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Dec 7 2018 - 11:58am

Over the past thirty years, GCTV has provided more than 270,000 hours of television access to the area, in addition to a community bulletin board that shares important information from community organizations directly into your home. In 2018, we brought you 62 different local and national shows, including School Committee, Town Council, and other special meetings, as well as other events, such as Winter Carnival, the Franklin County Fair Parade, Rag Shag Parade, the Greenfiled Public Library Speaker Series. We also aired your original content, such as Sky Tries, Pensacola Punks, FlyByNews, and so much more.   

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is accepting comments for Docket 05-311 through December 14, 2018, and we need your voice more than ever. Docket 05-311 would potentially result in a significant reduction of franchise fees and defund community television access, leading to an elimination of many of the shows you, our loyal viewers, continously tell us you enjoy and love. 

Last month, three of our GCTV Board Members (Drew Hutchinson, Chris Collins, and Otis Wheeler) sat down to discuss the positive impact that community television has, and the potential dangers that the FCC's proposed changes would have on your community television. You can watch the full video here.

I encourage you to watch it. I encourage you to go to this FCC Filings Page and support GCTV and community television. 

How to submit a comment: 

  1. Go to the FCC Filings Express Page (will open up in a new window for your convenience)
  2. In the Proceedings Sections type: 05-311
  3. Fill out the rest of the form
  4. In the Comments section, support GCTV and other community television stations by asking the FCC not to adopt the proposed changes; I've taken the liberty of suggesting a comment which you may copy and paste, and edit at your convenience:

Greenfield Community Television (GCTV), our local Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) Access channel provides a wide range of local programming about our community, as well as national shows, which is a valuable service to Greenfield MA residents, community organizations, and viewers. Our local PEG TV studio at GCTV, also provides access to a professional studio, editing and field equipment for local residents, schools, and community organizations, who would not otherwise have access to such facilities, as well as much needed training and guidance. The loss of franchise fees would also eliminate the main source of operational funding for GCTV, as well as PEG channels in other communities. I strongly encourage that the FCC support GCTV and other PEG channels across the country by not supporting the proposed changes. 

It's not too late to submit a comment...and please share with your friends and family.

Thank you,

Oscar R. Lanza-Galindo
Executive Director

 

 

Nov 23 2018 - 7:59am

We don't have a blog post this week because our staff members were very busy preparing for the Greenfield High School versus Turners Falls High School Thanksgiving Day Football Game and they are now spending some well deserved time off with their families and friends.  We hope that those of you who celebrated the holiday had a wonderful time and that everyone has a great weekend!

Nov 16 2018 - 1:55pm

Ok, we admit it, we're going to complain in this week's blog post.  Between the winter wonderland outside and the fact that half of our staff has been out sick with colds recently, it feels like we blew past fall pretty quickly; and we haven't even filmed the annual Greenfield High School vs. Turners Falls High School Thanksgiving Football Game yet.

Though "Turkey Day" is early this year, and winter doesn't officially begin until December 21st, the forecast for next Thursday is predicting a high temperature of 35 degrees.  Unfortunately, the overnight low on Wednesday is supposed to be 17 and our staff will be arriving at the high school between 8AM and 9AM on the 22nd, well before the temperature has a chance to rise very much.  On the upside, right now it's expected to be mostly sunny.  Also, knowing our executive director, he's probably planning to provide hot chocolate for our staff and volunteers.

Between our staff, crew, and various helpers, we'll probably have about 10 people on and around the field for the big game.  We need to finalize all kinds of details at our staff meeting on Monday but we can reveal that The Dukes of Sports are hopeful that they'll be able to do their traditional pre-game show, even though work commitments have forced the guys' regular program to be on hiatus since the spring.

Make sure to tune in to Cable Channel 15 at 6:30PM on Thursday night to catch all of the action and, for those of you who celebrate it, have a happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 2 2018 - 11:53am

Okay, we realize that it's now November but we just couldn't finish out the week without sharing about some amazing experiences we had on Wednesday.  First of all, we estimate that more than 200 children stopped by our lobby to get candy from a chemist (Executive Director Oscar Lanza Galindo) and an astronaut (Oscar's daughter, Chel).

Usually, we have lots of candy left over but not this year.  We do have a little, however, so feel free to grab a piece, or two, if you come down to edit, pick up equipment, or say, "Hi!"  Just make sure you come down soon because it won't last!

On the other hand, some things that will be around for a while are our pictures from the festivities.  If you haven't seen them yet, be sure to check out our Rag Shag 2018 Photo Album.  The image below may be our favorite because it was probably the most creative and original group costume we saw:

The participants are dressed as sayings; "Holy Cow!", "Oh Dear!", and "When Pigs Fly!"  Have we mentioned before that our staff really loves puns?

Actually, writing about humor reminds us that we need to tell you about what we thought was the funniest part of the day.  If you've been to our offices recently, you know that we've set up chairs around the outside of the lobby so that they can be quickly and easily arranged for special events and meetings.  Unfortunately, that sometimes gives the impression that it's a waiting room.  Further, the way our space goes back in a rectangle, with doors to offices lining one wall, can make it seem like a medical facility.  Those things, along with the fact that Oscar was wearing a lab coat and Communication Coordinator Alicia Brody was dressed as a nurse, caused a number of parents to comment that they thought we were a dentist's office and many jokes ensued about drumming up business by giving out candy.

Though Oscar and Alicia had not coordinated their costumes, Alicia (center) and our fantastic Rag Shag Parade coverage co-host, Greenfield School Committee Chair Adrienne Nunez (right), had.

Adrienne really wanted to be a surgeon this year and she was so excited about Alicia teaming up with her that she brought along an extra surgical hairnet and booties for Alicia to wear.  All of this inspired us to think about doing a whole staff group costume next year and we were so tickled by the dentist misidentification that it will probably be Little Shop of Horrors.

As you can see, we had a very happy Halloween and we hope that you did too.  Next up, Election 2018!

Oct 26 2018 - 6:59am

We're happy to state that our Belated Birthday Party Open House event on Monday was a smashing success!  Everyone who came had a good time, enjoyed yummy food, and learned something new.  It was a team effort and our staff really appreciated that GCTV Board Secretary Drew Hutchison led a demonstration in our TV studio (pictured below), board member Terry Ruggles acted as a greeter, and Franklin County Varsity Sports Report host Bobby C. held court live on WMCB for the entire evening.

In addition, we'd like to thank board members Melissa Osborne, Chris Collins, and Otis Wheeler for attending and talking about all of the great work that we do; Franklin County Varsity Sports Report Producer John Meisner for being Bobby's partner in crime; and all of the people who made it a point to show up and celebrate with us.

Attendees got to try an amazing cake from 2nd Street Baking Company in Turners Falls.  We loved the way they did our logo in icing and the white cake with chocolate chips and berry frosting tasted fantastic!

Three lucky people also got to go home with Amazon gift cards and a handful of folks enjoyed talking about the Red Sox on local radio.

The majority of people who were there, including former GCTV Producer and current Greenfield Town Councilor Penny Ricketts (pictured below, left), were there to support us and check out our TV studio.  We're especially grateful to Councilor Ricketts as she's been a long-time friend of the station and she really understands what we do and why.

If you missed this opportunity to interact with us, don't worry.  You can always call us at 413-774-4288, to set up a time to tour our facilities or receive training, and we're planning more interesting events.  Make sure to keep checking back to stay up to date with everything we're working on!

Oct 19 2018 - 1:22pm

Witches, ghosts, and goblins!  We're sure to see a lot of these on Halloween, when we once again film the Greenfield Recreation Department's Rag Shag Parade.  Before we tell you about our preparations for that event, however, we should probably share about the Gremlins who visited us last week.

If you were curious about why there was no blog post on Friday, October 12th, wonder no more.  We must have accidentally left some food out after midnight, or not noticed that some of those torrential downpours we had were leaking into our Mogwai enclosure, because early that day our website crashed.  When our communication coordinator discovered the problem, she immediately contacted tech support to resolve it.  Unfortunately, it took a while to access the server where our site is housed and then multiple things had to be fixed.  By the time everything was back to normal, it was late afternoon and we had spent most of the day interacting with tech support and keeping the public informed about our progress.

Speaking of keeping you informed, now it's time to talk about how we’re getting ready for the main event on October 31st.  Our production coordinator, Philippe, has been organizing volunteers and double checking equipment, and we've all been figuring out our costumes.  We're sad to say that longtime co-host Russ Brown, of The Dukes of Sports, will be unable to be a part of our shoot this year because he has to work.  Never fear!  Our communication coordinator, Alicia, will be back with a special surprise co-host.  Be sure to check our social media feeds to find out who that is, as we get closer to Halloween.

In the meantime, we hope you've been enjoying our videos of previous Rag Shag Parades, which have been airing on Cable Channel 15 on Tuesdays at 6:30PM and Fridays at 4:30PM throughout the month.  In addition, on Throwback Thursdays, if you follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter, you've gotten to see some of our favorite costumes from the last few years.  Both of these things will continue through the big day.  It's all part of our efforts to share the fun of Halloween all October long.

Finally, we just have to state that we can't wait to get to Energy Park and see what everyone is wearing!  Be sure to check www.gctv.org at 8PM on October 31st to see pictures of the costume contest winners, and then tune in to Cable Channel 15 at 9PM to watch our full video!

Oct 5 2018 - 11:12am

And we just can't hide it!  GCTV turned 31 back in May and we think it's time to celebrate.  To that end we're going to be holding a Belated Birthday Party open house event on Monday, October 22nd, from 5:30PM to 7:30PM.  Doors will open at 5PM so that folks can get a jump on enjoying the plethora of snacks we'll have available and start mingling.

During the evening, you'll have a chance to check out both our TV and radio studios, play fun games, eat cake, and maybe even try using some of our equipment.  We're still working on some of the details but there may be a trivia contest and raffle prizes.  We do know for sure, however, that board member Chris Collins will be providing some of his famous (it was featured in a Greenfield Recorder article) Chex Mix.

As for the other food we'll have to share, we asked visitors to our office, as well as our followers on Facebook and Twitter, what their favorite comfort snacks are.    We got a lot of great responses and some of them will appear on our tables.  You'll have to show up on the 22nd to find out which ones.  So, save the date and join us at 393 Main Street, 1st floor.  See you then!

Sep 28 2018 - 6:59am

Whew!  Between events this week and things happening in the future, we have a lot of balls in the air and we're working hard to make sure that none of them hit the ground.  Many of you know that this time of year gets a little busy for us with the Franklin County Fair Parade, Greenfield Rag Shag Parade, and Greenfield High School (GHS) vs. Turners Falls High School Thanksgiving Football Game.  What you may not know is that, in addition to planning for those shoots, we're laying the groundwork for the GHS Music Department Holiday and Spring Concerts, the GHS Music Parents Association Telethon, the Greenfield Kiwanis Auction, and more.

On Monday, our executive director met with GHS Music Department Director Maria Scotera to discuss logistics involved in moving the telethon to the high school.  Later, at our staff meeting, we all put our heads together to hammer out details for our Rag Shag coverage and an open house event that we want to have next month.  We would have talked about the football game as well but we ran out of time.  Yesterday, our staffers got together again to put finishing touches on our handbook for the Kiwanis auction, so that all the information we need for that huge production is always to be found in one, easily accessible, place.

But wait, there's more!  While all of that pre-planning was going on, we were working out last-minute set-up details for the #Stand4Forests Open Mic that Mass Forest Rescue held in our lobby on Wednesday.  We were also finishing up organizing equipment for recording the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast this morning and staffing for tonight's GCTV Lobby Artist Talk.  Finally, did we mention that our board of directors also held their monthly meeting this week?

As you can see, we're definitely not bored around here but that doesn't mean you can't do some planning of your own and come up with an idea for a show.  We'll teach you how to use our equipment and edit your video so all you have to bring is your creativity.  Come on down!

Sep 21 2018 - 11:18am

Thanks to everyone who participated in our social media experiment, what started out as a dreary, rainy Tuesday, this week became a fun opportunity and a lovely sunny afternoon.  Disheartened by the dark, cool, wet morning, our executive director, Oscar Lanza-Galindo, decided to pose a question on our Idea Wall:  "What do you like to do on rainy days?"  Because he's a plugged in dude, and because we're working on best practices to engage our social media audience, he took a picture of what he'd created and asked the same question on our Facebook page.  A little while later, our communication coordinator, Alicia, reposted that on our Twitter feed and folks came through.  You all helped our dry erase board go from this:

to this:

We had a great time interacting with people on Facebook (the blue Fb in parentheses in the picture indicates contributions from social media) and in our office and, much to our suprise, by the time we were done the sun was out!  Thanks so much and be sure to keep an eye out for more fun posts from us!

 

Sep 14 2018 - 1:34pm

Summer is coming to an end, school is back in session, and we have to bid adieu to our awesome intern, Ben.  For the last several months, Ben has been here three days per week, helping our staff with a variety of projects.  He was instrumental in planning and organizing both our Behind the Screens event for teens and our National Tell a Joke Day video.  He even designed the posters for those gatherings.  Ben is also a card-carrying geek, so we're going to try to squeeze a lot of Sci-Fi references into this blog post.

In addition to being a fan of Science Fiction, Ben likes tech.  He was constantly bringing in new "toys" and apps to demonstrate for us. Today, to say so long and thanks for all the fish things he's done for us, we're throwing him a little party, a mini-party if you will.  Given all of his interests (he knits too!), we couldn't figure out what to get him:  a TARDIS so he can come back and work with us whenever he wants and still get all of his school, sleep, video gaming, eating, etc. done? A hoverboard? A new iPhone?  Unfortunately, none of that stuff is in the budget so we're just ordering up some fun food from our replicators, complimenting him (so say we all!), and sending him off with a hearty, "Be excellent to each other!", though we know it will take Wyld Stallyns to drag him away from us.

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