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May 6 2016 - 2:55pm

You would not believe the number of equipment emergencies we’ve dealt with! Oh, wait, if you watch our channel, or listen to WMCB 107.9-lp FM, maybe you would because you’ve seen, or in the case of the radio station not heard, their effects.

It all started on Monday morning, when our new media producer, Alicia, arrived a few minutes early and discovered that her Mac, which had been left on to transfer files over the weekend, had crashed at some point. This was quickly followed by a call from WMCB DJ, and GCTV volunteer, Greg, who informed her that Cable Channel 15 was off the air. When she attempted to log in to our broadcast server, which holds all the digital files that we play on TV, she was unable to connect to it. At this point, she locked up our first floor space, leaving a note on the door asking our executive director, Scott, to come upstairs as soon as he arrived, and headed to the control room to see what was going on.

As soon as she entered, Alicia could see that there was no power to the server and she realized that this, coupled with the crash of her computer, probably meant that there had been a power outage, and possible power surge, sometime over the weekend. As she was working to get the server back on, Scott arrived and was able to take over while she assessed additional damage. Since nothing was broadcasting on our channel, Alicia swapped over to our community bulletin board slides before heading back downstairs to check on the radio station. The WMCB studio was completely powered down but everything restarted and the station was back on the air in short order. Unfortunately, the livestream on www.wmcb.net refused to work.

Later in the day, Scott was able to get the stream going again but our TV channel was a different story. After many frustrating hours of work on our server by tech support, our executive director finally drove down to Easthampton Media and borrowed an old one of theirs. He was able to get it up and running late Tuesday but it isn’t 100% compatible with our systems, yet, so, though we have programming back on the air, we are unable to broadcast Democracy Now! live in its 8AM timeslot and we can’t play WMCB during the community bulletin board.

On Wednesday, the Kiwanis discovered that the company they had hired to install their phone lines for this week’s auction never did the work. They managed to get a tech to come out but he only installed 2 of the 7 that had been ordered. This left Scott once again faced with an immediate technological problem to solve. He worked some magic and managed to turn our phone lines into theirs for the 2 night fundraiser but it took a lot of time. Then, just as the auction began, one of the converters in our control room failed, sending Scott scrambling to ensure that both video and audio reached the viewers at home and listeners on the radio. Thankfully, the webcast wasn’t affected and the problem was fixed in half an hour. Wednesday was also when we discovered that the digital sign in front of town hall was out, meaning that there was yet one more piece of equipment to fix.

Though things have calmed down a bit, we are still working on replacing the show files we lost when our server died, fully integrating the one that is working right now, and transitioning to a new HD server in the near future. We really appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to recover from this unfortunate experience.

Apr 29 2016 - 12:36pm

Back in February, we told you that popular local DJ Bobby C. would be joining the lineup on WMCB 107.9-lp FM with a brand new, weekly, sports show focusing on the six varsity team schools in Franklin County.  Well, the program's been so successful that Bobby has expanded it to Cable Channel 15.  Now, in addition to listening to Bobby, and new co-host Kerry, on the radio at 7PM on Monday nights, you can tune in to GCTV and see what they look like on Wednesdays at 2PM, Thursdays at Noon, and Fridays at 6PM (starts next week).  Plus, if none of those times is convenient for you, the show is also available to watch online anytime or to download/listen to as an audio podcast.  Make sure to check it out and keep up with the accomplishments of our local student athletes.

Apr 22 2016 - 2:53pm

Why? If you are interested in the ramifications of Kinder Morgan's recent announcement that they will stop working on their proposed natural gas pipeline, you don't want to miss the discussion that members of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) had on Thursday night.  Local officials spoke about what the company's press release means for area towns and expressed concern that the pipeline proposal is likely to come back.  One interesting point that came up during their conversation was the fact that the last published configuration had the route going through Greenfield!  Watch for yourself and stay informed.

Apr 15 2016 - 2:36pm

As we write this, there are 2 DJs recording a new show for WMCB 107.9-lp FM in our pre-recording studio, 1 DJ finishing up her live show, and another DJ waiting to upload her show so that it can air tonight after we close.  We also have 2 women editing their projects for GCTV on our downstairs computers.  The whole week has been like this and it actually began over the weekend, when we filmed Senate President Stan Rosenberg's 2016 Municipal Conference while 3 producers were using some of our equipment to film their own programs.

As that equipment was being returned on Monday, it had to be prepped so we could check it out to 2 more people and get ready to film the Greenfield Human Rights Commission Meeting that night.  On Wednesday, our staff recorded both the Greenfield School Committee Meeting and the Greenfield Town Council Ways & Means Committee Meeting and, yesterday, we had DJs in and out all day, as well as 2 more producers working at our computers and editing their TV shows.  Our staff also put a lot of time in on news stories this week:  interviewing The Salasin Center's guest speaker and the Stoneleigh-Burnham student who won an international art competition, filming both the senior center rally & child abuse flag raising ceremony on the town common, and producing new episodes of From the Mayor's Office and Mayor's Memo.  With all of this activity going on, make sure you are checking our homepage, and watching Cable Channel 15, often for new content.

Apr 8 2016 - 2:41pm

Our staff was saddened this week to hear of the passing of someone who was no stranger to our studio, former Greenfield Town Councilor Jim Hutchinson.  Though he'd been off the council for a long time, Jim could be counted on to show up for every meeting, frequently with public comment to share.  He always had a nice word for our staff, especially our new media producer who ran into him all over downtown and with whom he shared a love of Federal Street Books.  It was easy to tell that Jim was passionate about Greenfield, and what could be done to improve it, and we appreciated reading Chris Collins' words about him in today's newspaper.  Jim will be fondly remembered around here and we hope that he is able to rest in peace.

Apr 1 2016 - 3:36pm

Once again, as you've, hopefully, seen on our homepage, our New Media Producer put together some great short videos celebrating Women's History Month.  This year's series focused on women in politics, featuring some of the women on Greenfield's town council.  If you haven't checked the videos out, click here.

Though March is over, the councilors gave us so much terrific material that there was no way to include it all in their individual pieces.  So, for your viewing pleasure, we present "Women in Politics Outtakes":

Mar 25 2016 - 1:06pm

Thank you to everyone who helped the Greenfield High School Music Parents Association (GHSMPA) raise $4,110 last night, during their annual telethon!  GHS band and chorus students, under the direction of conductor Maria Scotera, really appreciate what these funds are used for: uniform cleaning, transportation to performances, instrument repair, and much more.  Before the festivities got underway this year, we took a few "behind-the-scenes" pictures to share with you:

As usual, some band parents showed up hours ahead of time to set up.  We especially liked the use of music stands as door stops!












It's worth noting that only so much stuff can fit in our elevator at one time.

The interview set with microphones ready and waiting for hostess Angela Mass and her special guests:

T-32 minutes and counting until we start!

Thanks again, everyone!

Mar 18 2016 - 1:57pm

To prepare for this year's Full Disclosure Festival, Eggtooth Productions Artistic Director Linda McInerney has been setting up blind dates between interesting people and local playwrights.  Each pair meets for drinks around the corner from our studio, at Seymour, and has a conversation which the writer then uses as inspiration to create a play that will be performed in town on June 10th & 11th.  After the sucess of using us as a venue last year for Interview, Ms. McInerney invited our cameras to film the entire process from start to finish.  On Tuesday, GCTV Staffer Elijah Rottenberg took these pictures during the first day of meet and greets:

Mar 11 2016 - 2:51pm

In May, we'll be saying goodbye to Storytime with Tom & Kat.  After four and a half years of producing this children's show, Tom LaChance would like to turn his editing hands to something else.  In addition to the puppets he created for Storytime, Tom has a passion for public domain movies.  His new show, 29 Minute Movies, which will premiere next month, will take full length features and cut them down to their bare essentials, while keeping their storylines intact.  In our modern, fast-paced world, Tom hopes that this will enable more people to appreciate old films and 1955's The Fast and the Furious will be the first to undergo his process.  Keep an eye out for it on Cable Channel 15, and here on our website, and enjoy!

Mar 4 2016 - 2:41pm

Let’s say that you are an individual or group in the process of applying for a grant and halfway through filling out your application you see something on the form that stops you cold. They’re asking for a video showing off what you do or demonstrating why you need their money. Oh no! What do you do now? It’s easy, just give us a call! We can teach you how to record the footage you need, loan you the equipment to do just that, guide you through the editing process on our powerful computers, and help you get your completed video where it needs to go. Even better, it’s all FREE!

By taking advantage of the services we offer, you’ll be joining the ranks of organizations like the Greenfield Recreation Department, Greening Greenfield, and Piti Theatre Company. In addition, proponents of a Greenfield Cultural District and a Greenfield Skate Park have used us to submit application videos in the last two weeks. Even if you aren’t applying for a grant, having a video can be useful. When she was just starting Sy’s Fund, we taught Lorraine Kerz how to create a program to explain her organization to potential donors. So, you see, there’s really no reason for you to wait any longer. Contact us right away to see what we can do for you!

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