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Wednesday, December 31 1969

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Dec 23 2016 - 8:59am

We hope everyone enjoys a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  We will definitely be doing that while we are closed from December 26th through January 2nd, so there will be no blog post next week, but we will hit the ground running on January 3, 2017.  That week will see us recording a town council meeting, a school committee meeting, and the Greenfield Public Library's First Wednesday Speaker in addition to our regular duties and annual turnover chores.  It will be exciting and we can hardly wait.  See you next year!

Dec 16 2016 - 2:07pm

At 5:05PM on Wednesday, just as our new media producer was getting ready to take her break and our executive director was headed upstairs to our studio to set up a projector for the Greenfield School Committee Meeting, we discovered that the elevator in our building wasn’t working properly. Changing plans, our new media producer continued preparations for the meeting while our executive director investigated the problem. Shortly, he realized there was no quick fix and a repairperson was called. Unfortunately, it would take the repairperson an hour to get here and people would begin to arrive for the school committee meeting at 6PM.

It was all hands on deck as calls were made to town officials, volunteers were emailed, and our staff provided a smaller setup, with only one camera and no capability to broadcast live, so that the meeting could take place in our first floor lobby. A big thank you, by the way, goes out to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce/Greenfield Business Association for loaning us some really nice chairs! In addition, we put a TV monitor in the main hallway for any audience overflow and posted updates about what the school committee was doing approximately every 10 or 15 minutes during the meeting, instead of our usual every half-hour schedule.

The elevator was successfully repaired around 8:30PM but we were very lucky. The part that failed was a small electromagnet from the 1930’s, not the most common piece, and the repairperson just happened to have a replacement with him. Of course, our staff thought the electromagnet was pretty cool so we’re sharing a picture of it with you. Take a look:  (That's a penny in the bottom left corner, for size comparison.)

 

Dec 9 2016 - 4:46pm

Mark your calendars now!  For the first time in many years, we will be closed for the entire week between the Christmas and New Year's holidays.  That means our offices and studios will be closed Monday, December 26, 2016, through Monday, January 2, 2017.  In addition, there will be no GCTV Board of Directors Meeting in December or Greenfield High School Music Department Holiday Concert.  Instead, the GHS Music Department has moved their winter showcase to January 12, 2017 and our board would like you to "save the date" for an open house event we are planning to coincide with our January 31st Annual Meeting.  In the meantime, we hope everyone has a wonderful, stress-free, season.

Dec 2 2016 - 1:38pm

With the holiday season upon us there are many events going on that producers will want to film, in addition to their regular projects. In fact, next week and the following weekend, most of our cameras are already spoken for. Four Rivers Charter School students will be using several of them, as they get the bulk of their interviews and b-roll for their documentary, and Mik Muller will be recording the 32nd annual Welcome Yule celebration at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls. Then, on December 16th, our staff will be covering the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, which will feature The Recorder’s Citizen of the Year. What will you film?

Nov 25 2016 - 8:59am

For those of you celebrating and shopping this time of year, we just want to take a moment to remind you to please support the local businesses who support us year-round.  Our corporate sponsors can be seen before and after all Greenfield Community Television Programs---like government meetings, the Greenfield Public Library Speakers Series, and special events---and other folks have stepped up to help us with particular shows or in-kind donations when needed.  A complete list can be found here.  Thanks!

Nov 18 2016 - 2:23pm

We are busily preparing for Thursday's matchup between Greenfield High School and Turners Falls High School.  Our executive director has lined up the camera people we'll need, coordinated with play-by-play announcers, and arranged for The Dukes of Sports to do their bi-annual pre-game show on location at the field.  Meanwhile, our new media producer is making sure that her equipment is all set to take lots of pictures before and during the game.  In addition, our staff is working out the logistics of getting internet access during this shoot so that we can share images and scores with you in real time through our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed.  If you can't make it to the event in person, be sure to tune in to Cable Channel 15 at 5PM on November 24th to watch the pre-game show followed by the main event, which will in turn be followed by another annual Turkey Day tradition, the public domain movie "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians".  Finally, if you aren't going to be in the area that day, never fear!  We will put both sports videos online sometime after 6PM for you to watch anytime.  Enjoy!

Nov 11 2016 - 9:59am

On this Veterans Day, we would like to express our gratitude to all of the men and women who have risked, or are risking, their lives to protect our freedom.  We hope that you've already watched the short video on our homepage, in which local vets talk about the support that ex-military personnel need once they return home, but if you haven't, click here.  Later on today, you'll also be able to watch our full video of this morning's parade and ceremony at Veterans Mall so be sure to check back!

Nov 4 2016 - 12:28pm

Don't worry, we're not going to tell you how to vote or even mention any candidates by name.  We just thought you might like a reminder to do your civic duty on Tuesday, if you haven't already taken advantage of our state's new early voting system.  Remember, if you don't participate, you don't really have a right to complain if you don't like the way things turn out.  

In any case, if you aren't sick to death of election coverage by now, we also thought you might like to know that, in addition to bringing you local results on our website after 9PM on election night, we will be broadasting 5 hours of results and commentary from Democracy Now! & FreeSpeechTV.  Be sure to tune into Cable Channel 15 from 7PM to Midnight on November 8th for that.

One last thing, if you still need information about who's running, what the ballot questions are, and how & where to vote, click here.  On that page, you'll also find videos relating to Ballot Questions 2 & 4.  We hope they are helpful to you.  #GetOutTheVote!

Oct 28 2016 - 7:59am

This is our New Media Producer’s favorite holiday and she can’t wait to co-host our coverage of the 2016 Greenfield Rag Shag Parade with The Dukes of Sports’ Russ Brown. They planned their costumes together so be sure to watch our full video on Cable Channel 15 at 9PM on Monday, or watch it anytime after Tuesday here on our website, to check those out. Science Fiction fans should be especially appreciative of their choices.

If you want to experience all of the action live, be sure to join us at Energy Park after 5:30PM on the 31st or bring the kids to trick-or-treat downtown businesses (including ours) starting at 4PM. We’ll have plenty of candy and we really want to see your most creative outfits. To whet your appetite, here’s a picture of some of the Best Cartoon Character category entries from last year:

Oct 21 2016 - 1:34pm

We're very busy getting ready for our part in the Greenfield Annual Word Festival (GAWF), Greenfield Rag Shag Parade, Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival (PVTTFF), and TEDx Shelburne Falls.  Tonight and tomorrow, you can participate by attending one of the GAWF readings in our lobby.  Authors featured here are scheduled to include Jim Culleny, Joshua Michael Stewart, Tony Vacca, Richard Horton, Rick Parr, Cindy Markevich, and Brian Adams on Friday and Voices From Inside participants on Saturday.  Voices From Inside is a writing program for women who have been incarcerated and/or are in addiction recovery.

Next, everyone should have a lot of fun on Monday, October 31st, when we record the town's annual Halloween parade and costume contest.  We're putting the final touches on our roster of hosts and volunteers and, of course, our costumes.

Then, we hope you'll join us at Greenfield Community College (GCC) on Friday, November 4th, for the 5th annual PVTTFF screening.  There were lots of entries that are currently being judged and we can't wait to see who wins this year's celebration of sustainability and resilience.

Finally, we'd like to share a little bit about the next TEDx Shelburne Falls, which will take place on Saturday, November 19th, at Mohawk Trail Regional High School.  Last night, some of the speakers met for a tech rehearsal in our studio so that they could get comfortable with the microphones and other equipment they'll be using when they present on the topic "Body of Knowledge".  We know people are interested because the signs directing presenters to the rehearsal enticed a passerby to ask how to attend the event itself.

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