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mmuller - Fri, Jun 21, 2019, 2:19 P
Public Access’ Economic Impact
Hello all, long time since this website has been used!

I am on the board of Montague Community Cable, Inc., of which MCTV is a project.

We are about to building a proposal to create a new media center with the local Business Association and the Cultural Committee, and am looking for any proof of economic impact other media centers may have for their towns.

Has such a study been done for your station in your town, and if so, is that something that could be shared with us?


Mik Muller, board member
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mmuller - Thu, Jan 15, 2015, 4:34 P
I am moving all my websites to a new server and want to test posting and emailing from this website.


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mmuller - Thu, Apr 25, 2013, 10:47 A
Designing a studio
Ok. Not sure why the URL isn't working. You can also use this one...
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mmuller - Tue, Apr 23, 2013, 4:13 P
Designing a studio
Hey all,

Montague Community Cable is attempting to buy a building to house our offices and studio. We're excited about the prospect, and look to the PEG community for advice.

(1) Who would you hire if you were to hire someone as a designer of your new studio

(2) Is this something that could be done collaboratively, with common sense and tested ideas already obvious to this community?

Here's a document you can look at if you're interested. We have thrown together a draft floorplan that we already know isn't good, in that the control room, edit room and equipment rooms are accessed through the studio itself. That's obviously a no-no.


Let us know if you're interested. Our contact info is in the doc itself. if you call, ask for Dean.
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Wilbraham - Wed, Nov 7, 2012, 4:11 P
TelVue HD Server Issues
Hi all, We have just (2 weeks ago) installed our new HD server and are wondering who else has one. We are having issues with the server freezing up in transition from one audio codecs to another PCM, MP2 & AC3, we got rid of all PCM files and have tries normalizing other audio but are still having playback issues with the hand-off.
Has anyone had this issue? If so how did you fix it?
Caroline Cunningham
Wilbraham Public Access
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AtholOrange - Tue, May 1, 2012, 11:11 A
I will be having a demo of Discover Video at AOTV tomorrow,
Wednesday, May 2 at 4:30-5:30PM. I thought I would invite others
if you would like to see it. Please RSVP
Carol Courville
Athol-Orange Community TV
163 South Main Street
Athol, MA 01331
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ctarail - Thu, Jan 5, 2012, 3:43 P
MCTV is Hiring
MCTV hired two new part time staff people, Owen Weaver, Technical Coordinator, and Cindy Tarail, Outreach and Communications Coordinator.
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Wilbraham - Mon, Dec 19, 2011, 1:49 P
Community Innovation Challange Grant
On November 7, 2011, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez announced the creation of a new $4 million Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) grant program to incentivize and support innovative regionalization and other cost savings initiatives that will change the way local governments do business to maintain service delivery and stretch every tax payer dollar as far as possible.

Eligible applicants include: Municipalities, regional schools, school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, and regional planning agencies and councils of government. Regional agencies and councils of governments may also serve as the administrative or fiscal agent on behalf of municipalities. Applicants will be required to submit a project timeline and detailed budget for their proposal. Additionally, applicants must propose a method to measure and evaluate both the success of implementing the proposed project and the success of the initiative or reform going forward once implemented.

Hello All- I am wondering: How many of you are connected to Municipalities and/or regional school districts?
I believe this grant may serve public access centers in many fronts in the future including funding and good will with municipalites.... Applying for this grant may be too late, but I am sure there will be others.
If anyone is interested in having an open brainstorm discussion on regionalization of any access/media services please call me and lets set up a discussion. (With MBI coming to Western Mass this may be more feasible)

Caroline office (413) 599-0940 cell (413) 433-7331
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tigerbangs - Tue, Nov 15, 2011, 11:43 A
Free Stuff at Hatfield Community TV
Hatfield Community TV is in the process of updating it's facilities. We have a lot of older equipment that is available to anyone who would like to haul it away. If you don't take it, it will be made available to the citizens of Hatfield, and what remains will be disposed of.

Here is a partial list of what is available:
4- Panasonic AG 456 SVHS full sized cameras with cases and power supplies-low hours, but no battteries
6- Apple IIe color composite monitors: they all work
3-Sony MV-1351 color monitors: all work well
3-Panasonic AG-1980 editing SVHS VCRs
1- Panasonic AG DS 840 SVHS editing VCR
2- Panasonic AG DS 550 SVHS editing VCR
Various Radio Shack microphones
A Sony digital stereo receiver
Maganavox 5 disc CD changer
Sony FXE-100 A/B Roll Editor, switcher, audio mixer

And a bunch of other stuff..

Deadline to claim any of it will be Saturday, November 19, 2011
email at
or call Chip Gorra
860-460-2631 cell
413-726-2922 office.
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AtholOrange - Mon, Nov 14, 2011, 4:56 P
Both Central Mass and Western Mass are invited.....
Reminder from: CMCMC Yahoo! Group

Title: Presentation and Discussion on Scheduling people and events

Date: Wednesday November 16, 2011
Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: AOTV 13

Both Central Mass and Western Mass are invited.....

Hi All,

The address for Athol-Orange Community TV is
163 South Main Street
Athol, MA 01331


Let me know if you need specific directions. It's right on Route 2A.

Also, let me know if you are planning to attend...
I already have supper planned so please come.

Carol Courville

PS. We are in the middle of Auction Prep, so you'll get to see some of it, and we've just created a new workflow with a NAS system that a few of you were interested in.
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mmuller - Thu, Nov 3, 2011, 4:07 P
MCTV is Hiring
Montague Community Cable, Inc., the 501(c)(3) non-profit that owns and staffs MCTV channel 17 in Montague, MA, is seeking two professional positions.

Outreach and Communications Coordinator: $15/hr @ 10hrs - 20hrs per week. Major duties include contacting local agencies and residents and creating organizational and production partnerships; creating underwriting and sponsorship solicitations; writing the newsletter and all public communications; writing the quarterly and annual report narratives. Applicant should have a flair for writing, a passion and understanding of the place public access has in Montague, and a gregarious nature, at ease in front of an audience. Video skills would be a definite plus but are not required.

Technical Coordinator: $20/hr @ 10hrs - 15hrs per week. Major duties include maintaining the digital broadcast rack; researching and implementing emerging technologies; providing community training in editing, cameras, field production, etc.; maintaining and inventory all equipment. Applicant must have solid video technical skills and work well with the public, with good communication skills and a positive attitude in an office-like environment.

MCTV is also seeking interns to assist in video editing, titling and field production. Contact us for more information.

Applicants should mail resumes to MCTV, 34 Second Street, Turners Falls, MA, 01376, or send by email to: Jobs [at] MontagueTV [dot] org. No phone calls, please.

MCCI is an equal opportunity employer.
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tigerbangs - Wed, Oct 12, 2011, 11:24 P
TelVue access to MyMassTV and CMDN

This video explains how to set up your TelVue Princeton Server to access, upload and down load from the CMDN and MyMassTV sharing servers. You will find that the TelVue system is tightly integrated with the sharing servers, and allows for one-click upload and download from the servers. Please note that you MUST have an account with MassAccess and the Community Media Distribution network in order to use these servers. Access is free, but you must have a username and password for each server. Feel free to call me if you have any setup questions. 413-726-2922

Note that CMDN has timely daily downloads of "Democracy Now!" and they are free to download and use, but you must register with the Democracy Now organization before airing their programs

MyMassTV is currently somewhat underutilized at the moment, but does have some state-produced programming such as a consumer affairs program available for use.
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Wilbraham - Thu, Oct 6, 2011, 7:14 P
Local Events 2011
Hi everyone.
Just wanted to remind people that there are 2 events coming to the area!
Amherst Media is hosting the MassAccess Fall Mini Conference on Fri, Oct 14 from 9:30am to 2pm in Amherst
The Alliance For Community Media North East is holding its Fall Conference and Video Festival in Springfield on Saturday, November 12 at City Place Hotel and the Basketball hall of Fame. (Wilbraham Public Access is sponsoring it locally)
This is a great opportunity for people to meet up in western mass, see what these two organizations can do to help you and see what other local western mass area access/media centers are doing.
I hope you are able to make one or both of these.
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mmuller - Thu, Sep 29, 2011, 2:05 P
Job Descriptions
Hey all,

Montague Community TV is reviewing our staff job positions and descriptions and we'd love it if we could see what you're all doing. If you could either copy and paste to here, or send me a private message through the website (click on my name), or by email reply, that would be stupendous.


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mmuller - Sat, Sep 3, 2011, 12:23 A
Live broadcast
This year MCTV will try to broadcast the Montague Soapbox Derby live. We have some technical issues to over come, such as being about 3000 feet away from the closest transmission point. We have someone from Comcast checking out the site tomorrow. I'm sure he's going to confirm the need for a microwave dish, which we do not have. Anyone out there have something that could help?

For those who are hooked into the Turners Falls Industrial Park head-end, we are looking into making the live broadcast available to your subscribers. If this year goes well, we are looking to expand transmission possibilities for next year.

More info on the race here, if you want to put up a slide or two. The event is a fundraiser for MCTV.
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northamptontv - Tue, Jun 7, 2011, 6:17 P
WMass Gathering June 24, 2011 Amherst Media

I writing to everyone both on this old email list and the WMass site to arrange for a meeting of WMass community media centers on Friday, June 24 at Amherst Media, previously dba Amherst Community Television.
This will not be an official Mass Access conference but it will be an occasion for us all to set aside time to talk with one another. This will be informal, but a number of topics have been raised to be put on a meeting agenda, including:

A. Discussion of broadband in Western Mass, Wired West, Axia, and PEG centers as anchor institutions.
B. Sharing Programming - Sharing Server Costs
C. What if cable funding does go away... What can small stations do now to diversify

Please do two things if you have a chance:

1. RSVP as to whether you can make a meeting that day. We will not have any vendors or formal lunch plan but I will chip in for pizza myself.
2. Send any other topics you would like to set aside specifically for that day.

Thanks everyone. As a final FYI I am no longer representing Western Mass on the Mass Access board as I have accepted an invitation to appointment on the national board of the Alliance for Community Media. But Jim Lescault of Amherst Media has thankfully accepted the invitation of serving out my term on the Mass Access board and Western Mass will still be represented there.

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RobinMide - Tue, Jun 7, 2011, 2:39 P
Equipment give away
Although many of you have lots of this kind of stuff you're trying to get rid of MCTV has the following equipment to give away:

-leightronics Mini T Pro, and Mini T Net (both with remote machine interface)
-lots of SVHS decks
-a couple of very big (old fashioned) working monitors

Its yours if you want it.

Contact Robin at
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northamptontv - Tue, May 10, 2011, 1:31 P
Draft Letter for Verizon Bill

I am pasting a draft letter to Verizon here below. This letter is a very simplified version of the talking points I supplied last week. As an example, NCTV will be sending this out to membership, to local organizations with which we have worked, and to local legislators.

I'm again providing links to those legislators below.

Quick Links:

- What is the Verizon Bill (S01687)?

- What committee will hear it and who is on the committee?

- Who are my state reps so I can call them?

- Who are my state senators?

Here is the draft letter. PLEASE NOTE, there sections of the letter you need to edit on your own.




(insert Senator or Rep. name here)
State House
Room (insert Room number here)
Boston, MA 02133


Dear Senator (or Rep. name)
I am writing to address Massachusetts Senate Bill 1687. The Bill is currently scheduled for a hearing at the Statehouse on Wednesday, May 18th.
I oppose this bill. It could cripple the ability of our community to effectively support and sustain our local cable television studio.
(insert Personal story here-or delete this section)
There currently exists in Massachusetts a legal structure – the Massachusetts Cable Act (M.G.L.166A)- that has allowed, and continues to allow, successful and effective negotiations between communities and cable providers. This law works as it currently exists and it accomplishes its purpose. It provides support that allows for the existence of these vital community resources.
The proposed Senate Bill 1687 only serves to undermine that support. Imposing a 90-day time frame on cable license negotiations, makes this Bill unrealistic and weakens the ability of communities to identify and properly ascertain their telecommunication needs. Verizon has had no difficulty in acquiring cable licenses in the communities they have identified as desirable in Massachusetts, having successfully negotiated over 110 licenses in this state. This bill does not encourage competition; it handicaps the local negotiating position and weakens the community rights the Cable Act is intended to protect.
I urge you strongly to oppose Massachusetts Senate Bill 1687.

(add name here)
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northamptontv - Thu, Apr 28, 2011, 1:16 P
URGENT! - Verizon Bill Statehous Hearing May 18, 2011

The Verizon legislation which was filed in 2009 has returned in 2011. A date of May 18, 2011 has been set for a Statehouse Hearing in Boston.

Talking points are currently being generated regarding this issue.

One quick elevator summation - Verizon wants to limit contract negotiation periods to approximately 95 days. Typical contracts currently often take 3 years. If you can imagine mobilizing your local government to assess,negotiate, and sign a contract in 95 days, the problem here may be evident.

In 2009, Massachusetts community media centers mobilized a group of bodies to present evidence at a similar hearing. That legislation died on the floor of the committee. It's important that we try to mobilize support from with our group and, as importantly, our own constituencies who utilize and benefit from our services...

local churches
local nonprofits
local producers
local schools
local government
the community at large

...essentially anyone with which you have a relationship can either testify or, at the least, offer a phone call, letter, email.

In addition, and importantly, the Senate Chair of the committee is from Western Mass - Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield (Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin counties). It's important for Western Mass, and especially for those communities he represents and who have connections to him.

Also on the committee is Representative Michael Knapik of Westfield.who represents areas of Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield, Blandford, Chester, Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southwick, Tolland, Easthampton and Southampton.

If we can generate enough critical mass interest in Western Mass we could consider renting a bus to travel to Boston on that day. I realize I recently sent a notice indicating interest to meet regarding broadband issues, but given this new and sudden timeline, is there interest to meet earlier to talk about this issue?

Thanks much,


Quick Links:

- What is the Verizon Bill (S01687)?

- What committee will hear it and who is on the committee?

- Who are my state reps so I can call them?

- Who are my state senators?
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HCTV15 - Sat, Mar 26, 2011, 4:59 P
Seeking temporary Leightronix Nexus operator
Hatfield's station will be without a director starting April 2. We are looking for someone who can keep our programming up to date with the Nexus server. Your time will be well compensated. If interested please contact Mark Stein at muv at comcast dot net. Thanks.
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Wilbraham - Thu, Mar 24, 2011, 4:35 P
Gathering of WMass Stations
It's a great idea. I am in, let me know if you need anything.

Other topics for the mini conference might be...

How about discussing future funding for smaller stations
- With broadband: Access to the internet for PEG Programming
- Sharing Programming - Sharing Server Costs
- what if cable funding does go away... What can small stations do now to diversify

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bavalle - Thu, Mar 24, 2011, 1:30 P
Gathering of WMass Stations
Sounds good, thanks for the hard work Al
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mmuller - Thu, Mar 24, 2011, 12:50 P
Gathering of WMass Stations
I think this is a great idea.
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northamptontv - Wed, Mar 23, 2011, 6:21 P
Gathering of WMass Stations
Greetings Everyone,

There are a number of groups who have been and continue to work to bring broadband services to all of Western Massachusetts. I propose that this broadband implementation is intimately intertwined with the current and future role of the PEG model. While current projects are dealing with middle mile expansion, last mile considerations have already begun, particularly with groups such as Wired West. The role of PEG (and other) community media centers as anchor institutions needs to begun being addressed today. There has already been interest expressed in gathering Western Mass PEG center representatives with those of the MBI and Axia, who has been selected to run the middle mile network.

It is with these concerns, and with any others you may have, and because we have not had a caucus of our Western Mass centers, that I would like to solicit interest in having a meeting.

I may be speaking in tongues to some who receive this. One of the particular challenges we face in Western Mass is being underfunded and understaffed. If so, even more reason.

I'm currently also planning the next Mass Access Mini-Conference, and one distinct possibility is to hold multiple statewide mini-conferences, the Western Mass one focusing on issues such as these.

Please do respond with your thoughts. I know you are busy. If you have to, send me a private email to

Thanks much,

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HCTV15 - Sun, Mar 13, 2011, 8:44 P
HCTV-15 Hatfield looking for station Director
The Town of Hatfield is seeking a dynamic video professional to fill the part time position of Director, HCTV-15, our public access station. You will be responsible for all aspects of station operations and planning for future needs. We are looking for an individual who believes in the public access mission, and has both the analog and digital skills to broadcast government meetings and public interest programming across cable and web platforms. Direct all aspects of a small town station that is just starting to retool for a digital future and will be negotiating our cable provider license as soon as you come aboard. For a full job description and application instructions please go to http://www.townofhat...ommunity-television/

Mark Stein, Chair
Hatfield Cable Advisory Committee
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tigerbangs - Wed, Mar 9, 2011, 10:13 A
Camera Company Show on March 11, 2011
Details are finalized for the Western MA bus to the Camera Company Video Show on Friday, March 11, 2011. The bus will leave for the Sears Automotive Center parking lot at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, MA on Friday, March 11 at 8:00AM and will leave the show at 4:30PM. We have a 45 Passenger Motor Coach, so all are invited and encouraged to come. There is NO charge for bus, and the bus will stop at a rest stop once on each trip. I would like to get a head-count if at all possible, so, if you haven't already responded, and plan to come, please call Chip Gorra at 413-726-2922 or at We look forward to seeing everyone at the show!
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Wilbraham - Fri, Feb 18, 2011, 4:17 P
MassAccess News! - INFORMATIONAL -

MassAccess membership is based on a calendar year. (You may want to join or renew)
2011 is already looking to be an active year for PEG Access around the State.
-The Verizon Bill has been re-introduced into the State Legislature.
-The MassAccess new program sharing server is nearly ready to be released.
-A new MassAccess List-serv is also about to be released.

Please send your form and membership fee in today.
application/pdf icon
Membership Renewal Form 2011.pdf

* bnay's blog

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Wilbraham - Wed, Feb 16, 2011, 4:06 P
P-T Job opening (Application date extended to 3/5/11
The Program Coordinator’s primary function is to schedule and organize the programming for the Public Access Television station’s Public, Education and Government Access channels. Automate the daily programming and ensure a smooth system for cable casting of programs and tapes. Serve as the central delivery point for all incoming programs to be scheduled on the channels, working with producers and “imported” program contacts. Work with volunteers on creating program proposals to be presented to station director. Schedules crew members and talent for recordings as necessary. Research and obtain additional programs and PSAs that are relevant to the community. Maintain a database of programs.
For more information or to apply go to:
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tigerbangs - Wed, Feb 16, 2011, 2:16 P
Camera Company Pro Video Show
Camera Company is sponsoring it’s 21st annual Pro Video Show at the Holiday Inn in Dedham, MA on Friday March 11, 2011 and Saturday, March 12 from 9AM to 5PM. Camera Company will be sponsoring a complimentary motor coach from Western Mass to the show on Friday, March 11. last year’s show was a big success, and the show promises to be bigger and more interesting this year, with more manufacturer’s representatives, more expert seminars, and more free seminars than ever before. PEG stations employees, volunteers and students are invited to attend, and may also take advantage of the complimentary transplantation. Contact Chip Gorra at 413-726-2922 for reservations and space availability.
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RobinMide - Tue, Feb 8, 2011, 3:09 P
Re-Franchising Negotiations
Hi Folks, the town of Montague is starting re-franchising negotiations with Comcast. Is anyone out there starting or in the middle of negotiations? If so could you share what you've learned with us?
You can contact us off list at
Thanks in advance.
Robin Mide
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Wilbraham - Thu, Feb 3, 2011, 9:30 A
Ed Targonski of Polka Time
For those of you who have not heard, Ed Targonski of Polka Time passed away on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at Bay State Medical Center.

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Wilbraham - Tue, Feb 1, 2011, 11:15 A
I have a question about your station
WPA did a "Visioning" for the station where we polled other stations in communities our own size and held public meetings where we invited people from the community who belonged to several different organizations, businesses and schools and polled our station members. We used a contractor to work with us.

The town would like us to do this again but use a college to redo this survey. Has anyone done this at their station and who did you use?

WPA (Wilbraham)
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Wilbraham - Tue, Feb 1, 2011, 11:12 A
This may help you with annual reports - ACM Salary Review
2011 ACM Salary Survey - It's that time of year again!

Below is a link to the 2011 Alliance for Community Media Salary Survey.

Please click on the link and fill out the form by February 28, 2011. The survey results will be sent out to participants in early March. This year th is is a national survey survey and the more centers that respond, the more valuable the information for everyone who participates.

We're counting on you!

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northamptontv - Mon, Oct 18, 2010, 10:34 A
Western Mass ED Meeting?
I would certainly be interested in this.
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Wilbraham - Mon, Oct 18, 2010, 9:04 A
Western Mass ED Meeting?
Hi I was wondering if folks wanted to have a Western Mass ED Meeting as we haven't had one in a while?

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Tv5 - Sat, Oct 16, 2010, 8:51 P
Captioning to be required for streamed video
For those of us who have a need or interest in captioning our programming, this article from Broadcast News is about coming regulations re new Federal captioning requirements; probably won't affect Public Access , EXCEPT as regards internet video (for those of us who stream our programming, these MAY apply).

See links at the bottom of the article to captioning resources (software, hardware ?)

this is the link to the article:


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Wilbraham - Fri, Aug 27, 2010, 3:10 P
WPA - Covered Hampden County DA Forum at AIC
Wilbraham Public Access covered the Hampden County DA Forum at AIC Aug 24, 2010 - we hope to post it to the TelVue sharing server on Mon, Aug 30.

ELCAT & WPA will be covering the HCDA Debate at WNEC on Sept 6 and will post that on the sharing server as well.

WPA also covered the Mass Dept of Public Utilities hearing on the WMECo Proposed Rate Change on Thurs, Aug 26, 2010 in Springfield and hope to post that to TelVue on Mon as well.

I have DVD's available if anyone wants one.


Caroline Cunningham
Executive Director
Wilbraham Public Access
28 Springfield Street
Wilbraham, MA 01095
(413) 599-0940

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northamptontv - Fri, Aug 27, 2010, 2:51 P
Northwestern DA Debate

Northampton Community Television covered the debate between Northwestern District Attorney candidates Cahillane and Sullivan last Tuesday, August 24, 2010. The show is available for download as an MPEG 2 Layer 2 file that is the server standard. (This file can be encoded as needed).

In addition, the Northampton Community Television coverage of Thom Hartman's presentation on May 28 in Northampton is available for similar download.

They are available at:

We would appreciate letting us know if you download the show as a manner of tracking. You can email us at:
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mmuller - Tue, Aug 17, 2010, 1:26 P
Montague Soapbox Races
Those of you who can download PSAs and shows electronically via FTP and wish to include the Montague Soapbox Races PSAs and 1-hour build party show in your cablecast program schedule can grab the files from the Princeton Server Group's server. Contact me for FTP info.

The race entry deadline has been extended to August 30th. Race date is Sunday, September 19th in Turners Falls.

This soapbox derby / race is a fundraiser for Montague Community TV. All help that can be given by other public access stations would be welcomed and appreciated.

If you cannot download the shows, or air digital files, and wish to have these programs mailed to you, please contact me with your address. You can reply to this email, or click on my username on the website.

For more info, call Mik at 413-320-5336
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shctv15 - Thu, Jul 29, 2010, 2:42 P
Sharing videos in our area
South Hadley:

1.We are using a Leightronix Nexus video server
2.We have a high-speed internet connection and regularly download programs from and others
3.We are certainly open to receiving programs from other stations, we would just need to get a sponsor from a resident/person who works or goes to school in SH/organization that serves the SH community
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AtholOrange - Thu, Jul 29, 2010, 2:13 P
Sharing videos in our area
In Athol/Orange

1. We have a Tightrope Server
2. We can download programming with a cable business connection
3. Outside shows need to be sponsored by an Athol or Orange resident. However, we will air programming from other centers that are beneficial to our viewers.
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Wilbraham - Thu, Jul 29, 2010, 8:43 A
Sharing videos in our area
1. We have a TelVue/Princeton Server
2. We have a cable business connection (2meg)
3. We also allow outside shows as long as the show is sponsored by a WPA member (anyone can become a WPA member)

I believe that anyone who is a MassAccess member can use the TelVue Sharing server but there are questions of cost in the future. - (Al, is that still the case?)
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northamptontv - Wed, Jul 28, 2010, 7:26 P
Sharing videos in our area
In Northampton we...

1. Use a Leightronix Nexus video server
2. Have a high speed internet connection
3. Allow shows produced outside the community. Producers must become members of NCTV and sponsor those shows or have a different member sponsor them.

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mmuller - Wed, Jul 28, 2010, 5:23 P
Sharing videos in our area
How many people here are using a Princeton Server or some other digital video server?

Of those, how many have high-speed internet to be able to download video files to play?

Of the rest, are you open to receiving videos from other stations, and what's your policy on that?
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mmuller - Thu, Jul 15, 2010, 6:09 P
WesternMA Connect, Inc. July 2010 Broadband Update
MBI Application Successful!

On July 2, 2010, Governor Deval Patrick and members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation announced that the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) had been awarded $45.4 million of federal ARRA funds. These funds will be used to construct over 1,100 miles of fiber-optic middle-mile infrastructure in western and north central Massachusetts. The award was formally announced at a ceremony held on July 8 at Greenfield Community College. Event attendees included U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, U.S. Senator John Kerry, Governor Patrick, and Congressmen Richard Neal and John Olver. Both Senator Kerry and Congressman Olver recognized Connect for its decade-long support for the creation of an advanced telecommunications landscape throughout the region. All speakers made reference to the many letters received in support of the application. Your compelling stories definitely impacted the application outcome. Thank you to everyone who submitted letters and congratulations to the MBI!

What Does This Mean For You?

In 2008, Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts Legislature established the MBI with the mission to extend affordable high-speed Internet access to ALL residential, commercial and public places across the Commonwealth. This new federal award will be combined with the $26 million of state funding already in place to make this a reality. Internet service providers have stated that once the MBI's network is complete, it will become more cost effective for them to bring high-speed Internet access to those who currently have none.

What's Next?

In the coming months, the MBI will continue to be very busy designing and engineering the network, negotiating access to state-owned assets, forming partnerships to support network deployment, and encouraging the telecommunications industry to be prepared to provide services and invest in the region. Meanwhile, the MBI has contracted with Connect to work collaboratively with regional planning agencies, local municipalities, and other organizations to ensure that this network is constructed as quickly, cost-effectively and efficiently as possible. Under the terms of the federal grant, two-thirds of the project must be built by 2012 and the network completed in 2013. This is a huge undertaking. Although you may not visually see progress right away, be assured that the MBI and many others are working diligently to meet the federal timeline and requirements set.

How Can You Help?

If you have not already done so, please visit and complete the online survey. Encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. This information will assist the MBI in its effort to more accurately map where broadband does and does not exist. If you are an elected official or local department head, please respond to outreach conducted by the MBI and Connect. This network cannot succeed without your participation!
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tigerbangs - Mon, Jul 12, 2010, 11:26 A
New JVC studio camera demonstration
Wilbraham Public Access TV will host a demonstration of the new JVC-GH-HM790 studio camera system on Monday, July 19 at their studios: 28 Springfield Street, Wilbraham. Mr. Ken Freed, Northeast Regional Manager for JVC Professional products will demonstrate the studio system, and will entertain questions about studio setup and installation during his visit; refreshments will be served, sponsored by The Camera Company. To RSVP, call Caroline Cunningham at 413-433-7331
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mmuller - Thu, Jun 24, 2010, 5:26 P
Western Mass FTP Server?
Is there any interest in setting up a Western Mass FTP server? This could be a members-only service (likely an annual fee to help pay for the server costs) with a few terabytes of storage for e-bicycling interesting local programs.

I know that TelVue has an FTP server and each customer has a folder, but the folders aren't organized by state, and I don't think everyone in western Mass is a TelVue customer.

Anyway, it was just a thought I had. Perhaps something already exists and this is a moot point.

And just to be clear, even though I did set up this website, I do not have the ability to host such an FTP server. This is not a business interest question. I'm merely interested in sharing programming via the net.
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mmuller - Thu, Jun 24, 2010, 5:20 P
Montague Soapbox Races -- DATE CHANGE
[ From the OOOPS! Department: the date of the Race has changed, so if you downloaded the slides, you'll need to download them again and re-import them into your PSAs. My deepest apologies. -Mik ]

Hey all,

Through MCTV, we're hosting a soapbox derby in September up here in Turners Falls.

If you're interested in putting up a PSA for us, here's a ZIP file of a bunch of BMP slides. Play one or two or all of them.

Obviously MCTV will be shooting the event (four-cameras, Anycast, appx 5 hours long) but you're all more than welcome to come out and either help shoot or operate a camera, or do a single camera hand-held to create your own mini-piece about the day. It should be pretty damn cool.

Here's all the info about the event:
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DonMaki - Thu, Jun 17, 2010, 8:50 A
Reality Check
Yes, we are busy, and I'd only expand that to note that knowing the group, we are busy doing what we're supposed to be doing, which is serving our respective communities first. What that means for me in East Longmeadow is very different for Ali n Northampton. But I could not have brought to this community the expansion of this facility without all the support from the rest of you. There's a lot of stuff I want to do here that we're not doing, and a lot of stuff, especially integrating with the school students, that I think is worth talking about. I like knowing we have the means here to have these conversations, The fact that I'm not doing it
is like the fact that Caroline and I have been trying to swap a DVD for about 6 weeks, and haven't done it yet.

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Wilbraham - Thu, Jun 17, 2010, 8:43 A
Reality Check
It is used little, but it is a place for people to come to... It is also summertime which makes people scarce.

Can I post a survey monkey survey link here for our membership? It may get a few more people to come and we can post the results here and it may help to draw users.

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