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Wednesday, December 31 1969


Oct 19 2018 - 2:22pm

Witches, ghosts, and goblins!  We're sure to see a lot of these on Halloween, when we once again film the Greenfield Recreation Department's Rag Shag Parade.  Before we tell you about our preparations for that event, however, we should probably share about the Gremlins who visited us last week.

If you were curious about why there was no blog post on Friday, October 12th, wonder no more.  We must have accidentally left some food out after midnight, or not noticed that some of those torrential downpours we had were leaking into our Mogwai enclosure, because early that day our website crashed.  When our communication coordinator discovered the problem, she immediately contacted tech support to resolve it.  Unfortunately, it took a while to access the server where our site is housed and then multiple things had to be fixed.  By the time everything was back to normal, it was late afternoon and we had spent most of the day interacting with tech support and keeping the public informed about our progress.

Speaking of keeping you informed, now it's time to talk about how we’re getting ready for the main event on October 31st.  Our production coordinator, Philippe, has been organizing volunteers and double checking equipment, and we've all been figuring out our costumes.  We're sad to say that longtime co-host Russ Brown, of The Dukes of Sports, will be unable to be a part of our shoot this year because he has to work.  Never fear!  Our communication coordinator, Alicia, will be back with a special surprise co-host.  Be sure to check our social media feeds to find out who that is, as we get closer to Halloween.

In the meantime, we hope you've been enjoying our videos of previous Rag Shag Parades, which have been airing on Cable Channel 15 on Tuesdays at 6:30PM and Fridays at 4:30PM throughout the month.  In addition, on Throwback Thursdays, if you follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter, you've gotten to see some of our favorite costumes from the last few years.  Both of these things will continue through the big day.  It's all part of our efforts to share the fun of Halloween all October long.

Finally, we just have to state that we can't wait to get to Energy Park and see what everyone is wearing!  Be sure to check at 8PM on October 31st to see pictures of the costume contest winners, and then tune in to Cable Channel 15 at 9PM to watch our full video!

Oct 5 2018 - 12:12pm

And we just can't hide it!  GCTV turned 31 back in May and we think it's time to celebrate.  To that end we're going to be holding a Belated Birthday Party open house event on Monday, October 22nd, from 5:30PM to 7:30PM.  Doors will open at 5PM so that folks can get a jump on enjoying the plethora of snacks we'll have available and start mingling.

During the evening, you'll have a chance to check out both our TV and radio studios, play fun games, eat cake, and maybe even try using some of our equipment.  We're still working on some of the details but there may be a trivia contest and raffle prizes.  We do know for sure, however, that board member Chris Collins will be providing some of his famous (it was featured in a Greenfield Recorder article) Chex Mix.

As for the other food we'll have to share, we asked visitors to our office, as well as our followers on Facebook and Twitter, what their favorite comfort snacks are.    We got a lot of great responses and some of them will appear on our tables.  You'll have to show up on the 22nd to find out which ones.  So, save the date and join us at 393 Main Street, 1st floor.  See you then!

Sep 28 2018 - 7:59am

Whew!  Between events this week and things happening in the future, we have a lot of balls in the air and we're working hard to make sure that none of them hit the ground.  Many of you know that this time of year gets a little busy for us with the Franklin County Fair Parade, Greenfield Rag Shag Parade, and Greenfield High School (GHS) vs. Turners Falls High School Thanksgiving Football Game.  What you may not know is that, in addition to planning for those shoots, we're laying the groundwork for the GHS Music Department Holiday and Spring Concerts, the GHS Music Parents Association Telethon, the Greenfield Kiwanis Auction, and more.

On Monday, our executive director met with GHS Music Department Director Maria Scotera to discuss logistics involved in moving the telethon to the high school.  Later, at our staff meeting, we all put our heads together to hammer out details for our Rag Shag coverage and an open house event that we want to have next month.  We would have talked about the football game as well but we ran out of time.  Yesterday, our staffers got together again to put finishing touches on our handbook for the Kiwanis auction, so that all the information we need for that huge production is always to be found in one, easily accessible, place.

But wait, there's more!  While all of that pre-planning was going on, we were working out last-minute set-up details for the #Stand4Forests Open Mic that Mass Forest Rescue held in our lobby on Wednesday.  We were also finishing up organizing equipment for recording the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast this morning and staffing for tonight's GCTV Lobby Artist Talk.  Finally, did we mention that our board of directors also held their monthly meeting this week?

As you can see, we're definitely not bored around here but that doesn't mean you can't do some planning of your own and come up with an idea for a show.  We'll teach you how to use our equipment and edit your video so all you have to bring is your creativity.  Come on down!

Sep 21 2018 - 12:18pm

Thanks to everyone who participated in our social media experiment, what started out as a dreary, rainy Tuesday, this week became a fun opportunity and a lovely sunny afternoon.  Disheartened by the dark, cool, wet morning, our executive director, Oscar Lanza-Galindo, decided to pose a question on our Idea Wall:  "What do you like to do on rainy days?"  Because he's a plugged in dude, and because we're working on best practices to engage our social media audience, he took a picture of what he'd created and asked the same question on our Facebook page.  A little while later, our communication coordinator, Alicia, reposted that on our Twitter feed and folks came through.  You all helped our dry erase board go from this:

to this:

We had a great time interacting with people on Facebook (the blue Fb in parentheses in the picture indicates contributions from social media) and in our office and, much to our suprise, by the time we were done the sun was out!  Thanks so much and be sure to keep an eye out for more fun posts from us!


Sep 14 2018 - 2:34pm

Summer is coming to an end, school is back in session, and we have to bid adieu to our awesome intern, Ben.  For the last several months, Ben has been here three days per week, helping our staff with a variety of projects.  He was instrumental in planning and organizing both our Behind the Screens event for teens and our National Tell a Joke Day video.  He even designed the posters for those gatherings.  Ben is also a card-carrying geek, so we're going to try to squeeze a lot of Sci-Fi references into this blog post.

In addition to being a fan of Science Fiction, Ben likes tech.  He was constantly bringing in new "toys" and apps to demonstrate for us. Today, to say so long and thanks for all the fish things he's done for us, we're throwing him a little party, a mini-party if you will.  Given all of his interests (he knits too!), we couldn't figure out what to get him:  a TARDIS so he can come back and work with us whenever he wants and still get all of his school, sleep, video gaming, eating, etc. done? A hoverboard? A new iPhone?  Unfortunately, none of that stuff is in the budget so we're just ordering up some fun food from our replicators, complimenting him (so say we all!), and sending him off with a hearty, "Be excellent to each other!", though we know it will take Wyld Stallyns to drag him away from us.

Sep 7 2018 - 3:45pm

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 - 7:59am

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 - 7:59am

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 - 2:39pm

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 - 1:20pm

...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.