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Oct 28 2011 - 2:36pm

In addition to getting ready to cover Greenfield’s Annual Rag Shag Parade, and put on our Masquerade Party fundraiser, we spent the week assisting producers, enjoying a great performance on “Valley Homegrown”, and lending our support to the first local U. S. Senate Candidates debate of the season.

With our help, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office saw two of their projects come to fruition this week with an updated public service announcement (PSA) for tomorrow’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and one for their Consumer Affairs Division, hit our homepage.  Staff members from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also finished up their “Recovery Now!” series in both English and Spanish and would like to remind folks that the deadline to apply for FEMA recovery aid related to Tropical Storm Irene is this coming Wednesday, November 2nd.

Speaking of storms, the band HydroElectric took “Valley Homegrown” by one on Monday night.  The band describes their sound as “reminiscent of the early classic rock greats” as well as “a stoner/psych/metal project”.  You can check them out for yourself by watching their episode here.

You'll also soon be able to watch last night’s Athol Orange Television/GCTV co-production of the United States Democratic Senate Candidates Debate co-sponsored by the Greenfield and Athol Orange Democratic Town Committees.  As campaign season gets underway, we plan on bringing you more debates and information on the candidates so keep checking our homepage for more.

If you’ve been on our homepage regularly, you know that this is a big weekend for us.  We’ll begin broadcasting the Rag Shag parade live, from in front of Town Hall, at 5:30pm.  Amanda Jo from Bear Country 95.3 returns to co-host the event, this year with local author (and aspiring stand-up comic) Eve Brown-Waite.  Tune in to Cable Channel 15 for all the fun and afterwards  be sure to head back to gctv.org where we'll be posting pictures of the parade’s costume contest winners  between 7:30pm and 8:30pm.  On Saturday night, we’d love for you to join us at The Greenfield Grille for our 3rd Annual Masquerade Party.  We’ll be dancing to the sounds of Zydeco Connection, enjoying all the outfits during our costume contest, and raffling off great prizes donated by local merchants.  Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door ($15 each, cash or check only) beginning at 6:45pm tomorrow.

Have a happy Halloween everyone!

Oct 21 2011 - 4:26pm

After another busy week, we take a little time to reflect on some of the news stories we worked on:

On Tuesday, Massachusetts lawmakers released their proposed maps for redrawing state House and Senate districts.  Our Station Manager immediately got on the phone with local legislators, setting up interviews to get their thoughts on the new political lines as they relate to Greenfield, and we hope to post that story on our homepage next week.

On Wednesday night, Greenfield's Town Council debated their response to the proposed legislative districts live on Cable Channel 15 and you can watch that for yourself when it re-airs tomorrow afternoon, following the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) Meeting from Thursday night which airs at 1pm.

In addition to covering the FRCOG on Thursday, our Station Manager attended the Knowledge Corridor Light Rail Groundbreaking ceremony in Energy Park in the afternoon and we broadcast Greenfield's School Committee Meeting live that night.  The dignitaries attending the groundbreaking were happy to spend a few moments with us afterward, including State Representative Paul Mark who gave us his views on re-districting in addition to discussing the jobs and other benefits resulting from passenger train service returning to Greenfield.

Finally, we were excited to catch up with David Pakman early this morning, after his speech to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, to discuss his self-titled show which airs on GCTV Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 11pm.

One last noteworthy thing we'd like to mention, our Masquerade Party fundraiser is just over a week away.  If you want to find out about the prizes you could win in our costume contest, click on over to our page on Facebook for some sneak peeks.  To find out more about the event in general, click here.

Oct 14 2011 - 4:35pm

This was a busy week for the arts in Greenfield, and greater Franklin County, and we were right in the thick of it.  Promoting upcoming events, assisting local organizations with their preparations, and interviewing artists was done by both staff and volunteers over the past four days.  

We produced short pieces for our homepage about both happenings taking place downtown this weekend---the 3rd annual Brick & Mortar International Video Festival and Greenfield's Annual Word Festival---as well as next weekend's art exhibition showcasing the work of the Kitchell/Kabaker family

Our Station Manager met with some folks from the Double Take Fringe Festival, a theater smorgasbord similar to the two festivals ocurring this weekend, to help them plan because we'll be a stop on their tour Veterans Day weekend.

Meanwhile, the producers of "Franklin County Art Matters", "Franklin County Matters", and "Local Bias" all sat down with area artists to discuss their work.  On Wednesday evening, Tom Roulston directed a shoot in which organizers of the MassLOCA (the Massachusetts League of Crazy Artists) show shared their inspiration and creative process.  The next night, his brother Dave spent some time with The United Arc's Pioneer Club to discuss art empowering adults with mental retardation or other developmental disabilities.  Finally, Drew Hutchison spoke this afternoon with poet (and WMCB DJ host of "Speciocracy" as well as Greenfield's Precinct 1 Town Councilor) Marian Kelner about her book "As a Sailboat Seeks the Wind".   You can find out more about each of these shows when they air on Cable Channel 15 over the coming weeks.

In other news, we're continuing to improve this website.  Did you notice that our "New to VOD" block has moved and expanded?  If you're looking for something to watch, be sure to scroll down our homepage for the latest additions to our Video on Demand Player.

That's all for this week.  Enjoy the arts this weekend!

Oct 7 2011 - 12:22pm

We're busy, our producers are creative, and we have great events coming up.  Television production started off strong with 18 crews logging about 63 hours in our facilities & editing suites this week as well as checking out equipment and receiving many hours of training.  In addition to the folks from FEMA, SBA, and the Northwestern DA's office, whose programs we've been telling you about for the last couple of weeks, regular shows "Local Bias", "Reading Shakespeare", and "Storytime with Tom & Kat" and newcomers "Come to Think of It" and "Rock the House" all produced new episodes for air on Cable Channel 15.

Greenfield's Rag Shag parade, one of two spooktacular things we'll be involved in at the end of the month, will also be airing on our station---live at 5pm on Friday the 28th---and of course we'll be posting pics on our homepage that night.  The last weekend of the month is a jam-packed one for us since, after we film the parade on the town common on Friday evening, we hope to turn around and party the night away with you at our 3rd Annual Masquerade Party on Saturday the 29th. 

Yup, you read that right, we'll return to The Greenfield Grille from 7pm to Midnight, rocking out to the sounds of Zydeco Connection.  Everyone who went last year had a great time and the music was fabulous.  Don't miss your chance to join us, get your tickets early!  Stop by our office Monday through Thursday 10am to 8pm or Friday 10am to 6pm and purchase your tickets for $15 each (cash or check only).

Sep 30 2011 - 2:57pm

Whew, we've barely had time to breathe around here this week!  Thirteen productions made use of our facilities, editing suites, and equipment---some for the first time.  Together, they logged about 50 hours in house and our staff gave their crews approximately 20 hours of training.

Though it's still busy right now, we thought we'd take some time to share a few highlights from the week with you:

  • The band "Small Change" performed live on "Valley Homegrown" on Monday night.  (You can watch that episode here.)
  • Staff from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Small Business Administration, and other disaster relief organizations spent two filming sessions and two editing sessions putting together informational videos to help Greenfield and Greater Franklin County residents recover from Tropical Storm Irene damage.  (You can find out more about what they did by clicking here.  We'll put their videos into our Video on Demand Player once they're finished.)
  • The folks from Baystate Franklin Medical Center recorded a special "Healthbeat" show for October that is all about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  (This show will begin airing on Cable Channel 15 during the second week of the month.)
  • Joe Gochinski, host of "The Western Mass Democrat", taped two in a special series of episodes focusing on the Democratic Senate hopefuls vying to run against Scott Brown in November of 2012.  Not to miss this opportunity, while the candidates were here in our studio, we recorded each of their three minute video candidate statements for the election page we'll put up on our website closer to the election. 
  • Preparing for next month's Prescription Drug Take Back Day (October 29th) with the Northwestern District Attorney's office began with two of their staff members receiving training in Adobe Premiere (our primary video editing software).  They'll be updating one of the pieces they did last year so look for information on air and online soon.
Sep 23 2011 - 4:43pm

We had many special guests in our studio this week!

On Tuesday, producer Jonathan Mark of Flyby News recorded an open forum town meeting with former Alaskan Senator Mike Gravel on the topic of forming a citizen's commission to investigate 9-11-01.  If you missed it, click this link for more information about the event or check our Video on Demand player in a couple of weeks to watch it for yourself.  Right now, you can watch a short interview that we did with the ex-politician about his views on representative vs. direct democracy.

Wednesday's Greenfield Town Council Meeting brought many audience members in to watch Karen Renaud get appointed to fill the Precinct 7 vacancy and to listen to the council debate resolutions on Vermont Yankee and Health Care Collective Bargaining.  The meeting is available to watch online here.  By the way, you'll know whenever we add new videos to our site because they'll show up in the the "New to VOD" block on the left-hand side of our homepage (below the Upcoming Events, Volunteer Opportunities, and my account blocks).

Yesterday, Joe Gochinski---host and producer of "The Western Mass Democrat"---sat down with State Representative Paul Mark for an in depth discussion about western Massachusetts politics, redistricting, and more.  That program will air on Cable Channel 15 beginning in October.  

Finally, some of the folks from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA), who are in town to help with Tropical Storm Irene recovery efforts, met with us to find out how they can best get the word out about services they can offer Greenfield residents who've been affected by this disaster.  The group pictured here:

will be putting together a series of public service videos that you'll be able to see on TV and online to help you navigate the resources available.

That's it for this week.  Keep checking back here on Fridays for more information about what we've been up to.

Sep 16 2011 - 12:33pm

Welcome to our new blog on gctv.org!  Between getting this site ready to launch and covering the Franklin County Fair Parade, in addition to helping many producers film and edit their shows, the last two weeks have been jam packed around here.

We're actually still busy with this website and will be tweaking some things and rolling out new functionality during the next few weeks and months.  If you have feedback to share with us, please go to our Site Works forum and let us know what you think.

Speaking of letting us know what you think, some of you informed us that you were unable to watch our live coverage of this year's Franklin County Fair Parade in it's entirety.  Unfortunately, we had some technical difficulties but we fixed them as quickly as we could.  If you missed the parade, or just want to watch it again, check it out online or catch it on Cable Channel 15 at 7:30pm tonight. 

Before we leave the subject of the Franklin County Fair Parade, we'd like to give a shout out to some folks without whom our coverage wouldn't have been possible.  Thank you to Russ Brown & Tom Dillon our fabulous hosts; Jimmie, Sam, Susan, & Tom our great volunteer director and camera operators, all our sponsors, the folks at Greenfield's Department of Public Works, and Town Hall Custodian Chris Phillips who worked with our Station Manager to make sure we had power at Veterans Mall.  Don't forget, you can check out some behind the scenes shots of our parade coverage by going to our Franklin County Fair 2011 image gallery.  While you're there, we invite you to upload your own parade and fair pics, adding them to our gallery for everyone to see.

That's it for this week.  Check back here every Friday for our weekly wrap-up.

Jul 27 2011 - 3:50pm

Though we loved using Blogger to write weekly updates for our community, it is time for a change.  One benefit of our new website is a blogging feature.  From here on out, you can check gctv.org on Fridays to find out what we've been up to.  Simply click on the blog link near the top of our homepage.  If you're looking for older blog posts, please go to http://www.greenfieldctv.blogspot.com/.

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