Cable Access TV for Greenfield Massachusetts & Franklin County
become a fan on facebook
become a fan on facebook
see schedule
Wednesday, December 31 1969


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.

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.