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Dec 21 2015 - 12:52pm

We had so much going on last week that there wasn't time to write a blog post until now.  Our staffers really enjoyed attending the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Holiday Breakfast/Recorder Citizen of the Year presentation on Friday but it meant that several of them left early that day.  Once they were gone, our executive director held down the fort while several producers used our facilities, including a group of Four Rivers Charter School students.

We're very excited that Four Rivers has decided to partner with us again this year, to produce a senior class project video, as their 2014 wind farm movie was well received.  Some of the 2015 participants have been so inspired, by their training and work with the class, that they have checked out our equipment on their own time and are producing their own programs.

In other news, stay tuned to Cable Channel 15 over the next few weeks to check out new shows from Flyby News, Local Bias, The Wider World of Diversity, and Franklin County Matters, all of which were worked on, or finished, here last week.

Dec 11 2015 - 3:18pm

As Chanukah winds down and folks prepare for the solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve, we thought we'd highlight 3 large community events that you can watch on our channel.

Both the Franklin County Community Chorus Holiday Concert and last night's Greenfield High School (GHS) Music Department Holiday Concert feature music from multiple traditions and are sure to delight viewers of all ages.  The GHS concert will air at 5PM today and the community chorus concert will be shown on Friday, December 18th, at 5PM, and Monday, December 21st, at 12:01AM, for all you night owls.

Next Friday, we'll be up early to film this year's Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Holiday Breakfast featuring The Recorder Citizen of the Year Award.  Afterwards, we'll rush back here to get our interview with the winner online and make the full program available to watch on Cable Channel 15 at 4PM.  If you miss it, don't worry.  It will rebroadcast on Sunday, December 20th, at 10PM.

If you're looking for more holiday videos to watch, please check out Happy Kwanzaa! and The Meaning of Hanukkah. Thanks and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Dec 4 2015 - 2:54pm

It looks so professional!  We’re just about done with the renovation; new flooring has been installed, better equipment racks have been built and filled, and upgraded lighting now graces the ceiling.  Our executive director will finish running cables this weekend, so we’ll be all set for Monday’s Dukes of Sports and Valley Homegrown shoots.

Basically, the nerve center for our shoots went from this:

To this:

The new paint color will minimize distractions for cast and crew looking into the control room from the studio and decrease eyestrain for the sound operator and director, the new air conditioner shouldn’t flood the room anymore, and the lighting is actually positioned where it’s needed.  (If you want a reminder of how bad the floor looked before, check out our blog post from two weeks ago.)

Our sound area is much more organized as well. It went from this:

To this:

So come on down to our offices and ask to take a peek, we think you'll like what you see!

Nov 27 2015 - 8:59am

We hope those of you who celebrated Thankgiving yesterday had a wonderful time but we recognize that the 4th Thursday in November does not hold the same meaning for everyone.  To that end, we put together two short videos exploring different aspects of the holiday and, if you haven't seen them yet, you can click on these links to watch them: It's Officially Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving:  Another Perspective.  In addition, if you're a local football fan, be sure to check our homepage later today to watch this year's Greenfield High School vs Turners Falls High School Thanksgiving Day game.

Nov 20 2015 - 2:42pm

It’s Demo (demolition) Day here at GCTV as we get ready to refurbish our control room in order to make it more user friendly and accessible for repairs/upgrades in the future.

Wednesday night’s town council meeting was the last shoot in our studio for a couple of weeks, though a few shows are going to have some fun recording in our lobby in the meantime. Our executive director is upstairs right now, pulling the last of our equipment out in order for the flooring folks to begin construction Monday. Though all of our staff is excited about this change, our new media producer in particular will not be sad to see the beat up linoleum that slopes away from our switcher get torn up and replaced. For those of you who don’t know, we sit in rolling chairs while directing and running the sound board and it’s not fun to be fighting to stay in front of the console while you are working.

Our executive director, on the other hand, is looking forward to installing new cable conduits because he was constantly telling people not to go behind the equipment racks for any reason. Here’s what the space back there looked like until now, which explains why:

All of these problems and more will be fixed as we go through this process, and we’ll keep you updated on our progress, so check back in the coming weeks for more pics!

Nov 13 2015 - 8:59am

Local favorite Carolyn Walker will return to the Valley Homegrown stage on Monday night for a live performance with her band Taking Back Eden.  You may remember Carolyn from her previous appearances on our channel, with The Woman Songwriter Collective.  Carolyn and the collective were also featured in our 2013 Women’s History Month coverage so we’re thrilled to have her bring another project to our studio.  Be sure to tune in at 7PM on Monday to hear some great music!

Nov 6 2015 - 3:47pm

Hopefully, you checked our homepage on Tuesday night to see full Greenfield election results and watch our live Pioneer Valley results show with Chris Collins, Bill Newman, and Monte Belmonte.  We realize that, if you aren’t intimately familiar with the way the election process works here in town, you might have a couple of lingering questions about write-ins and blanks.

All write-in votes need to be tallied by hand, so the more write-ins there are, the longer it takes to get results---if they affect the outcome.  In Precinct 2 for instance, John Lobik, who was listed on the ballot, received 441 votes and there were only 134 write-in votes.  Therefore, declared write-in candidate Glenn Johnson couldn't have won, no matter how many of the write-in votes he received.  However, for the 3, 2-year, school committee positions, there were only 2 listed candidates.  In that situation, knowing who received the most write-in votes is essential.  Unlike with candidates listed on the ballot, however, the person who gets the highest number of write-ins isn’t automatically declared the winner.  The town clerk must call that person to ask if they will accept the position.  If the person says no, the clerk calls the person with the next highest number of write-in votes until someone accepts.

Blank votes are a different story.  Perhaps you thought that some of the unfilled numbers were high for this election. One thing to understand about blanks is that if you can vote for 3 people for a position, for instance school committee, then if someone votes only for 1 or 2 candidates the remaining openings count as blanks. For some races this means you can see blank totals that are as high as, or higher than, the total number of ballots cast.

Again, a good example of this is the results for the 3, 2-year, school committee positions.  There were a total of 4,451 ballots cast in Greenfield's election but, because voters could choose 3 people on this line, the total number of votes up for grabs in this section was actually 13,353 and that's how you can end up with 7,908 as the total number of blanks for it.

And now you know.

Oct 30 2015 - 7:59am

Today, after years behind the camera, our new media producer, Alicia Brody, will step in front of it to co-host our Rag Shag Parade coverage with perennial favorite The Dukes of Sports’ Russ Brown.  Alicia is very excited about this opportunity because Halloween is her favorite holiday.  She loves all the creativity that folks in town bring to their costumes (usually she’s our still photographer for this event), is a big fan of chocolate, and enjoys making her own outfit each year.  In past years, Russ has been seen in traditional German attire, the fancy suit of a Capitol citizen from the Hunger Games, and the ghoulish cloak of Dracula, so Alicia can’t wait to see what he has planned for this year. Join us at Energy Park for all the fun, and show off your costume, or tune in to Cable Channel 15 at 8PM for our rebroadcast.

Tomorrow, the costume fun continues with our live broadcast (on Channel 15 AND gctv.org) of The Money Doctor “Debt or Alive”.  Contestants will show off their funniest, craziest, and scariest outfits while competing for great prizes during this Let’s Make a Deal type game show.  If you want to improve your financial literacy, or just have a good time, be sure to tune in from 10AM to 11:30AM on Saturday.

Oct 23 2015 - 3:19pm

November 3rd will be here before you know it! If you haven’t visited our election information page yet, you really should. It’s a great way to get informed before Greenfield’s town-wide vote, during which every elected office is up for grabs. If you’ve already checked out the resources we’ve provided, thanks and come back! Over the last few days, we’ve added a new write-in for Precinct 2, put links to all the candidate debates (including last night's exciting mayoral debate) and the Plastic Bans Forum in one place, and had more contenders come in to record video statements. Next week we plan to add information for people who need a ride to the polls and there are still candidates who are in the process of scheduling time to record their 3 minute pieces, which will be added as we get them. Regardless of who you support, please vote on November 3rd and remember to check our homepage for results, after 8:30PM, on election night.

In other news, we encourage you to come downtown again this weekend to check out another big arts extravaganza. Tonight and tomorrow night, Greenfield Annual Word Festival (GAWF) readings will take place in our lobby at 7PM. Voices From Inside/Out kicks things off, as previously incarcerated women read their powerful poems expressing pain, joy, and hope. Audience members will be inspired by the women's insight, courage, and perseverance in the face of adversity. On night 2, writers from the Naugatuck River Review will read from their work. We're excited to have them back in front of our cameras and hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy some of this literary smorgasboard.

Oct 16 2015 - 1:55pm

Some of you may have noticed videos not playing on our website yesterday evening, or saw one of our announcements or social media posts about technical difficulties. Thankfully, everything is working just fine now but we thought you might want to know what happened. It turns out that our Video on Demand provider was experiencing a Denial of Service (DOS) attack. Its websites, along with those of Netflix and other companies, were being inundated with connections from malicious computers, so that when you tried to access our videos (or when we tried to contact Telvue’s technical support) there was no bandwidth left to process the request. You can imagine that we weren’t happy discovering this problem 2 hours before our live broadcast of the Greenfield Town Councilor At-Large Candidates Debate. Fortunately for us, we’ve been using YouTube to livestream events like this and its website was not affected.

In other news, we encourage you to come downtown tonight and tomorrow night to check out this year’s Double Take Fringe Festival. Our studio will host I'm Herbert, directed by Chris Rohmann, at 7PM and 9PM both nights. From Double Take’s website: “In Robert Anderson's funny, sweet one-act, an old - very old - married couple have trouble even remembering each other's names. In their rockers (but not quite off them) they reminisce about the past, arguing over their hilariously unreliable versions of it.”  We're excited to see this theater extravaganza return for a 3rd year and hope you will be impressed by the talent as you enjoy every minute of it.

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