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2018 WCM Award Recipients Announced

2018 Hall of Fame Inductee is first director of Oregon Cable Access Media; Friend of Access Awards go to long-time community producers from Eau Claire, Stoughton and Algoma

Wisconsin Community Media announces Liz Harlow of Oregon Cable Access Media as its 2018 inductee into the WCM Hall of Fame.  Three community members are being honored with the Friend of Access Award for their dedication to their local community media centers:  Al Reinhart of Algoma, Mary Ann Wold of Eau Claire and James Wyngaard of Stoughton.  The awards will be presented during the Best of the Midwest Media Fest Banquet and Show in Oshkosh on May 10.

Liz Harlow, who retired in 2016, will be the eleventh community media professional to be inducted into the WCM Hall of Fame. Liz was the first director of Oregon Cable Access and she developed it into a community fixture over a period of thirty years, working particularly with high school youth.

The Friend of Access Award recipients have all been pivotal to the success of the media centers in their communities.  Al Reinhart, who is the director of Algoma Community Television, puts in far more hours than his stipend reflects, says Amber Shallow, Deputy Treasurer, City of Algoma.  “I have never met someone with as big a heart and passion for his work as Al.  I honestly believe that the only reason our little station keeps going is because of the work Al does.”  Al has been involved with the station since 1993, when he was appointed to the City Cable Commission.

Mary Ann Wold is a former president of the Eau Claire Public Access board of directors.  For more than 25 years, she has volunteered at what is now called Valley Media Works.  Mary Ann and her husband, Rick, who passed away in January, were praised by Heather Harkins, Valley Media Works Outreach and Communications Coordinator, “We would not be where we are today if we had not had their dedication, expertise, and generosity guiding us along the way.” 

James Wyngaard of Stoughton, volunteers his time at WSTO Stoughton, WMCF McFarland, Sun Prairie Media Center and other centers around the Dane County area.  “James is willing to help anyone,” said Derek Westby, Director of WSTO Stoughton, providing production assistance, generating ideas for new equipment and processes, and sports announcing, a passion he has been indulging in Stoughton for 15 years.

 

 All are being honored at the Best of the Midwest Media Fest Banquet and Show at the Oshkosh Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center on Thursday evening, May 10.  The event begins at 5:00 p.m. with a reception, and the banquet and show follow at 6:30 p.m.  The event is open to the public.  Tickets are $45 and may be purchased using this online order form.

 
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Best of the Midwest Media Fest Award Winners Announced

Madison, Wisconsin – Wisconsin Community Media is announcing the 2018 Best of the
Midwest Media Fest award winners. Award-winning producers and their shows will be
honored at the Best of the Midwest Media Fest Banquet and Show at the Best Western Premier
Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center on Thursday evening, May 10 as part of Wisconsin
Community Media’s two-day conference.

Go here for the press release with the full list of award-winning programs.

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Spring Conference Logo Registration is Open!

Register for the conference

Order awards and banquet tickets

See the Brochure!


Wisconsin Community Media and the Alliance for Community Media Midwest Region have a truly wonderful conference lined up for you on May 10 and 11 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Online registration for the conference is now open.  Best of the Midwest Media Fest banquet tickets and award order forms are also open!  See the links below.

Our theme is "Designing Community Media" because this year, our workshop topics all seek to answer the question, "How do we take the many -- many audiences, many platforms, many kinds of producers, many new ways to express ourselves -- and create one thoughtful community media center that serves our communities well -- and on budget!"  The conference begins with THREE two-hour pre-conference sessions on Marketing, Long-term strategic planning, and LPFM.  Just some of the topics we'll be covering over the next two days:  utilizing alternate platforms, the best tech tools to encourage public access, video production apps, closed captioning and the ADA, refreshing operating policies, effective advocacy, and better outreach.  We also have a special third track on Thursday afternoon that will be particularly attractive for high school and college students.  Go here for more detail.

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities - Go Here!

Online Registration Form - Wisconsin residents and any WCM individual members

Online Registration Form - NON-Wisconsin residents

Award Orders and Banquet Ticket Order Form

 
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Advocate to Update Community TV


On October 4, WCM members participated in our first-ever Advocacy Day at the Capitol.  Our members visited legislators and explained our three legislative priorities.  It was a wonderful day of meetings.  Many had the chance to speak directly to their assembly members or senators; others explained our legislative goals to attentive legislative staff.  All in all, our message was well-received and we look forward to growing these relationships in the coming weeks and months.   Here's what we talked about:
Summary of the three legislative priorities.

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Milwaukee's MATA Community Media faces historic funding challenge

 

(Since this article was published, MATA has closed.)  For 33 years, an amazing blend of audiences has been served by Milwaukee's MATA Community Media.  Turn on channel 14 or 96 and a Milwaukee sports enthusiast can watch "Sports R Us," a member of the gay community can see "The Queer Program," budding entertainers can be encouraged by "Pleaze Take Da Stage," African-American kids can see themselves on "Asque the Blaquesmith," Special Olympics athletes can revel in their finest moments on the baseball diamond by watching  Northsuburban vs. New Berlin, and those who want to see something a little out of the ordinary can watch "Brain Box."  Religious communities, too, have flocked to MATA.  "We have a huge audience for religious programming, which in recent years has grown to 60% of our programming.  I think we have a program for every religious denomination active in Milwaukee," said Executive Director Vel Wiley.

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Oshkosh Media covers process that's keeping Oshkosh Corporation home

On Wednesday, November 8th, the Oshkosh Common Council held a special meeting to approve a resolution to sell a portion of the Lakeshore Municipal Golf Course to Oshkosh Corporation for its new global headquarters.  This is a huge decision for the Fox Valley community.  Oshkosh Corporation employs more than 13,000 people building specialty trucks and truck bodies, many of which are made for the U.S. military.

Oshkosh Media was there, providing live gavel-to-gavel coverage on "Gov TV" cable access channel 10 and its web stream.  The meeting was also posted that night for on-demand viewing on OshkoshMedia.org and YouTube.

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Communities celebrate Veterans Day

and community media is there...

The service and sacrifice of our armed forces was acknowledged in community after community on Veterans Day with song, special events, and exciting pageantry.  It kept community media centers very busy over the last week!  Many businesses and non-profits played a role in these annual events and by covering them, media centers brought them community-wide attention. 

Here's a sampling:

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South Central Library System Foundation honors Sun Prairie's media center and library



On November 2 the Sun Prairie Media Center and Sun Prairie Public Library were honored by the South Central Library System Foundation as recipients of the 2017 "Giddy Up Partner Award."

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League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Former Fitchburg FACTv Director Receive Top 2017 Honors from Wisconsin Community Media


Wisconsin Community Media is honoring the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Bonny Lundy, former director of the City of Fitchburg’s community television center with its top two 2017 honors.  The awards will be presented during the Best of the Midwest Media Fest Banquet and Show in Milwaukee on April 6.

Bonny LundyThe League of Wisconsin Municipalities has been chosen as the 2017 Friend of Access in recognition of the league’s long-time support and recent groundbreaking collaboration with WCM that is bringing local issues to television through the league’s show, The Local Perspective. Bonny Lundy, who retired in 2013, is being inducted into the WCM Hall of Fame for her more than 30 years in the field of community television and work on the state level.

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Cities begin monthly show on the issues
 

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Significant Community Program
Viewers Voice showcases local and national entertainers for more than 25 years

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Three media access centers collaborate to cover state high school rugby tourney

The Oregon-Stoughton High School Rugby Club struggles for the ball in this photograph from the state tournament held in Cottage Grove.
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UW-Whitewater broadcast students learn football and the craft of live television production

Pregame with Connor Moore and Adam Reed.
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Significant Community Program

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

Merrill Area High School student actors in the show, Mock Crash

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WCM recognizes Olin Fimreite’s lifelong dedication to Trempealeau County

Olin Fimreite interviewing Northwoods Brew Pub founder and owner Jerry Bechard
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Nystrom & Markwardt: Providing information accurately and from reliable sources

Dean Markwardt
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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