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Western Massachusetts PEG Access Network
Getting the PEG Stations in Western Mass together for information and empowerment

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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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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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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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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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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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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 - 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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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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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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mmuller - Wed, Jun 16, 2010, 11:13 P
Reality Check
You mean the website? I think it could be used more, sure, but everyone's busy, and even the mailing list doesn't have that much traffic.

The main thing is that all messages are stored in the database and can be retrieved later. We can also post documents and do polls if need be.

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northamptontv - Wed, Jun 16, 2010, 10:50 P
Reality Check
Given the usage of this medium and the check-in stats, this effort seems dead. Reasons could vary. Does anyone care?
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northamptontv - Wed, Jun 16, 2010, 4:39 P
Opportunity for Community Media Volunteers to be Extras
Local filmmaker Masseo Davis has put out a call for 300 extras for his upcoming film. This is a great chance for anyone located in Western Mass who has an interest in fimmaking to take part and help out local filmmaking.

This is a SAG production and so can be used towards card hours.

For details, go here:
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AtholOrange - Mon, Jun 14, 2010, 2:55 P
Position Availalble
Athol-Orange Community Television (AOTV)
seeks a part-time TV Production Coordinator

AOTV is in search of an energetic, reliable and hardworking individual to join our team. The ideal candidate must be detail oriented and enjoy working with the public.

Incorporated in 1993, AOTV is a non-profit, non-commercial public, educational, and governmental (PEG) access television facility for the towns of Athol and Orange, Massachusetts. AOTV’s day-to-day operations are managed by the Executive Director and two part-time staff people while a nine member Board of Directors govern the Corporation.

AOTV’s modern facility is located in Athol, Massachusetts. Athol and Orange are part of the beautiful nine town region called North Quabbin. The population of the towns are approximately 18,000 of which over 5,200 households subscribe to cable service provided by Time Warner.

Compensation / Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience
Vacation and sick leave
Personal days
Paid holidays

Interested candidates please submit:
Cover letter stating how your knowledge and experience corresponds to the posted position
List of three professional references with contact information

Full Job Description can be seen at

Please submit all materials by June 22, 2010 to:

PC Search / Executive Director
Carol Courville
Athol•Orange Community TV
163 South Main Street
Athol, MA 01331

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northamptontv - Wed, Apr 14, 2010, 2:30 P
Mass Access Conference April 30th at GCTV Greenfield

In case you are not a member of Mass Access I am forwarding this to the Western Mass Directors list.
This conference will be occurring April 30th at GCTV in Greenfield, MA.

Information can be found at or you can email me at
If there are any questions, please get in touch with me.

It would be fantastic if Western Mass could rally in attendance for this event.
Mass Access is reaching out to Western Mass here and it is expected that attendance will be more sluggish from the eastern part of the state due to distance.
If we'd like to see more events, more support, and represent Western Mass' needs and importance in this organization, this is an opportunity to do so.

I hope to see everyone there.

Thanks much,

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Wilbraham - Mon, Apr 5, 2010, 11:43 A
Verizon Investigation Hearings by DTC
Thank you Al for covering this. I was unable to attend and I am glad to be able to see it and show it on the channel.
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northamptontv - Sat, Apr 3, 2010, 2:52 P
Verizon Investigation Hearings by DTC
This past week the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable held investigatory hearings regarding Verizon at the City Council Chambers in Northampton. NCTV was on hand to record two full days of the hearings. The first two parts (Day 1) are now available online at NCTV Online at In addition, we plan on uploading the coverage to the My Mass TV server - part of Mass Access, shortly.
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tigerbangs - Wed, Mar 31, 2010, 10:08 P
Analog to MPEG2 recording for your studio and external drop feeds
I have figured out a pretty exciting means to take the output of your analog or SD-SDI studio AND any remote location drops that you have. The process is reasonably priced and easy to use. it involves an analog to MPEG2 recording device that contains a 1 TB hard drive and an external matrix switcher. The workflow will allow the user to record their analog source to MPEG2, which is the format used in ALL of the current crop of digital playback servers (Leightronics, TelVue, MaestroVision and Tightrope) and will allow the user to control their recording process from any internet-capable computer or smart-phone. This is NOT a one box solution, but one that I have developed using components already on the market.

This system is the answer for many PEG stations who currently have to two or three-step their productions before they can get them into their playback servers. The beauty of the system is that it produces DVD quality recordings that can be routed directly to your playback server via drag-and-drop from any computer, PC or MAC, on your network. The system is also NLE friendly, so, if your NLE can import and render MPEG2 files, you can move the recorded program directly to your NLE for editing, or route it to your playback server for immediate playback.

The system has advanced scheduling software that will allow immediate one-button recording if you desire, or will schedule recordings from whatever source that you choose up to one year in advance. The recorder software also allows editing stop and start times to trim early start times, and late program endings. Because the system can be remotely controlled via an internet browser, the operator can choose their start times on the fly and can also extend a programmed recording if a live program runs long, or end it early manually if so desired.

In addition to simply recording in-studio productions, the system can also easily record any location-drop production that is routed through your playback chain, so you can record public meetings, school productions, satellite feeds or any other programs that are routed through your facility. Because the user interface is an internet- accessible web page, it can be remotely controlled and scheduled by any computer or smart-phone from any location that has internet access.

If anyone is interested in learning more about this process, please let me know, and I will be happy to explain it in detail to you.

Best regards

Chip Gorra
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Wilbraham - Fri, Mar 26, 2010, 9:55 A
Mass Broadband Institute
The Massachusetts Broadband Institute has joined with 123 communities in western mass to apply for broadband money in round 2 of the federal stimulous grants . <http://www.massbroad...ts/032510eblast.html> (Cut & paste link)

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tigerbangs - Mon, Mar 8, 2010, 10:34 A
Bus for Camera Company Show, Friday March 12

We have finalized the arrangements for the trip on March 12, to the Camera Company Broadcast Expo.

The bus will leave at 7:30AM from the overflow lot of the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside. We will make one comfort stop along the way, and we expect to arrive by 9:30AM

The Bus will leave the Holiday Inn in Dedham at 4PM, and should arrive back at the mall by 6:15PM

If you can get me a head count by Wednesday, that will be an enormous help: we will also have other non-PEG producers going, and I expect between 20 and 25 people total.


Chip 413-726-2922
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