1976: People's Cable and the Village of Fairport begin negotiations on a Village owned and operated television station to broadcast local programs of interest to the public.
December 21, 1977: Fairport citizens announce that they favor village ownership of a television station to broadcast public access, educational, and government programming.
1979: The Village of fairort announces that the Fairport television station will be located on the second floor of the Fairport Village Hall, across from the Village Board Room. The adjacent storage room would double as a studio for productions as needed.
May 29, 1980: Mayor Peter McDonough appoints William Ramsey, Robert Golisano, Anne Stonehocker, and Robert Debold to the newly established Fairport Cable Television Commission.
September 16, 1980: With the assistance of the Fairport Fire Department Band, 2000 balloons, a special video presentation, and a special appearance by Notre Dame men’s basketball head coach Richard "Digger" Phelps, Fairport Area Community Television Channel 12 signs on the air with viewers in Fairport, Perinton, East Rochester, Pittsford, and Penfield.
December 17, 1980: The monthly meeting of the Fairport Village Board of Trustees makes its debut on FACT. Fairport becomes one of the first municipalities in the country to broadcast a local government meeting on live television.
February 11, 1981: FACT broadcasts its first call-in show featuring Mayor Peter McDonough, Chief of Police Joseph Picciotti, and General Manager of Operations Robert Vaisey.
March 2, 1983: FACT reaches an agreement with a Canandaigua radio station, WFLC, to broadcast music during non-programming hours.
1985: Robert Golisano is appointed chairman of the Fairport Cable Television Commission following the resignation of William Ramsey.
October 21, 1985: FACT broadcasts its first sports event, a football game between Fairport High School and Bishop Timon of Buffalo.
October 19, 1986: FACT hosts its first open house to residents in the viewing area.
March 11, 1987: FACT debuts its bulletin board of events in the community.
1989: The Cable Commission selects Kevin Reynolds as the first volunteer Station Manager/Director of Operations. Prior to the appointment, the commissioners and volunteers were operating the station.
November 25, 1989: The FACT Studio is renamed the "Tom Taylor Memorial Studio" following the death of FACT Cable Commissioner Tom Taylor. Tom was an active member of the Cable Commission beginning in the fall of 1986, and served until his death in 1989.
September 5, 1990: Greater Rochester Cablevision announces a split in FACT’s viewing area with Pittsford, East Rochester, Webster, and Penfield recently starting television operation. To give each station equal opportunity, GRC announces that each station will have exclusive rights to coverage on certain days. FACT is given 18 hours of coverage each week.
1991: DJ Productions, operated by Dan Didsbury and Jesse Pearce, begin their involvement at FACT with the production of a show titled "Smith TV". To this day, Didsbury continues to contribute to the FACT library with shows such as "The DLL Show", "Empty Frame", and the infamous "Dr. Smoov".
1994: The Fairport Village Hall undergoes an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation, which results in the existing FACT studio being transformed into the new Village Board/Village Court Room. FACT would have access to the new room on most days, but would have to vacate it for meetings and court dates.
1995: Tony Exton is appointed as the new volunteer Station Manager following the resignation of Kevin Reynolds.
April 1, 1995: Greater Rochester Cablevision eliminates shared air times for the Eastside stations and announces that FACT will be given 24-hour coverage in Fairport and Perinton. In addition, a separate channel for public access programming is awarded. As a result, FACT 12 becomes FACT 12 & 15.
1996: Fairport High School begins broadcasting educational events on Channel 12 during school hours. Strudents in the school's Media Program have produced programs such as sporting events, concerts, homecoming events, award ceremonies, and the FHS "Morning Show Live."
1997: James Legan is appointed Station Manager following the resignation of Tony Exton.
June, 1999: The Village of Fairport, Fairport Central School District and Monroe #1 BOCES announce a collaboration to have Channel 12 broadcast more than government meetings and programs from Fairport High School. For this purpose, the position of Full-Time Station Manager is created and the search for candidates begins immediately.
October 4, 1999: Paul Kolacki is appointed as the first Full-Time paid Station Manager of FACT. Prior to FACT, Paul worked in Commercial Television at WOKR-TV, and WXXI AM/FM/TV. Paul is also a veteran of over 25 years as on On-Air Radio Personality having worked in a variety of markets around the country including at one time hosting a show heard on over 40 affiliate stations around the Northeastern US. Paul is a native of Henrietta, NY, and a graduate of Rush-Henrietta High School, and the State University of New York College at Brockport with a degree in Broadcasting/Communications.
January, 2000: The FACT office and master control room is renovated to better utilize the available space and to create room for non-linear digital editors to be purchased at later dates.
July 31, 2001: FACT becomes an affiliate station of the Annenberg/CPB Network. This new affiliation brings satellite programs of interest to the public.
October 14, 2002: FACT now employs a staff of more than the station manager, volunteers, and Cable Commission. Two Fairport High School students are appointed from the Career Co-op program offered at the school to assist the Station Manager with live broadcasts, tapings at the Fairport schools, and keeping the studio open in the evenings and weekends.
September 8, 2003: In what could be called one of the most anticipated days in the history of FACT, a new era begins with the debut of a new logo, new bulletin board system, and an improved website.
May 10, 2004: At approximately 3:00AM, the Fairport Village Hall was struck by a lightning bolt through the telephone lines, which caused extensive damage to FACT equipment. The stations resume normal programming twelve days later, but continue to feel the effects months after. The affected equipment included a brand new live broadcast digital switcher, audio board, Leightronix automation system, several computer components (including monitors and printers), and many subsequent cables. Most of this equipment was purchased just prior to the incident.
August 2, 2004: FACT becomes the first PEG facility to be granted full media access credentials to the Buffalo Bills training camp at nearby St. John Fisher College. The staff produced a total of seventeen daily update shows during the duration of the camp, which gave viewers a much more in-depth look at camp activities than the local commercial stations were able to produce.
February 17, 2005: In an article featured on the front page of the Perinton-Fairport Post, it is announced that FACT would be making "innovative technology changes" in the immediate future. It is in this article that the community learns of the development of a new digital video server to eliminate the need for broadcasting video tapes and to air programs more often that it's possible with tapes.
May 23, 2005: After months of extensive wiring and programing FACT launches it's new digital server. Viewers now have the opportunity to view a program multiple times a day if needed. The official dedication by Mayor Clark King took place on June 13, prior to the Village Board Meeting./
Septermber 16, 2005: FACT celebrates it's official 25th anniversary by holding an open house featurning individuals who were involved in the station's operation from the beginning, up to the present day. The centerpiece of the event was the debut of "Fact: 25 Years in the Making", a two-hour documentary highlighting the rich history of Fairport's role in cable television.
The Commission is made up of five dedicated Village of Fairport residents who have volunteered their services to administer the Fairport Cable Television Franchise Agreement with Time Warner Communications. The commissioners work with the Station Manager, and volunteer staff to promote and facilitate the production of television programming of interest to Fairport and Perinton residents via our Public Access Channel (Channel 15).
Michael Santariello, Secretary/Treasurer