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‘Word of mouth,’ as news source, gains on local TV broadcasts, Pew says

‘Word of mouth,’ as news source, gains on local TV broadcasts, Pew says | Community Media | Scoop.it
“Word of mouth” outranks every form of media except local TV news as the most frequently consulted news source, Pew says.
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Step Up to the Microphone! | Sue Wilson, Media Action Center; Huffington Post

Step Up to the Microphone! | Sue Wilson, Media Action Center; Huffington Post | Community Media | Scoop.it
Scan across just about any radio dial in the entire country, and you'll hear exactly the same big city, big corporate programming: Rush Limbaugh, Fox Sports, Top 40, NPR.

 

But what about local programming? Where are the reporters covering the city council or the county board of supervisors? High school football or Little League? Bake sales or community events? This kind of homegrown programming was once the heart and soul of radio. It formed a public square that informed listeners about the community's very identity.

 

We've missed that spirit of radio since 1996, when Bill Clinton and Congress decided to allow a few national companies to program the entire nation with their corporate choices of music, sports, and political talk, local needs be damned.

 

But thanks to activists ranging from the Philadelphia area Prometheus Radio to the Davis, California non-profit Common Frequency, the true heart and soul of radio may be coming back -- if people in local communities choose to be the media they want to hear.

 

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Independence MI: New cameras, upgrades for public access | Andrea Beudoin, Clarkston News

Independence MI: New cameras, upgrades for public access | Andrea Beudoin, Clarkston News | Community Media | Scoop.it

As it prepares to move to Clarkston High School, the local public access channel bought six new cameras for $13,000 at overstockdigital.com.

"We wanted to get some less technical cameras for students and the public to use. The six new cameras will be simpler with less buttons and they will also be sturdier," said Independence Township Pat Kittle.

Kittle said the township also plans to spend about $70,000 to upgrade the main meeting room at the school administration building on Clarkston Road, in which the Board of Education meets.

Independence Television (ITV) plans to record and air school board meetings, but some work needs to be done to fix technical equipment.

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Wausau WI: City pulls back from plan to charge public access channel producers | Theresa Clift, Wausau Daily Herald

Wausau WI: City pulls back from plan to charge public access channel producers | Theresa Clift, Wausau Daily Herald | Community Media | Scoop.it

Local churches and other groups could continue to air programs for free on public access television if Wausau City Council members approve the channel’s plan next month.

 

A city committee this week recommended reversing a plan that would have charged 11 churches and seven other groups for time on the city’s television channel. That plan would have generated up to $12,000 a year in revenue for the station with a $47,000 annual budget had all the groups continued to air programs on the channel.

 

--- more at original post: http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/article/20130820/WDH01/308200423/City-pulls-back-from-plan-charge-public-access-channel-producers?nclick_check=1

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Uniontown PA: Creative team continues evolution of Fayette TV | Kaylie Harper, Trib Live

Uniontown PA: Creative team continues evolution of Fayette TV | Kaylie Harper, Trib Live | Community Media | Scoop.it

Fayette TV, a county television station that provides local programming to more than 22,000 households in the area, began as something else entirely: a local event planning and announcer service.

 

“I feel we've really evolved from a group of high school guys who paired with local bands to put on a show at weddings,” said David Slusarick, the creative director and television team leader at Coordinated 360. “It's amazing that the same group of friends who started this have stuck around to build this company.” [...]

 

Almost two years ago, Coordinated 360 was contracted by The Redstone Foundation to create the channel, which broadcasts primarily in Fayette County on Atlantic Broadband, as well as on a 24-hour online stream.

The Redstone Foundation, a nonprofit branch of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, turned to Coordinated 360 because of its excellence in videography and entertainment at events throughout the years.

 

“There was a void in television access to community-oriented programs, and we wanted to be a part of filling it,” said Slusarick, who has a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism, as well as a master's degree in higher education administration. “Fayette TV was a welcome endeavor for me, because I get to use both of my degrees in the creative process.”

 

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Santa Cruz County, CA: Changing the Channel | Joel Hersch, Santa Cruz Good Times

Santa Cruz County, CA: Changing the Channel | Joel Hersch, Santa Cruz Good Times | Community Media | Scoop.it

~ Community Television struggles to achieve financial sustainability during hard times for noncommercial media outlets ~

 

Faced with budget cuts, legislation that restricts spending, and decreasing revenues, Community Television of Santa Cruz County (CTV)—the 19-year-old pillar of local public media access—has been left with no choice but to re-invent their business model, lest the nonprofit succumb to their financial hardships.

 

Their solution? To stop operating so much like a nonprofit.

 

CTV's struggle to survive and devise new ways of bringing in revenues reflects the experience of public access channels all over the nation.

 

--- more at original post: http://www.gtweekly.com/index.php/santa-cruz-news/36-santa-cruz-business-news/5001-changing-the-channel.html

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Bedford NH: Bedford man wants FM radio station in town, for town | Susan Clark, Union Leader

Bedford NH: Bedford man wants FM radio station in town, for town | Susan Clark, Union Leader | Community Media | Scoop.it

Joe Biedrzycki, who has more than 40 years of broadcast experience, is spearheading a plan to apply to the Federal Communications Commission for a license to operate a low-power radio station in town.

 

Biedrzycki and a focus group are exploring whether a low-power FM radio station could be a solution to emergency management communication, as well as an entertainment and information asset for the community.

 

“The residents of Bedford have a new opportunity to do something unique in a community that prides itself in being a leader and innovator in civic, cultural and educational programs,” said Biedrzycki. “An LP radio station, that could be called Bedford Community Radio, would complement existing programs in town and be a vibrant volunteer-based town effort.”


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Dennisville NJ: Local Access TV Coming to Dennis? | Ray Rebman, Cape May County Herald

Dennisville NJ: Local Access TV Coming to Dennis? | Ray Rebman, Cape May County Herald | Community Media | Scoop.it

Comcast representatives made an untelevised appearance before Dennis Township Committee Aug. 5 to discuss bringing local access television to the township. The proposal, to be included as part of Comcast’s renegotiation with the township for local franchise renewal, would not require a significant financial outlay by Dennis taxpayers, a point brought out by Committeeman Frank Germanio. He asked how much it would cost?

 

Channel capacity would be included in an agreement reached between the company and the township with the only costs to the township arising from initial hardware installation.

 

A PowerPoint demonstration was presented by Denise Rolfe, director of Community Broadcast Sales for TelVue Corporation which would set up the proposed system. The Mount Laurel-based company has been providing similar media services to municipalities for over 25 years. According to Rolfe, the company lists more than 1,500 public entities as clients.

 

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Cable Companies Urged to Make Public Access Television Shows More Accessible | Democracy Now!

Cable Companies Urged to Make Public Access Television Shows More Accessible | Democracy Now! | Community Media | Scoop.it

Many cable companies refuse to list the titles of shows that air on public access television stations in their on-screen guides. Now media activists are pushing for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to intervene.

 

In 2010, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), which aims to make modern digital media platforms fully accessible to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or with low vision.

 

The CVAA will be implemented largely through rules drafted and enforced by the FCC, a regulatory body that is widely criticized as being too close to the industries it is supposed to regulate. Today we look at how the FCC is implementing two sections of the CVAA. Sections 204 and 205 of the law specify that video service and equipment providers make it easier for users to turn on closed captioning, and also require that on-screen channel guides be presented in a way that allows for the text on the screen to be audio interpreted, so that people who are blind or have low vision, can hear the program descriptions.

 

For years now, established cable companies, along with new video service providers like AT&T and Verizon, have been downgrading the capacity of PEG TV channels, including the elimination of detailed, on-screen program descriptions from these noncommercial, community media institutions, effectively marginalizing the channels and the content they provide.

 

We speak with Mitsuko Herrera, a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee.

 

--- video and transcript at original post: http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/8/7/cable_companies_urged_to_make_public_access_television_shows_more_accessible

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Haverhill MA: Assessing Haverhill's media (III): Public access | Dan Kennedy, Media Nation

Haverhill MA: Assessing Haverhill's media (III): Public access | Dan Kennedy, Media Nation | Community Media | Scoop.it
 [ Later this year the Banyan Project is scheduled to roll out its first cooperatively owned news site in the city of Haverhill, to be called Haverhill Matters. Banyan founder Tom Stites’ vision is to serve what he calls “news deserts” — low- and moderate-income communities, mainly urban, that are underserved by traditional media. What follows is the third of several blog posts in which I will attempt to assess the media landscape in Haverhill as it exists today. ]



“Eyes Wide Open” may be a travelogue, but it’s not the sort of spritely fare you’re likely to see on the Travel Channel. There are no sun-dappled beaches or cocktail-fueled soirées. Rather, it’s a film with a civic purpose — to get Haverhill residents to take a close look at their downtown and the waterfront along the Merrimack River.

 

“As we look at each one of these slides, we want you to think about three very simple concepts,” says Haverhill architect Celeste Hynick at the beginning of the film. “What are the positive features? What needs to be improved? And what opportunities exist?” For the next 20 minutes, she and designer Mike Valvo consider the good, the bad and the ugly as picture after picture scrolls by.

 

The film recapitulates a presentation made last year to a city planning committee appointed by Mayor James Fiorentini. And it is the type of program that helps define Haverhill Community Television (HCTV), which cablecast the film earlier this summer and now hosts it on its YouTube channel.

 

“Our mission is to empower the community to make television programs,” said HCTV executive director Darlene Beal when I interviewed her last week. “To tell their story to the community. In that sense, we feel like we mirror the community.”

 

--- more at original post: http://dankennedy.net/2013/08/07/assessing-haverhills-media-iii-public-access/

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Lexington MA: LexMedia adds HD channel | Mark Fillippino, Wicked Local Minuteman

Lexington MA: LexMedia adds HD channel | Mark Fillippino, Wicked Local Minuteman | Community Media | Scoop.it
Hoping for a spike in viewership, LexMedia is only the second public access station in the state to provide high definition television. LexMedia, which will provide HD channels to RCN suscribers, will be the first provider that offers HD through a commercial distributor. Shrewsbury, the only other local access channel to provide HDTV, is a municipally owned system. [...] In December, the town's Communications Advisory Committee (CAC) and LexMedia contacted RCN, Verizon and Comcast to see which providers would be interested in hosting the HD channel. According to DelSanto, RCN was the only company that "stepped up."

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Jefferson City MO: Jefferson City's new budget plan would de-fund city's public-access television | Andrew Nichols, KBIA 91.3

Jefferson City MO: Jefferson City's new budget plan would de-fund city's public-access television | Andrew Nichols, KBIA 91.3 | Community Media | Scoop.it

Jefferson City leaders have approved a tentative budget for fiscal year 2014, and the budget would eliminate all funding for the city’s only public access television station. JCTV, which broadcasts city council meetings and other public programming, would lose all funding from the city under the tentative budget.  This comes as Columbia’s public access channel, CAT-TV, may also lose its funding from the city of Columbia because of an expiring contract with the city.

 

--- more at original post: http://www.kbia.org/post/jefferson-citys-new-budget-plan-would-de-fund-citys-public-access-television

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Fayetteville AR: The poetry of John Donne, Fayetteville and the world of public access television | Richard Drake, Arkansas Times

Fayetteville AR: The poetry of John Donne, Fayetteville and the world of public access television | Richard Drake, Arkansas Times | Community Media | Scoop.it

The poet John Donne wrote that “No man is an island,” and never has that been proven more true than in the world of public access television - which I hope your city is enlightened enough to provide for you.

 

Some time back I rejoined the Alliance for Community Media, which is an organization which, in their own words:


"ACM Mission: Promoting Civic Engagement Through Community Media


"ACM’s Vision: We envision an ever increasing array of media channels, with communities demanding relevant, factual and hyperlocal content from respected sources. The Alliance for Community Media will be a recognized contributor, aggregator and leader in that movement.


"Our guiding principles are: promote free speech, expand civic engagement through local media, collaborate with others, and act with one voice."

 

Can’t beat that with a stick.

 

I have been a member of the ACM on-and-off since the 1990s, as has been the public access station in Fayetteville, whether it go by the moniker Fayetteville Open Channel, Access 4 Fayetteville, Community Access Television or Fayetteville Public Access Television. When I served as board member of CAT, I attended several ACM conferences, and even attended on my own, when I was not a board member.

 

In addition, Fayetteville has been the host to at least one regional conference. Most Government/public access stations across the United States belong to the ACM.

 

Which brings us to the “No Man is an Island” aspect of public access television.

 

--- more at original post: http://www.arktimes.com/StreetJazz/archives/2013/07/30/the-poetry-of-john-donne-fayetteville-and-the-world-of-public-access-television

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Jefferson City MO: JCTV Manager fights to continue public access TV | Garrett Bergquist, Connect Mid-Missouri

Jefferson City MO: JCTV Manager fights to continue public access TV | Garrett Bergquist, Connect Mid-Missouri | Community Media | Scoop.it

JCTV's General Manager told KRCG 13 News Monday Mayor Eric Struemph's proposal to defund the station would jeopardize the benefits the channel provides.


Gloria Enloe said she was surprised when she learned the mayor's proposed budget would eliminate funding for the cable-only community access channel, which is housed on the Lincoln University campus. Enloe said she had expected the city to cut JCTV's funding, as it had the previous year, but not defund it entirely. She said the city pays for the channel's operating costs, including salaries, while Lincoln University covers in-kind costs such as facilities and IT support.


Enloe also said JCTV is an essential service because it provides transparency for government proceedings and because it provides educational opportunities for high school and Lincoln University students.


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Fresno CA: CMAC hits the road for Fresno sports telecasts | Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee

Fresno CA: CMAC hits the road for Fresno sports telecasts | Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee | Community Media | Scoop.it

One of the promises made when the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) opened in downtown Fresno in April 2012 was the public-access TV channels would broadcast events of local interest.

 

So far, the programming seen on Comcast Channel 94 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99 has been more political in nature.

 

Now, the programming will include sports.

 

CMAC will televise the season opener of Fresno State's women's volleyball as they play host to Rice starting at 5 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Save Mart Center. The Fresno State match is the first of a doubleheader, with the second game — Santa Clara vs. Cal State Northridge — starting between 7:30 and 8 p.m.

 

--- more at original post: http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/08/20/3452196/cmac-hits-the-road-for-gridiron.html

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Columbia MO: Columbia Access Television provides integral service to city | Kelsey White, LTE: The Maneater

Columbia MO: Columbia Access Television provides integral service to city | Kelsey White, LTE: The Maneater | Community Media | Scoop.it

On August 24, the city will decide on whether or not they will include Columbia Access Television in the 2014 budget. I personally have experienced the way that Columbia Access Television makes a difference in the Columbia community. I learned so much from only the short couple months I spent there as a summer intern, and I would not have gained these skills in such an amount of time anywhere else.

 

Being an international studies major at MU, I really had no previous exposure to camera equipment or video production and never had the opportunity to learn it through my required college courses, although I had a passion to do so. My time as an intern at Columbia Access Television has changed the way I look at learning experiences, and I truly prefer the hands-on training with classes, such as camera classes and studio production training, that I had while at my internship site.

 

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Wausau WI: Wausau likely to eliminate proposed Public Access Television programming fees | Larry Lee, WSAU

Wausau WI: Wausau likely to eliminate proposed Public Access Television programming fees | Larry Lee, WSAU | Community Media | Scoop.it

Several Wausau area churches and local public access television program producers will like the direction city leaders took Monday night.

 

The city’s Public Health and Safety Committee voted to eliminate the proposed fees they would have to pay to have church services and other local public access programming put on the air. The committee decided the fees would be counterproductive, and would not help generate more programming content. Chairperson and City Council President Lisa Rasmussen noted that this is especially true when there are free places like YouTube to distribute programming on demand.

 

--- more at original post: http://wsau.com/news/articles/2013/aug/20/wausau-likely-to-eliminating-public-access-television-programming-fees/

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Goffstown NH: Goffstown public access TV hires full-time manager | Meridith Suitor, Union Leader

Goffstown NH: Goffstown public access TV hires full-time manager | Meridith Suitor, Union Leader | Community Media | Scoop.it

The local access cable station, GTV, has a new full-time coordinator, Adam McCune. McCune assumed the new duties on June 1, filling a position that had been vacant for nearly a year.

He is responsible for the daily operations of the studio and its three part-time employees, along with volunteers.

McCune, who will receive a salary of $44,000, comes to Goffstown from Merrimack TV, having served as an assistant media service coordinator for nearly four years.

 

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Sterling-Lancaster MA: New organization, public effort alert seniors to scams | The Landmark

Sterling-Lancaster MA: New organization, public effort alert seniors to scams | The Landmark | Community Media | Scoop.it

Sterling Police Det. David Johnson and Council on Aging director Karen Phillips help alert seniors to scams. Submitted photo Seniors and law enforcement have joined forces to form Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, or SALT, to better coordinate information exchange and assistance between local authorities, regional law enforcement and Sterling seniors.

 

A grant from the Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association helped form the alliance. The grant also supported a new video and brochure. [...]

 

The PSA video was prepared and aired by Sterling-Lancaster Community Television and will be distributed to area community television stations for broadcast on local public access television channels.

 

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Worcester MA: Students create TV program on 1999 warehouse fire | Alicia Lazzaro, Telegram & Gazette

Worcester MA: Students create TV program on 1999 warehouse fire | Alicia Lazzaro, Telegram & Gazette | Community Media | Scoop.it
The Community Connections team at Worcester Community Cable Access TV-13 recently released a TV program inspired by "3000 Degrees," Sean Flynn's book on the 1999 Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire.

The program is a collaboration between WCCA and the MCAS program of the Worcester Public Schools. A group of eight students from around Worcester interviewed local firefighters and Mayor Joseph Petty, and visited historical locations and museums to learn more about Worcester's history.

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Cable Companies Urged to Make Public Access Television Shows More Accessible | Democracy Now!

Many cable companies refuse to list the titles of shows that air on public access television stations in their on-screen guides. Now media activists are pushing for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to intervene.

 

In 2010, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), which aims to make modern digital media platforms fully accessible to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or with low vision.

 

The CVAA will be implemented largely through rules drafted and enforced by the FCC, a regulatory body that is widely criticized as being too close to the industries it is supposed to regulate. Today we look at how the FCC is implementing two sections of the CVAA. Sections 204 and 205 of the law specify that video service and equipment providers make it easier for users to turn on closed captioning, and also require that on-screen channel guides be presented in a way that allows for the text on the screen to be audio interpreted, so that people who are blind or have low vision, can hear the program descriptions.

 

For years now, established cable companies, along with new video service providers like AT&T and Verizon, have been downgrading the capacity of PEG TV channels, including the elimination of detailed, on-screen program descriptions from these noncommercial, community media institutions, effectively marginalizing the channels and the content they provide.

 

We speak with Mitsuko Herrera, a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee.

 

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Democracy Now Spotlights PEG Accessibility | John Eggerton, Multichannel News

Democracy Now Spotlights PEG Accessibility | John Eggerton,  Multichannel News | Community Media | Scoop.it

Independent nonprofit Democracy Now is putting a spotlight on the FCC's implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA).

 

The group, which airs a daily news program on cable access, radio and the Internet, hopes to get the FCC, through rules implementing that Act, to require multichannel video providers to provide descriptions of PEG TV channel shows in their program guides.

 

--- more at original post: http://www.multichannel.com/distribution/democracy-now-spotlights-peg-accessibility/144856

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San Bernardino CA: City to take over public access channel | Imran Ghori, PE Bloggers

San Bernardino CA: City to take over public access channel | Imran Ghori, PE Bloggers | Community Media | Scoop.it

 

San Bernardino residents don’t need to worry about the city’s longest-running political drama – or should it be comedy? — going off the air.

 

The City Council agreed Monday, Aug. 5 to take over the city’s local public access channel, referred to as the Inland Empire Media Group. The channel, which airs council meetings, had previously been under the umbrella of the redevelopment agency. But with the state’s dissolution of redevelopment agencies last year, cities and counties must wind down operations and transfer assets.

 

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Lexington MA: LexMedia and RCN Launch HD Channel | Patrick Ball, Lexington Patch

Lexington MA: LexMedia and RCN Launch HD Channel | Patrick Ball, Lexington Patch | Community Media | Scoop.it

LexMedia and RCN have announced the launch of a high definition (HD) public access channel, the first one for a privately-owned cable television system in the state.

 

The new HD channel, #613 for RCN customers, will be like a “Best of LexMedia” channel, according to Executive Director Florence DelSanto.

 

--- more at original post: http://lexington.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/lexmedia-and-rcn-launch-hd-channel

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Enid OK: PEGASYS agrees to move into The Non-Profit Center | Dale Denwalt, Enid News and Eagle

Enid OK: PEGASYS agrees to move into The Non-Profit Center | Dale Denwalt, Enid News and Eagle | Community Media | Scoop.it

Enid public-access television station PEGASYS has finalized a temporary contract to relocate its office to The Non-Profit Center.

Executive Director Wendy Quarles said the target date for moving the station’s equipment and personnel is set for Thursday, the same day the temporary lease begins.

In a meeting Tuesday, PEGASYS board members approved the four-month lease agreement with Community Development Support Association, which manages The Non-Profit Center. As Quarles presented the lease to the board, Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser said PEGASYS also should have the permanent contract ready.

In earlier discussions, Quarles has said the station has plans to move into a more permanent office at The Non-Profit Center, but the terms of that agreement are not in writing yet. However, PEGASYS has initiated an architectural contract to renovate the basement of the building. Those renovations are budgeted to cost at or less than $240,000.

 

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Traverse City MI: Five Years of Public Access TV | Al Parker, The Ticker

Traverse City MI: Five Years of Public Access TV | Al Parker, The Ticker | Community Media | Scoop.it

What do you give an energetic five year-old who’s celebrating a birthday?

 

The UpNorth Media Center, which took over the operation of both public and government access TV in northwest lower Michigan in July 2008, could use a lot of attention and maybe a little cash.

 

“LIAA (Land Information Access Association) opened the UpNorth Media Center to help citizens, nonprofits and local governments throughout northwest Michigan apply audio, video and internet technologies to inform, connect and engage people in their communities,” Executive Director Joe VanderMeulen tells The Ticker. “Before we took over in 2008, the public access station was known as tctv 2 and operated by the Traverse Area District Library.”

 

--- more at original post: http://www.theticker.tc/story/five-years-of-public-access-tv

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