For our resident thespian Debra Grannan, there’s no acting involved when it comes to her love of being a part of BUD TV. Our senior planner’s experience as a theater producer, director and actor comes into play as she gives center stage to Cary’s places, events and helpful tips as a member of our BUD TV cast.
A sometime martial artist, Srijana Guilford brings her fighting spirit on her mission to ensure a cleaner tomorrow by helping citizens understand how best to preserve and protect our natural resources. The face of BUD TV’s Cary it Green, there’s nothing green about her passion for promoting Cary’s sustainable efforts; we’d color her belt black, rather.
Journalist turned public information persona, Deanna Hawkes put away her steno pad and pencil and discovered the allure of the screen. Newcomer to BUD TV, when she's not elbow deep in website redesigns or fielding reporters' questions about Town Council decisions, traffic backups or cultural events, she’ll keep you in stitches with her wry wit and charm you with the mannerisms of her adopted South.
BUD TV’s answer to Bobby Donnell, Charlie McDarris - amicus Cary - was itching to unleash his inner artiste when he discovered our local channel. When McDarris isn’t counseling our viewers about cases from fire safety to recreation, he's advising legal clients and managing a real estate development firm. Public access television's not his only accolade; a professional scuba diver, he’s also an accomplished photographer who hand-develops film and prints in his home darkroom.
On-air talent’s a welcome break from Brad Myers’ awesome responsibility of nurturing children’s potential, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility. When this Cary Family YMCA aquatics director took the television plunge several years back, he feared he’d be a fish out of water. Yet, he’s clearly taken to the camera and is in the swim of things.
A wanderer at heart who loves discovering new places and people, Ana Orlowsky's a natural fit as a roving BUD TV host. As a public transportation promoter, she combines her customer service passion with her on-the-go attitude as she shuttles all over town to highlight for viewers the best of what Cary offers.
When she’s not engaging, provoking and inspiring our artistic sides through the cultural arts programming she oversees, Sarah Preston is running all over Cary, literally. So who better than this arts patron and avid marathoner to crisscross Cary to show the neat happenings. And with all those endorphins she’s producing as a result of her running, we’d be hard pressed to find a happier BUD TV host.
Equally comfortable behind a lens and in front of a camera, when Chuck Ruffin’s not working with homeowners, builders, architects and engineers to help ensure their building plans meet codes, you’ll find this modern-day James Van Der Zee out snapping the sights and scenes of the Old North State, or providing rhythm and harmony on his bass.
For those moments Matt Wetherell fears he might crack under the glare of the BUD TV spotlight, this former Joe rucks up, calls upon his National Guard training and marches on. Local attention is a change for this analyst turned public works operations guy who channels his triathlete training to get through the challenges of chasing sink holes, managing utility construction and repair, and overseeing utility locating.