Hooray! David Drew Longey's art is gracing our walls through the end of December. If you didn't get a chance to stop by during First Friday Greenfield, come on down anytime we're open and check it out.
But not for long because we're in the process of switching out our featured artist right now! Miriam Wells removed her work on Tuesday, which left our office looking like this:
That allowed our executive director to spackle and paint over the holes in our walls on Wednesday evening.
This morning, David Drew Longey is installing his drawings in preparation for his talk tonight as part of our participation in First Friday Greenfield. Come on down to our lobby between 6PM and 8PM to meet David, check out his art, and enjoy some refreshments. If you can't make it then, don't worry, The Hand of Dave will be on display through the end of December and we'll record the artist's talk for later broadcast on Cable Channel 15, as well as making it available to watch online anytime.
Wow! If you’ve looked at our October calendar, you know how busy next month is going to be for us and we’re not finished covering events this month. For instance, our staffer Philippe will be interviewing our next featured artist this afternoon, for a short piece that will premiere on our website Monday, then he’ll record the Community Relations & Education (CRE) Committee Wood Burning Forum on Monday night, and Tuesday night will find him filming the Candidates Forum at the Meadows Golf Course.
In the meantime, we’ll have many of the candidates passing through our studio, to record their video statements for our town election page, and we’ll need to set up for the Greenfield School Committee Candidates Debate Thursday night, while our new lobby artist installs his work in preparation for his opening talk during First Friday Greenfield.
Oh, and did we mention that our staffer Karen is working on another piece about the Green River Clean Up and that we’ll bring you the results of this year’s Communities That Care Coalition Teen Health Survey as soon as they are revealed on Friday? Make sure to check our homepage every day next week to watch these videos and more!
A new show will begin airing on our channel next week and, while we don't normally use this space to write about programs that are not produced here, we want to draw your attention to it because it came to us in a slightly unusual way. It's no secret that many of our staff members self-identify as geeks and, last month, our new media producer attended a local science fiction/fantasy convention. While there, she caught a live taping of a talk show done by fans, for fans, and thought it was hilarious. Of course, as a television person, she couldn't help but notice that they didn't have a camera operator so she approached them at the conclusion of their show and asked how she could help.
After an excited discussion, during which one of the hosts explained that he'd been looking for a way to get on public access channels for quite a while, contact information was exchanged and a plan to bring The Angry Geeks Show to local stations was hatched. Beginning September 24th, you'll be able to watch what's been called the "real life Wayne's World" on Cable Channel 15 on Thursdays at 4PM and Sundays 12AM (prior to our SciFi/Horror Public Domain movie).
During the program, hosts Lewis & Jeremy banter back and forth like siblings about the latest comics, movies, TV shows, wrestling extravaganzas, and conventions. They feature a cosplayer (fan in costume, for the mundanes out there) of the week and also go on location at conventions to do interviews with special guests and fans. For more information about The Angry Geeks Show, check out their website or YouTube Channel.
We would like to thank everyone who helped us with our Franklin County Fair Parade and Senator Rosenberg Pipeline Hearing shoots yesterday. Many, many, people contributed to our productions, in ways both large and small.
First, we need to thank the staff at Frontier Community Access Television (FCAT), without whom we would have been unable to be in two places at once. They, along with our executive director, made sure that the pipeline hearing was not only recorded, but broadcast live on TV and online. In addition, Kathy Lynch at Easthampton Media (Easthampton's public access station) loaned us equipment crucial to the shoot.
At our Franklin County Fair Parade production, despite the rain, we had the most fun we've ever had while working an event like this. That was due in large part to the fact that we had so much help. The volunteers who joined us in the wet weather were fabulous: Director Tom LaChance and his wife Bonnie (who wasn't on the list but happily hopped in to lend a hand when needed), Handheld Camera Operator Sam Pyfrom, Camera Operators Shawn Cromack and Alyssa Tan, Production Assistant John Meisner (who didn't mind stepping in at the last minute), and Photographer Heather Abbot (whose friend was nice enough to shelter her with a giant umbrella as she snapped pics through the whole thing). We also couldn't have done this without our amazing hosts, Frances Rahaim, Ph. D., and Chris Collins.
As we began to plan for this year's parade, Frances graciously agreed to co-host with our very own Dukes of Sports Russ Brown because longtime host Tom Dillon would be out of town. Unfortunately, Russ fell ill at the last minute (see yesterday's post) and we scrambled to find a replacement. Our staff members racked their brains to come up with a list of possible candidates and our executive director began calling people. Throughout the process, everyone we spoke with was helpful and encouraging, even though they weren't able to step in, and many suggested additional names of folks to ask, which made things much easier on us.
Thanks again everyone! We couldn't have done it without you.
Just a quick note to let you all know about some changes that are happening with our coverage of the Franklin County Fair Parade and Senator Rosenberg's Pipeline Hearing today. At 5pm yesterday, one of our fair parade hosts, Russ Brown, called to let us know that he's very sick and unable to join us. Thankfully, local news personality, and new Frontier Cable Access Television (FCAT) Executive Director, Chris Collins has stepped into the breach and will join Dr. Rahaim to provide color commentary during this year's telecast. We send good wishes Russ' way and hope he feels better soon.
In other news, we did figure out a way to broadcast the pipeline hearing on TV in its entirety despite it's start time conflicting with part of the parade. While our parade coverage continues on Channel 15, viewers who want to tune in for the beginning of Senator Rosenberg's event can do so on Cable Channel 17---in Greenfield only. Viewers in other areas can still watch the meeting when it starts at 6PM on our website.
Well, once again, not exactly us but one of the folks involved with the movie Rawn Fulton shot in our studio, back in March, was inspired to use some of our other spaces in her independent film. For several hours last week, our lobby and conference room stood in for office space belonging to one of the main characters. Yesterday afternoon and evening, our third floor space did the same. It’s been nice having the cast and crew here and they’ve managed really well, working around an active business instead of a closed set. Once this production is ready for air, we’ll tell you more about it.
As many of you know, there is likely to be some overlap, on September 10th, between the Franklin County Fair Parade and State Senator Stan Rosenberg’s pipeline hearing. We will broadcast the fair parade live on Cable Channel 15, beginning around 5PM, and we asked our friends at Frontier Community Access Television (FCAT) to handle most of the pipeline production. At the conclusion of the parade, we’ll flip our signal and join the pipeline meeting live, in-progress. For those of you who want to see it in its entirety, we are working to make a livestream available on our website, beginning at 6PM that night. We’re also trying to figure out if there’s a way to broadcast the meeting live on TV, in its entirety, on a different channel, and we’ll let you know if we’re successful.
In addition, we are proud to announce that the hosts for our live broadcast of this year’s Franklin County Fair Parade are Russ Brown (The Dukes of Sports) and Frances Rahaim, Ph. D. (The Money Doctor). Though they’ve been friends for years, Russ introduced Frances to us and helped get her show started, this is the first time they’ve hosted one of our telecasts together. We can’t wait to see what they do!
We know summer isn’t over yet but we have to start planning now for events like the Franklin County Fair Parade, Greenfield Annual Word Festival (GAWF), and Greenfield’s town election, and our calendar is filling up fast! As soon as we come back from our long Labor Day weekend, we’ll be going full tilt on preparations for our coverage of this year’s parade (Thursday, 9/10), Senator Stan Rosenberg’s hearing on the proposed natural gas pipeline (also Thursday, 9/10), and Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition (Saturday, 9/12).
Throughout the month of October, we’ll be partnering with The Recorder, WHAI 98.3FM, and Greenfield Community College (GCC) to bring you a series of debates leading up to the town election in November. We’ll also be hosting practice sessions for the local TEDx event that we’re co-sponsoring and our studio will be a venue for both the Double Take Fringe Festival and GAWF. Oh, and, of course, we’ll film the Greenfield Rag Shag Parade at the end of the month as usual. Then, in November, we’ll find out who won this year’s Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival (PVTTFF) and record TEDx before leaving for our well-deserved Thanksgiving break.
As if all this weren’t enough to keep our staff hopping, we will continue our regular broadcasts of Greenfield Town Council, Greenfield School Committee, and FRCOG meetings, as well as oversee the installation of a new artist’s work in our lobby. Stay tuned to Cable Channel 15, and check back here and on our homepage, to keep up with everything we’re doing.
Well, not really, but Local Bias producer Drew Hutchison did use our facilities as the staging ground for his summer film camp for youth last week. It was neat to have the small group of kids active all over our offices. They learned how to write a script, recorded bits in the studio, used our field equipment for location shoots, brought in and created all kinds of props and costumes, and even got footage Drew can use in a documentary about what they did. During the week, our staff overheard them talking about heroes and supervillians, fake tv shows, and much more. We can't wait to air the final product on Cable Channel 15!