About the Show

Tom’s Guitar Show was volunteer produced with technical support from PATV Channel 18. Through the years the show functioned as an interactive forum predominantly about guitars, but also — as one of PATV’s live cablecasts — a model of the participatory democratic process at the core of public access. The content of the show developed spontaneously through viewer participation (usually along themes of musical requests, cultural commentary, and casual conversation) and served as an outlet for local expression in a media world dominated by corporate interests. The show is especially grateful for years of supportive participation from Phil Phillips, Jim Skopinski, Bob Wiley, and Josh Goding.


Aside from recent years on YouTube, the show’s archives since the early 1990s are stored in boxes on 3/4" U-matic, S-VHS, MiniDV, and DVD.