the new and current station number of Austintown Community Television. Paul Pormen retired in 1995.

Ken Carano, then Fitch High School English Teacher, Production Manager of ACTV, and Austintown Trustee, became General Manger and served as such until December of 2000 when he furthered his political career by becoming a State Representative.

Ralph Grossen, Fitch English Teacher, became the General Manger. Grossen served as General Manager until August of 2006.

Austintown Community Television was without a General Manager for three months until Carolyn Semivan, then Post Production Manager, was promoted to General Manager in November of 2006. Semivan remained devoted to Austintown Community Television until her retirement in 2010.

In 2006, Armstrong Cable made another addition to their channel lineup by dual broadcasting Austintown Community Television on channels 19 and 202.

In the summer of 2007, Austintown Community Television adopted a new logo which was created by Ken and Dennis Hileman. See our logo below.

In November of 2008, Austintown Community Televison reached a milestone when Dennis Hileman produced a live election results show which was the first ever live broadcast from the television studio. ACTV Live Election Night 2008 involved many students of the Television Production Class at Fitch High School. These students included: Dennis Hileman – Executive Producer and Host; Josh Hixenbaugh – Host; Bill Rusu – Producer; Trevor Mauch – Producer and Technical Director; Robert Johnson – Audio Director; Jimmy Niemczura – Title Maker; Paneslists – Brandon Good, Tony Brooks, Nick Stryffler, and Garett Kimmel; Camera – Nate Choma and Sami Ray.

On April 9, 2009, ACTV faced a challenging problem. The over-the-air broadcast equipment failed.  A decision was made by interim-General Manager Dennis Hileman to upgrade.  The new broadcast equipment has brought a new look to ACTV.

Austintown Community Television has been bringing television service to the Austintown Community for over 30 years. We hope to continue this service for another 30.