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Wednesday, December 31 1969


Sep 7 2018 - 2:45pm

From volunteers to equipment to snacks, we had everything we needed in order to broadcast this year's Franklin County Fair Parade live from our position in front of Hawks & Reed on Main Street.  Unfortunately, a few gremlins tagged along---and we don't mean the ones from the spooky Halloween themed floats!

The afternoon started quite well.  We closed our office at 4pm and Executive Director Oscar provided pizza, water bottles, and clementines for the entire production crew.  After getting some help from a friendly Comcast engineer, we thought we were all set and ready to go for 5pm.  Then, it started to pour.  The rain didn't last long but it did have an impact.

Once we got underway, we discovered that the mics were distorting and no one could understand what our fabulous hosts, Dukes of Sports Russ Brown and Tom Dillon of Dillon Chevrolet, were saying.  As our staff worked to fix the problem, we lost power to our entire remote setup.  Oscar immediately put on his electrician hat and sprang into action; pulling, examining, and restoring all of our connections so that power and, eventually, good audio were restored before the parade arrived at our location.

On the upside, judging by the number of phone calls and online comments we received, these technical difficulties confirmed that watching the parade on GCTV & is important to folks.  It also provided Communication Coordinator Alicia a chance to interact with our audience over the phone and through social media, reassuring them that all was not lost.

In the end, we successfully aired, streamed, and recorded the 17oth Franklin County Fair Parade and we couldn't have done it without our amazing volunteers:  Nancy Conant, Greg Greuling, Tom La Chance, and Sam Pyfrom.  In fact, Sam is actually responsible for the funniest moment of our shoot.  He uses a hand-held, shoulder mounted, camera and stands in the middle of the street in order to get great close-up shots of parade participants.  This time, one of the clowns rode right up to him and stuck their bright red nose into the lens of the camera.  As the clown took off, afterwards, Sam yelled to him, "Quit clowning around!".

You can see pictures of Sam and the rest of our production crew at work, as well as lots of parade floats, by checking out our photo album here.  Enjoy!

Aug 31 2018 - 6:59am

As you know, we worked very hard last week to get rid of tons of items acquired over the years, clean, and make repairs around here. During that process, we re-discovered several cartons of Homegrown and Homegrown II CDs. Now, we’re offering you a chance to help us by taking them off our hands.

That's right!  While supplies last, you can stop by anytime we're open (Monday through Friday, 10AM to 6PM, 393 Main Street, 1st Floor) and pick up a copy, or two, or three, or more!  This is your chance to own a piece of local television history because this two disc set contains many of the best music performances done in our studio as part of our longest running program (Valley Homegrown).  We'll have a display set up in our lobby but, if you don't see it, you can always ask one of our friendly staff members about it.

We're not kidding!  The CDs, which contain songs by The Nields, Jeff Martell, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Ray Mason, Sonya Kitchell, and more are free, free, FREE!  If this price were any lower, we'd have to pay you!  But, seriously, these compilations were originally meant to be a fundraiser and, since we are an awesome local nonprofit, if you want to make a donation to us, while you’re here picking some up, we won't say no.  However, we really just want to make sure that the discs go to good homes instead of staying buried in our storage closet, collecting dust.  Come on down and help us out!

Aug 24 2018 - 6:59am

Whew!  We got a lot done this week, cleaning out decades of old equipment and ephemera from our offices and studios.  We can now walk in places previously inaccessible to us and it feels great!  Our staff found it true that #TeamworkMakesTheDreamWork and we want to give a hearty thank you to GCTV Board President Garry Longe, who was here several times pitching in during this process.

Going forward, we plan on continuing to tackle our storage spaces once or twice a year and we need to reorganize our office supply cabinet asap.  The other big project we'll need to deal with is archving our huge VHS tape collection from the 80s & 90s, now that we can actually get to it!

Since we have to get back to cleaning and organizing, that's all the time we have for a blog post this week.  Check back next Friday for more about what we're up to.

Aug 17 2018 - 1:39pm

If you watched our National Tell a Joke Day video yesterday, you may have noticed the end credit "Produced by Supreme Overlord Oscar Lanza-Galindo" and, since today is Funny Friday, we thought perhaps we should explain.  Our boss is so evil, his laugh is, "Mwah, hah, hah, hah!"  Our boss is so evil, his twin brother is Lex Luthor.  Our boss is so evil...wait, just kidding. 

Seriously, even though our boss is really great, we do have a running joke in the office involving the hashtag, "#BadBoss".   This is because Oscar keeps doing cool stuff for his minions, uh we mean the staff, and then is unable to appreciate our bootlicking gratitude.  Whenever one of us refers to him as an #awesomeboss, it seems to inspire in him an equal and opposite reaction.  Of course, his response to being called on this was, “You can’t blame me, it’s physics!”

We're also a bit suspicious of him when it comes to employee motivation.  He is constantly bringing in top shelf cookies, doughnuts, and pizza, with which to tempt us out of our healthy eating patterns, and he consumes copious amounts of caffeine, a trait which he is happy to encourage in the rest of us as well.

Finally, we should point out that Oscar mentions his Four Generation Plan for World Domination quite often.  To sum up, as evil overlords go, he's no Darth Vader but he's ours.

Check back next Friday for another blog post, or else!

Aug 10 2018 - 12:20pm

...and now you can see why!  Yesterday, our executive director, Oscar Lanza-Galindo, returned from his lunch break with all these essential supplies for our National Tell a Joke day tapings, which we'll remind you are taking place today and Monday.  If your favorite cookie is in the picture above, or even if it's not, come on down to our office and #TellAJokeTakeACookie.  We're really excited to hear what everyone has to share and we're hopeful for a large turnout (again, the picture is worth a thousand words).

Actually, we're pretty confident our publicity campaign has done its job because we had one person so anxious to participate that he showed up a day early!  Our staff was pleasantly surprised when a gentleman entered our office yesterday and announced that he was here to tell his joke.  We hated having to give him the bad news but he told us his joke anyway and the entire staff cracked up.  Then, since the cookies were already here, we offered him a couple, even though we couldn't get his humor on video, and encouraged him to return tonight.  Of course, then an email had to be sent around advising our staff that, not to worry, the open tray of cookies would be put in the fridge overnight.  No one would have to make the sacrifice of eating them so they wouldn't go stale.

For detailed information on our Joke Day plans, click here.  Also, we have a special blog post in the works for next Friday, so be sure to check back for even more humor.

Aug 3 2018 - 2:05pm

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

Cookies...galletas...biscuits...жигнэмэг...คุกกี้...whichever language you use, we are talking cookies this week. That's because our communication coordinator, Alicia, asked the staff to share about our favorite cookies. Share we did...and often: Thin Mints, Tag-a-longs, shortbread, black & white, the original NYC Chipwich, chocolate chip, and raw cookie dough - we say it counts. And we have to give a special shout out to one of our WMCB DJs, Damee of Nerd Radio, for (without any prompting from us) bringing cookies into our office, on Wednesday, to share with everyone. Talk about a serendipitous turn of events!

Why cookies...? Because Alicia and and our intern, Ben, were hard at work filming a promo video for our celebration of National Tell A Joke Day and the script called for cookies. Sidenote: I like to make sure that our props are as authentic as if we have calls for volunteers where there is food involved...yeah, just going to leave that thought out there.

So remember...if you like cookies AND you like telling jokes, we can work out a deal. Stop by the GCTV office, 393 Main Street, on the first floor, during one of our two recording sessions. Share a joke, get a cookie (or two). We will be filming your amazing jokes on Friday, August 10th, from 5-6PM, and Monday, August 13th, from 6-7PM. You don't need to stay for the entire hour, either time, so come on by whenever you are ready.

Have a wonderful week.

Jul 27 2018 - 12:04pm

If you're a fan of GCTV, and if you're reading this blog post you probably are, you know that spring is a really busy time for us because it's the town's budget season and we have a lot of meetings to cover.  Having to film all of those events doesn't leave us a lot of time to clean, organize, and do maintenance in our office and studio spaces.  That's why we will be CLOSED Monday, August 20th, through Friday, August 24th.  All of your favorite programming will still air on Cable Channel 15 and WMCB 107.9-lp FM but our staff will be hard at work getting rid of broken equipment, repurposing our 3rd floor space, and figuring out what to do with our extensive video tape archive.   There are no regular government meetings scheduled for that week, and we are working with all of our producers and DJs to ensure that they are able to produce their shows ahead of time, but, if you need something from us, please plan ahead.  When we re-open on Monday, August 27th, you're welcome to stop by and check out our improvements.  Until then, stay tuned to our blog for more inside GCTV info.

Jul 20 2018 - 12:24pm

Our current intern, Ben, just asked the office at large why no one plays poker in the jungle.  The answer, because there are too many cheetahs!  Get it?  Well, if you think that joke was bad, just know that we are working on a way for you to share your own sense of humor with the community.  August 16th will be National Tell a Joke Day and, to celebrate, we've got Ben hard at work organizing equipment, creating a poster, and figuring out technical aspects of inviting the public into our offices to tell their best jokes on camera.  More will be revealed in the coming weeks but, for now, we'll leave you with a picture of Ben working on his proof of concept:

Jul 13 2018 - 2:02pm

Your short videos, that is!  We're making some changes to our programming lineup and one of them is so that we can feature more programs that are less than 10 minutes in length.  As of next Friday, July 20th, Greenfield Community Television Community Coverage (GCTV CC) will be replaced by Short Attention Span Television (SASTV).

Over the last few months, we've received several short films from one of our producers and some local musicians have made music videos here.  We've been playing these the same way we do Public Service Announcements (PSAs), fitting them in randomly among our regularly scheduled programs, but now we want to give them a higher profile and we'd like your videos to join them.  So, if you have a short film, music video, virtual tour, comedy sketch, or some idea for a show that won't fit into a half hour or hour long timeslot, give us a call at (413) 774-4288 and let us know.

Creating a short video is a good way to learn the filming and editing process, in a finite amount of time, and we can help you with all aspects of production.  On the other hand, if you have already completed projects, why not share them with your neighbors by airing them on our channel?  Finally, if you want to see the great quick hits that people have provide us with, up to this point, be sure to tune in to Cable Channel 15 on Friday, July 20th, at 8PM.  After that, the show will air on Mondays at Noon, Tuesdays at 4PM, and Fridays at 8PM, with the selection of shorts changing on a monthly basis.  Enjoy and keep checking back for more updates!

Jun 29 2018 - 2:17pm

We'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, to tell you about a change in volunteering around here.  With apologies to Will Smith, we thought it was time to announce that we are once again able to train new volunteers during regular Greenfield Town Council and School Committee Meetings.  

As you may remember, the switch in location to Greenfield High School involved bringing together more technical elements than when local government bodies were meeting regularly in our studio.  Also, there is no control room in the cafeteria where these events are usually held.  This meant a learning curve for our staff and difficulty communicating without disrupting officials.  So, over the past few weeks, our production manager, Philippe, has been testing out a combination of pre-meeting discussions and hand signals with a friend of his and one of the teens from our recent Behind-the-Screens day.   In addition, we've discovered that background noise in the cafeteria makes it unlikely that any soft verbal communication we engage in will be heard by councilors or committee memebers.

The upshot of all this is that we no longer need only experienced volunteers to assist us with these shoots.  If you've been wanting to learn how to run a camera or operate a switcher, now's the time!  Email to get added to our volunteer list, so that you'll be notified whenever these opportunities come up.