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Jun 1 2012 - 4:52pm

For those of you who don't know, PEG TV stands for Public, Education, & Government Television.  Some community access stations focus solely on one of the three (or have separate channels for each) and others, like us, have a mixture of programming on their channel(s).

Usually that means we are helping producers to create a wide variety of shows, as well as facilitating the recording of major government meetings.  This week, however, we were busy taping candidate statements for Greenfield's Town Election on June 12th and putting together a page about it for our website (click here to find out more about the candidates and watch those videos), broadcasting the town council ways & means committee's final meeting with department heads about the Fiscal Year 2013 Proposed Budget (watch it here), and recording a candidates forum produced in our studio by Barbara Tillmanns & Jeanine Greaves.  The forum will air tonight at 5 and again on Monday at 12:30AM.  It will also be available for viewing on our website some time after noon on Monday.

We hope you are all availing yourselves of these great opportunities to stay informed about local government and make your voice heard.  Please vote on June 12th and let us know if there's more information you would like to see us post online or on Cable Channel 15.

May 25 2012 - 12:54pm

We hope you haven’t forgotten that it’s election season.  Greenfield’s Town Election will take place on June 12th and you can find all the information you need to make an informed decision here on our website.  We’ve been busy contacting candidates to get pictures, bios, and websites, and have them come into our studio to record a video statement for you.  In addition, the town clerk’s office has supplied us with voter registration deadlines, sample ballots, and a schedule of available rides to the polls.  You can find out more by clicking on the “Election Information” section of our homepage.  Information from the town clerk and descriptions of the positions that will be on the ballots are up now.  Most of the people running for local office are coming in on Tuesday to record their video statements and we’ll put the candidate information up soon after.

In other local government news, Wednesday night’s ways & means committee meeting is now available to watch online here.  Councilors spoke with the superintendents of both the Franklin County Technical School and Greenfield’s Public Schools.  It was an educational experience for all and you can augment your viewing experience by following us on Twitter.  We were live Tweeting pertinent links during the meeting (as we’re working to do now from most live meetings in our studio).  Also, in the future, don’t forget that you can scroll down to the bottom of any page on our website to see the “Latest Videos” that have been added, including government meetings.

Finally, the mayor is scheduled to be in our studio this afternoon to record a new episode of his show.  This “Mayor’s Memo” will begin airing on Monday at 2pm.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone!

May 18 2012 - 3:44pm

As promised, we’ve rolled out some expanded functionality here on gctv.org.  At the top of our website, you may have noticed that we now have drop down menus.  If you mouse over “about us” or “get involved” (see picture below) you’ll find more pages to explore.

We’re also really excited about our expanded New to VOD section.  Now, when you come to our website looking for something to watch, you can scroll all the way down to the bottom of any page to check out the 16 most recent, full-length, videos that we’ve added.

Of course, you can also browse videos in our Video on Demand Player and find out about local shows by choosing "video" and "local shows" at the top of our website.

We hope you enjoy these new features and we've got others coming.  Keep checking back here on Fridays for more on what we're up to.

May 11 2012 - 1:22pm

Monday night’s “Valley Homegrown” show got our week off to a rockin’ start!  The band Superkart entertained audiences in the studio and at home during their live broadcast.  Several volunteers mentioned that it was a really good show.  If you missed it, you can watch it here.

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday our focus was on the 55th Annual Greenfield Kiwanis Club Auction.  Members of the club came in on Tuesday for training and to set up the phones they’d be using during their live simulcast on Cable Channel 15, 98.3FM WHAI, Bear Country 95.3, and www.justin.tv

It was fun to be in the office with club members.  Their Hawaiian print shirts, sense of humor, hard work, and dedication to their cause helped the group raise a lot of money.  If you happened to come into our office on either evening, you would have seen all four of our editing PC’s in use; complete with phones, headsets, and the auction database.  Our conference table was full of food, auction catalogs, and busy volunteers.  The studio was packed with a large phone bank and several stations to show off and talk about the items up for bid.  Whatever items weren’t on display were arranged around the office in the order they would go on TV.  Our staff had to exercise an enormous amount of willpower in order not to take the bright green Budweiser bicycle for a spin around the block!

Because of the auction, and because it took place at the Veterans Resource Center/Planning & Development Office at 114 Main Street, Wednesday night’s Ways & Means Committee meeting wasn’t broadcast live but one of our staff members did record it.  The councilors in attendance had a very good discussion with Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Sandy Shields & Town Finance Director Lane Kelly about the proposed 2013 DPW and Central Maintenance budgets.  In addition, Director Shields talked about her plans to retire in March of 2013.  The meeting will air on Saturday at 1pm as well as 12AM on Monday and Wednesday.  It will also be available to watch online next week.

May 4 2012 - 2:13pm

Continuing, as promised, to introduce you to the new programs entering our lineup, this week we tell you about “Dr. O’s Medicine Show” from producer Opeyemi Parham.  If you miss hearing her “Channeling the Muse” radio show on WMCB-lp 107.9FM, be sure to tune in to Cable Channel 15 at 11am on Tuesdays or 5pm on Wednesdays to find out more about how the mind and body work together, hear interesting music, and generally feel better about yourself.  You can watch an episode here.

Other good things to watch on GCTV include Wednesday night’s GHS Spring Scholarship Concert.  The three hour performance was recorded by our staff and volunteers and is processing as this is being written.  You’ll be able to watch it beginning at 4pm today or shortly after 2am on Thursday.

Finally, one last interesting thing to watch, both on our channel and online, is today’s grand opening of the John W. Olver Transit Center.  Two of our staff members were on hand not only to film the ceremony, but to interview most of the dignitaries in attendance.  This afternoon you’ll be able to see a short video on our homepage giving you a short overview of the event.  In the coming weeks the full ceremony, as well as several short pieces about a variety of local topics, will be posted online and broadcast on channel 15.  Enjoy!

May 1 2012 - 8:54pm

Upon arrival at the high school around 7:50pm we found an electric atmosphere.  Usually it’s very quiet when our staff arrives to receive vote totals but, probably due to a higher than average voter turnout, this time was quite different.  There was a buzz in the air and everyone seemed to be on the move.  As usual, the Town Clerk, her staff, and volunteers worked quickly to get the totals recorded and out to the press.  Superintendent Hollins was on hand to get the totals as well and we’ll work to get you an interview with her tomorrow.  Another new thing for this election was that we were able to Tweet and update our website from the high school instead of having to drive back to the office in order to get you the results.  This worked out really well and we want to say thank you to the staff and administrators at GHS who made that possible.

Apr 27 2012 - 3:18pm

This is a very busy time for local officials.  It’s budget season so the ways & means committee is meeting every week, on Tuesday voters will go to the polls to decide whether or not to approve a proposition 2 ½ override to build a new high school, and our regular town election will be June 12th.  GCTV's staff is working hard to make sure that information about all of these events is available to anyone who wants it.

We’re broadcasting all of the ways & means meetings live on Cable Channel 15 (except for the one on May 9th, which will be pre-empted by the annual Kiwanis Auction, but we’ll record it and broadcast it soon after) and you can find out the entire schedule by watching this short video.  As always, you will also be able to watch the meetings online, within 24-48 hours after they occur, by choosing the “Local Government” category in our Video on Demand Player.  This week’s meeting is already available here.

Also available for your edification are a sample ballot for Tuesday’s debt exclusion referendum and a schedule of FRTA supplied free rides to the polls.  Both can be found by clicking on the “Election Information” link on our homepage.

When you click that link, you’ll be taken to the main page for all the elections in which Greenfield voters will participate this year.  Select the one you want more information about in order to be taken to its page.  Come back as many times as you want, we update these pages frequently.

In fact, we’ll soon be updating the June 12th Annual Town Election page with pictures, biographies, and video candidate statements from all the folks who are running for office.  We’ll let you know through our Facebook page and Twitter feed once that is done.  If you haven’t liked and/or followed us yet, now is a really good time to start.

It’s especially important to start following us on Twitter if you want the absolute latest results from Greenfield High School on Tuesday night.  One of our staff members will be live Tweeting the results as soon as they come out of the town clerk’s computer.  Of course, we’ll also post them on our homepage around 8:30pm like we usually do.  However, if there are any delays or developments, our Twitter followers will be the first to know.

Make sure you know what's going on by keeping up with all our coverage of local government on GCTV and gctv.org.

Apr 20 2012 - 11:36am

Even though we were closed Monday for Patriots' Day, our producers were busy.  Three shows had equipment checked out over the long weekend and several taped new episodes in our studio during the week.  Highlights include newer program "The Game's Afoot" (which alternates with "Reading Shakespeare" in its 6pm Thursday timeslot), "Healthbeat" from Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC), and "Local Bias".

In "The Game's Afoot", three people read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories aloud for the viewers.  Their latest episode features chapter three of the very first Holmes story, "A Study in Scarlet".  If you don't know how Holmes and Watson met, make sure to watch this program.

On the episode of "Healthbeat" that will begin airing next month (Mondays at 6pm, Thursdays at 11am) BFMC will be celebrating their nurses with interviews and appreciations.

And finally, Kirsten Bonanza was Drew Hutchison's guest on "Local Bias" Friday.  That show will begin airing on Wednesday at 5:30pm (also airs Thursdays & Saturdays at 9pm).

Stay tuned next week for more information on the upcoming elections and the beginning of budget season (the first Ways & Means Committee Meeting airs live on Cable Channel 15 at 6pm on Wednesday).

Apr 13 2012 - 4:48pm

The Northwestern District Attorney’s (NWDA) Office, led by Dave Sullivan, has been making great use of our facilities and expertise.  On Monday, they recorded an hour long show in our studio promoting awareness of National Crime Victims’ Week, which this year is April 22nd through the 29th.  In two half-hour segments, panelists shared about the rights of, and services available to, both victims and survivors.  You can learn about these resources by watching the video on Cable Channel 15 tonight at 5 or Monday at Noon.  You will also be able to watch it online beginning sometime next week.

We’re also hopeful that sometime next week we’ll be able to share with you some of the videos created at yesterday’s conference to prevent underage drinking.  This event was put on by the NWDA’s Office, at GCC, and we were a big part of it.  If you haven’t checked out the news story we posted yesterday, you can watch it here.  For the last several months, our Station Manager worked with NWDA staff, volunteers, and other cable access station directors to plan workshops for the teens in which they could create their own public service announcements (PSAs).  Afterward, our Station Manager shared about his experience, “I was astonished by the work of some of the youths in our group, they deserve a great deal of credit for writing and filming both profound and impactful videos within such a short period of time.”  Big thanks to Fred, who really helped shape the planning process, and to all the access directors who ran groups---we couldn’t have done it without you.

Apr 6 2012 - 2:51pm

This week, our Station Manager went to a MassAccess mini-conference in order to attend workshops on digital archiving and community news coverage.  He came back energized and pleased that the short videos we put on our homepage each day represent the cutting-edge of what access stations are doing.  Digital archiving, on the other hand, he discovered is still a work in progress for everyone.  Like many of our peers we have 1000’s of VHS tapes from the 90’s in the attic but we have the last 5 years of shows on DVD and the most recent programs also stored on a server in our office.  DVDs are not the answer because they become unstable over time and no one can guarantee that the digital records we create & store today will be accessible 50 years from now.  Many people are addressing this problem and currently the best suggestions involve multiple types of media backups as well as storage both onsite and off.  We are constantly working to make sure that our archives are relevant, safe, and accessible and our Station Manager will soon be exploring new community partnerships to expand our options.

Speaking of community partnerships, please keep the folks from Iglesia Pentecostal Luz de Salvacion, who produce our only Spanish language church service “Luz en las Tinieblas”, in your thoughts and send good wishes their way.  We found out this week that their house of worship in Brattleboro was flooded during one of the recent storms and they won’t be back up and running for a while.  We’ll continue to air older services from them, on Cable Channel 15 Sundays at 7AM and 4PM, until they are back on their feet.

Finally, a note regarding last week's blog post.  We hope you liked our April Foolishness on Sunday.  If you missed it, check it out here.

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