Access Sacramento Executive Director Gary Martin was elected last week to the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Community Media-West Region (ACM-West).

Announcer Scott Marsh (left) interviews Gary Martin during the live TV broadcast of Guns & Hoses charity football Jan. 25 at Sac State's Hornet Field.

Announcer Scott Marsh (left) interviews Gary Martin during the live TV broadcast of Guns & Hoses charity football Jan. 25 at Sac State’s Hornet Field.

Martin joined Access Sacramento July 1, 2013 replacing retiring Executive Director Ron Cooper, who previously also represented Access Sacramento on the ACM-West board, serving as the group’s treasurer.  The elected post runs for two years.

In welcoming five newly elected board members, ACM-West Board Chair J Robertson said, “They bring great skills, experience and passion to our efforts to protect and preserve the local voice in media.

“It’s going to be a pleasure to continue to work with such exceptional professionals dedicated to building our communities.”

The Alliance for Community Media promotes free speech, civic engagement and hyper-local news through ever expanding community media.  The Board of Directors for the West Region also advises on public policy, technology and communication.

The ACM-West region represents public, educational and government access cable channels in six western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico.

ACM-West annually hosts a three-day regional conference, including a trade show, and presents the Western Access Video Excellence awards.

Four others were elected from California:  Autumn Labbe-Renault, Executive Director for Davis Media Access, Martin Anaya, Executive Director for Pacifica Community TV, Matt Schuster, Executive Director for TV Santa Barbara, and Clay Leander, Vice-President of Common Frequency from the East Bay.