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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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Spring Conference registration

Can't wait to see you!
Conference brochure
Registration Form for Wisconsin residents

Registration Form for non-Wisconsin residents
Scholarship application for Wisconsin residents
($50 scholarships still available)

Order form for fest banquet tickets, plaques, statuettes, complimentary certificates and putting your show in the Media Exchange
Online HOTEL REGISTRATION with special rates through April 8. 

More Information about the conference and hotel
More Information about the fest  

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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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Important Fest & Conference Dates:

Deadline for entries:  Friday, January 16, 2015
TelVue video upload deadline: Monday, January 19, 2015

January 30 - February 18:  Entries are judged.

Monday, March 9:  Award notifications were mailed
Monday morning March 30:  Deadline to order Fest plaques, statuettes, and certificates
Wednesday, April 8:  Hotel registration deadline (set by Hilton City Center, Milwaukee)
Monday April 20:  Conference registration deadline (Members pay a late fee)
Thursday, April 30:  The Video Fest Show begins at 5:00 pm with a reception!
Thursday & Friday April 30 & May 1 WCM/ACM-Midwest Spring Conference!

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WCM announces video fest award winners!

Wisconsin Community Media is excited to announce the awards in the 2015 Best of the Midwest Video Fest!  This year more than 200 entries from 34 media centers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois, and Iowa participated.  The WCM press release names all the programs that received top scoring Excellence Awards, second place Achievement Awards, and third place Merit Awards for their work.  In addition, 10 programs received the Best in Show awards in several categories. Award winners will be honored at the banquet and show on Thursday April 30 at the Downtown Milwaukee Hilton Hotel.  Tickets are $45.


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