Community Media: Selected Clippings – 02/10/08

Cable TV Panel Has a List of Requests: NIAGARA FALLS
by Denise Jewell Gee
The Buffalo News (NY)

The city’s Cable Commission wants to renegotiate a franchise agreement with Time Warner Cable and has compiled a list of requests that includes free Internet access for city fire halls and greater control over programming on a local government channel.   —>

Kingston Public Access at Risk of Shutting Down
by Jeremy Blaber
Blaber’s News and Commentary (NY)


We have all heard the rumors and rumblings over the possible closing of Kingston Public Access TV on February 29th due to lack of funds to maintain operations. The KPA commission has asked that the City of Kingston take $10,000 from the City’s general fund to provide emergency funding for the station.  Some producers have claimed that the Mayor and certain Aldermen want to silence them because they are critical of the current administration. I disagree with that logic, the criticism is not working…the Mayor and his Council all won reelection. I do believe that the Mayor and certain Aldermen are hesitant to fund KPA because of a current commission that refuses to hold producers accountable to the rules and procedures that they have adopted.   —>

Media group helps people tell ‘other side’ of the story
by Sarah Long
Daily Herald (IL)

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How do you help people tell their story effectively?

In the late 1960s, a turbulent time in Chicago, Hank De Zutter was an education writer at the Chicago Daily News. He and some of his colleagues felt that main-line journalism’s coverage of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the police killings of Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark and other stories was incomplete.

De Zutter and his colleagues founded the Chicago Journalism Review to provide a place for stories not covered in the press while also giving an important critical perspective on the news establishment itself. The Review became the model for similar publications in cities across the country.  At this point, De Zutter and his colleagues must have decided that the best way to go about helping people tell their story is to tell their story for them.

By 1989, De Zutter had met Thom Clark, a community activist who shared De Zutter’s opinion that the public often did not get the whole story from mainstream media. Together they founded Community Media Workshop dedicated to encouraging the media to tell the stories of the “other” Chicago — stories from “… the oft-neglected neighborhoods and back streets of Chicago, where the problems are felt most deeply and where solutions are most likely to be born.”   —>

Pacifica cable TV host hits milestone
by Tim Simmers
San Mateo County Times (CA)

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In a little cable TV studio a stone’s throw from the ocean, musical variety show host Bruce Latimer cut up with an old friend recently, just before his milestone 800th show.  Equal parts beatnik,’60s hipster and satirical goofball, Latimer’s been hosting the self-titled, off-the-wall show for nearly 20 years — one of the longest-running cable shows in the country.  “Welcome to the only live, primetime musical variety show on the West Coast,” said a wide-eyed Latimer to the TV audience and a cozy crowd of 50 fans and friends, who ate up his irreverence and loony humor.

Latimer also is something of a musical magnet, and has attracted a long list of first-class performers, including Country Joe McDonald, cowboy folk singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen of the Jefferson Airplane, jazz stars Tuck and Patti and blues great Ron Thompson, to name a few.

But part of Latimer’s strength in the community is that he often mixes in unknown local acts who get a forum and some TV exposure.  “I feel like a link from the past, when all shows were live on TV,” said Latimer, who sits at a rickety, bamboo table to interview his guests. The show airs on Pacifica Community Television Channel 26.  Latimer counts’50s and’60s TV comics and show hosts Jack Paar, Ernie Kovacs and Milton Berle as influences, as well as variety-show host Arthur Godfrey. Al “Jazzbo” Collins, a longtime late-night radio star in the Bay Area, also was a huge influence.

“There’s a quality in Bruce that’s so much like us musicians,” said Terry Haggerty, legendary guitarist of theclassic Bay Area group The Sons of Champlin. “He’s kind of goofy, and a bit out there.” Haggerty likened the show to the old “Fernwood 2night,” a satirical comedy show from the’70s.  Haggerty played some soulful guitar as the main guest on the 800th show, and he also teamed up with Latimer — a good soul singer in his own right — and backed him up on his monologue.   —>

Online Media: Community TV Comes Full Circle – Part II
by suzemuse

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In my last post, I talked about how I first got involved in community television. When I was 15, we moved away from Masset. My experience with Masset-Haida TV had inspired me. At that young age I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I graduated high school in June of 1988 and that September I was off to college, enrolled in the Television Broadcasting program. At just 17, I couldn’t wait to get started living my dream of being a television producer.

At the time I imagined myself working my way up the ranks at a local TV station, then moving on to network television. I had a particular fondness for news at that time, so I had visions of producing or directing network newscasts, or working for CNN.

In 1990 I graduated from the TV Broadcasting program, and my parents and I moved to Ottawa. I was certain that I could get a job at one of the TV stations in town! I knew everything about TV production, of course, and was ready to make my mark. Of course I very quickly came to the stark realization that TV is a hard business to break into. They didn’t really hire people just out of school. I had to figure out how to get some experience.

Then one day I was on my way to the bank or something, and driving down St. Laurent Boulevard, I spotted a sign. “Skyline Cablevision”. I recalled seeing some sort of TV programming affiliated with Skyline Cablevision one night a couple of weeks earlier. Then it clicked. They have a TV station in there! I sucked up all my courage (I was a very shy girl back then) and turned into the parking lot. I walked in the front door and at that moment my life changed. The nice lady at the front desk (who later became a dear friend) was kind enough to take me on a tour of the station. She told me that the place ran mostly with volunteers, who did everything from camera to sound to lighting, directing and producing (did she say “producing”???).   —>

Community radio warns govt off
Local stations fear state interference
by Penchan Charoensuthipan
Bangkok Post

The community radio network yesterday warned the new government it would meet with strong resistance if it tried to meddle in the affairs of local radio stations.  The warning, made at a forum to discuss research findings on the operations of alternative media outlets in five regions, was a response to a plan of PM’s Office Minister Jakrapob Penkair to form committees to examine what he termed as the ”impartiality of news coverage” by state media.

The forum participants seemed to agree that political intervention in community radio operations was just a matter of time.  But they expressed optimism that the community radio network, which has grown in strength over recent years, would not cave in to power abuse by the state.  ”The minister in charge will not do it at an early stage. But he will do it one day. He is inclined to control and order the media both directly and indirectly. He has the knack for it,” said a community radio operator from the North.

The local broadcaster also voiced concerns about possible manipulation of media outlets by the government to win over the general public.  ”Several cabinet ministers are familiar with this field and will manipulate the media to avoid reporting the government’s flaws and to give only good publicity,” he said.

He also speculated that the government would meddle with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), which currently oversees the broadcast media as well as telecommunications.  He said the community radio network would push for the establishment of the new regulator _ the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).   —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

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