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May 12 2017 - 10:56am

This morning, we once again welcomed Four Rivers Charter Public School students into our studio to work on a project.  As many of you already know, for the last several years we have provided training and equipment to the school's senior class, in order to support their making of a documentary.  In addition, several individual students over those years have expanded on what they learned here and created videos of their own.  Now, one teacher has decided to incorporate video into her curriculum so that her pupils can share what they've learned in multiple ways.

The students have been studying immigration, sanctuary cities, politics, and communication.  They've been writing letters to the editors of local papers, attending city and town government meetings, and suggesting legislation to local officials.  In short, they're learning how to change the world and use all the tools at their disposal.  Helping people get their message out, whatever that message is, is at the core of what community television is for and we're fortunate that we have this opportunity show young people all that we have to offer.

May 5 2017 - 1:55pm

Once again, we are happy to find ourselves in the middle of hosting, filming, and publicizing a variety of local events and organizations. The week began with a Greenfield Ways & Means Committee Meeting in our studio on Monday night. Representatives of the Greenfield Public Schools, Four Rivers Charter Public School, Smith Vocational & Technical School, & Greenfield Virtual School attended, answering committee questions about their respective budgets.

On Tuesday, clients from Community Enterprises returned to our pre-production radio studio to record their weekly show, Live Spirits, and hot on their heels was the crew from Let’s Be Honest, an occasional podcast that explores topics like racism, classism, and sexism. Afterwards, members of the Greenfield Kiwanis Club took over our third floor space (and brought pizza!) to begin setting up for their annual auction. Then, it was “all Kiwanis, all the time” on Wednesday and Thursday, as we broadcast their 2017 fundraiser live, though GCTV News Director Karen and two volunteers did head over to Greenfield High School last night to film the music department’s Spring Scholarship Concert.

In the end, the Kiwanis raised a lot of money, much fun was had, and we recorded many hours of programming.  We love being in the middle of life here in town, so make sure to keep letting us know about things that are going on and tune in to Cable Channel 15 on a regular basis to see the results.

Apr 28 2017 - 7:59am

First of all, we're so glad that the ceiling fixture in our studio is no longer coming apart and that the problem was not as big as we feared.  It turns out that the decoration is made out of plaster, not bronze, so it does not weigh hundreds of pounds.  Once the guys from Mowry & Schmidt got up there, it didn't take them very long at all to inspect the area and pronounce it sound.  Then they made short work of bolting the hanging piece back in place.  As you can see from this picture, there are no more scary shadows:   

In other news, you may remember that we mentioned a while ago that we will once again be hosting the Greenfield Kiwanis Club Auction in our studio and broadcasting it live.  This year's event will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd, and Thursday, May 4th.  Yes, that's next week!  One of the organizers let us know that the auction booklet, listing all of the great items that will be up for bid, came out today.  If you didn't get a copy in The Recorder, make sure you pick one up when you see these inserts around town because the money raised really helps our community.

Apr 21 2017 - 11:32am

Late yesterday afternoon, our executive director was doing some work in our studio when he happened to look up and notice that one of the ceiling decorations seemed to be partially detached.  For those of you who don't know, our building was originally built by the Masons, for their official functions, and what is now our studio was their meeting hall.  Many of their architectural features can still be found in our space, including large brass fixtures which used to hold chandeliers.  As you can see from this close up, it looks like half of it has pulled away from the ceiling and we really don't want it to fall on anyone.

After a brief consultation with other staff and a board member, our executive director called Mowry & Schmidt to come look at the structure as soon as possible.  Two workers showed up at ten-thirty this morning and immediately got to work on the problem.  Because the repair needs to be done twenty-five feet off the ground, their first step was to construct a platform on which to stand and this is how it looks now.

Our ceilings are so high, the guys have actually gone off to get more parts for the scaffolding and hope to begin repairs this afternoon.  Until they're done, we won't be scheduling any shoots in our studio, so we'll keep you posted and let you know when the work is finished.

Apr 14 2017 - 1:55pm

Things have calmed down a little so we thought we’d provide an update about how things went last Friday. All of the events we filmed are now online: How Healthy is Franklin County?, Children’s Memorial Flag Raising, Franklin County Justice Center Opening Ceremony, and Maricella Obando Moya’s Artistic Journey.  In addition, you can watch the Greenfield Human Rights Commission Meeting from April 10th, Ways & Means Committee Meeting from April 10th, and the Stand Up for Transportation Conference that we told you about in last week's blog post.

Unfortunately, there was one hiccup with a production on April 7th. Though we had tested it the day before and connectivity seemed to be okay, we discovered that internet access in the Hope Street parking lot was both poor and intermittent when it came time to actually livestream the courthouse grand opening on Friday afternoon. Our executive director tried multiple times, and made several calls to our new media producer back at the office, but to no avail. No matter what we did, the feed didn’t show up on our Facebook page. Sometimes, the electrons just don’t cooperate!

In any case, we’re happy with the fact that we were able to get so much done in so short a time and hope you enjoy watching the results.

Apr 7 2017 - 6:59am

Once again, we can state that "at least we’re not bored" because today features a whirlwind of activity for us. Staffer Philippe got an early start, getting up to film this morning’s “How Healthy is Franklin County” presentation that had been rescheduled due to last Friday’s weather. As soon as it ended at 11:30AM, he rushed back here and began doing post-production on both the full event and a news story about it. While he worked on those items, our news director, Karen, headed out to the Greenfield Town Common to film this year’s Child Abuse Awareness Month flag-raising at noon. (Check our homepage later if you want to watch that ceremony for yourself.)

This afternoon, Karen will venture back out, this time with our executive director in tow, in order to film the Franklin County Courthouse grand opening and stream it live on our Twitter feed & Facebook page, while our new media producer monitors everything from the office. Finally, at 6PM, we’ll host a gathering for the latest artist to exhibit on our lobby walls. Maricella Moya will give a talk about her work and her creative process, which we’ll record for posterity, but you are welcome to come down and experience it in person.

After all of this, our employees will get a well deserved rest this weekend but then jump right back into things on Monday, when we’ll shoot videos of the Greenfield Ways & Means Committee Meeting, Greenfield Human Rights Commission Meeting, and possibly the Stand Up 4 Transportation Justice gathering, in addition to helping at least 3 producers with their shows. Be sure to look for all of these programs and more on Cable Channel 15, and here on our website, in the near future.

Mar 31 2017 - 7:59am

In addition to their regular duties these last few days, our staff members dealt with a power failure in the WMCB live radio studio, helped the Greenfield Kiwanis Club prepare for its telethon in May, and covered a variety of special events in town.

The week began well, with several new producers coming in to edit recently filmed programs and Bobby C. doing a great phone interview with former pro-baseball player Peter Bergeron, but quickly took a turn on Tuesday afternoon.  Around 3PM, the host of Let it Rip, Reba Rasbury, called out that something had gone horribly wrong with our community radio station and she didn't think we were on the air anymore.  When our executive director entered the room, he discovered that the automation computer had died and he tried to troubleshoot the problem.  After bypassing that piece of equipment and getting Reba back on the air, our executive director juggled diagnosing and fixing the situation with getting ready for our board meeting that night.  Eventually, he discovered that the computer's power supply had died and he was able to replace it.

Wednesday was happier, as we welcomed local Kiwanis members who, incidentally, brought us pizza!  We will be broadcasting their annual telethon live from our TV studio on Wednesday, May 3rd, and Thursday, May 4th, but they have to do a lot of organization in advance.  At this point, they were here using our computers to set up a spreadsheet that will keep track of all of the donated items up for bid on those nights.

While one of our staffers was here assisting the Kiwanis, our news director was out recording the Complete Streets planning meeting and you'll be able to watch that soon on Cable Channel 15, in addition to here on our website.  You'll also be able to watch yesterday's Cable Advisory Committee meeting and last night's NELCWIT Power of Women Celebration. Finally, don't forget to check our homepage later today to watch this afternoon's "How Healthy is Franklin County and the North Quabbin?" presentation, featuring 2016 County Health Rankings data and publication of the region’s first Coordinated Health Improvement Plan.

Mar 24 2017 - 1:51pm

Congrats to all of the folks involved with last night’s Greenfield High School Music Parents Association (GHSMPA) Telethon to support local music education. If you wanted to help but didn’t have a chance to call in, you can still send a check (made out to GHSMPA) to P. O. Box 394, Greenfield, MA 01302. Our staff really enjoys working on this event with GHS students and adults every year and we know the funds raised are extremely important.

In addition giving young musicians a chance to perform on television as soloists and in small ensembles, money earned during the program is used to transport the band and chorus to various festivals and competitions throughout the school year. Several of the parents have been on the crew for many years and now don’t need a lot of help from our staff in order to get their setup started. In fact, one of them became a volunteer sound operator for Valley Homegrown because he’d learned so much from us during his first couple of years on the telethon!

Setup started a little early this year, with a bit of sound equipment being dropped off at 7:45PM on Wednesday. The real work began around 11AM Thursday when the director showed up to make sure we had all of the video clips and credits that would be needed during the show. Microphones and monitors began to fill our studio at 1PM, while our new media producer ran cables for the phone bank. More volunteers and students started showing up around 3PM with instruments, set decorations, and photocopies of the performance order to post all around our offices. After a sound check at 5:30PM, things were off and running with the live broadcast from 6PM to 9PM. Everyone was exhausted but happy as they cleaned up and loaded out. Thank you to everyone who tuned in to Cable Channel 15, or watched the livestream here on our website, and called in with a donation.

Mar 17 2017 - 2:05pm

Whew!  This was quite a week for us filming Greenfield government meetings!  At a special meeting in our studio on Monday night, the Greenfield School Committee concluded its discussion, begun at its regular meeting last week, about Superintendent Harper's proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget.  Meanwhile, we had a camera rolling down at 114 Main Street for this month's Greenfield Human Rights Commission Meeting.

Then, after cleaning up from Tuesday's snowstorm, we turned right around and hosted a mini meeting marathon on Wednesday night; beginning with the Greenfield Ways & Means Committee 2018 Capital Budget Meeting, at 5PM, followed by a regular Ways & Means committee meeting. Then we welcomed a more than capacity crowd for the full Greenfield Town Council Meeting at 7PM.  It was all hands on deck as we took the overflow of people downstairs to watch the meeting in our lobby.  Once the event actually began, we had to coordinate to make sure that everyone who wanted to address the council had the opportunity to do so, no matter where in the building they were watching from.

Thankfully, there weren't any meetings scheduled for Thursday or Friday but we did have to do all of our followup.  We were able to get three of the meetings online yesterday, and the other two have now joined them, so you can watch them whenever you want by clicking on the links above.  If you prefer to watch them on Cable Channel 15, please check our schedule for airing times.  

Mar 10 2017 - 2:09pm

It is our core mission to help people get their messages out to the wider community and this week presented some great opportunities to do that. We were inspired by the people who gathered on the Greenfield Town Common to celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday and we were happy to film their march (click here to watch our video). We also had the chance to speak with participants in yesterday’s Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution/Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses rally, as they were expressing themselves downtown, and we plan to have a camera on the common again tomorrow, for the local Standing with Standing Rock protest.

All of this activism encourages us to remind you that you too can make your voice heard by coming into our offices and learning how to make your own television program. This will allow you to film any community events that you feel are important to archive for posterity, and to expose to a larger audience, as well as interview people you think are doing cool stuff. So, come on in and check out a camera, film something, and put it on the air for all to see!