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Just Between Us
updated: Feb 02, 2013, 6:50 PM

By William Smithers

Since 2009, my wife, Lorrie Hull Smithers, and I have been co-producers and co-hosts of the Santa Barbara Channel 17 television program "Just Between Us!"

This program has now ceased production.

In 2011 and 2012, "Just Between Us!" received five nominations for WAVE (Western Access Video Excellence) Awards, presented annually by the Alliance for Community Media (Western Region).

We believe we are the only public access television program in this area to be so honored.

131 of our televised interviews are still available at the program website:


The great majority of these episodes are still extremely relevant to current issues, organizations and personalities.

In my mind, this is a legacy of which I can be proud.

Why not see for yourself? Just go the site, click on "Directory of Interviews," and spend a few minutes watching the photographic slide show. When something takes your interest, just click on the slide show photo to go to the page of the interview. There, just click on the interviewee(s) photo to enjoy a half-hour show. Alternatively, the Directory page includes a complete alphabetical list of included episodes.

Lorrie is continuing the broadcast tradition with a TV Santa Barbara show, "Our View" with co-host Jean Nicol.

William Smithers

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 370375 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 07:39 PM

William! Good stuff sir. Don't let the randoms get you down - you did what you wanted and what you loved. Respect!


 COMMENT 370382 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 08:08 PM

William, I cancelled my cable tv 18 months ago and now only pay for Cox internet. Since then I have discovered many new ways to get news and information.

You should check out posting your shows on You Tube. Many young people are doing it. As one example, My Damn Channel has a number of creative people posting every week. Yes, they are young enough to be our grand children, but I think it's an option.


 COMMENT 370383P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 08:11 PM

I watched this show and was so impressed with how William and Lorrie Smithers conducted the interviews. Other community TV programs have ego-driven hosts who wind up jabbering to distraction. This wasn't the case with Just Between Us, whose hosts focused on the people they were interviewing and not themselves. Thank you for the links to the broadcasts.


 COMMENT 370384 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 08:13 PM

Youtube would expose your legacy to a much wider audience, and save you some money.


 COMMENT 370394P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 10:38 PM

Why did you cease production, your choice or that of Ch 17?


 FIRST DISTRICT agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 01:14 AM

Can you please provide info on 'Our View'?



 COMMENT 370456 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 09:55 AM

Loved your episode "Celebrating Cindy Sherman"... thank you.


 RHS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 10:23 AM

This was a show of professional competence and focus mostly due to the preparation of the hosts. It filled a niche that will be missed.


 COMMENT 370465 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 10:29 AM

Yea , no


 COMMENT 370517 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 03:42 PM

Seems like some info has been left out. Was the show cancelled, or did you choose to not do it anymore. Whats the story? Or, am I missing something here??


 COMMENT 370586P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 06:24 AM

Great work Bill. You and Lorrie were dedicated and professional producers, well prepared. You sought out interesting guests and did not shy away from controversy.
Your strong support for public access was also much appreciated.


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