Community Media: Selected Clippings – 02/26/07

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Beyond Broadcast 2007

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Open access to public TV content sought
‘American Archive’ project would digitize public TV programming and make it available to the public for research and education
by Laura Devaney
eSchool News

The Association of Public Television Stations is spearheading a project that aims to digitize and preserve public TV programming. Under the plan, students, teachers, researchers, and others would have access to a vast digital archive of public TV content for research, education, and to create new digital works. >>>

Hand sanitizer first defense against pandemic flu
By Drake Lucas
Eagle-Tribune (MA)

>>> The Greater Lawrence Public Health Bioterrorism Coalition, made up of health experts from Andover, North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence, Reading, North Reading and Lynnfield, is using federal funding to start the “Cover Your Cough.” It’s goal is to raise awareness about daily habits people can form to stop the spread of seasonal flu and, if needed, a more serious pandemic flu. >>> To supplement the campaign, health directors will be training municipal employees on seasonal flu and pandemic flu, and a video about coughing etiquette, called “Why Don’t We Do It in Our Sleeves,” will be shown on public access television. >>>

Henry County TV channel will air in April
By Jaya Franklin
Henry Herald (GA)

Henry County residents will soon be able to watch county news and events, view county commission meetings and much more right from their living room couch. Henry County’s Communications Department has partnered with Charter Communications to land their very own cable channel. Programming begins April 2. >>>

Mount Airy reopens revamped Town Hall
by David P. Greisman
Baltimore Sun

>>> People who attend council and commission meetings will sit in new chairs, enjoy an improved sound system and see presentations from a fixed projector. Robotic cameras, meanwhile, will allow residents to watch proceedings from home via tapings televised by the Community Media Center. >>>,0,852227.story?coll=bal-local-carroll

Port Chester approves Verizon cable TV franchise
by Liz Sadler
The Journal Neews (NY)

>> The village is the ninth Westchester municipality to approve the Verizon FiOS offering, in an area largely dominated by Cablevision. Irvington, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown, Eastchester, Mount Kisco and Elmsford, and the Town of Greenburgh have also approved Verizon franchises. Under the village’s 10-year contract, Verizon is providing these inducements:

– Five percent of its gross revenues to the village’s general fund.
– Free cable in every public building and school in the village.
– A $65,000 grant in four installments and a one-time $21,000 grant.
– A public-access channel, educational-access channel and governmental-access channel.
– Money for the technology to air live broadcasts from Village Hall and the Port Chester Public Schools. >>>

Mayoral hopefuls debate drug use
Rutland Herald (VT)

>>> Another debate is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the studio of PEG-TV, the local public access channel in Rutland. >>>

Candidates Night in Fairhaven, Freetown to be televised
By Brian Fraga
South Coast Today (MA)

>>> In Fairhaven, a local access cable channel is also sponsoring a candidates’ night on Thursday, planned for 7 p.m. at the Council on Aging senior center, 229 Huttleston Ave. >>> The Lions Club plans to tape the Freetown event as well and have it broadcast on local public access television.

These dogs hope to have their day on TV
by Darrell Santschi
Press Enterprise (CA)

>>> This particular casting call, held by the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley on Saturday, was aimed at finding dogs smart and athletic enough to weave their way through an obstacle course, tug on a stretch of rope, jump over a row of hurdles, fetch a tennis ball and race 50 yards. All of this to co-star in a 30-second cable television ad plugging the Humane Society’s fundraiser, the Walk for the Animals, on May 19 at Arrowhead Credit Union Park. >>>

She said organizers are negotiating with local cable stations to air their promotion on public access channels in April and May. The ad will promote the walk and the National Pet Games, an Olympic-like animal competition held across the country. >>>

Which Side Are You On, Tom?
by Bruce Gagnon
Organizing Notes

This picture above was taken after the four of us on the left had just been released from jail. They are from the left Carolyn Coe, Mary Beth Sullivan, Mary Donnelly, me, and then our good friend Richard Rhames who was the first person to meet us as we left the jail. Richard is a vegetable farmer and Maine’s top public access TV activist who films most progressive events and then puts them on his TV show in Biddeford. He has a wonderful dry Maine sense of humor and is one of my favorite people in the state. >>>

TV Concerns
by Charles Cullen
Roanoke Times

>>> A couple of years ago my wife and I applied to co-host a Cox outdoors show (now known as “Inside the Outside,”) being avid fans of the outdoors and adventure travellers. We thought Roanoke’s outdoor scene as portrayed in the media could use a little kick in the pants in hopes of getting more people outside and bringing more folks to the Roanoke area to enjoy the outdoor offerings we have. I mentioned in the interview that if contracted for the show, I would like to “reach out to local celebrities like Charles Cullen” to join us on an episode or two to keep things interesting and attract viewers.

The interviewer, a Cox producer, almost fainted. She started preaching to us about how Charles Cullen was not the type of show Cox was proud of and that the only reason Charles Cullen was on Cox was that federal regulations required them to give independents free air time, and “assured” us that if they had any choice in the matter you would not be on the air, or something to that effect, I don’t recall the exact words. >>>

Customers, Legislature, Cox put city on the ropes
by Ernesto Portillo Jr.
Arizona Daily Star

There’s an old saying often said of wretched ink-stained scribes in print media: Don’t argue with someone who buys the black liquid by the barrel.
I suspect there is a similar saying about the swankier and higher-priced cable television world: Don’t even think of arguing with someone who controls the new media. Witnessing the legislative fight between City Hall and Cox Communications from my ringside seat, it looks like Cox has Tucson in a Hulk Hogan headlock. >>>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Director of Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media

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