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Wednesday, December 31 1969


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 with your comments on our website or your interest in joining our board. Thanks!

Jan 22 2016 - 3:03pm

We have some interesting news stories we’re working on for our homepage over the next two weeks and hope you’ll check back every day for something new.  We’re also looking forward to Greenfield Winter Carnival.  Be sure to stop by our office to pick up a brochure listing all of the fun activities that are planned for February 5th through 7th.  Finally, the assistant director of the Greenfield Public Library stopped by today to drop off some posters for their upcoming events.  We’ll be filming their First Wednesday Speaker, Jurassic Roadshow, on February 3rd, and they’ve invited Barry Deitz back to talk about the romance of vampires, on February 17th, in a talk entitled, “Love Bites”.   We won’t be able to film Barry’s event but you can watch his last talk here.  If you’re interested in recording “Love Bites”, please email our volunteer coordinator.

Jan 15 2016 - 2:35pm

Our community lost a good musician, and a great guy, when Jeff Martell was killed in a car accident last Friday.  Over the years, Jeff played Valley Homegrown 5 times and took over producing and hosting duties for about a year in 2003.  We couldn't think of a more fitting way to celebrate his contributions to our station than to put together some of his best TV moments and share them with you.  Be sure to tune in to Cable Channel 15 at 7PM on Monday, 9PM Friday, January 22nd, or 10PM Saturday, January 30th, for Valley Homegrown "The Best of Jeff Martell", or you can watch it online anytime here.  Our hearts go out to his friends and family.  Rest in peace Jeff.

Jan 8 2016 - 2:00pm

Whew! Only one week into the new year and our staff has covered a Greenfield Town Council Meeting and a Greenfield School Committee Meeting, publicized and made arrangements to film a Greenfield Human Rights Commission Meeting on January 11th, trained new producers from two community organizations so that they can begin their own projects, and welcomed four local rap and hip/hop artists into our radio pre-production studio so that they could lay down tracks and provide content for our low power FM station, WMCB. This is all in addition to continuing to make field equipment, editing computers, and studio time available to our regular producers and DJs. We’re very happy to have so many people rotating through our facilities. What a great way to make use of your community resource! Keep it up Greenfield!

Jan 1 2016 - 9:59am

We hope you all had some fun last night and that you experience a healthy and happy new year.  If you missed our traditional twelve hour music programming block, this time it was from 4PM yesterday through 4AM today, don't worry.  You can still watch The Best of Valley Homegrown 2015 online anytime you want.  We took the best songs from the most amazing shows that local bands gave in our studio and compiled them in a YouTube playlist for your edification.  If want more, tune in to Valley Homegrown on Cable Channel 15 every Monday at 7PM.  New live shows will return in the spring but, until then, you can catch up with your favorite episodes on TV or here on our website.  Enjoy!

Dec 25 2015 - 8:59am

We hope that those of you who celebrate Christmas are enjoying a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.  If you're looking for something festive to watch, this year's Greenfield High School Music Department Holiday Concert will air at 4PM today on Cable Channel 15.

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!