NCTV Marches On

You may expect to see this type of parade on Naperville Community Television but this Labor Day, the NCTV team played a different role.

The Naperville Jaycee’s has been hosting the Labor Day Parade for more than 20 years and NCTV has taped each and every one of them for the community to watch at home.

This year, the Jaycee’s decided the theme would be “Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of NCTV” and made the station the Grand Marshall.

“We’ve been recognized by the Jaycee’s and it’s a huge honor for the station and a recognition of what we contribute to the community,” said NCTV board president Tom Carroll.

NCTV lead more than 100 other organizations through the streets of downtown as hundreds of fans watched from the sidewalk.

Executive Director Liz Spencer waved at audiences from the top of a convertible…while staff handed out candy and a commemorative NCTV pin.

“It’s great to come out and see everyone and be able to hand out and represent nctv17,” said Tonya Alberico, an NCTV board member.

Throughout the parade, other organizations gave a shout out to the station, including the Naperville Public Library and expert plumbing heating and electrical.

“We try to build a special float and stick with the theme and it with it being the 25th anniversary of NCTV, we took 25 recycled televisions,” said Stephen Brockman, owner of Expert Plumbing Heating and Electrical. “So we’re green and we disguised them. So people won’t know they’re televisions. They have faces. They’re special.”

Just as the Labor Day Parade celebrates the spirit and character of Naperville, so does Naperville Community Television year-round. Since 1987, NCTV17 has been sharing the unique stories of what makes our city special, producing award-winning documentaries and news and sports shows.

“People can educate themselves on what’s going on by watching the newscast,” said Council Woman Judy Brodhead, who also sits on NCTV’s board. “People can educate themselves about the past. They even do live elections which is almost unheard of on small cable stations.”

From the schools to the sports teams to the politicians, every aspect of its diverse programming is reflected in the Labor Day Parade.

And of course, you can watch the parade in its entirety on channel 17. Visit for a list of air times.


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