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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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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?

Thanks,
Caroline
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!

https://spreadsheets...UzFUZE5ieVE6MA#gid=0
 
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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:

http://blog.broadcas...ioning-requirements/

 
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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

Caroline Cunningham
Executive Director
Wilbraham Public Access
28 Springfield Street
Wilbraham, MA 01095
(413) 599-0940
ccunningham@wilbraham-ma.gov

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

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:

www.mediafire.com/northamptontv

We would appreciate letting us know if you download the show as a manner of tracking. You can email us at: feedback@northamptontv.org
 
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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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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 http://www.massbroadband.org/mapping/survey.html 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, 5:20 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.

http://montaguesoapb...s%20PSA%20Slides.zip

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:

http://www.MontagueSoapboxRaces.com
 
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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.


Caroline
 
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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.

Mik
 
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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:

http://eepurl.com/DjHp
 
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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
Resume
List of three professional references with contact information

Full Job Description can be seen at www.aotv13.org

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
Everyone,

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 www.massaccess.org or you can email me at palwilliams@northamptontv.org
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,

Al
 
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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 www.northamptontv.org 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)

Caroline
 
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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.

Best

Chip 413-726-2922
860-440-6575
 
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Wilbraham - Thu, Mar 4, 2010, 9:37 A
BTOP Grant in Public Access
I am forwarding Information in case you may not have seen it.

The Open Media Foundation invites Public Access partners to join us in
applying for a Second-Round BTOP Sustainable Broadband Adoption
proposal. With the deadline for the second and final round of BTOP
grants approaching on March 15th, OMF was disappointed to learn just
last week that, despite getting past the Due-Diligence phase of the
first round, our proposal was not selected for funding. While the
late rejection has left us with a short window of opportunity to
re-apply, the process has been very informative and educational in
revising the proposal for a second try.

The vision of the project involves updating Public Access TV stations
into integrated on-line institutions that serve as a gateway for
disadvantaged communities to begin creating multimedia content for the
web and encouraging sustainable broadband adoption among communities
with historically low broadband use. Participating stations will
receive support in implementing the Open Media Project tools which,
among other things, automate the process of posting all video content
on-line. The Open Media Foundation will provide the development,
integration, and if necessary, equipment required to implement the
features of the Open Media Project (as outlined at
http://openmediaproject.org/features)

Participating Stations will be asked to support early adopters in
their local "disconnected communities" (neighborhoods with low
broadband penetration rates) to produce content that conveys the
relevance of broadband in their lives. Free Speech TV will produce a
national TV series for both DishNetwork and DirecTV featuring samples
from the participating stations. As with our first round application,
we also plan to partner with the ACM to support a full-time staff
evaluation expert, documenting best-practices in sustainable broadband
adoption among member stations and developing a knowledge-base with
search-able content on a wide range of related issues.

Because the window is so tight, interested parties have only one-week
to complete the new application form at openmediaproject.org Keep in
mind that completion of the application, and participation in the
proposal does not guarantee funding, nor does it legally bind your
station to any agreement. The application is required to be
considered for participation in the grant, but it is not until the
grant is awarded and a subsequent contract is signed by your ED and
Board that your organization would be legally bound to any agreements.

Feel free to contact me or Maria@openmediafoundation.org with any questions.

Tony Shawcross
Executive Director
Open Media Foundation
700 Kalamath St
Denver, CO 80204
720-222-0160 x200

Posted by Caroline Cunningham in Wilbraham

 
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shctv15 - Fri, Feb 19, 2010, 10:09 A
Meeting Moved to Camera Company Show
Hi Everyone,
My part-time guy and I would love to take advantage of the shuttle that Camera Company is offering. As far as where we are leaving from, it doesn't really matter to me. I supposed wherever the shuttle wants to pick us up is fine. Also, I would assume, because it takes at least 2 hours to get there, that we should be leaving around 7 am.

Is anyone signing up for any of the workshops? They are pretty inexpensive.

Justin
 
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