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May 1 2012 - 7:54pm

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 - 2:18pm

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

Apr 20 2012 - 10:36am

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 - 3:48pm

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 - 1:51pm

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.

Mar 30 2012 - 1:07pm

Last weekend's Creative Economy Summit produced many good ideas and hours of interesting video.  Over the coming weeks we'll be putting the finishing touches (credits, graphics, sponsors, etc.) on the seventeen workshops that we recorded.  Once they're done, you'll be able to watch them on Cable Channel 15 and here on our website.  In the meantime, if you haven't yet, be sure to watch our highlight reel and the latest Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Speaker Series:  Arts & Business in Partnership.  Whether you're an artist, activist, or business person, or none or all of those things, you're sure to be inspired by watching sessions from the summit.

Speaking of inspiration, our producers came up with some great shorts for this year's April Fool's video.  "Dukes of Sports" co-host Russ Brown suggested the theme this time around and we thought it was a great one for our third annual prank.  Check our homepage on Sunday to see the mischief we've been up to.  If you can't wait, try these links for our 2011 & 2010 versions.

Mar 22 2012 - 3:20pm

As promised, we have another new program to tell you about.  If you haven’t caught it on Cable Channel 15 yet, be sure to check out the American Legion’s recent Oratorical Competition at 4:30pm on Wednesday, March 28th.

If you follow us on Twitter, you were among the first to know when the Greenfield Town Council approved a $66 million appropriation for the new Greenfield High School because we were live tweeting from their meeting on Wednesday night.  Following us on Twitter not only allows you to get highlights from these meetings but also to find out more information about what’s being discussed as we tweet links to relevant websites during the meeting.

Finally, we’re very excited to host part of the Creative Economy Summit this weekend.  Several sessions will take place in our editing suites and studio, which is why our office is closed for regular business.  In addition, many staff members and volunteers are working hard to make sure that you’ll be able to watch some of the workshops on tv and online in the coming months, even if you can’t attend.

Mar 16 2012 - 2:17pm

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 - 4:16pm

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 - 2:24pm

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.