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Wednesday, December 31 1969

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Oct 14 2016 - 1:31pm

Students from Four Rivers Charter Public School were in our studio on Thursday to get trained in the use of our field equipment.  For the third year in a row, their senior class will produce a film on a topic of importance to them.  The students haven't decided, yet, what their film will be about but the forty youth split up into three groups to learn the ins and outs of our HD solid state JVC cameras.  Soon they will be out and about shooting their footage and then they'll return to learn how to edit it.  In the spring, their finished movie will have a local premiere and begin airing on our channel.  Our staff has enjoyed working with these students each year and we can't wait to see what they'll do next.

Oct 7 2016 - 8:59am

Most of you know how much our staff loves having new artwork on the office walls every 3 months or so and how excited we are to be partnering with the Greenfield Local Cultural Council (GLCC) to host their Changing exhibit through December. Unfortunately, our good feelings were dulled a bit last Friday afternoon when one of the show’s paintings disappeared. Our executive director is sure that it was there in the morning but our new media producer noticed that it was missing when she left to go on her break mid-afternoon.

If anyone has any information regarding the stolen art, which is pictured below, we would really appreciate knowing about it. Please call us at (413) 774-4288 or email mail@gctv.org. We just want the piece back so no questions will be asked if it is returned during our open hours (Mon-Thurs 10AM to 8PM and Fri 10AM to 6PM).

Sep 30 2016 - 8:59am

It’s almost time again for the Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival! Our cameras will return to Beacon Field to capture all the action on Saturday, October 8th, and Sunday, October 9th. We’ve been told that this year’s event will feature so many contestants, there’s barely enough room for them all. That bodes well for folks who want to chow down at the People’s Choice Samplin’ Pit where the public can taste some of the entries and judge for themselves.

This may be one of the hardest events for our staff and volunteers to film because they get up close to the food as they interview participants, and are inhaling wonderful aromas as they walk around getting b-roll, but they can’t stop to eat any of it until they’re done. Of course, they do also get to listen to great music the whole time and enjoy a fun, family, atmosphere. Be sure to look for our coverage on Cable Channel 15, and here on our website, after Columbus Day weekend.

Sep 23 2016 - 12:29pm

Hopefully, you know from watching our coverage of local government meetings that the Greenfield Public Schools Administrative Offices will finally be moving out of their insufficient Davis Street building, and into a renovated section of Greenfield Middle School, during the first week of October.  At their meeting last week, Superintendent Harper encouraged the Greenfield School Committee to open Davis Street to the public before it is torn down, so that people can say goodbye.  Many longtime area residents attended elementary school in that building and the superintendent mentioned that recent visitors to her office have been reminiscing with administrative staff.  We would like to put together a virtual tour of the building, complete with oral histories from those who spent time there. If you attended Davis Street, or worked there, please email Karen@gctv.org or call our office at (413) 774-4288 to set up a time for us to record you sharing your memories.  This way, the experience will be available to all, long after the building is gone.

Sep 16 2016 - 8:59am

Thanks again to everyone who helped us by filling out Greenfield's Cable Advisory Committee (CAC) Survey in July.  All of the responses have been collected in a summary and you can read them on the town's website, here.  It was interesting to note that several people mentioned that though we are recording all of our programs in HD, Comcast isn't broadcasting them that way.  It was also nice to read all of the positive comments about us and to see that Greenfield residents are passionate and informed about how the system works.  We'll let you know how the negotiation process is going after the next CAC meeting so keep checking back!

Sep 9 2016 - 1:52pm

Things went really well yesterday and our staff and volunteers had a great time filming the parade!  Anything would have been an improvement over last year, when we televised the festivities in the rain, but several factors contributed to the ease and enjoyment of this production.

First, we really have to thank The Arts Block, for letting us use their power so that we didn't have to run hundreds of feet of cable, and our wonderful group of unpaid cast and crew members, without whom we couldn't have done what we did:  Parade Hosts Russ Brown & Tom Dillon, Switcher Tom LaChance, Camera Operators Shawn Cromack, Greg Greuling, & Sam Pyfrom, and Photographer Heather Abbott.

Sam had an especially good time, as many of the participants know him and were mugging for his camera.  People handing out candy were also really keen to share with him, including vehicle drivers:

Heather's favorite part was one of the Magic Wings staff releasing live butterflies as he walked along.  Unfortunately, he was out of the insects by the time he got to her so she couldn't get a picture.  He did, however, release one right in front of Sam so keep an eye out when you watch our full parade video to see if we captured the moment.  We'll be rebroadcasting it today at 4PM and tomorrow at 2PM on Cable Channel 15 and we'll have it, and our pictures from the event, online later today.

Finally, though we were unable to use the town's GreenLight wireless network to transmit the parade signal as we'd hoped, we were able to use it during the parade to provide pictures and updates on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.  It worked beautifully and made our New Media Producer as happy as Shawn looks in this picture:

Sep 2 2016 - 1:28pm

In order to bring you a better Franklin County Fair Parade Live Broadcast next Thursday, and to save wear and tear on our staff, we are collaborating with the town and The Arts Block.  We want to publicly express our gratitude to both entities as their contributions should save us a lot of time and stress during our setup process.

The Town of Greenfield's new municipal internet service provider (ISP) is working with us to see if we can stream the fair parade, and future live broadcasts from other locations in town, through their GreenLight network.  The biggest positive impact this would have is not having to run hundreds of feet of cable from our switcher to a cable drop, which in turn means no chance of damaged cables or cords being disconnected.  The Arts Block is helping out in a similar manner by allowing us to use their power instead of having to connect to a town supply further down the street.

We'll let you know, in a future blog post, how all of this all works out so stay tuned!

Aug 26 2016 - 8:59am

In just one week you’ll be able to visit with artists selected to participate in this year’s Greenfield Local Cultural Council (GLCC) juried art show, enjoy their work, and indulge in some light refreshments. As we kick off hosting the Changing exhibit, which will hang on the walls of our first floor space through the end of December, you can find out what inspired these creatives and how they put together their pieces. In total, nine artists were accepted into the show with eleven works in the painting, pencil drawing, mixed media, and digital print mediums. Some interpreted change literally, with works showing the passage of seasons, others want the audience to think about themes of climate change, technology, evolution, and perception. Come experience it all and, as a bonus, find out how you might benefit from the services of the GLCC as they open their new grant cycle.  Details about the event can be found here.

Aug 19 2016 - 1:45pm

Here is some new content to keep an eye out for on Cable Channel 15, gctv.org, and wmcb.net:

Valley Talent Showcase August 2016 Edition---Music by Claire Dacey, No Eyed Dog, The Tinkers, Opel, Humble Digs, and Malado.

A panel on social and racial justice in agriculture from this year's Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) summer conference.  To whet your appetite, watch our interview with one of the presenters, Leah Penniman.

Two conversations with New Salem Planning Board Member Sarah Kohler, about forest protection, that were part of The Singing Wilderness & Eco Beat Hour radio show.

A new episode of Healthbeat from Baystate Franklin Medical Center, for September, focusing on veins and sports medicine.

 

Aug 12 2016 - 7:59am

We don’t have too much to say this week, as we are busy getting ready for all of the events we’ll be covering during the next few months. Massachusetts Primary Elections are less than one month away and they will take place on the same day as this year’s Franklin County Fair Parade. Before that, we’ll film the MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU) hearing on Berkshire Gas’ supply plan on the 30th of this month. If you attend the Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition, you’ll see us there, as well as at the Greenfield Rag Shag parade and Greenfield High School versus Turners Falls High School Thanksgiving Day Football Game. Of course, we’ll also bring you all of Greenfield’s results from the state and presidential elections in November. We realize it may be hard to think about the fall when it’s so hot out but the more preparations we make now, the better our coverage will be for you to watch when the time comes. That’s it for this week, we need to go organize stuff for the Greenfield Local Cultural Council’s 4th annual juried art exhibition that will be on display here from September through December!

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