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Nov 18 2016 - 2:23pm

We are busily preparing for Thursday's matchup between Greenfield High School and Turners Falls High School.  Our executive director has lined up the camera people we'll need, coordinated with play-by-play announcers, and arranged for The Dukes of Sports to do their bi-annual pre-game show on location at the field.  Meanwhile, our new media producer is making sure that her equipment is all set to take lots of pictures before and during the game.  In addition, our staff is working out the logistics of getting internet access during this shoot so that we can share images and scores with you in real time through our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed.  If you can't make it to the event in person, be sure to tune in to Cable Channel 15 at 5PM on November 24th to watch the pre-game show followed by the main event, which will in turn be followed by another annual Turkey Day tradition, the public domain movie "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians".  Finally, if you aren't going to be in the area that day, never fear!  We will put both sports videos online sometime after 6PM for you to watch anytime.  Enjoy!

Nov 11 2016 - 9:59am

On this Veterans Day, we would like to express our gratitude to all of the men and women who have risked, or are risking, their lives to protect our freedom.  We hope that you've already watched the short video on our homepage, in which local vets talk about the support that ex-military personnel need once they return home, but if you haven't, click here.  Later on today, you'll also be able to watch our full video of this morning's parade and ceremony at Veterans Mall so be sure to check back!

Nov 4 2016 - 12:28pm

Don't worry, we're not going to tell you how to vote or even mention any candidates by name.  We just thought you might like a reminder to do your civic duty on Tuesday, if you haven't already taken advantage of our state's new early voting system.  Remember, if you don't participate, you don't really have a right to complain if you don't like the way things turn out.  

In any case, if you aren't sick to death of election coverage by now, we also thought you might like to know that, in addition to bringing you local results on our website after 9PM on election night, we will be broadasting 5 hours of results and commentary from Democracy Now! & FreeSpeechTV.  Be sure to tune into Cable Channel 15 from 7PM to Midnight on November 8th for that.

One last thing, if you still need information about who's running, what the ballot questions are, and how & where to vote, click here.  On that page, you'll also find videos relating to Ballot Questions 2 & 4.  We hope they are helpful to you.  #GetOutTheVote!

Oct 28 2016 - 7:59am

This is our New Media Producer’s favorite holiday and she can’t wait to co-host our coverage of the 2016 Greenfield Rag Shag Parade with The Dukes of Sports’ Russ Brown. They planned their costumes together so be sure to watch our full video on Cable Channel 15 at 9PM on Monday, or watch it anytime after Tuesday here on our website, to check those out. Science Fiction fans should be especially appreciative of their choices.

If you want to experience all of the action live, be sure to join us at Energy Park after 5:30PM on the 31st or bring the kids to trick-or-treat downtown businesses (including ours) starting at 4PM. We’ll have plenty of candy and we really want to see your most creative outfits. To whet your appetite, here’s a picture of some of the Best Cartoon Character category entries from last year:

Oct 21 2016 - 1:34pm

We're very busy getting ready for our part in the Greenfield Annual Word Festival (GAWF), Greenfield Rag Shag Parade, Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival (PVTTFF), and TEDx Shelburne Falls.  Tonight and tomorrow, you can participate by attending one of the GAWF readings in our lobby.  Authors featured here are scheduled to include Jim Culleny, Joshua Michael Stewart, Tony Vacca, Richard Horton, Rick Parr, Cindy Markevich, and Brian Adams on Friday and Voices From Inside participants on Saturday.  Voices From Inside is a writing program for women who have been incarcerated and/or are in addiction recovery.

Next, everyone should have a lot of fun on Monday, October 31st, when we record the town's annual Halloween parade and costume contest.  We're putting the final touches on our roster of hosts and volunteers and, of course, our costumes.

Then, we hope you'll join us at Greenfield Community College (GCC) on Friday, November 4th, for the 5th annual PVTTFF screening.  There were lots of entries that are currently being judged and we can't wait to see who wins this year's celebration of sustainability and resilience.

Finally, we'd like to share a little bit about the next TEDx Shelburne Falls, which will take place on Saturday, November 19th, at Mohawk Trail Regional High School.  Last night, some of the speakers met for a tech rehearsal in our studio so that they could get comfortable with the microphones and other equipment they'll be using when they present on the topic "Body of Knowledge".  We know people are interested because the signs directing presenters to the rehearsal enticed a passerby to ask how to attend the event itself.

Oct 14 2016 - 1:31pm

Students from Four Rivers Charter Public School were in our studio on Thursday to get trained in the use of our field equipment.  For the third year in a row, their senior class will produce a film on a topic of importance to them.  The students haven't decided, yet, what their film will be about but the forty youth split up into three groups to learn the ins and outs of our HD solid state JVC cameras.  Soon they will be out and about shooting their footage and then they'll return to learn how to edit it.  In the spring, their finished movie will have a local premiere and begin airing on our channel.  Our staff has enjoyed working with these students each year and we can't wait to see what they'll do next.

Oct 7 2016 - 8:59am

Most of you know how much our staff loves having new artwork on the office walls every 3 months or so and how excited we are to be partnering with the Greenfield Local Cultural Council (GLCC) to host their Changing exhibit through December. Unfortunately, our good feelings were dulled a bit last Friday afternoon when one of the show’s paintings disappeared. Our executive director is sure that it was there in the morning but our new media producer noticed that it was missing when she left to go on her break mid-afternoon.

If anyone has any information regarding the stolen art, which is pictured below, we would really appreciate knowing about it. Please call us at (413) 774-4288 or email mail@gctv.org. We just want the piece back so no questions will be asked if it is returned during our open hours (Mon-Thurs 10AM to 8PM and Fri 10AM to 6PM).

Sep 30 2016 - 8:59am

It’s almost time again for the Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival! Our cameras will return to Beacon Field to capture all the action on Saturday, October 8th, and Sunday, October 9th. We’ve been told that this year’s event will feature so many contestants, there’s barely enough room for them all. That bodes well for folks who want to chow down at the People’s Choice Samplin’ Pit where the public can taste some of the entries and judge for themselves.

This may be one of the hardest events for our staff and volunteers to film because they get up close to the food as they interview participants, and are inhaling wonderful aromas as they walk around getting b-roll, but they can’t stop to eat any of it until they’re done. Of course, they do also get to listen to great music the whole time and enjoy a fun, family, atmosphere. Be sure to look for our coverage on Cable Channel 15, and here on our website, after Columbus Day weekend.

Sep 23 2016 - 12:29pm

Hopefully, you know from watching our coverage of local government meetings that the Greenfield Public Schools Administrative Offices will finally be moving out of their insufficient Davis Street building, and into a renovated section of Greenfield Middle School, during the first week of October.  At their meeting last week, Superintendent Harper encouraged the Greenfield School Committee to open Davis Street to the public before it is torn down, so that people can say goodbye.  Many longtime area residents attended elementary school in that building and the superintendent mentioned that recent visitors to her office have been reminiscing with administrative staff.  We would like to put together a virtual tour of the building, complete with oral histories from those who spent time there. If you attended Davis Street, or worked there, please email Karen@gctv.org or call our office at (413) 774-4288 to set up a time for us to record you sharing your memories.  This way, the experience will be available to all, long after the building is gone.

Sep 16 2016 - 8:59am

Thanks again to everyone who helped us by filling out Greenfield's Cable Advisory Committee (CAC) Survey in July.  All of the responses have been collected in a summary and you can read them on the town's website, here.  It was interesting to note that several people mentioned that though we are recording all of our programs in HD, Comcast isn't broadcasting them that way.  It was also nice to read all of the positive comments about us and to see that Greenfield residents are passionate and informed about how the system works.  We'll let you know how the negotiation process is going after the next CAC meeting so keep checking back!

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