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Wednesday, December 31 1969


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!

Mar 3 2017 - 2:56pm

We started the week excited about the fact that we had so many productions booked in our facility and that enthusiasm was not misplaced.  The Dukes of Sports kicked things off on Monday morning with a full crew, which was a nice change as weather, holidays, vacations, and illness had prevented Russ, Mike, Sam, and John from being in the studio together for several weeks.  Then, Bobby C. brought The Recorder Columnist Jay Butynski in to guest co-host Franklin County Varsity Sports Report.  They had a really good time and fans of local high school teams will find a lot to entertain them in this episode.  

On Monday evening, an eclectic group of talented Valley musicians gathered in our studio to begin recording what they hope will be an ongoing series featuring great music and interesting interviews.  That night may have been the first time we've ever had a sitar played in our facility and it sounded terrific.  The person who is the creative force behind that production returned to our offices yeterday, to learn how to edit, and left with his first DVD.  Because the group is just getting started, they want to have a few more recording and editing sessions before anything airs on Cable Channel 15 or goes online.  We'll let you know more about it once the program is ready for public consumption.

In the meantime, you can listen to the results of the hard work done here by two other groups when you tune in to WMCB-lp 107.9FM on Mondays at 2PM for Live Spirits and on Fridays at 2PM for Blue Dream Radio.  Live Spirits is a mix of music genres, spoken word, comedy, and more brought to you by clients from Community Enterprises, an agency providing supported employment, education, and living services to adults with disabilities.  Blue Dream Radio, on the other hand, is very focused on promoting rap, hip-hop, and the growth of the urban community.  The two co-hosts are joined by various friends each week and enjoy a large number of guest callers.

With so much going on, you really need to keep checking back here on Fridays to get the latest!

Feb 24 2017 - 2:04pm

This week, we're pleased to be able to tell you about two projects we're working on in partnership with several area organizations.  The first, in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, is the brainchild of independent producer David Sherman.  We'll be helping him, and the great staff at Falls Cable, film one of the traditional Irish music sessions that are currently taking place at McCusker's Market in Shelburne Falls every other Sunday morning.  Dave is very interested in this type of music and wants more people to know how much local talent exists in this genre.  We think making a video will be a great way for him to do that.

The Northwestern District Attorney's Office also wants to get its message out to folks so they are cooperating with us, and Northampton Community Television (NCTV)'s superlative crew, to create a program for their Safe Storage Campaign.  The campaign encourages everyone to keep medication out of the hands of people to whom it wasn't prescribed, especially youth who want to take it recreationally, and shares concrete steps to accomplish that goal.  Our part of the show involves recording footage of Greenfield's own Dr. Ruth Potee explaining why this is so important.

Be sure to look for this content on Cable Channel 15 and in the coming months!

Feb 17 2017 - 2:50pm

This week, our staff was deeply saddened to learn that longtime volunteer and producer Shawn Cromack had passed away on Sunday at the age of 41. Shawn was a great guy who loved GCTV and wanted to do everything he could to support our station. There was a time, years ago, when we didn’t have many people to help us with shoots but Shawn could be counted on to show up for almost every one we did. He was such a permanent fixture at Greenfield government meetings, each of which tended to be 3-5 hours long during that period, that our new media producer finally had to encourage him to stay home sometimes because we didn’t want him to burn out.

Shawn really got that volunteering is a great way to learn how to use our equipment, frame shots, and gain general TV experience. He loved all kinds of metal music, and was passionate about increasing exposure for local bands, so he used his skills to produce a program called The Pit, which featured recordings of live performances.

A few years ago, Shawn began bringing his partner, Heather, along when he was editing his shows on our computers, so our staff got to know her as well. She shared that she’s a photographer and offered to help in that capacity whenever Shawn was operating a video camera for us during events like the Franklin County Fair Parade and the Greenfield Rag Shag. Our hearts go out to her and the rest of Shawn’s friends and family during this difficult time. We’ll miss Shawn’s dark sense of humor but we can’t say goodbye. Shawn hated hearing that word at the end of phone conversations so we’ll use his preferred term and instead say, “Later" to our buddy.

Feb 10 2017 - 3:23pm

Thankfully, yesterday's winter storm didn't slow us down too much and, though we had to close early, a lot was accomplished by the two staff members who were able to walk into the office.  No shoots had been scheduled in our studio on Thursday and our executive director made sure that rebroadcasts aired on WMCB 107.9-lp FM, in place of the live shows that normally occur.  It was a good day to catch up on things, since it was so quiet, and we hope everyone reading this was able to enjoy a nice day at home, even if much of it was spent shoveling.

On another note, our new media producer was disheartened last Saturday, when she went to show a friend the beautiful ice sculpture by Thomas Matsuda (featured in last week's blog post) and discovered that it had been smashed.  While she stood on the sidewalk in shock, she ended up comforting another woman, who was upset about the vandalism, by informing her that we had pictures of some of the pieces on our website.  The Greenfield Recreation Department and the ice carvers work very hard each year, to bring smiles to the faces of residents and Winter Carnival attendees, and we hope that the people responsible for the damage are brought to justice.  We also want to give a shout out to the good samaritans, including folks from Greenfield Garden Cinemas, who put some of the art back together.  Way to go!

Feb 3 2017 - 2:04pm

Thanks to the Greenfield Recreation Department, there will be lots to do in town this weekend.  We think Winter Carnival is a terrific way to beat the blues this time of year and hope you will take full advantage the opportunities to skate, sled, enjoy a fireworks display, and so much more.  We've already been out looking at the ice carvings and talking with the artists who are creating them.  You can see our pictures here and we'll have video on our homepage this evening.  Then, after you check out our online coverage, don't forget to come down to Main Street at 6PM tonight to enjoy the 3rd Annual Parade of Lights in person.  Happy Winter!


Jan 27 2017 - 11:42am

Last month, our board realized that it has been several years since the active GCTV community gathered to network and celebrate our collective accomplishments.  To that end, producers, volunteers, and WMCB DJs have been invited to socialize and enjoy some food and drink in our lobby on Tuesday, January 31st, at 6:30PM, following our annual board meeting.

This event is a great chance for us to show our new space and updated technology to folks who haven't been here for a while, or who only use one part of our facilities.  It's also a terrific time for ideas to form and collaborations to be discussed between people who might not meet otherwise.  If you received our email invitation and haven't RSVP'd to yet, please do.  We would love to see you.  If you didn't get an invite, but you have a project you that you need some help with, shoot Scott an email and let him know so that you can be included.  The more, the merrier!