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Wednesday, December 31 1969


May 25 2018 - 3:56pm

We just want to take a minute to tell you about some personnel changes that are happening around here.  Now that our new executive director, Oscar Lanza-Galindo, has had some time to settle in, he's going to be taking on additional duties so that other staff members can concentrate on different tasks.

Some of you may know that our communications coordinator (formerly new media producer), Alicia, has been responsible for programming our TV schedule since Scott MacPherson left for his new position as Holyoke Media Executive Director.  Starting next week, Alicia will be training Oscar to do the schedule, which will free her up to take some much deserved time off and then begin working on ideas related to her new title.  Our production coordinator (formerly fundraising associate), Philippe, is also getting a chance to focus on recording government meetings, editing videos, and training producers as his new title suggests.

As always, we'll keep you posted about any new developments so make sure to check back each Friday for more inside information about GCTV.

May 18 2018 - 12:15pm

Well, not goodbye exactly because we hope she'll still be around creating awesome videos as an independent producer.  Unfortunately, our temporary part-time staff position has come to an end and so we have to take her off the roll of GCTV employees.  It was a big help to have an additional person here as we searched for, and then incorporated, a new executive director and Sky's artistic talents have been a wonderful asset to our organization.  In fact, just this week, her colorful list of volunteer opportunties on our Idea Wall inspired WMCB 107.9-lp FM DJ Beth Adams (in picture below) to sign up to film an event at the Greenfield Public Library.

Once we had all of the volunteers we needed, Sky turned the Idea Wall into a plug for tomorrow's teen event:

We're having a little party today, to show Sky our appreciation, and we wish her all the best in her next endeavor.

May 11 2018 - 12:59pm

May 4 2018 - 3:33pm

The force of our volunteers, that is!  Our staff is having some fun celebrating Star Wars Day today (see below) and this got us thinking about a force that assists us every day.  Our station runs on volunteers, from the independent producers and WMCB 107.9-lp FM DJs who create programming, to the awesome folks who help us bring you local government meetings each month.  We couldn't do what we do without all of them and we want everyone to know how much we appreciate their contributions.

If you've been thinking about getting involved but don't know where to start, here's a suggestion taken from our Idea Wall earlier this week (art by part-time staffer Sky):

We can train new people during the shoots in our studio on the 15th and the 23rd and we'd love to meet you!

Now, back to Star Wars Day stuff:

As you can see from the picture above, our Idea Wall is regularly used for communicating with visitors to our facility.  However, it can also be used for Fun Friday and this is what it looks like now:

Here's a close up of the fabulous drawing by one of our interns, Ivy:

Enjoy and, until next week, May the 4th be with you all!

Apr 27 2018 - 2:12pm

Whew!  For weeks, our staff has been making preparations for this year's Greenfield Kiwanis Club Auction and the fundraiser is almost here.  On Tuesday, some of us will be assisting with a dress rehearsal in our studio, for the broadcasts on Wednesday and Thursday nights, while another staff member heads over to the planning department to record a Greenfield Town Council Ways & Means Committee Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget Meeting.  In addition, next week, we'll also be filming a Greenfield School Committee Special Meeting, the Greenfield Public Library's 1st Wednesday Speaker, and the Greenfield High School Music Department's Spring Scholarship Concert.  That all translates to our staff and volunteers covering 7 events over the course of 4 days but we are up for the challenge!

To see the results of our efforts, be sure to tune in to Cable Channel 15, from 7PM to 9:30PM on May 2nd & 3rd, to help the Kiwanis with all of their service projects in Franklin County and keep checking our website for newly uploaded government meeting videos.  In the meantime, have a great weekend everyone!

Apr 20 2018 - 12:30pm

This week's blog post comes from GCTV Executive Director Oscar Lanza-Galindo:

Don't let the weather fool you, Earth Day is this Sunday and that's a true sign that we're in spring.  Here at GCTV and WMCB, we are active consumers and users of electronic equipment and we are mindful of our e-waste impact.

According to the "Global E-Waste Monitor 2017", in 2016 there were about 44.7 metric tons of e-waste generated, which is the equivalent of 4,500 Eiffel Towers.  In the United States alone, we produced 6.3 metric tons of that, roughly more than 600 Eiffel Towers.  Yet, in the U.S., we only collected 1.4 metric tons of e-waste; that's just around 22% of what we generate.  The federal government leaves it up to states to regulate e-waste, and Massachusetts is 1 of 15 states without legislation covering e-waste management.

So...this isn't meant to be a downer but an opportunity for our community to be active in how we address e-waste.  Our staff is already thinking of items we want to recycle, and we want to extend that opportunity to you, for free.

If we were to hold a recycling event, would you help?  Would you bring your e-waste to have it responsibly recycled?  You can let us know by filling out this survey (it takes less than 2 minutes):

It's the smallest actions that often yield the most incredible impact and we believe we can make an impact on more than 1 day a year.  Won't you help?

Apr 13 2018 - 2:12pm

Though we'll be closed on Monday, for Patriots Day, it will not be a quiet week for our staff.  In addition to assisting our regular producers and DJs with their shows, we'll be filming five major events over the course of four days.  It all starts on Tuesday evening, with the second Greenfield Town Council Ways & Means Committee Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget Meeting taking place in our studio.  Then, on Wednesday, we head over to Greenfield High School for the Ways & Means Fiscal Year 2019 Capital Budget Meeting, at 5:30PM, followed by the full council's regular monthly meeting.  Of course, all three of the aforementioned meetings will be broadcast live on Cable Channel 15 and streamed live on our website.

Unfortunately, we can't make the final two gatherings we'll be covering live but we will try to ensure that they are made available to watch online no later than Monday, April 23rd.  These are the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) quarterly meeting on Thursday evening, which will take place at the John W. Olver Transit Center, and Friday morning's Franklin County Chamber of Commerce (FCCOC) Breakfast, for which we'll return to Greenfield High School.

With so many meetings to record, one thing our staff won't be next week is bored.  In addition, we'll be quite grateful for having all of this new content to share with you, so make sure to tune in!

Apr 6 2018 - 11:20am

It is unfortunate that we have to write these words but The Dukes of Sports will be going on hiatus for an indefinite period of time, starting immediately.  The long-running program, created by Randy Lively, and most recently featuring Russ Brown, Mike Cadran, and John Meisner will be unable to be filmed until at least this summer, due to a change in work schedules for some members of the cast.  We have archived copies of the show going back to 2002 but, due to its topical nature focusing on current local and national sporting events, it isn't feasible to air them.  Instead, we'll be trying to program other sports related shows on Mondays from 5PM to 6PM and 8PM to 9PM, Tuesdays at 9AM, and Saturdays at noon, at least for a few weeks.

We know how much the Dukes' audience appreciates the guys' passion for the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, as well as the love they have for the Celtics and Bruins, in addition to the wealth of knowledge they share about the history of high school teams in Franklin County.  Many fans are also fond of occasional commentary by The Dukes of Sports Director and wrestling afficionado, Sam Pyfrom, and we fervently hope that the stars will align and the show will be able to return in a few months.  If that is unable to happen, we want to take this opportunity to say thanks to all of the folks involved with the show over the years.  We have been extremely fortunate to have such entertaining content on our channel for so long.  Good luck guys!

Mar 30 2018 - 11:44am

This week's blog post comes from GCTV Executive Director Oscar Lanza-Galindo:

I sincerely enjoy the creativity and energy that staff, producers, DJs, and volunteers bring to us every week.  GCTV and WMCB are fortunate to have such a passionate group of participants, and some of them have expressed an interest in identifying ways to share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of #CommunityMedia creators and innovators.

Because of that passion for teaching, and the desire to give the next generation an opportunity to step up to the mic (pun totally intended), we decided to evaluate ourselves on how we serve, or don't, our community's teenage population.  Upon reflection, we felt that we weren't meeting the needs of local youth and we began taking steps to change that.

This winter, we brought in a high school intern and volunteer, Ben, who is helping us start an internship program and series of special events that address the creative needs of his peers.  Thanks to him, we're now in the process of organizing a gathering in early May, to demonstrate what goes into producing a show.  We'll be collaborating with the Greenfield Public Library, our very much appreciated partners in community building, on this event and additional information will be coming out soon. One detail we can share now is that there will be pizza and soft drinks. #FreeFoodMakesEventsHappen  We'll share more in future blog posts, so stay tuned!

Mar 23 2018 - 2:16pm

This week's blog post comes from GCTV Executive Director Oscar Lanza-Galindo:

Community as a concept and a practice is very important to me, both professionally and personally.  Community allows for support of each other, an opportunity to teach and to learn, to share successes, and to extend a hand when someone needs it most.

Of the many wonderful things that I've observed since I arrived at GCTV and WMCB, the one that shines brightest is our shared passion for building an active, caring, community.  Certainly, there are moments of frustration; buzzing from an old wire that really has outlived its usefulness or a computer updating only to crash half-way through its restart.  However, there are even more moments of intentional community building.

I see it in the conversations between producers, DJs, and staff.  I see it in the manner with which we share a kind or encouraging word with each other.  I also see it when a member of our board of directors sits down to ask how the day is going.

Building community...that is what I want to see us do more of in an intentional and authentic manner.  To that end, over the next few weeks, we'll be setting up dates and times for all of us to come together, over a cup of tea or coffee and some donughnuts, to continue sharing and growing as a community.  Won't you join us?