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Jun 23 2017 - 2:43pm

We mentioned a few weeks ago that we want to highlight audio of local government meetings in the design of our new website and, to that end, we've been testing out SoundCloud.com.  We recently registered an account for WMCB 107.9-lp FM and have been uploading Franklin County Varsity Sports Report for the last couple of weeks, which seems to be working well.  Last week, we also added the mp3 file for the Greenfield School Committee Meeting and this week we did the town council.  We're still working on organization of playlists on SoundCloud itself but on our current website you'll be able to find a link to the appropriate podcast underneath each video:

This way, if you want to listen to a meeting on the go, on any device, you'll have that as an option.  Check it out!

Jun 16 2017 - 3:17pm

We've had lots of friendly faces around here this week and we really appreciate it.  Between hardworking producers putting their shows together, new organizations receiving equipment training, and folks we haven't seen in a while dropping by, the activity level in our office has been pretty high.  We also had a full complement of volunteers for our Greenfield School Committee Meeting broadcast on Wednesday night.  It's been a few months since that happened, due to the fact that some of our folks have been sick and others were in school.  The guys who helped out were good sports, even hanging around for the first half-hour of executive session because the committee informed us we would need to film a vote when they were done.

Though the summer used to be downtime for us, you won't hear us complaining about all of the things we've got going on.  We want our facilities to be used!  So, if you have some extra time over the next few months, and you have an idea for a project, stop on by.  We will be happy to help you turn your dream into a reality.

Jun 9 2017 - 2:30pm

Some of you may have seen our Social Media post on Tuesday, announcing that we were meeting with a web designer, and wondered where we are in our process. We’ve been planning this for a while; our current website design has been in place since 2011 and technology has changed a lot since then. In addition, we’ve learned more about what you want from us and we’re producing more media than we used to.

“Content is king” really is the slogan than best defines our site. We know that when you come to gctv.org, you don’t want to have any trouble finding and watching the video(s) that you’re looking for. We also want to make sure that you can easily check out our new types of shows: radio programs (currently only available on WMCB.net), podcasts, audio of government meetings (coming soon), songs from local artists, music videos, images, and 360 degree video. The design team at Yes Exactly totally gets us and their graphic artist gave us renderings of potential homepages that were clean, sleek, and easy to navigate, with content areas impossible to miss.

On Tuesday, we discussed what we liked, what could be tweaked, and what we need. We expect to see a new mock up soon and then can move on to approving design for other pages and get into how the site will actually function. We hope to finish and launch within the next six months and will keep you posted. For now, we just want you to know that we are happy with how things are going and looking forward to having an awesome new site!

Jun 2 2017 - 3:10pm

That is the essence of what we do here and, this week, we had the opportunity to work with a variety of folks to bring their programs to air.  After recording the Greenfield School Committee Meeting & the Greenfield Town Council Meeting on Tuesday night, we spent Wednesday teaching comedian Susan Cummings how to edit a three minute clip for her website.  Another of our producers had filmed Susan's recent performance at the Greenfield Senior Center and Susan was pleasantly surprised when she called us, to find out about getting a copy, and we informed her that we could show her how to get the result she wanted, without her having to pay someone to do it.

On Thursday, musician & multi-talented human being Toney Marcus continued his video education as he worked on the fifth show in his brand new variety series, Greenfield After Dark with Toney Marcus.  The program airs on Fridays at 7PM and Saturdays at 11PM and the first two episodes are available to watch online now here and here.  Toney's intention is for the show to always be filmed in front of a live audience, as a fundraiser for Relay for Life.

In addition to Toney, one of our youngest producers was in on Thursday.  Lilly has been coming into GCTV for years, accompanying her mother, who has put together programs for both GCTV & WMCB, and occasionally recording interviews with friends.  Now she's decided that she wants to learn to edit and our news director got a chance to show her how.  We can't wait to see what she decides to do with her new skill!

In other news, our staff was busy this morning filming the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) breakfast, a bike safety class given by Alden Booth (of The People's Pint) to Greenfield seventh graders, and interviews and b-roll for a story about the Chickley River.  This evening, our executive director will record the Greenfield High School Graduation Ceremony and he intends to turn it around quickly.  Make sure to keep watching Cable Channel 15, and checking our homepage, for all of this new content and more!

May 26 2017 - 3:14pm

Whew! Once again we are looking back on all of the productions that we had a hand in this week, and making plans to cover several high profile events in the coming days, and wondering how we manage to fit everything in.  Starting right in on Monday morning, and continuing throughout the week, The Dukes of Sports, Franklin County Varsity Sports Report, Live Spirits, Flyby News, and Greenfield After Dark (new, not online yet) all produced new episodes of their shows.  In addition, we began training representatives of two local organizations so that they can start producing content.  We also had one producer in here for many hours working on a new, as yet unnamed, music program.

In between assisting all of the aforementioned folks, our staff recorded the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon yesterday and a public meeting about the Nash's Mill River Bridge last night.  We'll get a short break on Saturday and Sunday, and most of our staff is off on Monday, but then our executive director will be up early on Memorial Day, filming the town's ceremony honoring those who gave their lives to protect our country.  When we regroup on Tuesday, we will be filming special meetings of both the Greenfield School Committee and Greenfield Town Council in addition to hosting our monthly board meeting.  Finally, next Friday, GCTV staffers will film the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) Breakfast in the morning and Greenfield High School's graduation festivities in the evening.  If you are unable to attend that last event, don't worry.  We plan on turning the video around quickly and making it available to watch online sometime on Saturday.

With so much going on, we feel there's something for everyone to watch.  Be sure to stay tuned to Cable Channel 15, and check out all of the offerings here on our website, for great new content.

May 19 2017 - 12:02pm

After exploring scheduling and technical aspects of this for the past few months, we are pleased to announce that more Free Speech TV programming will be available on our channel during the early morning hours. You may remember that, about 2 years ago, we began airing Free Speech TV’s feed overnight on weekends. Now, fans of Stephanie Miller and Thom Hartmann will be able to catch their shows at 5AM & 6AM, respectively, every weekday. In addition, we will now be rebroadcasting The David Pakman Show at 4AM and, when time allows, Democracy Now! at 3AM. Due to the varying length of local government meetings and special event videos that precede its timeslot, that Democracy Now! rebroadcast will most likely air 1 or 2 times per week. We hope you enjoy all of this additional news and commentary.

May 12 2017 - 11:56am

This morning, we once again welcomed Four Rivers Charter Public School students into our studio to work on a project.  As many of you already know, for the last several years we have provided training and equipment to the school's senior class, in order to support their making of a documentary.  In addition, several individual students over those years have expanded on what they learned here and created videos of their own.  Now, one teacher has decided to incorporate video into her curriculum so that her pupils can share what they've learned in multiple ways.

The students have been studying immigration, sanctuary cities, politics, and communication.  They've been writing letters to the editors of local papers, attending city and town government meetings, and suggesting legislation to local officials.  In short, they're learning how to change the world and use all the tools at their disposal.  Helping people get their message out, whatever that message is, is at the core of what community television is for and we're fortunate that we have this opportunity show young people all that we have to offer.

May 5 2017 - 2:55pm

Once again, we are happy to find ourselves in the middle of hosting, filming, and publicizing a variety of local events and organizations. The week began with a Greenfield Ways & Means Committee Meeting in our studio on Monday night. Representatives of the Greenfield Public Schools, Four Rivers Charter Public School, Smith Vocational & Technical School, & Greenfield Virtual School attended, answering committee questions about their respective budgets.

On Tuesday, clients from Community Enterprises returned to our pre-production radio studio to record their weekly show, Live Spirits, and hot on their heels was the crew from Let’s Be Honest, an occasional podcast that explores topics like racism, classism, and sexism. Afterwards, members of the Greenfield Kiwanis Club took over our third floor space (and brought pizza!) to begin setting up for their annual auction. Then, it was “all Kiwanis, all the time” on Wednesday and Thursday, as we broadcast their 2017 fundraiser live, though GCTV News Director Karen and two volunteers did head over to Greenfield High School last night to film the music department’s Spring Scholarship Concert.

In the end, the Kiwanis raised a lot of money, much fun was had, and we recorded many hours of programming.  We love being in the middle of life here in town, so make sure to keep letting us know about things that are going on and tune in to Cable Channel 15 on a regular basis to see the results.

Apr 28 2017 - 8:59am

First of all, we're so glad that the ceiling fixture in our studio is no longer coming apart and that the problem was not as big as we feared.  It turns out that the decoration is made out of plaster, not bronze, so it does not weigh hundreds of pounds.  Once the guys from Mowry & Schmidt got up there, it didn't take them very long at all to inspect the area and pronounce it sound.  Then they made short work of bolting the hanging piece back in place.  As you can see from this picture, there are no more scary shadows:   

In other news, you may remember that we mentioned a while ago that we will once again be hosting the Greenfield Kiwanis Club Auction in our studio and broadcasting it live.  This year's event will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd, and Thursday, May 4th.  Yes, that's next week!  One of the organizers let us know that the auction booklet, listing all of the great items that will be up for bid, came out today.  If you didn't get a copy in The Recorder, make sure you pick one up when you see these inserts around town because the money raised really helps our community.

Apr 21 2017 - 12:32pm

Late yesterday afternoon, our executive director was doing some work in our studio when he happened to look up and notice that one of the ceiling decorations seemed to be partially detached.  For those of you who don't know, our building was originally built by the Masons, for their official functions, and what is now our studio was their meeting hall.  Many of their architectural features can still be found in our space, including large brass fixtures which used to hold chandeliers.  As you can see from this close up, it looks like half of it has pulled away from the ceiling and we really don't want it to fall on anyone.

After a brief consultation with other staff and a board member, our executive director called Mowry & Schmidt to come look at the structure as soon as possible.  Two workers showed up at ten-thirty this morning and immediately got to work on the problem.  Because the repair needs to be done twenty-five feet off the ground, their first step was to construct a platform on which to stand and this is how it looks now.

Our ceilings are so high, the guys have actually gone off to get more parts for the scaffolding and hope to begin repairs this afternoon.  Until they're done, we won't be scheduling any shoots in our studio, so we'll keep you posted and let you know when the work is finished.

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