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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!

Feb 26 2016 - 8:59am

Participating in the democratic process is very important; if you don't vote, you don't get a say in how our government works.  In addition, if you don't take the time to cast your ballot, you don't really have a right to complain if you disagree with the way elected officials are doing their jobs.

Participating in the democratic process is also easy! On Tuesday, Greenfield's polling location at the new high school will be open from 7AM to 8PM and voting should only take you about 10 minutes from start to finish.  You don't even need to be registered as a member of 1 of the 4 parties holding primaries in order to vote.  If your official voter registration is unenrolled, also known as Independent, you can simply choose which party's ballot you would like when you check in.  If you need more information about who's running, casting an absentee ballot, or how to get a ride to the polls, click here.

One final note, voting in the Presidential Primary on March 1st will have more of an impact than you might think.  In addition to helping narrow down the candidates for our country's top office, you will be electing local residents to serve on each party's town and state committee.  This is your only chance to pick the people who will do much of the organizing work, like scheduling candidate debates, for each party over the next 4 years.

 

Feb 19 2016 - 1:57pm

That’s right! Popular local DJ Bobby C will be joining the lineup on WMCB-lp 107.9FM beginning Monday, February 22nd, at 7PM. Bobby approached us a while ago, about getting a local sports show on the radio, because he really wants to highlight all the great things that area high school atheletes are doing and because he saw a niche that needed to be filled. During his hour-long program, he’ll give you the scores and stats, introduce you to players and coaches, and probably play some fun music, so be sure to tune in or listen live on www.wmcb.net.

Feb 12 2016 - 2:59pm

Yay!  We are happy to share the news that Peter Ruhf has accepted our invitation to be the next artist to exhibit in our first floor space.  Peter is no stranger to GCTV, having been a guest on Local Bias a few years ago, and he (center) stopped in yesterday to check out the walls and talk details with our staff:

He'll be installing his work during the first week of March and he plans on giving his opening talk on Friday, March 4th, around 6PM.  That will be a great chance for you to come in and meet him, enjoy his art, and eat some tasty treats.  To whet your appetite, we'll be doing a short interview with him soon (stay tuned to our homepage in the coming weeks for that video) and here's a sample of his art:

Feb 5 2016 - 9:59am

We are are pleased to announce that we have installed a teleprompter in our studio!  Over the last couple of years, as we expanded our election coverage and increased the number of certain types of events in our studio, we've had more and more requests for one of these devices but it wasn't in the budget until now.  Yesterday, Northwestern District Attorney (NWDA) Dave Sullivan came in to record two new public service announcements (PSAs) and was quite happy to be our first user of this technology.

After a quick training from our executive director, NWDA Consumer Protection Unit Director Janice Garrett programmed in the text and ran the scroll for Attorney Sullivan.

Our staff is really excited to provide this opportunity to producers and community members and, because we're geeks, we especially like the fact that the remote for the teleprompter looks like something out of Star Trek.  The trackball in the middle even lights up in red when touched!

We're sure that this machine will get a lot of use going forward, especially as we begin to record candidate statements in the run up to November's Massachusetts General Election.  If you have a message you've been itching to get on our channel, but were afraid you couldn't remember it when the camera was running, come on down and try out our new setup.

Jan 29 2016 - 2:26pm

Here are two great opportunities for you to tell us what you think and help us out:

On Tuesday, at our board of directors’ annual meeting, several vacancies were announced. You don’t have to have TV experience to be on our board, just live in Greenfield and have a passion to help us grow. We really want our governing body to be made up of a diverse group of people, so women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Bring your strengths to our table!

We’re also talking about revamping our website and would like to know what you feel is working well on it right now, what isn’t working so well, and what you would, and would not, like to see in the future.

This is your chance to get involved, so email us at mail@gctv.org with your comments on our website or your interest in joining our board. Thanks!

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