amp is the community media organization for Monterey County.  We help everyone – the general public, non-profit organizations and public agencies - get out their message through video and other digital media.

Founded in 1998 as Access Monterey Peninsula as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt group, we operate through community support, user fees and funding from the cities of Monterey, Marina, Seaside and Pacific Grove. 


We offer the community:
    •    Broadcast and webcast of video programming on five channels
    •    Training on the skills needed to create video programs
    •    Equipment for public use including field cameras, studios and computer editing systems
    •    Professional video production available at very affordable rates 

Mission

amp is the premier resource promoting and enabling local government, the general public, and community organizations to effectively communicate using electronic media.

Goals

  • Cultivating freedom of speech and creative ideas
  • Presenting local, community-relevant stories, forums, events and culture
  • Preserving participatory democracy
  • Using media as a tool for nonprofit, governmental and other community organizations

OUR STAFF

Paul Congo Paul has worked in independent media for over forty years. Paul brings experience from previous positions in Colorado, Texas and other states. He has been an independent videographer and produced many documentaries. He serves as amp's Executive Director.

Paul Congo
Paul has worked in independent media for over forty years. Paul brings experience from previous positions in Colorado, Texas and other states. He has been an independent videographer and produced many documentaries. He serves as amp's Executive Director.

Mario Romo Mario came to amp having completed his degree in computer studies. He manages the Peninsula Channel on behalf of the cities of Seaside and Pacific Grove. He also works directly with community producers, providing training and checkout of equipment. 

Mario Romo
Mario came to amp having completed his degree in computer studies. He manages the Peninsula Channel on behalf of the cities of Seaside and Pacific Grove. He also works directly with community producers, providing training and checkout of equipment. 

Michael Martines Michael joined the amp staff as a seasoned professional, having directed hundreds of video productions in cities such as Austin, TX. Michael serves AMP as Station Manager and coordinates all amp productions. In addition, he manages the Monterey Channel.  

Michael Martines
Michael joined the amp staff as a seasoned professional, having directed hundreds of video productions in cities such as Austin, TX. Michael serves AMP as Station Manager and coordinates all amp productions. In addition, he manages the Monterey Channel.
 

Amy Neal Amy is our Administration Manager and takes care of all the details that keep the organization running smoothly. She also works with community producers to ensure their Public Access programming is scheduled to play on amp1 and amp2.

Amy Neal
Amy is our Administration Manager and takes care of all the details that keep the organization running smoothly. She also works with community producers to ensure their Public Access programming is scheduled to play on amp1 and amp2.

Alex (LX) Vasquez LX contributes his expertise in community relations and video production to AMP. He's a "homegrown hero" - LX learned his video production skills at AMP and now manages the Marina TV channel and directs many amp productions.  

Alex (LX) Vasquez
LX contributes his expertise in community relations and video production to AMP. He's a "homegrown hero" - LX learned his video production skills at AMP and now manages the Marina TV channel and directs many amp productions.
 

Steve Crow Steve has been active in the communications and technology sector for over 25 years and brings skills in video production, training and more to his role as AMP Media's Communications and Special Projects Director.

Steve Crow
Steve has been active in the communications and technology sector for over 25 years and brings skills in video production, training and more to his role as AMP Media's Communications and Special Projects Director.