Our Staff

Zebulon Schmidt

Station Director

Before getting involved with Public/ Education/ Government access television, Zeb was building his career as a freelance videographer and editor. He worked on various small projects locally with his creative approaches to problem solving and resource management. With that experience he brought a seasoned approach to commercial video production when he began working for Schenectady public access television; currently know as OSM. As the production coordinator, he realized the precedence ​for free local speech and became determined to set his focus on giving his community a profound public access station. In 2008, Zeb became the Station Manager, and then later the Station Director, leading the way in establishing the new station facility within Proctors and rebranding​ the channel. Zeb currently serves on the board of directors for the Alliance for Community Media: New York Chapter, and as the co-chair of the Alliance for Community Media: Northeast ​R​egion.

 

 

 

 

Katie Derico

Video Content Manager

Katie graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Digital Media Production and Theatre Arts and has worked in many art institutions around the Capital Region, including The Palace Theatre. Most recently she was the Production Assistant for WMHT Television in Troy, where she assisted with Pledge Drives, editing, and with the weekly local politics show New York Now. She loves OSM’s platform for free speech and feels that it is a very important piece of the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brendan Tenan

Programming Manager

Brendan Tenan, Open Stage Media’s Programming Manager, earned a BA in Communications from the College of St. Rose. At OSM, Brendan contributes as a director, camera operator, floor manager, and editor on studio and field productions. A resident of Schenectady, Brendan is proud to be part of OSM’s mission to be a platform for the community to express themselves. He facilitates a wide range of creative approaches to Open Stage Media content, with such programs as Schenectady Today, The Carla Page Show, Santabarbara Now!, #Save Our Streets TV, Theatre Talk, Inside Addiction, and The ALTcast. Brendan also has extensive production experience working at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Capital Repertory Theatre, and as a producer at WGDJ Talk 1300 AM.