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Stevens Point to host October Fall Workshop

Stevens Point Community Television is hosting the WCM Fall Workshop on Wednesday, October 21 (date to be confirmed on June 30) at the city's Iverson Lodge.  The 9 - 3 pm workshop is open to members and non-members. The day will feature a number of topical seminars, conversation, a short member meeting, and a tour of Stevens Point Community Television.

Registration fees are $35 for Friends or for the first person from a member center and $20 for each additional attendee from a member center.  The non-member fee is $45.

Stevens Point Community Television is a public/government access center housed in the same building with the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department.  Its local programming can be viewed on Charter channel 984. Residents can produce or sponsor programs seen on the channel and can request to be trained in studio production, field production, and editing.  Government meetings and related programming are available for video-on-demand viewing on the city's website.  More information on the workshop to come.

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2015 Significant Community Program Award honoree

"In the production of that one episode, Matt Glowacki exemplified what is great about community access television.  He not only got himself immersed in his community, he got his wife involved as well."

by Jeff Robbins

In April of 2014, I was new to my position as executive director of the Sun Prairie Media Center.  One of my priorities was to broaden the programming appearing on our community access channel to include more people of color and differing abilities.

An Internet search brought up Matt Glowacki’s name and I was immediately intrigued by Matt’s story. Who wouldn’t be? Born with no legs. Runs multiple businesses. Paralympic athlete. Successful motivational speaker. Best of all, he lived in Sun Prairie, so he was definitely ‘local’ enough for local cable access TV.

An initial meeting proved productive. We hit it off. Better still, Matt had ideas. He wanted to adapt for TV his then current series of motivational talks called “Doing Happiness.” He wanted to tell his story but keep the focus on people who were busy “Doing Happiness in Sun Prairie.”  He wanted to introduce a segment called “Bunch of Flowers” that would honor unrecognized folks in the community with a special surprise bouquet. And he wanted to highlight the community work of Sun Prairie resident, Kevin Mengelt, whose wife Maureen had been killed by a drunk driver in 2013.  Kevin had started an annual memorial run to honor the memory of his late wife.  Matt wanted to cover the run, talk to the community about Maureen and her tragic death, and Kevin’s triumph in the face of that tragedy. 

Most ambitiously of all, he wanted to spearhead the installation of a Maureen Mengelt memorial plaque to be erected near the site of the fatal accident.

In the production of that one episode, Matt Glowacki exemplified what is great about community access television. He not only got himself immersed in his community, he got his wife involved as well.  He not only learned about cameras, lighting, interviewing, and being on television, he got his wife equally engaged in the process, as she enthusiastically took on the role of video editor, wardrobe consultant, and de facto executive producer.

Most importantly, with his program he reminded Sun Prairie of the power of positivity, the power of perseverance, and the power of community.  And with his hard work, positivity, and perseverance, Matt did in fact get his plaque honoring Maureen, helping to ensure that Maureen Mengelt’s memory and spirit live on.  

Watch Doing Happiness in Sun Prairie online at ksun.tv or on Charter cable channel 983 and Kids-4 on 984.

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Milwaukee City Council President Michael Murphy addresses the conference

Spring Conference sets attendance records

Great speakers, timely topics, and a great turnout from Wisconsin and Midwest community media professionals made the 2015 Spring Conference a great success. This was the third year WCM co-sponsored the event with the Alliance for Community Media Midwest Region.

Milwaukee City Council President Michael Murphy opened the two-day conference, which attracted 165 people to the Milwaukee Hilton Downtown on April 30 and May 1.  Conference attendees included community media center professionals, expert presenters, LPFM radio developers, a dozen companies that came to exhibit, and video producers and their friends and family. Nearly 120 people attended the video fest banquet and show celebrating local programming produced in the Midwest. 

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Friday, May 08, 2015 09:23 AM

Baldwin and Markey introduce the CAP Act in the U. S. Senate!

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) have introduced legislation to strengthen community access television throughout the country.  The bill will make it easier for cities to fund community television, residents to find their local channels, and cable companies to carry these channels with clear reception and in HD where possible.  Mary Cardona, WCM Executive Director said in a statement, "The work local media centers do in their communities is important to a vibrant and inclusive community life. 

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LPFMLPFM stations meet at conference

LPFM stations are invited to attend the spring conference pre-conference session, LPFM Radio Shoptalk, on Thursday, April 30 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. 

Part of this two-hour pre-conference session will include a meeting of veteran and new LPFM stations.  This meeting will replace the spring LPFM mini-summit planned for Madison by LPFM organizers. 

The workshop portion of the session will cover the nuts and bolts of erecting a new radio station - developing programs and audiences, understanding FCC rules and music licensing, making key equipment choices, fundraising successfully, and expanding into Internet radio.  The pre-conference is FREE to LPFM radio stations, but we'll create name badges for you if you register HERE. HERE's the brochure for the whole Spring Conference.


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The Quarterly





WCM publishes the first issue of the Quarterly

Wisconsin Community Media has published the first issue of the Wisconsin Community Media Quarterly that will come out regularly in March, June, September and December.  The purpose of the Quarterly will be to share stories about community media activities around the state that illustrate how they are serving the needs of their local communities.

In the first issue:

  • How Janesville JATV contributed to the success of the Oak Hill Chapel restoration begun by local volunteers.  See Oak Hill article.
  • How digital program-sharing among WCM members is expanding distribution of local programming; See digital article.
  • How the WCM-sponsored Midwest Video Fest attracted more entries than ever; See video fest article.
  • How many community media centers in Wisconsin are expanding into low-power radio. See LPFM article.

Download the full issueSee the Quarterly online.


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