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Dec 8 2017 - 7:59am

Thank you to everyone who's already dropped off a donation of new, or lightly used, unwrapped toys as part of the 4th annual Giving Back in Greenfield drive.  As you can see, our boxes are overflowing:

However, there are many children in town who could use a brighter holiday season, and we know there are also many generous souls who want to help, so we encourage you to continue bringing in presents, during our open hours, until December 18th.  At that point, they will be collected by the local nonprofit Recovery Support Specialists, which is located at 23 Pond Street, and distributed to families in need.  Recovery Support Specialists' mission is to support individuals through multiple pathways of recovery and any questions about their toy drive can be directed to Don Wright at (413) 387-9664.

Dec 1 2017 - 3:28pm

It has been a very busy week here, including Wednesday evening's 5 hour Greenfield Town Council Meeting, so we'll just provide you with a few highlights.

First, we have some new additions to our lobby, a pair of brightly colored toy donation boxes, one of which has already begun to overflow. 

We'd love to have you help with this endeavor so we'll tell you more about that in next week's blog post.

Second, getting back to this week's government meeting, our awesome new executive director provided pizza and caffeinated soda for our staff and volunteers, once he saw the meeting going later than 11PM.   This was a much needed pick-me-up in addition to a very thoughtful gesture and everyone was very grateful.

Finally, we'd like to share about some changes to our programming schedule and Video on Demand offerings.  FreeSpeech TV made changes to their lineup that affected The Stephanie Miller Show, The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, and The David Pakman Show, so we've experienced difficulties in airing those programs over the last month.  We have now straightened things out so that Stephanie Miller and David Pakman should air correctly but we will no longer be able to carry The Big Picture and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  On a positive note, relating to our Video on Demand offerings, we now be uploading government meetings to YouTube in order for the public to watch them more easily.

That's it for this week!  See you next time!

Nov 17 2017 - 1:55pm

As many people look forward to the holiday next week, we thought we would highlight some programming changes related to it. Though we won’t be filming this year’s football game, between Greenfield High School (GHS) and Turners Falls High School (TFHS) on Thanksgiving morning, we will be getting a copy of the matchup from our friends at Montague Community Television (MCTV). That way, you can tune in to Cable Channel 15 at 6:30PM on Thursday to watch it. Special thanks go out to our former executive director, Scott MacPherson, for doing the legwork on this!

In addition, we will continue our own tradition of airing Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, to usher in the holiday season, following the game, at 9:30PM. The GHS versus TFHS rivalry will also be rebroadcast at 1:30PM on Saturday, November 25th, and we’ll make it available online on Monday, November 27th.

Finally, our offices and studios will be closed on both Thursday and Friday next week, so we won’t be doing a blog post on November 24th, and we hope that everyone who is celebrating has a safe and happy holiday.

Nov 13 2017 - 2:37pm

Whew!  Last week was another busy one!  On Monday we taught a producer how to use our blue screen and, on Tuesday, our new executive director collected local election results for the first time.  Then, on Wednesday, we broadcast and streamed the Greenfield School Committee Meeting live from Greenfield High School for the second time.  Finally, even though our offices were closed, our staff filmed Greenfield's 2017 Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony on Friday and Senator Elizabeth Warren's town hall style meeting on Sunday.

Because the Greenfield Town Clerk's Office was using brand new election software, and voter turnout was 27%, it took a little longer than usual to process the results, however, we do now have full, official, town election results, including write-ins, available here.  Also, if you would like to watch Senator Warren's event, we plan to put that video online tomorrow and begin airing it on Cable Channel 15 next week.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter so you'll know as soon as it's up and check our TV Schedule for air times.

Nov 3 2017 - 2:02pm

We're very busy so we'll keep this week's post short.  Our staff and volunteers had a lot of fun at Greenfield's Rag Shag Parade on Tuesday and they were especially happy that The Addams Family won the Group/Family category in the recreation department's costume contest.  All of our folks were impressed by this entry because not only were all of the major characters represented but each person stayed in character the entire time.  "Morticia" and "Gomez" even danced a tango for the judges!  Speaking of dancing, we'd also like to give our own "Honorable Mention" to the Zombie Family entry because the event's DJ unexpectedly started playing Michael Jackson's "Thriller" while they were in front of the judges and the parents busted out some "killer" choreography on the spot.

Now that our Halloween fun is over, we're prepping for Greenfield Town Election Results and the Greenfield School Committee Meeting next week, so stay tuned!

Oct 27 2017 - 1:53pm

Dedicated readers of this blog will know that our new media producer's favorite holiday is right around the corner and that it's a big day for our station.  In order to cover it well, we will be closing the office at 4:30PM on Tuesday, October 31st, and sending our staff over to Greenfield's Energy Park for this year's Rag Shag Parade.  Our program hosts, Dukes of Sports Russ Brown and GCTV New Media Producer Alicia Brody, have been working on their paired costumes for weeks and can't wait to show them off.  You may also see Alicia running around downtown taking pictures, in costume, earlier in the afternoon so feel free to say, "Hi!"  In addition, this event may enable you to greet Oscar Lanza-Galindo, our new executive director, because he'll be up on stage with the awesome Greenfield Recreation Department staff, taking pictures of costume contest winners.

Once the fun has ended, Alicia and Fundraising Associate Philippe Simon will race back to the office to share it all with you.  Since we can't broadcast or stream the parade live, Philippe will turn it around for airing on Cable Channel 15 at 8:30PM that night and Alicia will post pictures of the winning costumes on our homepage.  The full event should be available to watch on our website Wednesday afternoon or evening.  We hope you all have a really happy Halloween, enjoy our coverage of the day, and don't eat too much candy!

Oct 20 2017 - 11:36am

It’s been great having Oscar Lanza-Galindo in the office this week! On Monday we had our first full staff meeting with him and spent the time getting to know each other, talking about what our staff currently does, and sharing our hopes for future GCTV projects. Then Oscar got to experience how we handle technology troubleshooting, as we all walked in on Tuesday morning to discover that one of our two internet lines was down. With help from our former executive director, we restored internet access to the majority of the office and got WMCB’s radio content back on the air and online. Unfortunately, we still had to spend a lot of time figuring out, and implementing, a work-around so that we could livestream the Greenfield Town Council Meeting on Wednesday, and the Precinct Candidates Forum on Thursday, because Comcast couldn’t schedule a service call for us until this afternoon.  When he wasn’t assisting with tech support, Oscar was meeting with our board, getting up to speed in relation to policies and ongoing projects, and researching efficiencies that will help us serve the public even better.  Soon he’ll be introducing himself to our regular producers, volunteers, and DJs, and then the wider community, so stay tuned!

Oct 13 2017 - 6:59am

Here at GCTV we are all about making sure that everyone has a chance to get their message out to the general public. One of the best ways to make your voice heard is to vote, and Greenfield has a town election coming up on November 7th. To help you make an educated decision that day, we have teamed up with The Greenfield Recorder, WHAI 98.3FM, Bear Country 95.3FM, and the League of Women Voters of Franklin County to bring you 2 live candidate debates. Next Thursday, October 19th, at 7PM, residents running for town councilor in specific precincts will gather in our studio to answer questions and discuss local issues. The following Thursday, October 26th, prospective at-large councilors and school committee members will get their opportunity to share with voters. You are welcome to watch in person, on Cable Channel 15, or on www.gctv.org.

In addition to the various seats on town boards and committees, there will be several ballot questions to vote on, next month, and GCTV Board Member Chris Collins will be putting together a short video about them. It will run during the debates and then be added to both our over the air rotation of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and our online video offerings so that you can add to your knowledge at any time. As director of Frontier Community Access Television (FCAT) and a Greenfield Recorder political columnist, the debate production team felt that Chris was the perfect choice to produce this program.

So, whether you tune in live or you watch these videos later, please get out the vote on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. It’s important!

Oct 6 2017 - 12:13pm

Last but certainly not least, we conclude the introductions of our temporary, part-time, staffers with a little information about Esther Glovacki.  A recent graduate of Emerson College, Esther is pleased to be back in her hometown of Greenfield, and the Pioneer Valley at large.  She loves all things having to do with film production, especially documentary filmmaking & editing. We mentioned in a prior post that Esther got her start in the industry here at GCTV, as a high school intern, but we forgot to highlight the fact that she was also a valued volunteer on Valley Homegrown.  She has since obtained her B.A. in Media Production from Emerson College and has worked on numerous productions in Boston, Los Angeles, and the Pioneer Valley.

We're really glad to have had Esther re-join our team so please make sure to say hi when you see her in the office!

Sep 29 2017 - 12:45pm

Last week, we wrote about how we have some new faces in the office and now we'd like to introduce you to one of them.  Acting as a production staff member here, Simeon Paresky's duties include assisting the community with scheduling, checking equipment in and out, and offering editing training.  A graduate of Greenfield Community College, Simeon was first an intern at GCTV, in 2009, before becoming a freelance photographer throughout Franklin County and Martha's Vineyard.  In addition, as a multimedia associate, he was part of the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival marketing team.  He also acted as photographer for small wedding events on the island.

We're really glad he returned to Greenfield just in time to help us out.  Thanks Simeon!

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