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Nov 23 2011 - 5:59pm

Since we will be closed tomorrow and Friday for the holiday, we want to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a happy, healthy, safe, and grateful Thanksgiving. 

Thinking about gratitude brings us to some good news about our broadcast server, which---as we mentioned in last week's post---we've been having some trouble with.  We found some bad files on it and cleared them out, which will keep our programming on the air as we explore replacement options.  

We've also been able to add more video content to our website including State Treasurer Steve Grossman's address to the chamber of commerce (which we told you about last week in this blog), the Massachusetts Broadband Institute's Community Meeting from November 9th, and the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee's "Creating Greenfield's Future" event.  They can be found in the "FCCOC Speakers" & "Special Features" categories respectively.

While you're watching our Video on Demand Player you may notice some changes to its look.  We're tweaking it a bit to integrate it more with the design of our overall website.   It's a work in progress but we think it's starting to look better already. 

Another thing to check out while you're there, especially if you are a local football fan, is the latest episode of "The Dukes of Sports".  Hosts Russ Brown and Mike Cadran came in on Monday morning raring to discuss many of the Valley's Thanksgiving Day matchups.  As always, they provide an in depth look at the rivalry between GHS and TFHS.  You can watch the full game on Cable Channel 15 at 6pm tomorrow and we'll try to post it online over the weekend.  If not, we'll get it up on Monday.

That's it for now.  Enjoy your holiday!

Nov 18 2011 - 6:21pm

Before we close the books on this week, we'd like to share two quick things with you.

One, the speaker at this morning's Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast was State Treasurer Steve Grossman.  He spoke at length about the issues involved with either renovating or rebuilding Greenfield High School, the important role of local banks in fostering entrepreneurship, and the need for people to be financially literate.  We'll be posting his talk on our website, in its entirety, early next week so stay tuned.

Two, you may have noticed some problems with our broadcast signal recently.  We've been having some issues with our server (the piece of hardware that holds all of our programs for air) and we are looking into a variety of solutions.  We'll keep you posted over the coming weeks so keep checking back here on Fridays.

Nov 10 2011 - 5:54pm

Because it's a short week, and we're involved in things happening this weekend, we want to take a few moments to talk about the end of the week first. 

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and Greenfield will be recognizing our servicemen and women with a parade through downtown and ceremonies at Veterans Mall.  Even though we're closed, one of our staff members will be on location tomorrow morning to film the parade and recognitions so that you can watch them on Cable Channel 15 next week or online as part of our Video on Demand Player.

The fact that we're closed will also not prevent our being used tomorrow and Saturday as a location for the Double Take Fringe Festival, as their folks perform two pieces during three showtimes at our studio.  If you haven't heard about this avant garde theatre feast click on over to the short preview video we did for it.  The actors and director for "All the King's Women" have been in here several times this week rehearsing and putting the finishing touches on their production.  

"Franklin County Matters" also spent some time this week putting finishing touches on their latest projects.  Producer Tom Roulston edited two shows highlighting local social service organizations.  Host Dave Roulston recently interviewed a group of folks from the ARC about the programs they have to help adults with mental retardation or other developmental disabilities.  Right after that, Dave sat down with Bob Sunderland, Executive Director of the YMCA in Greenfield, to talk about all the great community services they offer.  That episode can be viewed here and the other should be available early next week.

We've also been focusing on service to the community this week and some of our staff members took advantage of a quiet Wednesday afternoon to get interviews with local agencies who will be helping people this holiday season.  Over the coming weeks you can expect to find stories on our homepage about ways you can donate food and toys, help the Salvation Army, and even perhaps "adopt-a-family".

Finally, we'd like to mention Monday night's "Valley Homegrown".  The band this week was Shokazoba Afrofunk Ensemble and they were smokin'!  The crew was very excited to have such a great group of musicians on the show and you can check them out for yourself by watching this episode here.

Nov 4 2011 - 1:01pm

So much has happened since last week's blog post that it may not be possible to include everything here.  In keeping with our mission to keep you informed, we'll at least hit the highlights.

Before the storm, there was the Rag Shag Parade.  A huge crowd enjoyed trick-or-treating at downtown Greenfield businesses, admired Andrew Easton's pumpkin carving technique, and participated in the recreation department's costume contest.  Not even a gas leak that was discovered and fixed a few hours prior to the event, in a pipe running under the street in front of The Arts Block, could dampen anyone's "spirits".  

The gas leak did, however, require the Department of Public works to tear up a portion of asphalt (see photo above)---causing us to change the location from which we shot the parade, and provided our station manager with a few minor technical difficulties to solve, in addition to encouraging the parade to take a slight detour onto the town common itself.

From there the judes awarded prizes in five categories for kids and two that included adults.  There was some fierce competition this year in the Best Homemade, Most Original, and Group/Family categories.  The most popular ideas seemed to be very little kids in cute furry animal costumes, optical illusions (man in gorilla cage, ogre with child), and costumes on wheels.  Even dogs got into the act!

To see the rest of our pictures from the event, click here.  You can also watch the video of our live coverage of all the fun and view the winning costumes.

Unfortunately, on Saturday the fun stopped.  The unusually high snowfall amounts, and bad road conditions, cancelled events around the region inculding our Masquerade Party.   We really appreciate everyone who supported us beforehand, from the folks who bought tickets to the businesses who donated prizes and operated as additional ticket sellers (World Eye Bookshop & The Greenfield Grille).  Though we won't be rescheduling this costume event, we are starting to plan for another "fun"draiser and will let you know the details once they're worked out.  As a reminder, anyone who purchased tickets before October 29th may return them to our office for a full refund.

The storm continued to present problems on Monday as people tried to return to work without 100% power, phone, internet, and other utilities and crews worked to clear downed trees and power lines.  Our station was fortunate to be fully up and running on Monday morning and we worked to get emergency information out to the public in as timely a manner as possible.

The mayor held a press conference at 1pm and we posted both a five minute bullet point news video and the full version on our website around 5pm.  We continued to receive disaster asistance updates from the mayor's office throughout the week and posted them on the lower left of our homepage.

If you haven't been checking that lower right news feed on our homepage regularly you may have missed some important information.  We've stated here before that we're working to put one new piece up there per day, in addition to posting a new video on our homepage each day, but sometimes we have more.  By the end of the day today, we'll have posted four new items including reminders that Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend, many animals were affected by the storm and are looking for good homes, and help is still available for people who anticipate having trouble heating their residences in the coming months.  If you missed anything, be sure to click on over to our News page to catch up.

Speaking of catching up, after a slow start to the week, many of our producers were able to work on their shows despite the aftereffects of the storm.  The Greenfield YMCA and Baystate Franklin Medical Center were able to produce new episodes and folks from the Double Take Fringe Festival came in to get a better feel for our studio space in preparation for their performances here next weekend (we're closed but you'll be able to get in for the shows, click here for more info.).  The Greenfield Town Council also went ahead with their planned Special Meeting at Town Hall on Wednesday, to do first readings on changes to the Fiscal Year 2012 Operating Budget, and you can watch the full eight minute meeting here.

That's about it for this post.  'Til next week, we hope you stay safe, warm, & dry.

Oct 28 2011 - 3:36pm

In addition to getting ready to cover Greenfield’s Annual Rag Shag Parade, and put on our Masquerade Party fundraiser, we spent the week assisting producers, enjoying a great performance on “Valley Homegrown”, and lending our support to the first local U. S. Senate Candidates debate of the season.

With our help, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office saw two of their projects come to fruition this week with an updated public service announcement (PSA) for tomorrow’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and one for their Consumer Affairs Division, hit our homepage.  Staff members from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also finished up their “Recovery Now!” series in both English and Spanish and would like to remind folks that the deadline to apply for FEMA recovery aid related to Tropical Storm Irene is this coming Wednesday, November 2nd.

Speaking of storms, the band HydroElectric took “Valley Homegrown” by one on Monday night.  The band describes their sound as “reminiscent of the early classic rock greats” as well as “a stoner/psych/metal project”.  You can check them out for yourself by watching their episode here.

You'll also soon be able to watch last night’s Athol Orange Television/GCTV co-production of the United States Democratic Senate Candidates Debate co-sponsored by the Greenfield and Athol Orange Democratic Town Committees.  As campaign season gets underway, we plan on bringing you more debates and information on the candidates so keep checking our homepage for more.

If you’ve been on our homepage regularly, you know that this is a big weekend for us.  We’ll begin broadcasting the Rag Shag parade live, from in front of Town Hall, at 5:30pm.  Amanda Jo from Bear Country 95.3 returns to co-host the event, this year with local author (and aspiring stand-up comic) Eve Brown-Waite.  Tune in to Cable Channel 15 for all the fun and afterwards  be sure to head back to gctv.org where we'll be posting pictures of the parade’s costume contest winners  between 7:30pm and 8:30pm.  On Saturday night, we’d love for you to join us at The Greenfield Grille for our 3rd Annual Masquerade Party.  We’ll be dancing to the sounds of Zydeco Connection, enjoying all the outfits during our costume contest, and raffling off great prizes donated by local merchants.  Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door ($15 each, cash or check only) beginning at 6:45pm tomorrow.

Have a happy Halloween everyone!

Oct 21 2011 - 5:26pm

After another busy week, we take a little time to reflect on some of the news stories we worked on:

On Tuesday, Massachusetts lawmakers released their proposed maps for redrawing state House and Senate districts.  Our Station Manager immediately got on the phone with local legislators, setting up interviews to get their thoughts on the new political lines as they relate to Greenfield, and we hope to post that story on our homepage next week.

On Wednesday night, Greenfield's Town Council debated their response to the proposed legislative districts live on Cable Channel 15 and you can watch that for yourself when it re-airs tomorrow afternoon, following the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) Meeting from Thursday night which airs at 1pm.

In addition to covering the FRCOG on Thursday, our Station Manager attended the Knowledge Corridor Light Rail Groundbreaking ceremony in Energy Park in the afternoon and we broadcast Greenfield's School Committee Meeting live that night.  The dignitaries attending the groundbreaking were happy to spend a few moments with us afterward, including State Representative Paul Mark who gave us his views on re-districting in addition to discussing the jobs and other benefits resulting from passenger train service returning to Greenfield.

Finally, we were excited to catch up with David Pakman early this morning, after his speech to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, to discuss his self-titled show which airs on GCTV Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 11pm.

One last noteworthy thing we'd like to mention, our Masquerade Party fundraiser is just over a week away.  If you want to find out about the prizes you could win in our costume contest, click on over to our page on Facebook for some sneak peeks.  To find out more about the event in general, click here.

Oct 14 2011 - 5:35pm

This was a busy week for the arts in Greenfield, and greater Franklin County, and we were right in the thick of it.  Promoting upcoming events, assisting local organizations with their preparations, and interviewing artists was done by both staff and volunteers over the past four days.  

We produced short pieces for our homepage about both happenings taking place downtown this weekend---the 3rd annual Brick & Mortar International Video Festival and Greenfield's Annual Word Festival---as well as next weekend's art exhibition showcasing the work of the Kitchell/Kabaker family

Our Station Manager met with some folks from the Double Take Fringe Festival, a theater smorgasbord similar to the two festivals ocurring this weekend, to help them plan because we'll be a stop on their tour Veterans Day weekend.

Meanwhile, the producers of "Franklin County Art Matters", "Franklin County Matters", and "Local Bias" all sat down with area artists to discuss their work.  On Wednesday evening, Tom Roulston directed a shoot in which organizers of the MassLOCA (the Massachusetts League of Crazy Artists) show shared their inspiration and creative process.  The next night, his brother Dave spent some time with The United Arc's Pioneer Club to discuss art empowering adults with mental retardation or other developmental disabilities.  Finally, Drew Hutchison spoke this afternoon with poet (and WMCB DJ host of "Speciocracy" as well as Greenfield's Precinct 1 Town Councilor) Marian Kelner about her book "As a Sailboat Seeks the Wind".   You can find out more about each of these shows when they air on Cable Channel 15 over the coming weeks.

In other news, we're continuing to improve this website.  Did you notice that our "New to VOD" block has moved and expanded?  If you're looking for something to watch, be sure to scroll down our homepage for the latest additions to our Video on Demand Player.

That's all for this week.  Enjoy the arts this weekend!

Oct 7 2011 - 1:22pm

We're busy, our producers are creative, and we have great events coming up.  Television production started off strong with 18 crews logging about 63 hours in our facilities & editing suites this week as well as checking out equipment and receiving many hours of training.  In addition to the folks from FEMA, SBA, and the Northwestern DA's office, whose programs we've been telling you about for the last couple of weeks, regular shows "Local Bias", "Reading Shakespeare", and "Storytime with Tom & Kat" and newcomers "Come to Think of It" and "Rock the House" all produced new episodes for air on Cable Channel 15.

Greenfield's Rag Shag parade, one of two spooktacular things we'll be involved in at the end of the month, will also be airing on our station---live at 5pm on Friday the 28th---and of course we'll be posting pics on our homepage that night.  The last weekend of the month is a jam-packed one for us since, after we film the parade on the town common on Friday evening, we hope to turn around and party the night away with you at our 3rd Annual Masquerade Party on Saturday the 29th. 

Yup, you read that right, we'll return to The Greenfield Grille from 7pm to Midnight, rocking out to the sounds of Zydeco Connection.  Everyone who went last year had a great time and the music was fabulous.  Don't miss your chance to join us, get your tickets early!  Stop by our office Monday through Thursday 10am to 8pm or Friday 10am to 6pm and purchase your tickets for $15 each (cash or check only).

Sep 30 2011 - 3:57pm

Whew, we've barely had time to breathe around here this week!  Thirteen productions made use of our facilities, editing suites, and equipment---some for the first time.  Together, they logged about 50 hours in house and our staff gave their crews approximately 20 hours of training.

Though it's still busy right now, we thought we'd take some time to share a few highlights from the week with you:

  • The band "Small Change" performed live on "Valley Homegrown" on Monday night.  (You can watch that episode here.)
  • Staff from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Small Business Administration, and other disaster relief organizations spent two filming sessions and two editing sessions putting together informational videos to help Greenfield and Greater Franklin County residents recover from Tropical Storm Irene damage.  (You can find out more about what they did by clicking here.  We'll put their videos into our Video on Demand Player once they're finished.)
  • The folks from Baystate Franklin Medical Center recorded a special "Healthbeat" show for October that is all about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  (This show will begin airing on Cable Channel 15 during the second week of the month.)
  • Joe Gochinski, host of "The Western Mass Democrat", taped two in a special series of episodes focusing on the Democratic Senate hopefuls vying to run against Scott Brown in November of 2012.  Not to miss this opportunity, while the candidates were here in our studio, we recorded each of their three minute video candidate statements for the election page we'll put up on our website closer to the election. 
  • Preparing for next month's Prescription Drug Take Back Day (October 29th) with the Northwestern District Attorney's office began with two of their staff members receiving training in Adobe Premiere (our primary video editing software).  They'll be updating one of the pieces they did last year so look for information on air and online soon.
Sep 23 2011 - 5:43pm

We had many special guests in our studio this week!

On Tuesday, producer Jonathan Mark of Flyby News recorded an open forum town meeting with former Alaskan Senator Mike Gravel on the topic of forming a citizen's commission to investigate 9-11-01.  If you missed it, click this link for more information about the event or check our Video on Demand player in a couple of weeks to watch it for yourself.  Right now, you can watch a short interview that we did with the ex-politician about his views on representative vs. direct democracy.

Wednesday's Greenfield Town Council Meeting brought many audience members in to watch Karen Renaud get appointed to fill the Precinct 7 vacancy and to listen to the council debate resolutions on Vermont Yankee and Health Care Collective Bargaining.  The meeting is available to watch online here.  By the way, you'll know whenever we add new videos to our site because they'll show up in the the "New to VOD" block on the left-hand side of our homepage (below the Upcoming Events, Volunteer Opportunities, and my account blocks).

Yesterday, Joe Gochinski---host and producer of "The Western Mass Democrat"---sat down with State Representative Paul Mark for an in depth discussion about western Massachusetts politics, redistricting, and more.  That program will air on Cable Channel 15 beginning in October.  

Finally, some of the folks from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA), who are in town to help with Tropical Storm Irene recovery efforts, met with us to find out how they can best get the word out about services they can offer Greenfield residents who've been affected by this disaster.  The group pictured here:

will be putting together a series of public service videos that you'll be able to see on TV and online to help you navigate the resources available.

That's it for this week.  Keep checking back here on Fridays for more information about what we've been up to.

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