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 Conference logoRegister now for the Spring Conference on April 25 & 26

For the second year in a row the Spring Conference is being co-sponsored by Wisconsin Community Media and the Alliance for Community Media - Midwest Region!


The conference is about Building Relationships. Building relationships is the key to a successful social media strategy, the key to a successful public policy strategy, and it's what we strive to do every day in our communities when we work with local businesses, organizations, community producers, and institutions. Click here for the brochure.  To register, click one:



When:  The conference will be held on Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26

Where:  Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin, just one block off the capitol square at the top of State Street!  Don't delay!  Call the Concourse at 1-800-356-8293 and ask for the Wisconsin Community Media Spring Conference Room Rate (you may still be able to get a discount based on availability.  The official cut-off date was March 27).

Late registration after April 11 for full conference attendees (ACM and WCM members only).  No late fees for single day registrations.  Please register by end of business on Tuesday, April 22 for our meal count for the hotel.


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Darling, Riedel, and Bishop Wester receive 2014 WCM Awards

The Most Reverend John Charles Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City and American Community Television Executive Director Bunnie Riedel have both received the 2014 Friend of Access Award. 

The Communications Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which Bishop Wester chairs, and ACT are leading efforts to pass the Community Access Preservation Act, a bill that would among other things restore dedicated funding for public, education, and government access centers in Wisconsin. 

Connie Darling, former director of Fitchburg – FACT will be inducted into the WCM Hall of Fame.  Darling managed the City of Fitchburg community access television center for over twenty years prior to her retirement in 2010. 

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Important Fest & Conference Dates:

Deadline for entries:  Saturday January 18
February 1 - 17:  Entries are judged.

Tuesday, March 4:  Award notifications were mailed
Friday March 21:  Deadline for Fest participants to order plaques, statuettes, and extra certificates
Thursday, March 27:  Hotel registration deadline (set by Concourse Hotel, Madison)
Friday, April 11:  Conference registration deadline (Members pay a late fee)
Friday, April 25:  The Video Fest Show begins at 5:30 pm with a reception!

Friday and Satruday April 25 & 26: ACM-Midwest -WCM Spring Conference

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Charter's Digital Transition

Charter Communications is transitioning to an all-digital system.  If you would like to register a complaint or make an inquiry, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.

In 2007, the state legislature moved all oversight of cable television and other video providers to the state level.  The Department of Financial Institutions and DATCP jointly oversee video providers.

If you have a question or comment, you may use our Public Forum on Charter.

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WCM announces the Best of the Midwest Video Fest award winners

Wisconsin Community Media has announced the 2014 Best of the Midwest Video Fest award-winning programs.  Award winners will be honored at the Best of the Midwest Video Fest Banquet and Show at the Concourse Hotel on Friday evening, April 25.  All tickets are $45 and include entry to the Equipment Exhibit Hall and Reception at 5:30 p.m.

“This is the 16th year for the Fest.  Until last year, it was open only to Wisconsin community television producers. Last year we made it a regional fest and community media centers in a nine-state area may now enter.  While out-of-state entries are still just a small fraction of the entries in the fest, this year’s fest was the largest yet with 30 centers entering 190 entries from four states,” said Mary Cardona, executive director of Wisconsin Community Media.

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