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Wednesday, December 31 1969


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.

Dec 30 2011 - 3:50pm

The week between Christmas and New Year's is usually a quiet one that gives our staff a bit of a break.  This year was no exception.  Some of our producers took advantage of their own time off to work on their shows,  but the overall pace was relaxed.  Family and friends visited the office with holiday greetings, the studio was cleaned, and some overdue website maintenance got done.

A lot of joking went on with producers who were in this week and bad puns were thrown around with abandon.  The first episode of comedy/variety show "Let it Rip" was completed as well as a new episode of "Healthbeat", from Baystate Medical Center, that focuses on Gastroenterology and fundraising.  An instructor from the Greenfield YMCA and a representative from Co-op Power both worked on their respective programs.  "Storytime with Tom & Kat" was able to record a new episode as well and Brent Eaton productions returned to our studio to produce artwork for several series.

All in all it was a good week and a very good year.  Happy New Year Everyone!

Dec 23 2011 - 11:45am

GCTV lost one of our own this week when longtime sponsor of “Polka with Staz”, "Polka Joe", and "Polkatime with Ed Targonski" Stanley Kacpura passed away on Sunday.  Stan loved coming into the office to share the music of his homeland, bring us yummy doughnuts or tomatoes from his garden, and tell our Station Manager dirty jokes.  We all looked forward to his visits and missed him when his health wouldn’t allow him to be here.  Our hearts go out to his family and friends.  Rest in peace Stan.


Dec 16 2011 - 6:11pm

In news doubly related to GCTV, it was reported in today's Recorder that "Dukes of Sports" co-host Mike Cadran has put together a CD full of newspaper articles chronicling our local Thanksgiving Day high school football rivalry between GHS and Turners Falls.  As many of you know, we alternate filming the game each year with MCTV (Montague Community Television); they film it when it's at TFHS and we take care of it when it's GHS' home game.  After January 1st, folks interested in the history of the longest continuing Turkey day contest can stop by the Greenfield Public Library and ask to use the disc in one of the library's computers.

Also making news, The Recorder will announce its Citizen of Year this coming Tuesday at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Holiday Breakfast.  We'll be there taping the event for later broadcast on Cable Channel 15 and plan to get an interview with the winner.  If you're there, stop by our table and say hi. 

Speaking of things we film for later airing, our staff and volunteers attendend the annual holiday fundraising concert for Greenfield High School's music department on Wednesday night and that will be shown tonight at 7pm.

Finally, as we announced in this blog last Friday, we're now on Twitter.  This week we experimented with Tweeting during the town council meeting as a way to give viewers access to more information.  If you were watching on Wednesday night, and following us, you would have been able to look at the zoning map being referenced, get details for January's precinct meeting, and follow a link to the town clerk's office while those things were being discussed.

Dec 9 2011 - 2:22pm

We really appreciate that recently more people have been recognizing us as an important resource, documenting Greenfield's Town Council and School Committee Meetings.  In addition to broadcasting them live on Cable Channel 15, we keep three months worth of meetings in the "Local Government" category of our Video on Demand Player, at all times, so that you can see firsthand what goes on.   We also like to remind folks that these meetings are are open to the public---town council meetings take place in our studio, usually on the third Wednesday of the month, at 7pm, and school committee meetings take place in the library at Greenfield High School, usually on the third Thursday of the month, at 6:30pm---so you can come down and watch them in person as well.

Other ways to get involved in local government and politics include working on campaigns, staffing a legislator's office, and running for a seat yourself.  If you aren't sure how to get started, last weekend's "Careers in Politics" workshop, hosted by 2nd Franklin District State Representative Denise Andrews, has some good ideas for you.  We had two cameras at the event and Monday's news story about it was only the beginning.  Over the coming weeks we'll be sharing the three panel discussions ("Careers in Campaigns", "Careers in Staff", and "Careers in Elected Office") with you on TV and online.  They were very informative as all the participants are politically active on the state or local level and have actual experience in the fields they discussed.  The keynote speech, "Politics 101:  How to Get Involved and Make a Difference", given by Mary Anne Marsh, was entertaining as well as pertinent.  Through personal stories and anecdotes she inspired attendees and you'll be able to watch her presentation as well.

Another helpful piece to look for soon is a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) from the Northwestern District Attorney's Office of Consumer Protection.  It will have important information to keep in mind as you purchase gifts for friends and family this holiday season.  Not all return policies are created equal and this one-minute video may help you avoid disappointment later on.

Finally, we'd like to share about a new way we have to keep you up to date with what we're doing.  We've joined Twitter!  You can find our tweets at!/GCTV15.  We'll be shouting out producers as they work on their shows, alerting you to new content posted on, sharing special events, and more.  Please follow us and feel free to let us know if there are specific items you'd like to see on our Twitter feed.

Dec 2 2011 - 3:13pm

Our producers were very busy this week, with more than ten shows in production.  Highlights from the week include:

Coop Power began a long-term project by interviewing their executive director, Lynn Benander.

"Franklin County Matters" host Dave Roulston recorded a new show, about Medicare and Franklin County Home Care's SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) program, that will begin airing on Monday on Cable Channel 15.  For a sneak peek at one of the topics that will be covered in the show, check out the short video on our homepage.

Reba Rasbury is transitioning her "Let It Rip" radio show to tv and has been working away at one of our PC editing stations most of the week.

The Executive Director of the Community Health Center of Franklin County sat down with Mayor Bill Martin for a new episode of "Mayor's Memo".

Local nonprofit DIAL/SELF has been editing some new programming and their already completed virtual tour video should be showing up on the lower right side of our homepage soon. 

This afternoon, the crew from "Local Bias" expects to film two shows---including one with former Northampton Mayor, and current head of Community Action, Clare Higgins.

Producers also got together with the larger GCTV/WMCB family on Wednesday night for an informal meet & greet.  DJs, volunteers, board, staff, crew, and local public servants joined them for fun, food, and networking.  Many good connections were made during the evening and Russ Brown, big GCTV fan and co-host of "The Dukes of Sports", came up with a great suggestion for this year's April Fools video.  (It's never to early to start planning for that treat!).

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!