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Aug 18 2017 - 12:38pm

Well, not exactly but our town officials did keep us busy this week as we filmed the Greenfield Human Rights Commission Meeting on Monday, the Greenfield Town Council on Wednesday, and yesterday's informational meeting about the new parking garage.  You'll be able to watch all of them on Cable Channel 15 in the coming weeks and all three should also be online by the end of today.

The council meeting was a new experience for us, as it was the first time we broadcast from the new Greenfield High School (GHS).  Our staff went over in the early afternoon, to set up equipment, and returned around 5:30PM in order to do final tests prior to the broadcast.  Because we no longer have a direct cable connection at the school, we used their internet and our point-to-point streamer to send a signal back to the station, which we could then route to Cable Channel 15 and YouTube.  It worked pretty well and more than 250 people watched the proceedings online.

There was so much interest in this meeting that the GHS cafeteria hit capacity and a small crowd was left outside.  Never fear!  Our outgoing executive director came to the rescue by running back to our office and grabbing a small public address speaker, which he hooked directly into the audio feed, allowing everyone to hear what was going on.  After a 3 hour public comment session and 2 hours worth of agenda items, we also owe a debt of gratitude to our awesome volunteer Dave Sherman, who stuck it out running a camera for us until the council adjourned their session at midnight.

If you missed this marathon meeting, or want to watch it again, be sure to tune in at 1:30PM tomorrow, or 9PM on Sunday, and stay informed about important local issues.

Aug 11 2017 - 2:32pm

As we search for a new executive director, and current personnel take their summer vacations, we find ourselves a little short-staffed. Today is a perfect example. Normally, we have three people on duty in the office on Fridays but we’ve been down to two since Scott left. Unfortunately, one of those two people is on vacation this week, leaving just one person to woman the office all day and she needs to be able to take a break at some point. To that end, a wonderful former intern of ours, Carolyn Sky Caron, who also happens be a local actor, director, stage manager, and producer for both video and theatre, has agreed to help us out.

She’s taking short shifts here and there, including today, to make sure that no one is overwhelmed, and we really appreciate it. Thanks Carolyn!

Aug 4 2017 - 7:59am

Thanks to requests from the public, and the hard work of one of our producers, four new programs will be entering the lineup on Cable Channel 15 this month and next.  If you like music, be sure to check out Thoughts & Sounds (which is recorded in our studio) and O! Melodious Show (filmed a bit north of us in Cheshire, NH).  Both programs feature interviews with, and mini concerts by, guest performers.  In addition, O! Melodious Show includes an eclectic mix of other content such as art, comedy, and games.

For those of you who are not musically inclined, the Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans Services District informed us that Sound Off is once again available.  Tune in for news and information related to former military personnel and highlights about benefits that are available to those who have served our country.

Finally, a Hampden County fan of public domain horror movies decided that public access stations need to include more of them on the air.  To that end, he created Graveyard Cinema.  You'd be surprised what is available without copyright restrictions; the show's first season contains movies produced from 1932 to 1981.

One last note, if there is a program from somewhere else that you want to see on our channel, and you live or work in Greenfield, give us a call at 774-4288 and we'll talk about the process with you.  It's pretty fast and easy so don't be shy.

Jul 28 2017 - 11:59am

It may be hot outside but it's cool in our air conditioned offices and studios.  Now is a great time to come in and learn how to film and/or edit your own TV program, host a radio show, produce a music video, or record a song or podcast.  You can also volunteer to help us with our own productions or just stop by to look at the new art on our lobby walls.  Whichever option you pick, we'll be happy to see you.  Give us a call at (413) 774-4288 for more information or simply come on down!

Jul 21 2017 - 2:12pm

Yesterday afternoon, we received one of those phone calls that no one wants to get.  GCTV Board Member Chris Collins informed us that longtime board member Edward “Skip” Hammond had passed away unexpectedly.  We were shocked to say the least.  Skip's presence here was large and our organization really won't be the same without him.

Skip was many things to many people when he served on the GCTV Board:  mentor, partner, advisor, counselor, diplomat, and most of all friend.  His support for the organization and all involved was amazing and appreciated by everyone.  His guidance and expertise helped steer GCTV through a very difficult time in its history and without his wisdom and influence our organization might not be here today.  He was a very humble but accomplished man, who worked with great anonymity behind the scenes, avoiding credit for what he had achieved as he was quite satisfied with just doing good.  In addition, he was always the first to praise others on their accomplishments and give credit to them for their achievements.

Board President Garry Longe remembered Skip this way, “During my life I have met a lot of outstanding, inspirational, people but I can honestly say he has been on the top of the list of individuals I aspire to be like.  I'm personally a much better person for having had the privilege of knowing and spending time with Skip Hammond."

Outgoing Executive Director Scott MacPherson also honored Skip after hearing the news.  "I can't think of someone that was more committed to directly impacting and inspiring people in this town, including me."

Rest in peace, Skip, and thanks for all you did for us!

Jul 14 2017 - 2:28pm

After 11 years of outstanding service, as Station Manager and Executive Director at Greenfield Community Television, Scott MacPherson will be leaving to launch a new community television station in Holyoke as the next step in his long time career goals. On July 1st, Scott moved into a part-time role at GCTV, that he will retain until the end of 2017, in order to assist with our leadership transition.  In the meantime, the board of directors will conduct a thorough search for a new executive director, with an expected hire date of early fall.

The GCTV Board of Directors would like to publicly acknowledge Scott’s accomplishments. During his tenure, Scott renovated all components of video production, post-production, and broadcast in our facility so it is now 100% High Definition (HD).   In addition, he designed and implemented a Low Power FM (lpFM) radio station and associated audio production studios, developed a fully functioning community web presence including video and audio streaming capabilities, and helped expand the GCTV facility to include 1st floor operations and offices.  His outreach and service to community organizations and local government has been praised by all in the area.  We would like to thank Scott for all he has done for the station and wish him continued success with his career and this new endeavor.

Jul 7 2017 - 2:02pm

We’re shaking things up here and we’ll tell you about some of what’s going on in this post. The most relevant fact is that New Media Producer Alicia, the person responsible for most aspects of our online presence (including this blog) has taken on the task of scheduling all of our programming on Cable Channel 15. That’s why there was no blog update last week; she was trained for the job on Thursday and then spent all of Friday working on our new schedule.

In fact, it took quite a while for her to organize everything, and make necessary corrections, but she met this morning's deadline of handing off the finished project to Fundraising Associate Philippe, who is now going to be putting everything into our broadcast server. In other words, he’s taken over responsibility for making sure that whatever is supposed to air actually will. It’s been a little hectic, as we all adjust to our new duties, but we’re still bringing you lots of interesting local programming so be sure to tune in!

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!

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