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Apr 20 2018 - 12:30pm

This week's blog post comes from GCTV Executive Director Oscar Lanza-Galindo:

Don't let the weather fool you, Earth Day is this Sunday and that's a true sign that we're in spring.  Here at GCTV and WMCB, we are active consumers and users of electronic equipment and we are mindful of our e-waste impact.

According to the "Global E-Waste Monitor 2017", in 2016 there were about 44.7 metric tons of e-waste generated, which is the equivalent of 4,500 Eiffel Towers.  In the United States alone, we produced 6.3 metric tons of that, roughly more than 600 Eiffel Towers.  Yet, in the U.S., we only collected 1.4 metric tons of e-waste; that's just around 22% of what we generate.  The federal government leaves it up to states to regulate e-waste, and Massachusetts is 1 of 15 states without legislation covering e-waste management.

So...this isn't meant to be a downer but an opportunity for our community to be active in how we address e-waste.  Our staff is already thinking of items we want to recycle, and we want to extend that opportunity to you, for free.

If we were to hold a recycling event, would you help?  Would you bring your e-waste to have it responsibly recycled?  You can let us know by filling out this survey (it takes less than 2 minutes):  https://goo.gl/forms/PdeBm2lO0W6kw1Ku1

It's the smallest actions that often yield the most incredible impact and we believe we can make an impact on more than 1 day a year.  Won't you help?

Apr 13 2018 - 2:12pm

Though we'll be closed on Monday, for Patriots Day, it will not be a quiet week for our staff.  In addition to assisting our regular producers and DJs with their shows, we'll be filming five major events over the course of four days.  It all starts on Tuesday evening, with the second Greenfield Town Council Ways & Means Committee Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget Meeting taking place in our studio.  Then, on Wednesday, we head over to Greenfield High School for the Ways & Means Fiscal Year 2019 Capital Budget Meeting, at 5:30PM, followed by the full council's regular monthly meeting.  Of course, all three of the aforementioned meetings will be broadcast live on Cable Channel 15 and streamed live on our website.

Unfortunately, we can't make the final two gatherings we'll be covering live but we will try to ensure that they are made available to watch online no later than Monday, April 23rd.  These are the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) quarterly meeting on Thursday evening, which will take place at the John W. Olver Transit Center, and Friday morning's Franklin County Chamber of Commerce (FCCOC) Breakfast, for which we'll return to Greenfield High School.

With so many meetings to record, one thing our staff won't be next week is bored.  In addition, we'll be quite grateful for having all of this new content to share with you, so make sure to tune in!

Apr 6 2018 - 11:20am

It is unfortunate that we have to write these words but The Dukes of Sports will be going on hiatus for an indefinite period of time, starting immediately.  The long-running program, created by Randy Lively, and most recently featuring Russ Brown, Mike Cadran, and John Meisner will be unable to be filmed until at least this summer, due to a change in work schedules for some members of the cast.  We have archived copies of the show going back to 2002 but, due to its topical nature focusing on current local and national sporting events, it isn't feasible to air them.  Instead, we'll be trying to program other sports related shows on Mondays from 5PM to 6PM and 8PM to 9PM, Tuesdays at 9AM, and Saturdays at noon, at least for a few weeks.

We know how much the Dukes' audience appreciates the guys' passion for the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, as well as the love they have for the Celtics and Bruins, in addition to the wealth of knowledge they share about the history of high school teams in Franklin County.  Many fans are also fond of occasional commentary by The Dukes of Sports Director and wrestling afficionado, Sam Pyfrom, and we fervently hope that the stars will align and the show will be able to return in a few months.  If that is unable to happen, we want to take this opportunity to say thanks to all of the folks involved with the show over the years.  We have been extremely fortunate to have such entertaining content on our channel for so long.  Good luck guys!

Mar 30 2018 - 11:44am

This week's blog post comes from GCTV Executive Director Oscar Lanza-Galindo:

I sincerely enjoy the creativity and energy that staff, producers, DJs, and volunteers bring to us every week.  GCTV and WMCB are fortunate to have such a passionate group of participants, and some of them have expressed an interest in identifying ways to share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of #CommunityMedia creators and innovators.

Because of that passion for teaching, and the desire to give the next generation an opportunity to step up to the mic (pun totally intended), we decided to evaluate ourselves on how we serve, or don't, our community's teenage population.  Upon reflection, we felt that we weren't meeting the needs of local youth and we began taking steps to change that.

This winter, we brought in a high school intern and volunteer, Ben, who is helping us start an internship program and series of special events that address the creative needs of his peers.  Thanks to him, we're now in the process of organizing a gathering in early May, to demonstrate what goes into producing a show.  We'll be collaborating with the Greenfield Public Library, our very much appreciated partners in community building, on this event and additional information will be coming out soon. One detail we can share now is that there will be pizza and soft drinks. #FreeFoodMakesEventsHappen  We'll share more in future blog posts, so stay tuned!

Mar 23 2018 - 2:16pm

This week's blog post comes from GCTV Executive Director Oscar Lanza-Galindo:

Community as a concept and a practice is very important to me, both professionally and personally.  Community allows for support of each other, an opportunity to teach and to learn, to share successes, and to extend a hand when someone needs it most.

Of the many wonderful things that I've observed since I arrived at GCTV and WMCB, the one that shines brightest is our shared passion for building an active, caring, community.  Certainly, there are moments of frustration; buzzing from an old wire that really has outlived its usefulness or a computer updating only to crash half-way through its restart.  However, there are even more moments of intentional community building.

I see it in the conversations between producers, DJs, and staff.  I see it in the manner with which we share a kind or encouraging word with each other.  I also see it when a member of our board of directors sits down to ask how the day is going.

Building community...that is what I want to see us do more of in an intentional and authentic manner.  To that end, over the next few weeks, we'll be setting up dates and times for all of us to come together, over a cup of tea or coffee and some donughnuts, to continue sharing and growing as a community.  Won't you join us?

Mar 16 2018 - 12:32pm

In order to better serve the community, our hours of operation will become Monday through Friday, 10AM to 6PM, as of Monday, April 2, 2018.  This will enable us to have more staff members available to work with producers, during the hours that a majority of people want to use our facilities.  For those folks who absolutely need to schedule in the evening, appointments between 6PM and 8PM can be made in advance, subject to staff availability.

This was something we were talking about before our staff retreat but it will enable us to do more of the things we discussed during that planning session.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email GCTV Executive Director Oscar Lanza-Galindo or call him at (413) 774-4288.

Mar 9 2018 - 1:40pm

As promised, we're going to fill you in about some of the topics that came up during our staff retreat last week.  We were very productive and many good ideas came out of the time we invested in this process.  The two items we want to share with you now involve consolidating editing stations on the first floor and a special event we're planning for the spring.

Some of you may have noticed that we've had to be more careful lately, about when we schedule producers to edit their shows, depending on what computer the files are on.  This is because we need to make sure that we have enough staff on both our first and third floors at any given time.  Fundraising Associate Philippe has also been splitting his attention between computers located upstairs and downstairs in order to get all of his work done.  To make things easier on everyone, we are working to move all of our editing computers, the DVD printer, the DVD duplicator, and related supplies into our first floor space.  This way, we will only need to provide staff upstairs when our TV studio is in use and editing slots should become easier to schedule.   We'll let you in on the details are as we get closer to actually implementing them.

We'll also keep you posted about our plan to host a fun production workshop for teens sometime this spring.  We came up with a framework for a two to three hour Saturday slot that will feature the group creating a talk or variety show and then watching it while they chow down on pizza.  It will be a chance for youth to learn various aspects of TV production in a way they can relate to and will provide an additional program for us to air on Cable Channel 15.

That's it for this week!  Remember to keep checking our blog each Friday for more information about what's going on behind the scenes around here.

 

Feb 23 2018 - 12:25pm

We aren't running away, instead our offices and studios will be closed next Friday, March 2nd, so that our employees can concentrate on ways to move GCTV forward, during our annual Staff Retreat.  In addition to strategic planning, we'll be discussing ideas to improve productivity and efficiency, engage more with the community, and restructure our offices.  We want to be the best Public, Education, & Government (PEG) station that we can and this is a big step in that direction.  There won't be a blog post next Friday but be sure to check back on March 9th, to find out how the retreat went and where we plan to go from there!

Feb 16 2018 - 3:28pm

This was a busy week for us!  On Monday, four programs were shot in our TV studio, including a brand new music show.  Then, on Tuesday and Thursday, we had so many producers and DJs in here that there were several periods when Philippe was working with three of them at the same time!  Of course, our staff took care of recording and live broadcasting Wednesday night's Greenfield School Committee Meeting as well and the fun hasn't stopped yet.  As our new media producer writes this, there are two more people upstairs editing their own videos.

We really do love being so busy and we appreciate that this bump in activity means more content for our viewers.  In fact, the seven producers who spent twenty-one hours editing their shows this week represent several different genres.  For example, a staff member from the Northwestern District Attorney's Office created several public service announcements (PSAs), participants in Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution (FCCPR) have finished the first episode in what they hope will be an ongoing series, and local musician and activist Ben Grosscup is working on music videos.  Look for all of these, and more, to begin showing up on Cable Channel 15 and on our website in the coming weeks.  Until then, check back next Friday for more about what's keeping us occupied.

Feb 9 2018 - 2:25pm

That was the question we asked on our Idea Wall yesterday and we got quite a creative response from our staff members!

The drawings on the left (including a self-portrait) are courtesy of Executive Director Oscar Lanza-Galindo, while the snowflakes came from part-time staffer Sky, and Fundraising Associate Philippe contributed the guy camped out on the floor of his place watching movies.   As you can see, a couple of us worked from home, but we all still found time to do some fun things as well.  Remember, if you're stuck at home on a snow day, one of the fun things you can do is tune in to Cable Channel 15 to check out some great local programming.  Until next week, stay warm and have some fun!

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