The 2016 Best of the Midwest Media Fest is here! For the first time this year the Fest is accepting not only the work of public, education, and government access centers and producers, but also LPFM radio shows! The deadline for entering this year is Thursday, January 14, 2016. All entries must have debuted in 2015.
How will community TV fare if Charter takes over Time Warner?
The vast majority of Wisconsin cable subscribers may soon be served by “New Charter,” a company created when Charter purchases Time Warner and Brighthouse - if they receive approval from the FCC and the Department of Justice. New Charter would be the second largest operator in the country after Comcast.
WCM is surveying its members about their satisfaction with their video providers and will be submitting the results in comments to the FCC.
Kenosha Community Media is celebrating its anniversary! The non-profit public access center is marking 30 years serving Kenosha County residents and non-profit organizations.
John Bloner, the City of Kenosha’s Technology & Media Specialist, is excited about the future of community television in Kenosha, noting that KCM is always busy, six days a week, providing access to the studio, field camcorders, and editing equipment to those who have taken KCM’s video production training. Besides helping non-profits, KCM staff also covers community events like the 4th of July Parade, symphony concerts, community-wide spelling bees, and most recently, the construction of the Kenosha Dream playground, a fully-accessible play area for children of all abilities.
KCM will be thanking its volunteers with a reception and then throwing a party with music, dancing, casino games, raffle prizes and more. “It's a Boo-tiful Night" will be held at the Woman's Club of Kenosha on Saturday, October 24th from 6:30-10:00 pm.
Live daily show is Talking Fitchburg
To catch up on what’s going on in Fitchburg, tune in to FACTv’s Talking Fitchburg. It’s a new hour-long show seen weekdays at 9 a.m.
Modeled after morning talk shows, Talking Fitchburg hosts Preston Schmit and Jeremy Crosby use a radio-style set-up to meet with guests from the city, local businesses, the schools, and area non-profits.
If you miss it on Charter’s channel 985 or on AT&T’s ch. 99 clickable website, you can view it streaming live on the City of Fitchburg’s website. Some segments will also be posted in its Video-on-Demand archives and on YouTube.
Asque the Blaquesmith answers a need
By 2007, licensed psychologist Dr. Ramel Smith had come to the realization that there was a great need to get more mental health information out to the public. Too many people with mental health issues were not walking into a doctor’s office. For some, it was a transportation issue. For others, the cost was prohibitive. Still others did not want the stigma of mental illness.
Then Dr. Smith learned about MATA Community Media and he got an idea for a monthly show. At first Asque the Blaquesmith stuck solely to mental health issues, covering depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and the importance of exercise. Over the last eight years, the half-hour show has evolved to talk about issues that affect people’s everyday lives such as managing money, building relationships, and communicating effectively.
The “Voice of Watertown Soccer” celebrates 25 years behind the mic
The “Voice of Watertown Soccer” is celebrating 25 years behind the microphone this year. Ray Bezanson has been calling high school soccer games for Watertown's public access station, Watertown TV, since 1990.
“I really didn't volunteer, I was approached by Gary Fisk, the cable coordinator at the time, probably because I was yelling a lot from the sidelines at the games,” Ray says with a warm chuckle. Since then his involvement has expanded to include play by play for Watertown High School football and basketball.
Ray’s commitment to public access television goes farther than calling sports. He is also secretary of the Watertown Cable Board and promotes the station whenever he can. “Watertown TV is an important asset for our community, it’s a great local resource.”
Kids can celebrate with the TV show FESTIVAL! all year long in River Falls
As summer wanes and the carnivals shutter one by one, there is one fun spot that continues to attract visitors – especially kids. FESTIVAL!
The show’s short stories and skits featuring clowns, cartoon characters, puppets and animated objects teach kids about appropriate social behavior year round on the City of River Falls’ community television channel.
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.