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Apr 19 2019 - 2:06pm

Since Earth Day 2019 is coming up, on Monday, we thought we'd spend a paragraph or 3 talking about our sustainability efforts and suggesting programs with environmental topics that you can watch on Cable Channel 15.  First off, some of you may remember that, within the last 5 years, we've installed new energy-efficient lighting fixtures in our first floor space and Mini Splits for heating & cooling throughout our facility.  We also make sure to use compact flourescent bulbs whenever they're necessary.

As for shows with "green" themes, tune in tomorrow at 10 a.m. for Weathering the Weather with Ed to learn about tornadoes, on Saturday at 9 p.m. to listen to Karl Meyer share CT River updates with Drew Hutchison on Local Bias, and at 9 p.m. on Monday to watch a 2013 conversation about biomass between Wendy Marsden and Dave Roulston on Franklin County Matters.

Finally, be sure to keep an eye out for future shows because folks from Greening Greenfield have been in here a lot lately and one of our producers is planning on taking out a camera to record Tom Sullivan's "A Pollinator Corridor for Greenfield?" talk at the John Zon Community Center this weekend.  Until next week, have a happy Earth Day!

Apr 12 2019 - 7:59am

Here at GCTV we don't just talk about camera terminology, we demonstrate it!

Apr 5 2019 - 1:12pm

This week, the mayor presented his Fiscal Year 2020 Budget to the Greenfield City Council and now the process of going through that document has begun.  The council's Ways & Means committee just set up a schedule for meetings with department heads and we intend to broadcast them live.  The meeting schedule is, however, subject to change and differing dates and/or locations might prevent us from sharing a meeting as it's happening.  The good news is that we will film them all and make them available to watch on Cable Channel 15 and www.gctv.org soon after they take place.

Greenfield's budget season is our busiest time of the year, mainly because it usually involves our staff covering at least 1 meeting per week, in addition to their regular duties, for several months.  In fact, this month, we're actually filming 2 events each week and you can check out our calendar here.  This is an important time to stay up to date with your city government and we're happy to help.  If you want to know when meetings will be rebroadcast on GCTV, be sure to check our TV Schedule.  Stay tuned & be an informed citizen!

Mar 29 2019 - 12:03pm

We wouldn't say our staff is food obsessed. Well, maybe a little. But when we work in the middle of a downtown area with a plethora of good restaurant choices, can you really blame us? We're also lucky enough to periodically host events that involve food and sometimes our producers and DJs bring us baked goods.

Lately, one producer in particular has been really good to us in this area and we want to publicly send a big THANK YOU to Sofi. She's hard at work on a TV series highlighting local artists of all kinds, and regularly checks out our field equipment, but she also has a day job. Thankfully for us, her job involves selling baked goods at a nearby establishment. Whenever those pastries go past their prime for selling but aren't yet ready for the trash can, Sofi drops them off at our office on her way home from work. It started with just a few really good cookies but, yesterday, she brought us a small bag containing a couple of delectable pecan rolls, an almond croissant, assorted cookies, and more.

While this may not sound ideal for our waistlines, it was a welcome surprise and our stomachs were certainly not complaining.  Really, the only problem with this arrangement is that our staff may get spoiled and expect treats all the time! Oh well, even if they do, that's a nice problem to have.

Mar 22 2019 - 12:56pm

If you missed this week's General Industry Outreach Training Program, presented by Shannon Prescott of The Richards Group, don't worry.  We caught up with Shannon and one of the class particpants, GCTV's very own Executive Director Oscar Lanza-Galindo, on their lunch break today and asked them how it was going.

Mar 15 2019 - 1:12pm

Whew! If you were to peruse our calendar for March 18-22, you'd see us involved with important events every day.  In addition to WMCB DJs coming in to do their live radio shows throughout the week, we've got productions booked both in and outside of our studios.

On Monday, we have the group behind Live Spirits scheduled to pre-record their radio program, Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution is planning on taping a new episode of Democracy Here, and our staff will be filming the Greenfield Planning Board Meeting at 7pm at the John Zon Community Center.  As many of you know, we don't normally cover planning board meetings but we recognize that there is quite a bit of interest in this one because it will feature the board's deliberation on zoning changes related to the proposed compromise to build a new Greenfield Public Library.  We can't broadcast the meeting live but we will work to make it available to watch online on Tuesday.

Something else we'll be working on, this Tuesday, is the 2019 Greenfield High School Music Parents Association Telethon, which will be taking place at Greenfield High School for the first time.  From 6pm to 9pm, band and chorus students will take the stage to raise money for new uniforms, competition trips, and more.  There are a lot of moving pieces involved in this endeavor and our production coordinator, Philippe, will probably be over at the high school for much of that day.  Following the fundraiser, Philippe will bring all of our equipment back to the office and get it ready to go out again for our live broadcast of Wednesday night's Greenfield City Council Meeting.

But the fun doesn't stop there!  The Richards Group will be holding a free OSHA training in our TV studio from 8am to 2:30pm on both Thursday and Friday.  Our office coordinator and our executive director will both be attending as part of a packed house, since registration for the class is full.  Meanwhile, Philippe will be over at Terrazza Ristorante, at the Country Club of Greenfield, capturing video of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on Friday morning.

If you can't keep up with our busy schedule, don't worry.  You'll be able to watch most of these events on Cable Channel 15, and www.gctv.org, soon after they happen, so be sure to tune in or check back!

Mar 8 2019 - 4:04pm

There may be snow in this weekend's forecast but that doesn't mean nice weather isn't on the way.  We suggest planning now, to get out and enjoy the milder season by filming something that interests you.  Perhaps you have a child on a local sports team and you want to film a game, maybe you love hiking and can put together a virtual tour of some of your favorite spots, or possibly you have an idea for a scripted show that includes outdoor scenes.  Whatever you have in mind, we can help!

In spring (not mud season!), transporting equipment also becomes easier.  No more worrying about remembering not to leave cameras in a cold car overnight, slogging through slush with several bags, or having batteries drain too fast in subzero temps.  Daylight Savings Time's effect of it being lighter later also contributes to more opportunties to record footage after school or work, and we're happy to train both youths and adults.

So, spring ahead and give us a call to discuss your idea for a show.  With crocuses soon to start blooming, followed by lots of other pretty additions to the local scenery, you'll be Gladiola you did.  :)

Mar 1 2019 - 1:14pm

As the old saying goes, "Failing to plan is planning to fail."  Here at GCTV, we like to minimize the number of things that can go wrong when we're in the middle of a live shoot.  To that end, we spend a lot of time working out details, anticipating problems, and testing equipment beforehand.  Unfortunately, sometimes we encounter things we can't prepare for.

This Wednesday was one of those times.  Evidently, some electronic gremlins got into the system and we were unable to livestream this week's special Greenfield Ways & Means Meeting, though we were able to broadcast it live on Cable Channel 15.  As far as we can tell, this was a one-time thing but we will be running a few more checks today to be sure.

In the meantime, we've been doing advanced planning for the Greenfield High School Music Parents Association Telethon, which will be held at Greenfield High School for the first time, on Tuesday, March 19th, and the Greenfield Kiwanis Club Auction, which will take place in our studio in May.  For the telethon, our executive director has had several meetings with school officials, to delineate responsibilities and ensure internet access for us, and our production coordinator will be getting in on the action soon.  In regards to the other fundraiser, Greenfield Kiwanis Member Chris Sexton just contacted us to set up a date for his folks to come in and organize their auction item database.  We're especially excited about this bit of pre-production work because the Kiwanis always bring pizza to share with our staff!

That's it for this week.  Check back next Friday to read more about what's keeping us busy!

Feb 22 2019 - 12:50pm

It's soon to be all government meetings, all the time, around here.  As of February 1st, local officials changed the header on meeting agendas to read Greenfield City Council and you'll notice that we made the change in our videos and here on our website as well.   This happened at a good time, considering that we're entering budget season and will probably be filming at least one meeting per week for the next couple of months.

The Greenfield School Committe has already added a special meeting for this coming Monday, February 25th.  It will contain a Fiscal Year 2020 Greenfield Public Schools Budget presentation, so we will be broadcasting and streaming the event live.  We're also anticipating that there will be a financial presentation to the city council on Wednesday, about funding for a new Greenfield Public Library building, which we'll also need to cover.

Finally, we know that the Greenfield City Council Ways & Means Committee will soon be putting together their FY '20 budget meeting schedule.  We'll have a camera at each session as councilors discuss funding with individual department heads, in order to craft a recommendation to the full council about whether or not to approve the mayor's proposed budget for the city as a whole.

This is exactly what public access television is designed to do, keep local residents aware of what's going on in government, so make sure you tune in live or watch the meetings later on our YouTube channel.  After all, an informed citizenry is a truly vital part of our Democracy.

Feb 15 2019 - 3:06pm

And we need to change with them. Since we began making programs available to watch online, in 2008, we’ve been using a paid hosting service, however, about a year and a half ago, we started experimenting with putting some of our videos on YouTube instead. It turns out that YouTube works much better for us than what we’ve been using and we’re ready to make it our primary distribution method.

Due to the large amount of content that we’ve made available on gctv.org, and the fact that we are working toward a website redesign, we realize that it isn’t feasible to transfer our entire online archive to YouTube. Therefore, over the coming weeks, we’ll be removing from this site programs that are no longer being produced and videos over a year or two old. Don’t worry, we still have all of the files safe and sound in storage and, if something we produced is of great interest to the community, we’ll be happy to put it back up.  In addition, we are encouraging all of our independent producers to upload their own videos and we'll continue to link to them.

Keep checking back for more GCTV insider info!

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