WWBIC partners with Kenosha Community Media to make business dreams come true
By Heather Lux Regional Project Director, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation
WWBIC is a statewide economic development corporation that has been “Putting Dreams to Work” since 1987. As a non-profit often our biggest challenge is just getting people to know we are here and that we can help them make their dream of starting or expanding a business come true. Partnering with Kenosha Community Media has had a big impact on our ability to reach the people we want to reach – that’s pretty much everyone with a business dream, particularly underserved populations.
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.
Wisconsin Rapids Solarussubscribers 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.
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.
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.
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.”