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Friday, March 16 2012

Flexibility

That’s our word for this week because our staff re-arranged their schedules in order to cover several events, Appalachian Still filled in for another band on "Valley Homegrown", and the mayor spoke about additional notification options that CodeRED provides our town.

On Monday afternoon, Deputy Fire Chief Robert Strahan joined Mayor Martin in our studio to elaborate on the benefits of adopting a new emergency notification system that can alert citizens by phone, email, and text.  Watch the video!

On Monday night, amazing country band “Appalachian Still” raised the roof in front of an enthusiastic live audience on “Valley Homegrown”.  These guys were terrific, professional, and willing to step in when another band had to cancel.  Experience their performance for yourself!

Monday night also marked the beginning of unusual work shifts for some of our staff.  An additional person worked noon to 8pm in order to record the Greenfield Human Rights Commission’s Meeting & Public Forum on the closing of Greenfield’s Social Security Office.  After the meeting, we interviewed the commission’s chair, Lew Metaxas, and brought you that short video on Tuesday evening.  The full meeting will air on Cable Channel 15 tonight at 6 and will be available as part of our Video on Demand Player on Monday.

On Tuesday, another staffer gave a tour to our second group of cub scouts in a month.  The kids were really excited and grateful to try out our studio equipment.  Then, on Wednesday, Greenfield High School students got their turn to take over our studio, participating in the Greenfield High School Music Parents Association’s annual telethon.  After loading in equipment, dropping off instruments, and setting up for most of the day, the GHS select choir, jazz band, and soloists went live on our air for three hours.  They raised $7841 to help defray the costs of getting to competitions, going on concert tours, and other expenses related to the music program.  Our station manager and another staffer were here until 10pm that night assisting with the production, live tweeting, and recording interviews and b-roll.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, watch our short follow-up video.  We’ll be posting a photo album as well either today or Monday.

On Thursday one of our staff members worked 2-10pm in order to cover the Greenfield School Committee Meeting.  Today, things are a little quieter and our staff is catching up in addition to helping the crew of “Local Bias” produce a new episode featuring activist Karl Meyer.

Finally, one last note on being able to adapt.  Normally, we download David Pakman’s Thursday broadcast on Friday so that we can air it the following Tuesday night.  This week, Mr. Pakman expanded his show from twice a week to Monday through Thursday.   In order to celebrate this milestone, several special guests were interviewed.  When our Station Manager found out that this Tuesday’s guest was astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, he felt that we had to share that episode with you instead.  To that end, we downloaded this week’s second episode today and it will air this coming Tuesday, March 20th, at 8pm and again on Thursday, March 22nd, at 11pm.  If you don’t know who this outspoken, media savvy, scientist is, check out this Wikipedia article and don’t miss next week’s “The David Pakman Show”.

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