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Monday, February 15, 2016 09:34 AM

It's coming up quick!
Join us in Madison for the 2016 Spring Conference!  It's THIS week!!

The WCM-ACM Midwest Spring Conference will be held on Thursday and Friday April 28 & 29 at Madison's Sheraton Hotel. This will be the 18th annual Spring Conference for WCM and the 4th year the conference is being held jointly with the Midwest Region of the Alliance for Community Media.


Here's the brochure - with conference day room assignments.

Wisconsin residents Conference Registration Form

Non-Wisconsin residents Conference Registration Form

Our conference workshops talk about video (and now radio) production, PEG management, and public policy topics. Here are the workshop topics for this year's conference: 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 09:38 AM

WCM submits comments to the FCC on the need to be carried in the Electronic Program Guide

WCM submitted reply comments in FCC Docket 16-41 yesterday to voice the need for Wisconsin's PEG access channels to be carried on the Electronic Program Guide.  Currently only 17% of WCM's 51 member access centers have their programming schedule carried in the guide. 

WCM provided the FCC with the results of a survey that asked access centers what the stumbling blocks have been to carriage.  

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Sunday, April 24, 2016 02:42 PM

Dan Kummer elected to WCM Hall of Fame

Wisconsin Community Media has elected Dan Kummer, Director of Marshfield Community Television, to the WCM Hall of Fame.  This honor is being awarded posthumously to Dan, who passed away earlier this year.  

Dan began managing Marshfield Community TV for the City of Marshfield in 1991 with his small business, Vidcom, a production company he formed with a partner, Jay Holbrook.  Dan wasn’t always a professional videographer.  Until 1985, Dan worked as a physician assistant.  According to his wife, Juanita, he “always had a passion for photography and videography” and finally decided to make a career change.  His work as the media director at Faith Christian/Believer’s Church and as the producer of the Word of Life television programs put him in contact with public access television and led to the position he is best known for today, Director of Marshfield Community TV. 

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016 12:26 PM

Legislators go on record supporting PEG Television Reforms

In an end of session statement that will serve as a springboard to a renewed effort next session, nineteen legislators have signed on to sponsor legislation called the "Restoring Wisconsin PEG Channels" bill. 

The legislation - SB 783 and AB 1007 - would reform current law in various ways, most importantly by requiring video providers to transmit PEG channels with the same quality reception as local broadcast channels, require providers to list PEG program schedules on the Electronic Program Guide so that viewers can find programming and record it for view later, and allow cities to pass an ordinance to collect a dedicated PEG fee for the support of local channels. Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and Rep. Gary Hebl authored the legislation.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016 01:49 PM
Olin Fimreite interviewing Northwoods Brew Pub founder and owner Jerry Bechard

WCM recognizes Olin Fimreite’s lifelong dedication to Trempealeau County

WCM is recognizing Olin Fimreite’s lifelong contribution to public access television with the 2016 Friend of Access Award.  For well over 30 years, Olin has participated in every aspect of Trempealeau County Community Television and has advocated for community-based media.  For the last twenty years, Olin has used his cable access television show,
Discover Trempealeau County, to talk about the county he knows so well. 

“Olin was born and raised in Trempealeau County.  He raised his own family here, and as a soil conservationist he came to honor the people and this land from one end to the other, said Wade Britzius, the first director of TCCTV. 

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 09:08 AM

WCM announces the 2016 Best of the Midwest Media Fest award winners

Wisconsin Community Media has announced the 2016 Best of the Midwest Media Fest award-winning shows.  Award winners will be honored at the Best of the Midwest Media Fest Banquet and Show at the Madison Sheraton Hotel on Thursday evening, April 28.  Tickets.

 “It’s the fest’s 18th year and the fourth year we have opened it to a nine-state region. It’s also the first year we have accepted LPFM radio entries.  Seven of our 51 member PEG (public, education, and government) access centers also operate LPFM radio stations,” said Mary Cardona, executive director of Wisconsin Community Media, "so we decided to branch out to reflect what media access centers are doing.  It's not just cable TV!"  This year WCM received 185 entries from 26 Wisconsin and eight Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, and North Dakota access centers.  “Wisconsin shows still make up the vast majority of the entries,” Cardona said.

 Thirteen media access centers assembled judging panels of four to review the entries.  Depending on the score, entries receive an “Excellence Award,” an “Achievement Award,” or a “Merit Award.”   This year, 75% of the entries won one of these awards.  Programs may also win a “Best in Show” in their category as an amateur or professional entry.   The fest also recognizes “Significant Community Programs.” 

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Sunday, April 24, 2016 02:32 PM
Merrill Area High School student actors in the show, Mock CrashSignificant Community Program

“Mock Crash” helps students tell the story behind preventable accidents

By Deb Brunett, Operations Manager
Merrill Productions

The show and event, Mock Crash, is a cooperative community effort that raises awareness about preventable car accidents. The target audience is young drivers.  The production crew is high school students.  Merrill Productions, the City of Merrill’s PEG cable access station housed in Merrill Area High School, has produced this show every other year since 2003.  
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Thursday, January 28, 2016 12:24 PM

WWBIC logo

WWBIC partners with Kenosha Community Media to make business dreams come true

By Heather Lux
Regional Project Director, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation

WWBIC is a statewide economic development corporation that has been “Putting Dreams to Work” since 1987.   As a non-profit often our biggest challenge is just getting people to know we are here and that we can help them make their dream of starting or expanding a business come true.  Partnering with Kenosha Community Media has had a big impact on our ability to reach the people we want to reach – that’s pretty much everyone with a business dream, particularly underserved populations.  

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