Community Media: Selected Clippings – 11/27/07

FCC Seeks Public Input on WWOR-TV License Challenge
Senator Lautenberg, Local Leaders and Concerned Citizens to Attend FCC Public Forum In Newark Tomorrow
Common Dreams

On Nov. 28, the Federal Communications Commission will hold a public forum for residents of New Jersey to weigh in on Fox Television Inc.’s application to renew its broadcast license for WWOR-TV 9.

WHAT: FCC Public Forum on WWOR-TV License Renewal
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, 4 p.m.
WHO: Sen. Frank Lautenberg, FCC Commissioners, local leaders, media representatives and concerned citizens
WHERE: Rutgers-Newark Paul Robeson Campus Center, The University Club, 2nd Floor, 350 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd., Newark

FCC Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps will hear from the public and a panel of experts on how well WWOR-TV is serving — or failing to serve — New Jersey residents. The public forum will feature an “open microphone” session for the public to offer testimony on a first-come, first-served basis.

This rare public forum will also include remarks from Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), a longtime critic of WWOR-TV’s coverage of important New Jersey issues.  “WWOR’s license depends on how well it meets its public interest obligations to New Jersey,” said Senator Lautenberg, who secured the hearing from the FCC this summer. “I am pleased that the FCC is coming to New Jersey to hear from our residents about whether WWOR has failed to serve our state.”

Last May, Voice for New Jersey, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and United Church of Christ, Office of Communication Inc. filed a petition to deny the renewal of WWOR-TV’s license.  “Any decision to renew the license of WWOR-TV harms members of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition who reside in New Jersey,” said Rainbow PUSH Founder and President Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. “In a media system where too few, own too much, at the expense of too many — we cannot afford to lose an opportunity to give an independent voice access to the public airwaves. Our local members want more media diversity — not more of the same.”   —>

TV Contest Lets Kids Have Their Say
by Tammy Daniels (MA)

NORTH ADAMS – Area students are being given a chance to send a message to Northern Berkshire residents – but they have to do it in less than five minutes.  Northern Berkshire Community Television Corp. is asking middle and high school students in its coverage area to create public service announcements. The winners will be aired on the public access station’s Channel 16.

“It’s our first [student competition] and we’re doing it encourage students to show what they’re doing in the schools,” said Joanne Hurlbut, coordinator of the station’s education programming. “They are coming up with a lot of creative ideas.”

Most local students have increased access to computer and video technology; the contest is designed to encourage their creative side and give them a chance to show what they’ve been learning or what they’re interested in. If equipment is unavailable, they may be able to use the station’s cameras and equipment. Call 413-663-9006 for more information.   —>

Pemi-Baker Community Access Media moves to multi-camera coverage with MX-4 (NH)
by Noe Sacoco Jr
Digital Content Producer

  Local programming is tasked with keeping its citizens informed, involved, and engaged in local government activities and community events. Unfortunately, large budgets may not always accompany these lofty goals. Like so many others involved in Public, Educational, and Government (PEG) stations, Jamie Cadorette, Executive Director of Pemi-Baker Community Access Media, is challenged with keeping up in a world of big budget entertainment and increasingly complex special effects.

Pemi-Baker Community Access Media offers live and taped coverage for a wide range of community events, including government meetings and town parades for Plymouth, New Hampshire—a small town nestled between the state’s Lakes Region and  White Mountains. The town wanted to enhance its overall production capabilities by transitioning from single camera coverage to multiple cameras. But as a public station with a limited production budget, Cadorette needed to find equipment that offered exceptional performance, reliability, and price.

Solution:  Based on the recommendation from a local production company, Cadorette purchased the MX-4 Digital Video Mixer from Focus Enhancements. The eight-input (four composite, four S-video), four-channel mixer provides seamless video switching, enhanced synchronized audio mixing, internal graphics storage, and Ethernet-based connectivity—without the big price tag of other equipment.   —>

Campus television studio receives grant money for state-of-the-art equipment
by Tyler Will
The Good 5-cent Cigar (RI)

Students enrolled in broadcast journalism classes at the University of Rhode Island will be able to produce statewide live broadcasts in the future, assistant journalism professor Barbara Meagher said. The enhanced capabilities will be made possible through $119,800 in grant money from the Champlin Foundations, which provides capital to tax-exempt organizations.   —>

Gordon Webb, taxpayer advocate and public-access TV founder, dies at 69
by Hugh Reynolds
Daily Freeman (NY)

KINGSTON – Gordon Ross Webb, a taxpayer advocate, Public Access TV founder, and school and government critic, died at Benedictine Hospital from a rare form of leukemia shortly before noon on Monday. He was 69.  Close friend and sometimes target Donald A. Williams, who first met Webb after becoming Ulster County district attorney 12 years ago, hailed him as “a man with an unparalleled commitment to the safety of this community, a man of principle.”

“I think he’ll be remembered as very honest and direct,” said Williams, 54, who will retire from office next month. “Compared to his intense loyalty and friendship, everything else for me is insignificant.”

Webb, a self-employed real estate appraiser who lived on St. James Street at the time of his death, arrived in the Rondout area of Kingston from Long Island in the mid-1980s. A Republican, he ran unsuccessfully for alderman in the former 11th Ward as a write-in candidate in 1989, but then became involved in a host of public activities.

“We started it all, Public Access TV, he and I,” said Joe Marchetti, a longtime friend. “We sort of took civic involvement and activism to the next level. It had been dormant here for a long time.”

Webb, a founder and president of the New York State Taxpayers Association and the Kingston Taxpayers Association in the early 1990s, bought a used video camera, usually held together with duct tape, and filmed all manner of public events for Public Access TV, now Channel 23. His was a familiar figure at public meetings, sporting events, parades and concerts. He also produced his own television show on Public Access, parading a host of public figures before his camera.   —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

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