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Wednesday, December 31 1969

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Jan 13 2017 - 2:54pm

No matter how you feel about the results of November's election, the inauguration of our next President of the United States, and reaction to that celebration, is big news.  As your community television station, we're going to work hard to keep you informed about these national events from a local perspective.

Many of you are already fans of Democracy Now! so be sure to tune in to Cable Channel 15 next Friday, January 20th, from 8AM to 3PM, for complete coverage of Inauguration 2017, courtesy of FreeSpeech TV, and again on Saturday, January 21st, from 10AM to 3PM, for their broadcast of the Women's March on Washington.  Meanwhile, we'll have cameras at the protest planned for 4PM to 6PM on the Greenfield Town Common on the 20th.  Not only will we be recording that for later broadcast online and on TV but we plan to stream the entire event live on Facebook.  In addition, if you are unable to stand on the town common that day, and don't have internet access at home, you are welcome to watch the proceedings in our lobby.

Finally, we want you to know that we are sending a camera down to Washington, with a woman participating in the march on the 21st, and we anticipate airing her footage, and getting her take on that event, near the end of the month.

Jan 6 2017 - 2:26pm

Whew! What a week for filming government meetings and other events downtown.  After using all day Tuesday to catch up from our wonderful week off, our executive director headed over to the Greenfield Planning Office to film the town council's reorganization meeting.  Since councilors weren't actually sure that they needed to hold this meeting, charter changes made it a bit unclear and traditionally officers have served for two years or until the next town election, there were no surprises as Bricket Allis, Isaac Mass, and Rudy Renaud were re-elected to their positions.

On Wednesday night, after another busy day at our offices, the Greenfield School Committee convened their organizational meeting in our studio.  Our new media producer made sure it broadcast live and posted the results (Mayor Martin as chairperson, Adrienne Nunez vice chair, and Don Alexander as secretary) on our social media feeds around 7:30PM.  Meanwhile, one of our volunteers was across the street filming the Greenfield Public Library's First Wednesday Speaker Series, featuring Crystal Mengele and members of the Amherst Area Amateur Astronomy Association.  The images they shared were amazing and you'll get to see them when we post the video on our website on Monday.

Continuing with our theme of recording local government meetings, GCTV's news director attended last night's 3 hour long Greenfield Town Council Economic Development Committee (EDC) and Greenfield Planning Board Joint Public Hearing continuation about amending a Greenfield Zoning Ordinance as it relates to a Corridor Overlay District.  If you don't know what that's all about, or why it's important, stay tuned.  We'll bring you the full video later today and you can watch for yourself as many residents object to allowing gas stations and restaurants with drive-thru service to be built on the French King Highway.

One other thing we did this week was take down the Greenfield Local Cultural Council (GLCC) art exhibit that's been enriching our workspace for the last few months and prep our walls for the next guest artist.  So, don't forget to stop by our lobby between 6PM and 8PM tonight to check out the new paintings, kibbitz with artist Alice Thomas, and eat some yummy snacks!

Dec 23 2016 - 8:59am

We hope everyone enjoys a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  We will definitely be doing that while we are closed from December 26th through January 2nd, so there will be no blog post next week, but we will hit the ground running on January 3, 2017.  That week will see us recording a town council meeting, a school committee meeting, and the Greenfield Public Library's First Wednesday Speaker in addition to our regular duties and annual turnover chores.  It will be exciting and we can hardly wait.  See you next year!

Dec 16 2016 - 2:07pm

At 5:05PM on Wednesday, just as our new media producer was getting ready to take her break and our executive director was headed upstairs to our studio to set up a projector for the Greenfield School Committee Meeting, we discovered that the elevator in our building wasn’t working properly. Changing plans, our new media producer continued preparations for the meeting while our executive director investigated the problem. Shortly, he realized there was no quick fix and a repairperson was called. Unfortunately, it would take the repairperson an hour to get here and people would begin to arrive for the school committee meeting at 6PM.

It was all hands on deck as calls were made to town officials, volunteers were emailed, and our staff provided a smaller setup, with only one camera and no capability to broadcast live, so that the meeting could take place in our first floor lobby. A big thank you, by the way, goes out to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce/Greenfield Business Association for loaning us some really nice chairs! In addition, we put a TV monitor in the main hallway for any audience overflow and posted updates about what the school committee was doing approximately every 10 or 15 minutes during the meeting, instead of our usual every half-hour schedule.

The elevator was successfully repaired around 8:30PM but we were very lucky. The part that failed was a small electromagnet from the 1930’s, not the most common piece, and the repairperson just happened to have a replacement with him. Of course, our staff thought the electromagnet was pretty cool so we’re sharing a picture of it with you. Take a look:  (That's a penny in the bottom left corner, for size comparison.)

 

Dec 9 2016 - 4:46pm

Mark your calendars now!  For the first time in many years, we will be closed for the entire week between the Christmas and New Year's holidays.  That means our offices and studios will be closed Monday, December 26, 2016, through Monday, January 2, 2017.  In addition, there will be no GCTV Board of Directors Meeting in December or Greenfield High School Music Department Holiday Concert.  Instead, the GHS Music Department has moved their winter showcase to January 12, 2017 and our board would like you to "save the date" for an open house event we are planning to coincide with our January 31st Annual Meeting.  In the meantime, we hope everyone has a wonderful, stress-free, season.

Dec 2 2016 - 1:38pm

With the holiday season upon us there are many events going on that producers will want to film, in addition to their regular projects. In fact, next week and the following weekend, most of our cameras are already spoken for. Four Rivers Charter School students will be using several of them, as they get the bulk of their interviews and b-roll for their documentary, and Mik Muller will be recording the 32nd annual Welcome Yule celebration at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls. Then, on December 16th, our staff will be covering the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, which will feature The Recorder’s Citizen of the Year. What will you film?

Nov 25 2016 - 8:59am

For those of you celebrating and shopping this time of year, we just want to take a moment to remind you to please support the local businesses who support us year-round.  Our corporate sponsors can be seen before and after all Greenfield Community Television Programs---like government meetings, the Greenfield Public Library Speakers Series, and special events---and other folks have stepped up to help us with particular shows or in-kind donations when needed.  A complete list can be found here.  Thanks!

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!

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