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Jun 22 2018 - 12:35pm

Our week didn't start out with a bang, it started out with a crash.  When our staff walked in on Monday, their eyes beheld a terrible sight; our channel was frozen on a frame of video from Democracy Now!, which should have ended at 9AM.  Adding to the staff's distress were multiple phone messages letting us know that the situation had been going on for 2 days.  Our communication coordinator immediately went upstairs to check our satellite feed, while our production coordinator assessed our server.  What they discovered was that our broadcast server had crashed and couldn't reboot itself.

Tech support was contacted but they weren't able to respond right away.  In addition, we couldn't provide them with all of the information they needed, in order to help us, because it was on the computer that required support.  The only thing our staff could do to alleviate the problem was to switch our channel to display Community Bulletin Board slides until we could get back to regular programming.  This task was made more difficult by the fact that each time the server tried to reboot itself, it flipped our channel back to the frozen frame of video. 

Finally, around 2:30PM, our executive director was able to connect with the tech folks and successfully reboot the server.  The problem was significant but, hopefully, a 1-time event.  Our server is only about 3 years old, so we'll be keeping an eye on it, but we expect that it has 2-7 more years of life left in it.   #SoGladIt'sFriday!

 

Jun 15 2018 - 1:07pm

There's so much going on behind-the-scenes, here at GCTV, that we thought we'd share a few bullet points with you:

  • Our new office administrator, Ian, is settling in well and is completing his first full week here today.  He's learned how to update our community bulletin board, rip DVDs, and download shows for WMCB-lp FM.
  • Executive Director Oscar & Communication Coordinator Alicia spent much of this week cross-training on programming.  Alicia walked Oscar through most aspects of creating our schedule, which dermines what actually airs on Cable Channel 15.  Next week, Oscar will be the primary person on this task, and Alicia will step back into an assisting role, in preparation for the permanent transfer of it to his job description.
  • We had a reasonably short staff meeting on Monday and ended it by learning about the invasive species gnomis englantis.
  • Community members worked on seven productions this week, in addition to all of their live radio shows.  Our staff focused on assisting them, broadcasting the Greenfield School Committee Meeting, and training one new DJ.
  • Oscar, Ian, & Production Coordinator Philippe also spent a good chunk of this week collating DJ logs and working on reports for the FCC and music licensing companies.

That's it for this week.  Check back next week for more!

Jun 8 2018 - 10:29am

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

It's almost summertime, which means there are plenty of outdoor activities ahead of us.  Many of them will involve people taking out cameras and cell phones to record enjoyable, funny, or thrilling moments.  But what if you want to be immersed in the action itself?

If you don't already own one, you've at the very least heard of, or seen, an action camera.  These little technical marvels let you participate in the activity you want to film.  You can attach them to helmets (safety first!), surfboards, bike handlebars, ATVs, and more.

Lots of people refer to them as GoPros but GoPro is the name of a brand and there are plenty of other alternatives, for different price points, including action cams designed for kids...yeah, I wouldn't give a little one a $400 GoPro cam if I owned one.

To give you an idea of just how much they differ, here are two links with prices and reviews:

Digital Trends:  https://www.digitaltrends.com/dtdeals/gopro-alternative/
PC Mag:  https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2471905,00.asp

Feeling inspired to go out and do some filming while being the center of the action?  Here are a few videos to get those creative juices flowing, via the Washington Post: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAxqf5ZAssw and the GoPro Channel https://gopro.com/channel/.  Also, don't forget to give us a call or shoot us an email if you're interested in having your video aired on GCTV.  We might even be able to help you with the editing process.

Finally, our lawyers have asked us to remind you that any links or mentioning of a product by us is not an endorsement and we do not receive any revenue for purchases associated with them.

Happy filming and editing!!!!

Jun 1 2018 - 2:11pm

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

Please join me in welcoming Ian Hamilton as our newest team member!  Starting next week, he will begin his part-time position as GCTV/WMCB Office Administrator.  Over the past few months, I've had an opportunity to work with Ian in his dual roles of both GCTV volunteer and Greenfield community member and found him to be capable and enthusiastic.

Ian holds a Master of Arts in Public History Film & Media Specialization, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Communication, from the University of West Florida.  While at the university, Ian was Opinions Editor at the school's newspaper, The Voyager.  In addition, Ian was a student teacher during his graduate studies, and also worked on several archiving projects, which made good use of the fact that he is very detail-oriented.

Ian regularly volunteers at GCTV to film city council, school committee, and other special meetings.  Furthermore, Ian's documentary film, Pensacola Punks, previously aired on GCTV and he is currently finishing up post-production on a Frida Kahlo documentary.

With such a diverse amount of experiences ranging from customer service, to time-sensitive research, to teaching and instruction, to film-making, to news editing, I know that Ian will be a great compliment to our team, and we are very excited to have this opportunity to work together.

May 25 2018 - 2:56pm

We just want to take a minute to tell you about some personnel changes that are happening around here.  Now that our new executive director, Oscar Lanza-Galindo, has had some time to settle in, he's going to be taking on additional duties so that other staff members can concentrate on different tasks.

Some of you may know that our communications coordinator (formerly new media producer), Alicia, has been responsible for programming our TV schedule since Scott MacPherson left for his new position as Holyoke Media Executive Director.  Starting next week, Alicia will be training Oscar to do the schedule, which will free her up to take some much deserved time off and then begin working on ideas related to her new title.  Our production coordinator (formerly fundraising associate), Philippe, is also getting a chance to focus on recording government meetings, editing videos, and training producers as his new title suggests.

As always, we'll keep you posted about any new developments so make sure to check back each Friday for more inside information about GCTV.

May 18 2018 - 11:15am

Well, not goodbye exactly because we hope she'll still be around creating awesome videos as an independent producer.  Unfortunately, our temporary part-time staff position has come to an end and so we have to take her off the roll of GCTV employees.  It was a big help to have an additional person here as we searched for, and then incorporated, a new executive director and Sky's artistic talents have been a wonderful asset to our organization.  In fact, just this week, her colorful list of volunteer opportunties on our Idea Wall inspired WMCB 107.9-lp FM DJ Beth Adams (in picture below) to sign up to film an event at the Greenfield Public Library.

Once we had all of the volunteers we needed, Sky turned the Idea Wall into a plug for tomorrow's teen event:

We're having a little party today, to show Sky our appreciation, and we wish her all the best in her next endeavor.

May 11 2018 - 11:59am

May 4 2018 - 2:33pm

The force of our volunteers, that is!  Our staff is having some fun celebrating Star Wars Day today (see below) and this got us thinking about a force that assists us every day.  Our station runs on volunteers, from the independent producers and WMCB 107.9-lp FM DJs who create programming, to the awesome folks who help us bring you local government meetings each month.  We couldn't do what we do without all of them and we want everyone to know how much we appreciate their contributions.

If you've been thinking about getting involved but don't know where to start, here's a suggestion taken from our Idea Wall earlier this week (art by part-time staffer Sky):

We can train new people during the shoots in our studio on the 15th and the 23rd and we'd love to meet you!

Now, back to Star Wars Day stuff:

As you can see from the picture above, our Idea Wall is regularly used for communicating with visitors to our facility.  However, it can also be used for Fun Friday and this is what it looks like now:

Here's a close up of the fabulous drawing by one of our interns, Ivy:

Enjoy and, until next week, May the 4th be with you all!

Apr 27 2018 - 1:12pm

Whew!  For weeks, our staff has been making preparations for this year's Greenfield Kiwanis Club Auction and the fundraiser is almost here.  On Tuesday, some of us will be assisting with a dress rehearsal in our studio, for the broadcasts on Wednesday and Thursday nights, while another staff member heads over to the planning department to record a Greenfield Town Council Ways & Means Committee Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget Meeting.  In addition, next week, we'll also be filming a Greenfield School Committee Special Meeting, the Greenfield Public Library's 1st Wednesday Speaker, and the Greenfield High School Music Department's Spring Scholarship Concert.  That all translates to our staff and volunteers covering 7 events over the course of 4 days but we are up for the challenge!

To see the results of our efforts, be sure to tune in to Cable Channel 15, from 7PM to 9:30PM on May 2nd & 3rd, to help the Kiwanis with all of their service projects in Franklin County and keep checking our website for newly uploaded government meeting videos.  In the meantime, have a great weekend everyone!

Apr 20 2018 - 11:30am

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?

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