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U.S. Senate legislation provides support for community television

Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced the Community Access Preservation Act (S. 1244) to enhance support for community television on cabl`e systems. 

The bill would have a significant effect on Wisconsin because it would restore the ability of municipalities to assess a PEG fee on cable subscribers to support local programming.  The bill would also enable municipalities to request video providers to list the names of access channels and their program schedules on the electronic program guide. This would make a huge difference to local channels, enabling viewers to see access channel schedules as they see the schedules of other channels and record programs for later viewing.  Only a few channels across the state are now listed in the EPG. Talking points.

 
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Wisconsin Rapids Solarus subscribers can now watch local shows in HD

In May, Solarus began cablecasting the River Cities Community Access Media channel 3 in HD on its system.  HDTV provides picture quality that is substantially better than that of standard definition television. 

Solarus is the only video provider in the state to cablecast access channels in HD, although nearly all local media centers produce programming in the higher quality format.  “We want to express our sincere appreciation to Solarus for continuing to advance the quality of its communications services, which enables RCCA Media to enhance the viewing experience of its customers,” said Tom Loucks, Media Coordinator of RCCA Media.

Charter carries the same channel in SD on channel 985. Everyone can also watch RCCA programming on-demand online at rccamedia.org. 

 
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Rice Lake's Givens inducted into the WCM Hall of Fame

Former director of Rice Lake TV, Mick Givens, is the newest member of the WCM Hall of Fame. Mick exemplifies what WCM looks for each year in recognizing the careers of Wisconsin community media professionals – statewide leadership and devotion to the mission of public, education, and government access television.

Mick began volunteering at the fledgling Rice Lake station in the 1980’s while employed by Marcus Cable as the District Manager.  By 1995, he was managing it.  Mick was part of the first group to join WCM (then WAPC) in 1998 and served on the board twice, most recently as Secretary and President from 2009 to 2011. 

 
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West Bend's first annual film fest gets kids involved with filmmaking

Stop by Regner Park at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 20 to see what West Bend’s middle and high school students (ages 10 - 18) have created on video.  In June, students submitted short videos up to six minutes long to the film fest co-sponsored by West Bend Community Television and the city's Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department.  A panel of local artists is now judging the work.  First, second, and third place awards will be given to the Best Short and Most Creative in each age group.  Movies start at dusk. 

Watch WBCTV on Charter cable 986 and 987 and AT&T 99 or online at http://west-bend.pegcentral.com

 
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2015 Significant Community Program Award honoree
Doing Happiness in Sun Prairie one show at a time

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.” 

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Milwaukee residents watch Council Rewind for highlights

With eight standing committees funneling issues into fifteen regular city council meetings each year, no one has time to keep up with it all.  That’s why City Channel started Council Rewind in the summer of 2013. 

To create the show, Milwaukee City Channel staff members Dennis Geraghty and Dustin Weis review committee agendas and select two or three topics they believe will be of most interest to residents in the current three week committee/council meeting cycle.  After the city council meets, Dustin selects clips from the committees and council that best explain the issue, the debate, and the vote and edits them together into a half-hour program.  An in-studio wraparound is shot to tie the segments together.     

Council Rewind is cablecast three times a day for two weeks beginning the Friday after the last council meeting. The show received national recognition by the National Association of Telecommunications  Officers and Advisors (NATOA) in 2013, placing 3rd in the Public Affairs category. 

Watch Council Rewind on Time Warner cable channel 25 and AT&T 99 or online at http://city.milwaukee.gov/cityclerk/CityChannel

 
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