Today, we thought we’d let you know about some of the shows you’ll be able to watch on Cable Channel 15 in the coming weeks because several of our producers have projects in the works that we expect to be finished shortly. For instance, Mik Muller has been using our editing computers a lot to work on some recent performances by local band Bella’s Bartok. The first one, “Live at Lefty’s Fest”, has already aired but more will follow. We’ve also had staffers from Community Action in here for many hours as they near completion of informational programming about the services their organization offers. Finally, GCC student and actor Alex DeMelo just filmed two interviews in our studio and, as we write this, Living Waters producer Joe Morton is adding graphics to footage he taped of this year’s July 4th reading of the Declaration of Independence on the town common. These are just some of the reasons we suggest you continue to tune in to GCTV so you can be entertained and informed.
We are proud to announce that in addition to having Spanish language programming on our station, in the form of Luz en las Tinieblas, services from the Korean Zion Church of Amherst have joined our lineup. The group’s pastor lives in Greenfield and stopped by a few weeks ago to find out how to get his organization’s message out to more people. We were more than happy to explain how we work and loan him the equipment he needed. You can watch the resulting series, on Cable Channel 15, on Sundays at 6AM and 1PM and again on Fridays at 7AM. If you have a non-English language program that you’d like us to air, please call us at (413) 774-4288 or email email@example.com.
We know this is the start of a long holiday weekend, and many of you are probably headed off for vacation or bbq & fireworks, so we won’t take long. We just want to wish all of you a safe and happy Fourth of July! Also, if you’re going to be in town, we encourage you to enjoy all of the music and fireworks happening at Beacon Field tomorrow (July 2nd), from 4PM to 10:30PM, thanks to the efforts of the Greenfield Recreation Department. No matter what you do to celebrate, have fun and check back here next week for another post.
We thought we'd take a minute to catch you up on some of the things that we've told you about recently. First, the Greenfield Cable Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting that had to be rescheduled, from May 19th, happened yesterday. We put it on our calendar as soon as we'd confirmed it but there wasn't time to do another blog post. Only one person from the public showed up for the hearing so you can easily watch this 20 minute meeting on our website anytime you want.
Second, it's taking us a little longer to roll out our 360 degree videos than we expected. Though we can film events with our new virtual reality (VR) cameras, and get the footage into our editing software, we're unable to export them in such a way that they can be converted to a format that YouTube will read correctly. To fix this problem, our staff will be visiting Northampton Community Television (NCTV) again to review their VR workflow and assess whether or not we need additional software or just upgrades for what we have now. We'll keep you posted as this develops.
Finally, we'd like to draw your attention to the fact that all of our videos from the 2016 Full Disclosure Festival are now available to watch here on our website. It's not often that you get to view a creative process from the very beginning but, with 4 of this year's entries, that's exactly what you can do. Terry Jenoure's performance art about honey bees was inspired by Blind Date 1 while Blind Dates 2, 4, and 6 precipitated art installations by Kate Hunter, Rachel Katz, and Amy Johnquest, respectively.
We'd like you all to meet Luna, GHS class of 2016 & this year's GCTV Scholarship Winner:
In just the few short days she's been with us, Luna's already learned how to check out and use our equipment and helped us film two community events. As this is being written, she's hard at work in one of our editing suites, doing post-production on this morning's Franklin Family Drug Court Grand Opening.
Luna describes herself as an eighteen-year-old with a passion for filmmaking, music, and always being the best version of herself she can be. She says she, "look(s) forward to working with (GCTV News Director) Karen to learn more about journalism and how I can take new knowledge and then work it into my style". She also believes everyone should, "stay hydrated and love genuinely". Luna came highly recommended to us from GHS Film & TV Production teacher, and Local Bias producer, Drew Huchison and we look forward to working with her all summer.
Big news! We now have two 360 degree cameras for shooting still images and video! They aren't quite out of the box yet, and we don't know when we'll be putting them in the hands of producers, but we want you to start thinking of creative ways to use them. Don't have any idea of what we're talking about? Check out these two YouTube videos: Jungle Book Promo & Where's Waldo Adventure. The idea is for you to navigate around the world inside the video, while it's playing, by using a click and drag motion with your mouse or swiping around on a touchscreen. How cool is that?!? Our staff has just begun to experiment with these cameras, and we hope to have a few simple videos for you to experience next week, but if you stop in at a good moment, feel free to ask us to show you our tests.
GCTV lost a good friend this week when Attorney Ed Smith passed away on Tuesday. Ed did a lot for our station over the years, both as a board member and a legal advisor. We can't say enough good things about him and our hearts go out to all his friends and family.
Ed's association with GCTV began when, as the town's lawyer, he attended the first exploratory meetings as Greenfield discussed having a non-profit PEG (Public, Education, Government) Access Station. Then he proceeded to do much of the initial legal work and research about how to make this happen. He joined our board of directors in 1997 and stayed on for 19 years, until being designated Board Member Emeriti.
Our executive director remembers that Ed was immensely helpful getting WMCB on the air as well, with legal filings and reviews when the first applications for our low power radio station license were being done, and he donated his services to handle the closing when we purchased our first floor space.
GCTV Board President Garry Longe shares this about Ed, "He was an extremely knowledgeable individual who was quiet and reserved in person but when he spoke and advised you really listened to what he had to say due to his ability to communicate a concept".
Rest in peace Ed.
This week, and throughout much of the 2016 Budget season, Greenfield residents have had a chance to watch a slightly different budget process than they've been used to. There was much discussion of tax relief and the balance between oversight and micro-managing. No matter what side of the debate you're on, it's important to stay informed about what your elected representatives are doing. That's where we come in.
We filmed every step of this process and have made it available on Cable Channel 15, and here on our website, so that you can get the answers you want, when you want them. We encourage you to go back and watch the Ways & Means committee meetings where department heads explained, and in some cases defended, their budgets if you are interested in how your money is being spent.
Maybe you want to fact-check, get ammunition to support your arguments when convincing a friend of the merits of something, or just understand the rationale behind a certain decision. We spend many hours covering Greenfield government meetings and you are the beneficiary. This week alone, our staff filmed a short town council meeting followed by the three and a half hour Ways & Means deliberation on Monday night, a special three hour school committee meeting (video available next week due to technical difficulties) featuring Assistant Superintendent Finalist Candidate interviews on Tuesday night, a public hearing on the budget Wednesday night, and finally, last night's four hour budget extravaganza.
Lest you think that makes us done for the long weekend, our cameras will be recording tonight's Greenfield High School graduation ceremony and Monday's Memorial Day parade. Stay tuned for those videos!
First, an update on the Cable Advisory Committee (CAC) Public Hearing that we encouraged you to attend in our blog post last week. Unfortunately, the CAC did not have a quorum of its members present on Thursday so the meeting has to be rescheduled. We'll let you know once we have the new date and we'll include it in our events calendar.
In addition to assisting our independent producers and DJs to create their own shows, our staff recorded 2 Greenfield Town Council Ways & Means Committee Meetings this week; along with a full council meeting, last night's Entrepreneur of the Year Award Ceremony, this morning's chamber breakfast, and this afternoon's celebrity cooking competition at Franklin County Technical School (FCTS).
While all of that was going on, we had some electrical work done in our facility in order to provide more lighting, secure conduits, and provide an "On Air" indicator for our live radio studio. We also managed to find time to cover the Mental Health Fair on Wednesday and interview organizers of this coming weekend's Anti-Racism Film Festival.
Next week, we have 4 additional government meetings to look forward to and several independent productions that will be taking place in our TV studio. Be sure to check our website daily for these videos and more!
If you have feedback about the way Comcast is providing cable television in town, or ideas about what we might need in terms of future service, this is your chance to make your voice heard. On Thursday, May 19th, at 4PM, the Greenfield Cable Advisory Committee (CAC) will be holding a public hearing at town hall, "...for the purpose of obtaining public input regarding issues of past and present performance and present and future community needs pursuant to the Committee's renegotiation of the Cable Video Services contract between the City of Greenfield and Comcast...".
As our funding comes directly from the terms of this contract, we encourage everyone to attend and let them know how beneficial you find our presence in the community. If you appreciate being able to watch local government meetings and large community events (Franklin County Fair Parade, Greenfield Rag Shag Parade) live from the comfort of your own home, having thousands of informative videos on local subjects available to watch online anytime, and readily available training & equipment to help you get your own message out, then please show up and support us. Thanks!