The Board at Mercy’s Bridge Media LLC is composed of three gentlemen. President, Rev Walt Smith, locally referred to as “Prophet Walt”, has been on television off and on for ten years and currently has a show on week nights from 8 – 10PM EST, Prayer and Praise with Rev Walt, on channel 33-1. The program allows local folks to call in and voice concerns and get prayer.
Vice President, James Croom, originally a Social Worker by trade, has made the transition to maintaining the technical day to day operations at the station as well as handling advertising and other marketing activities dealing with the station.
Sam Garfield’s home was originally a suburb of Cleveland, in University Heights, Ohio. He was born April 11, 1948. He attended and graduated from Cleveland Heights High School. In his senior year, he was awarded the Outstanding Citizenship Award for assisting in volunteer school services. After graduation from Cleveland Heights High, He realized that his parents were unable to financially assist me in attending a college. His U.S. Selective service was upgraded to a 1-A so induction to the army was inevitable. Rather, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was sent to Lakeland Air Force Base for his Basic Training for six weeks. Upon successfully completing the basic training requirements he was then sent (and as Promised to him by the recruiter) to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS. There, he received extensive training in electronics, specifically ground radio communications. he was awarded a certificate by the Base Commander for completing the training in the top 95 percentiles. Although at that time many were being sent to Vietnam, however, he was permanently assigned to Otis Air Force Base in Cape Cod, MA. He was Honorably Discharged in 1970 and found his way back to Cleveland. During my military service, in preparation of returning to civilian life, he had obtained his Federal Communications First Class License which authorized him to service broadcast transmitters in AM, FM, TV and radar. In 1970, after my Honorable Discharge, I was hired by WVIZ-TV (Ch 25) in Cleveland and worked there full time as an engineer from 1970 to 1972. I also had a part time job as Chief Engineer at WNOB-FM (107.9 mHz), where the owner brazenly introduced Classic Rock to the FM Broadcast Band. All FM stations in Cleveland at the time were playing “elevator music”. In 1972, in Cleveland, he moved on to WNCR-FM as their Chief Engineer. He was shared with their Sister station WGAR-AM. At WNCR-FM he introduced “Heavy Rock” to Cleveland on the FM Broadcast Band. He moved on to be Director of Engineering for General Cinema which at the time owned WGCL-FM in Cleveland and seven other station throughout the U.S. He traveled to all of the stations, updating them to current engineering standards. After a while he became tired of traveling and found employment in Cleveland at Picker Medical X-Ray International in 1974. At Picker, he worked two years in their Technical Department in the Diagnostic Imaging area. He was then promoted to Marketing and worked as a Product Specialist in the Vascular Procedures Hi Resolution Imaging. In 1981, while working for Picker, He took a part-time job with WDMT-FM, Owned by a multi station owner company, Beasley Broadcast. In 1983, Beasley offered him the position of Director of Engineering. This required relocation to North Carolina. It was terrific, North Carolina only had about 1” of snow during the Winter compared to Cleveland with 60 inches he measured on his backyard picnic table. With Beasley, he constructed over 50 Broadcast AM, FM and TV Stations from the ground up across the country including Channel 17 in Raleigh. At that time, he was traveling 44 weeks a year, a little too much for a family man. He had gotten married in Cleveland in 1979 to Jean Zell and they have two terrific kids. Joshua was born in 1980 and Kimberly was born in 1981. To reduce his travel, he was offered a job in 1990 at WUNC-TV, part of the UNC College system. They had 12 TV stations across North Carolina and a Studio in Research Triangle Park. As a TV Supervisor, his travel was limited to North Carolina. He also served on the National Society of Broadcast Engineers Board of Directors for 8 years, 2 of which, He was elected to National Vice President. In 1995 he designed and constructed channel 47 in Raleigh. He wanted to give back to my community so he volunteered as Chairman of the Raleigh Telecommunications Commission from 2005 to 2010. In regards to his consulting services clients, they were not only in the Continental U.S and Alaska, but the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Romania
He loves the people and the State of North Carolina. This is his permanent home.
He also voices his “Thanks” to the U.S. Air Force who provided him with the electronics education and knowledge to enable him to start a career path and to Rev. Walt Smith who without, he acknowledges he would not been able to accomplish WTNG-CD Broadcasting.
WTNG started with three men and a vision of a local station that would be a voice for and to the community. This is when the team formed Mercy’s Bridge Media LLC.Every business has a beginning, and this is where you talk about yours.
At WTNG we have a vision of providing quality family programming at no cost to the viewer. The cost falls squarely on the shoulders of WTNG and our advertisers, because we know a family budget can go a lot further if quality television programming comes at no cost. We’re completely different from other full power Television stations in that we are the voice of the community. We make it our business to hear the voice of our audience. At WTNG we’re not some company that’s hundreds of miles away. Locally owned and operated, WTNG is here for the community