Cablecast solutions were born out of community media centers and much of our staff have come to us from CMCs around the country. We understand, respect and share the values of our customers in the non-profit sector. Read a little more about each team member below.
Steve has worked for a several cable operators in local programming, for several cable networks in affiliate relations, ran an access center back in the day, and over the last 11 years has worked with Tightrope Media Systems primarily focused on Cablecast. While working he is most often at a desk or on a plane, and while not working prefers to be outside, on a mountain, riding a wave, or walking a dog.
Grew up in Concord, New Hampshire and began volunteering in community media at age 13. In addition to his degree in information technology, he also spent over four years on staff at Concord Community Television before he moved to Minneapolis to join the Tightrope Team.
Ryan’s passion for teaching developed when he was a Public Access Lead at Suburban Community Channels in White Bear Lake, MN. From there he took his experience as a Cablecast and Carousel end user and brought it over to Tightrope. When he is not in trainings or working on tutorial videos, Ryan enjoys keeping track of his favorite hockey teams and spending time outdoors with his wife, three kids and dog.
Has been with Tightrope since 2009. Typically can be found in Maine doing some dev stuff in Ember. His hobbies include scrapbooking, collecting yearbooks and building model railroads. He also climbs rocks.
Has over 30 years of experience in community media and broadcasting, including his early advocacy for Community Cable Channels (PEG) in the 80s. Over that span, he has served as a station manager, trainer, engineer, content producer, educator and board member. He also spent many years as a consultant designing control rooms, playback systems, studios and remote "fly-pac" systems.
Nick has over 10 years experience helping Community Media Centers build, rebuild and reinvent the technical infrastructure that makes each center unique. Now with Tightrope, Nick enjoys helping customers solve the seemingly unsolvable problems or just being there to lend a hand when necessary.
He's a production guy by day, but a playwright and actor by night. Though not quite a superhero, he has occasionally worn tights. Documentaries on medieval economic models are his current kryptonite, and his favorite TV quote is, "Eek-gad!"
Michelle hearts community media. She got her start as a community radio producer in 2008 and has stayed involved in a wide variety of ways (too many to list here!) for the past decade. She joined the Tightrope Team in 2014. She is pretty much always down for karaoke and/or tacos.
Josh is the Cablecast team's resident Smash Bros champion. Rumor has it, you get to move one bugfix to the top of the priority queue if you beat him.
Jamison joined Tightrope Media systems in 2016 as an accountant. A native of the Twin Cities, he holds a double major in accounting and finance from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. He is truly passionate about his work and is always eager to connect with others from all backgrounds.
Ian has worked in and around the PEG industry for the past 14 years in a variety of engineering roles. When not working on Cablecast hardware Ian enjoys restoring vintage computing and networking hardware.
Grayson Vangen has been with Tightrope for 11 years with a primary focus on our Cablecast broadcast line. In those years he has performed a variety of roles from support, dealer/user training, commissioning, and sales engineer. He has experience in many different environments from PEG, higher ed, corporate, and cruise ships. This gives him a well rounded perspective of how our customers use Cablecast. Grayson is based out of Minneapolis.
Elliot has a 30 year history in broadcast production and engineering, having served as production engineer, remote engineer & live event technical director at KTSM-TV & KVIA-TV in El Paso, TX. He was also a Regional Sales Manager for Synergy Broadcast Systems for 15 years.
Bestina’s video production journey began when she stumbled upon Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) in sunny California - first as a member and then as their Membership Coordinator. Now part of the Tightrope team in Minneapolis, she looks forward to helping the office run like a well oiled machine.
Kevin has been working in the technical support industry for as long as anyone can remember. When he's not helping customers out with their systems, he can be found pwn'ing t3h n00bs in League of Legends, Scootin around in Overwatch, or being social on Club Penguin. Last name is pronounced "Maple Syrup".