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Jan 19 2018 - 4:31pm

Though our offices were only open three days this week, due to the holiday on Monday and the snowstorm on Wednesday, we didn't let that slow us down.  Several of our staff members worked from home, while the winter weather reminded us all that it's still January.  Once the roads were clear, our staff worked dilligently to set up for the livestream and broadcast of this week's Greenfield Town Council Meeting.  Then, on Thursday, staff members were able to process and post the video online, in addition to catching up on tasks that had been postponed from the day before.

Now, we're looking forward to next week, when we'll have a whole bunch of new productions to work on.  Three producers have already reserved time to shoot episodes of their shows, another is signed up for editing time, and our staff will be recording the Franklin County Regional Council of Governments Meeting (FRCOG) on Thursday night and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on Friday morning.  Unfortunately, in order to give the FRCOG and chamber breakfast the attention they deserve, we've had to postpone our staff retreat.

We had planned on closing our offices next Friday, in order to concentrate on strategic planning, but we want to share both of the aforementioned events online with you as soon as possible.  To that end, we'll be open as usual on Friday, January 26th, and we'll tell you more about the staff retreat after it's rescheduled, so keep checking back!

Jan 12 2018 - 2:45pm

This is a transition that has been in the works for a while but finally came to fruition this week as our staff began to access their emails through Google, instead of our previous hosting service.  When Oscar Lanza-Galindo came on board as our new executive director, late last year, he noticed some inefficiencies with our email system and suggested that we could have more functionality with another provider.  To that end, he created a GSuite account for our organization and we've spent the last month getting used to creating and sharing documents online.  Now that our email accounts have been added to the mix, our staff can easily find and track conversations, share mailing lists and contact information with each other, and automatically add events to our calendars.  It makes our workflow so much better!  The other great thing about this is that our email addresses didn't change, so there is no negative impact to the general public.  In fact, the new system is so much better and easier that you might get a reply faster than you expect when you contact us in the future.  Check back next week for more news and notes!

Jan 5 2018 - 1:02pm

As promised, we're going to tell you about the latest addition to our offices in this week's blog post.  Our executive director, Oscar Lanza-Galindo, recently ordered a batch of Idea Paint and hired a local handyperson to install it on one of our walls.  It's been framed out really nicely and there's even a holder for all of its supplies.

As you can see, it's already gotten some use because we've all discovered that it's fun to write on the walls!  Seriously, though, this is a great mechanism for us to ask questions and get feedback, as well as for producers, DJs, and visitors to communicate with each other.  If you have a suggestion, come on in and write it down.  The board will be erased every few days so that there will be plenty of room for your ideas to join these:

Before we erase the board each time, we'll record the helpful information on it and use that to make changes when appropriate.  Periodically we'll share pictures of the board here on our blog too, so keep checking back!

Dec 22 2017 - 3:08pm

First, we want to wish everyone a very happy set of holidays and express our gratitude at being able to close the office next week, in order to get some much deserved time off.  Don't worry, all of your favorite programs will still run on Cable Channel 15 during that time, you just won't be able to come visit us again until after 10am on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  In addition, one of our staff members will record the special Greenfield Town Council Meeting on December 28th and we will make it available to watch online as soon as possible on January 2nd.

In the meantime, be sure to tune in for the rest of our annual run of movies by local documentary filmmaker Steve Alves.  Together in Time, Everyone's Business, and Life After High School will air at 7pm, 7:30pm, and 8pm tonight, respectively.  On Monday, December 24th, at 9:30am, and again on Friday, December 29th, at 7pm, we'll be showing Steve's most recent production, which focuses on the power, history, and importance of grocery co-operatives, Food for Change.

Looking ahead, we'll be closing our offices at 6pm on January 2nd, so that our staff can cover the Greenfield Town Council's Reorganization Meeting, at 6:30PM, at the Greenfield Planning Office (114 Main Street).

Finally, though there won't be a blog post next week, make sure to check back on Friday, January 5th, to find out more about this new addition to our office:

Dec 15 2017 - 8:59am

Franklin County lost a great creative spirit yesterday when Danny Cruz passed away.  Though he suffered from multiple sclerosis (MS), he didn't let it slow him down.  Danny was featured on GCTV's long running music show Valley Homegrown several times over the years, as part of the band "The Flaming Dragons of Middle Earth", and he shared about his passion for avant garde art in this piece we did, about a pop-up gallery, back in 2016:

Rest in peace Danny.

Dec 8 2017 - 8:59am

Thank you to everyone who's already dropped off a donation of new, or lightly used, unwrapped toys as part of the 4th annual Giving Back in Greenfield drive.  As you can see, our boxes are overflowing:

However, there are many children in town who could use a brighter holiday season, and we know there are also many generous souls who want to help, so we encourage you to continue bringing in presents, during our open hours, until December 18th.  At that point, they will be collected by the local nonprofit Recovery Support Specialists, which is located at 23 Pond Street, and distributed to families in need.  Recovery Support Specialists' mission is to support individuals through multiple pathways of recovery and any questions about their toy drive can be directed to Don Wright at (413) 387-9664.

Dec 1 2017 - 4:28pm

It has been a very busy week here, including Wednesday evening's 5 hour Greenfield Town Council Meeting, so we'll just provide you with a few highlights.

First, we have some new additions to our lobby, a pair of brightly colored toy donation boxes, one of which has already begun to overflow. 

We'd love to have you help with this endeavor so we'll tell you more about that in next week's blog post.

Second, getting back to this week's government meeting, our awesome new executive director provided pizza and caffeinated soda for our staff and volunteers, once he saw the meeting going later than 11PM.   This was a much needed pick-me-up in addition to a very thoughtful gesture and everyone was very grateful.

Finally, we'd like to share about some changes to our programming schedule and Video on Demand offerings.  FreeSpeech TV made changes to their lineup that affected The Stephanie Miller Show, The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, and The David Pakman Show, so we've experienced difficulties in airing those programs over the last month.  We have now straightened things out so that Stephanie Miller and David Pakman should air correctly but we will no longer be able to carry The Big Picture and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  On a positive note, relating to our Video on Demand offerings, we now be uploading government meetings to YouTube in order for the public to watch them more easily.

That's it for this week!  See you next time!

Nov 17 2017 - 2:55pm

As many people look forward to the holiday next week, we thought we would highlight some programming changes related to it. Though we won’t be filming this year’s football game, between Greenfield High School (GHS) and Turners Falls High School (TFHS) on Thanksgiving morning, we will be getting a copy of the matchup from our friends at Montague Community Television (MCTV). That way, you can tune in to Cable Channel 15 at 6:30PM on Thursday to watch it. Special thanks go out to our former executive director, Scott MacPherson, for doing the legwork on this!

In addition, we will continue our own tradition of airing Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, to usher in the holiday season, following the game, at 9:30PM. The GHS versus TFHS rivalry will also be rebroadcast at 1:30PM on Saturday, November 25th, and we’ll make it available online on Monday, November 27th.

Finally, our offices and studios will be closed on both Thursday and Friday next week, so we won’t be doing a blog post on November 24th, and we hope that everyone who is celebrating has a safe and happy holiday.

Nov 13 2017 - 3:37pm

Whew!  Last week was another busy one!  On Monday we taught a producer how to use our blue screen and, on Tuesday, our new executive director collected local election results for the first time.  Then, on Wednesday, we broadcast and streamed the Greenfield School Committee Meeting live from Greenfield High School for the second time.  Finally, even though our offices were closed, our staff filmed Greenfield's 2017 Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony on Friday and Senator Elizabeth Warren's town hall style meeting on Sunday.

Because the Greenfield Town Clerk's Office was using brand new election software, and voter turnout was 27%, it took a little longer than usual to process the results, however, we do now have full, official, town election results, including write-ins, available here.  Also, if you would like to watch Senator Warren's event, we plan to put that video online tomorrow and begin airing it on Cable Channel 15 next week.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter so you'll know as soon as it's up and check our TV Schedule for air times.

Nov 3 2017 - 3:02pm

We're very busy so we'll keep this week's post short.  Our staff and volunteers had a lot of fun at Greenfield's Rag Shag Parade on Tuesday and they were especially happy that The Addams Family won the Group/Family category in the recreation department's costume contest.  All of our folks were impressed by this entry because not only were all of the major characters represented but each person stayed in character the entire time.  "Morticia" and "Gomez" even danced a tango for the judges!  Speaking of dancing, we'd also like to give our own "Honorable Mention" to the Zombie Family entry because the event's DJ unexpectedly started playing Michael Jackson's "Thriller" while they were in front of the judges and the parents busted out some "killer" choreography on the spot.

Now that our Halloween fun is over, we're prepping for Greenfield Town Election Results and the Greenfield School Committee Meeting next week, so stay tuned!

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