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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!

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!

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