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Mar 16 2012 - 3:17pm

That’s our word for this week because our staff re-arranged their schedules in order to cover several events, Appalachian Still filled in for another band on "Valley Homegrown", and the mayor spoke about additional notification options that CodeRED provides our town.

On Monday afternoon, Deputy Fire Chief Robert Strahan joined Mayor Martin in our studio to elaborate on the benefits of adopting a new emergency notification system that can alert citizens by phone, email, and text.  Watch the video!

On Monday night, amazing country band “Appalachian Still” raised the roof in front of an enthusiastic live audience on “Valley Homegrown”.  These guys were terrific, professional, and willing to step in when another band had to cancel.  Experience their performance for yourself!

Monday night also marked the beginning of unusual work shifts for some of our staff.  An additional person worked noon to 8pm in order to record the Greenfield Human Rights Commission’s Meeting & Public Forum on the closing of Greenfield’s Social Security Office.  After the meeting, we interviewed the commission’s chair, Lew Metaxas, and brought you that short video on Tuesday evening.  The full meeting will air on Cable Channel 15 tonight at 6 and will be available as part of our Video on Demand Player on Monday.

On Tuesday, another staffer gave a tour to our second group of cub scouts in a month.  The kids were really excited and grateful to try out our studio equipment.  Then, on Wednesday, Greenfield High School students got their turn to take over our studio, participating in the Greenfield High School Music Parents Association’s annual telethon.  After loading in equipment, dropping off instruments, and setting up for most of the day, the GHS select choir, jazz band, and soloists went live on our air for three hours.  They raised $7841 to help defray the costs of getting to competitions, going on concert tours, and other expenses related to the music program.  Our station manager and another staffer were here until 10pm that night assisting with the production, live tweeting, and recording interviews and b-roll.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, watch our short follow-up video.  We’ll be posting a photo album as well either today or Monday.

On Thursday one of our staff members worked 2-10pm in order to cover the Greenfield School Committee Meeting.  Today, things are a little quieter and our staff is catching up in addition to helping the crew of “Local Bias” produce a new episode featuring activist Karl Meyer.

Finally, one last note on being able to adapt.  Normally, we download David Pakman’s Thursday broadcast on Friday so that we can air it the following Tuesday night.  This week, Mr. Pakman expanded his show from twice a week to Monday through Thursday.   In order to celebrate this milestone, several special guests were interviewed.  When our Station Manager found out that this Tuesday’s guest was astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, he felt that we had to share that episode with you instead.  To that end, we downloaded this week’s second episode today and it will air this coming Tuesday, March 20th, at 8pm and again on Thursday, March 22nd, at 11pm.  If you don’t know who this outspoken, media savvy, scientist is, check out this Wikipedia article and don’t miss next week’s “The David Pakman Show”.

Mar 9 2012 - 5:16pm

That seemed to be our theme this week as we Tweeted Tuesday's election results for the first time, the mayor recorded an episode of his show with a different format, and eight producers worked on their inaugural projects.

We'd been doing a lot, leading up to the presidential primary in Massachusetts, to educate voters and encourage participation in the electoral process.  It was only natural that we continue the process on election night by posting the returns on our website for all to see.  Because we've recently started Tweeting, it made sense to post updates on our feed to let people know where we were in the process.  If you follow us, you were notified when our staff member headed over to Greenfield High School to pick up the results, as soon as they returned to the office, who the key winners were, and that the full results were up.  We hope this made it easier for you to get the information you were looking for.  Keep checking our Elections 2012 page for all the latest information on our town election in June, state and national elections, and the vote related to the new GHS building.

Mayor Martin also wants to educate the public about the high school construction project so he changed the format for "Mayor's Memo" on Tuesday, when he recorded his first show of 2012.  Instead of answering individual questions the public had emailed him and then interviewing a department head, he answered many people's inquiries by inviting the chief architect for the new school building, Lee Dore of Dore & Whittier, and Greenfield's Finance Director Lane Kelly to make a presentation.  You can watch the video, which includes the latest floorplans, here.

Finally, we want to share about some other videos you'll soon be able to enjoy.  A raft of producers we just met were in here this week, working hard on fledgling shows covering a variety of topics:  speech & debate, homelessness, the army, jail, and health & wellness.  They're learning a lot and we are excited about having their content join our existing lineup on cable channel 15.  Keep checking back here, because we'll tell you more about them as they are completed and begin to air.

***One last thing, don't forget get to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night!  Daylight savings changes over at 2am on Sunday, March 11, 2012.***

Mar 2 2012 - 3:24pm

Though this week held several surprises for us (snowstorm, special guests, etc.) leap day itself was mostly quiet and allowed our staff to catch up on some much needed work.  The rest of the week looked like this:

On Monday night The Ben Carr Music Project filled our studio with what they describe as, "a funky melding of ‘ukulele jazz, prog rock and drum orchestrations that deliver toe tapping melodies over a solid foundation of dynamic rhythms", when they played live on "Valley Homegrown".

If you follow us on Twitter, you already know that on Tuesday we were graced by the presence of world-renowned musician Toussaint the Liberator.  He's a friend of one of our newer producers, heard good things about us, and wanted to check out our facilities.  We showed him around our studio, editing suites, WMCB, the whole shebang.  Who knows?  Soon you may be watching or listening to him on his own local show.  By the way, if you aren't following our Twitter feed yet, simply click on over and check it out.  Then you can find out about cool stuff as it happens. 

Tom LaChance from "Storytime with Tom & Kat" was in the office a lot on Wednesday and Thursday, editing the latest episode of his show, and he brought along a friend (see pic below).

Corduroy Fox will make his acting debut in episode 11, which will air in April.  Tom, who makes all the puppets for Storytime, told us that Corduroy was inspired by one of the staff members.  Can you guess which one?

Finally, today's been pretty busy:  "Franklin County Matters" was here first thing to tape a new show highlighting "Cancer Connection" and the great work that they do, five producers have been in and out of our editing suites all day, and "Local Bias" is in our studio right now. 

Feb 24 2012 - 3:11pm

After having Monday off for Presidents Day, we jumped right into the work week helping two producers edit their shows first thing on Tuesday morning.  Then, a little before noon, Brent Eaton made his triumphant return to our studio.  Brent had been sidelined with an injury for the past few months, but now he’s back producing his art (Dark Horse, Encore Body Art*, Silly Wizard, Windchanger) and martial arts (Eaton do Ryu) shows for air on Cable Channel 15.

Wednesday saw most of our editing suites in use all day as “Let it Rip”, “Local Bias”, and “Healthbeat” worked on new episodes in addition to some non-series producers working on their projects.  The best part of the day was the evening, when former Greenfield Town Councilor Mark Maloney brought in his cub scout troop for a tour.  The kids spent a couple of hours learning how our studio equipment works, including how to direct a show, and then produced a short piece.  Our Station Manager had a lot of fun with the kids and they enjoyed their time here.

On Thursday afternoon, one of our staffers headed over to the Greenfield Public Library for a chat with its new director, Ellen Boyer.  She was great and shared a lot about her past experience, reasons for taking this job, and plans for the future.  If you haven’t seen it yet, click here.

Today, it’s been quieter here, though we have had some folks drop by to edit and say hi.  The highlight of the day was our Station Manager getting up early to film the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast.  The speakers today focused on the theme of “I Love my Job!” and we’ll be bringing you an interview with Jay Fidanza on that topic later today and post the full talks online next week.

That's it for this week, see you next post!

*"Encore Body Art" contains adult content.

Feb 17 2012 - 6:27pm

As another busy week comes to a close around here, we thought we'd take a look back at some of the interesting things that went on.

On Tuesday afternoon, an instructor from Greenfield's YMCA, who's been working on his own show, put the finishing touches on a five minute piece about the class he teaches.

On Wednesday, the folks from "Franklin County Matters", "Reading Shakespeare", and "Literary Classics" (WMCB-lp 107.9FM) got together to produce "The Game's Afoot---Reading the Tales of Sherlock Holmes".  Their first taping, consisting of a cold reading of chapters one and two of the very first Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (A Study in Scarlet), went very well.   Everyone enjoyed learning how Watson and Holmes first met and how Holmes' studies began.  The show will begin airing on Cable Channel 15 soon and the audio will begin running on WMCB, as part of "Literary Classics", in a few months; after the current reading of Graham Greene's The Wind in the Willows is done. 

The "Healthbeat" crew came in on Thursday to record an informative new show and had several enthusiastic guests.  They also brought our staff really yummy brownies for which we say, "THANK YOU!"

Today, our editing suites were pretty close to booked solid and our staff ably assisted the producers using them, in addition to putting together news stories, helping with a "Local Bias" shoot, and other duties.

Finally, we have a couple of shout outs and a reminder to pass on to you.  First, we'd really like to thank our volunteers for the Greenfield Town Council & School Committee Meetings this week.  Humongous kudos go to Susan L. & Tom R. who stepped up at the last minute to help us out on Wednesday night and to Tom L. who ably directed through a marathon five-hour session on Thursday.  Second, all producers and show sponsors (people who have requested we air shows not produced locally), please stop by the office to sign a new, 2012, production contract or sponsorship form for each of your shows on GCTV, if you haven't already.  We need to have up to date contact information for you and your show.  Thanks!

Feb 10 2012 - 12:46pm

On Monday night, a terrific band, Flabberghaster, performed before a live audience gathered in our studio for a broadcast of "Valley Homegrown".  The audience enjoyed themselves and the crew was excited to be filming such a great experience.  Afterwards, several volunteers made positive comments and speculated that Flabberghaster could be a group that hits it big on a regional or national level.

Throughout the week, our New Media Producer, has been working hard to bring you up to date and important election information.  We revamped our March 6th Presidential Primary page because there is so much more for residents to vote on than just the Republican Presidential Candidates.  Click the link above to view sample ballots for all three parties and absentee ballot information.  Democrats have town and state committee members to vote on and the Green-Rainbow party has three people vying to run for president.  If that doesn't convince you to get informed and show up to the polls, stay tuned to our homepage next week because we're also working on a short video about the importance of primaries, voting, and town committees.

Lastly, one of our staff members will shortly be heading over to Baystate Franklin Medical Center to cover their annual Chocolate Fantasy fundraiser.  That yummy event, which goes until 3:30pm, will be featured on our homepage this evening.

Feb 3 2012 - 2:37pm

A lot of time this week was spent planning for the future.  On Monday night, our Station Manager sat down with officers of the Greenfield High School Music Parents Association to hammer out some of the details for this year’s fundraiser.  Their annual telethon, which raises much needed funds to augment the Greenfield High School Music Program, will be broadcast live on Cable Channel 15 on Wednesday, March 14th.  Prior to that, instruments need to be brought over, equipment installed, phones set up, and many other things coordinated, in addition to the hours of rehearsal time that the students put in.

On Tuesday evening, our board of directors held their Annual Meeting in our studio.  In addition to looking back over our performance in 2011, which we discussed in last week’s blog post, they elected new officers and talked about ways for us to grow.  We appreciate the commitment of all our board members but GCTV’s staff would particularly like to thank the former head of our board, GCC’s Garry Longe, for all of his service and congratulate our new interim president, Ralph Gordon.

Finally, on Thursday morning, our Station Manager and our New Media Producer participated in a conference call with the folks who designed our new website.  Their conversation centered around possible next steps for the site including improved presence for newly added videos, pulldown menus, and increased functionality.  As this project progresses we’ll point out the advances we’re making here, in our weekly blog post, so stay tuned.

Jan 27 2012 - 1:21pm

Our Station Manager has been compiling our usage statistics for 2011, in preparation for our Annual Board Meeting this coming Tuesday, January 31st, at 6pm in our studio.  Our board meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend.

Preparing for that meeting prompted us to look at our stats so far this year and we're happy to report that we've been very busy!  Just this week alone we've had producers working on 19 different programs.  They had 31 equipment reservations, spent more than 40 hours on our editing computers, and did 4 shoots in our studio---including one for a brand new show. 

We'll tell you more about the new shows in development as they begin to air on Cable Channel 15 but, for now, we'd like to draw your attention to a newer show that is already on GCTV.  Reba Rasbury recently began bringing the wacky sense of humor and interesting view of life with which she imbues her radio show "Let it Rip" (WMCB 107.9-lpFM) to a television show of the same name.  You can catch it  Saturdays at 11pm and Wednesdays at 1am (it's not recommended for our younger viewing audience, even though puppets do put in an appearance---see the picture below of Reba editing her show).  You can also check out Reba's Youtube
for more quirky stuff.

Jan 20 2012 - 7:25pm

It may seem early to many of you but Greenfield's Town Election will be here before you know it and, before that, the Presidential Primary and possibly a debt exclusion vote and preliminary election.  After the town's election we'll head right into state primaries and the general election.  Next week you'll see our first news story of this election cycle appear on our homepage and we'll be posting some additional information on a special election page.  We've been very busy getting ready for this, and much more, so stay tuned.

Jan 6 2012 - 11:45am

Everyone is probably pretty tired of "best of 2011" lists at this point so we'd just like to make a note of a few of our accomplishments from last year and give you a quick preview of some things you can expect in 2012.

2011 was the year we transitioned to solid state cameras (no more pesky dv tapes! everything is recorded on sd cards and producers no longer have to wait while their footage transfers over to a computer in real time); revamped our website---realizing our dream of bringing you one short, informative, video each weekday; teamed up with local organizations like the Northwestern District Attorney's Office, Greenfield YMCA, Community Action, & DIAL/SELF to help them get important information out to the community; and really embraced social media---posting on Facebook several times a week, local forums almost every day, and even creating a Twitter feed

This year we plan to continue upgrading our facilities in order to provide the best opportunities for producers and programming that we can, increase the functionality of our website, expand our presence in the community, and provide the public with plenty of election information.  We're looking forward to all of this and hope you are too.