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Friday, August 24, 2018 12:10 PM


KCM upgrades to HD remote production
and post-production facilities

August 20, 2018 - Over the summer Kenosha Community Media produced its first High Definition  (HD) video production covering the Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade.  A new media production lab called The Hub enables KCM to record two-camera remote productions using a NewTek TriCaster with teleprompters and a green screen.   The upgrade is a result of a partnership with the Kenosha Public Library, which has also created a post-production facility with three Mac computers equipped with Adobe graphics production and I-Movie applications. Both The Hub and the post-production room are available for community producers to use. - Jason Rimkus, Media Coordinator, Kenosha Community Media

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Friday, August 24, 2018 12:09 PM

Friends of OCM offer free train rides to promote Oshkosh Media

August 3, 2018 - On Wednesday the Friends of Oshkosh Community Media gave 360 free rides on the Menominee Park train to promote Oshkosh Media and its series, "Heavy Metal," a fun show that introduces residents to the heavy equipment owned by the City.  While the riders enjoyed their free popcorn, Oshkosh Media shot video and stills for its next episode on the train while it was at full capacity.  - Jake Timm, Operations Coordinator Oshkosh Media, City of Oshkosh

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Friday, August 24, 2018 12:09 PM

Rice Lake
Getting ready for the next high school football season

August 3, 2018 - This week our play-by-play commentator for high school football, former coach Paul Rogers,  interviewed Rice Lake High School coach Dan Hill about last season's highlights (after all, we were state champs!) and about the upcoming season and schedule. Last year we streamed the games live for the first time and it was a huge hit. We'll be doing it again this year.  You really know it's a fan favorite when you get a call from a resident who is hugely disappointed that an away game isn't being covered live. - Ryan Van Landuyt, Director, Rice Lake Community Media

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Friday, August 24, 2018 12:08 PM

Lake Mills
Local cable channel and Facebook page provide the facts and engage discussion on the dark store issue

In May, the Lake Mills City Council discussed refunding a portion of property tax dollars back to Walgreens due to their "Dark Store" claim. Two days after the council meeting, which the community cable channel carried live, Lake Mills TV posted a video of that agenda item on its Facebook page along with links to news stories about the topic. Within a few days the post reached over 5,000 people (Lake Mills has a population of 5,700), had over 160 reactions, comments or shares and gained 23 new followers for the page. Lake Mills TV plans to use this technique that combines coverage of issues and use of social media to keep residents informed on many more issues.  - Dave Grooman, Cable TV Operator/IT Specialist, City of Lake Mills

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Friday, August 24, 2018 09:57 AM

Sun Prairie
Sun Prairie Media Center keeps residents informed during gas explosion disaster

ike many city employees and elected officials, staff working for the Sun Prairie Media Center were close to the explosion that shook downtown Sun Prairie on Tuesday, July 10.
As usual, Marc Borland, staff producer/director, was at City Hall directing and live broadcasting a city meeting. "The plan commission meeting had not yet started," remembered Borland, "and then the explosion happened. My immediate thought was that something had hit the building. That's how immediate and severe the impact was. Then, since the meeting hadn't started, I ran down the street along with [The Star editor] Chris Mertes to see what was going on and take a picture."

That picture was then texted to SPMC Director Jeff Robbins.  Robbins said, "I was in Monona at the time at my daughter's swim practice. It was hard to tell from the picture how severe the explosion was and I couldn't abandon my daughter. But I started seeing more messages and getting more reports and it became clear that this was a pretty major situation.

Once we left the practice and got on Stoughton Road, I could see the smoke billowing in the air. Then I got in touch with a few people, from [Economic Development Director] Neil Stechschulte to [SPMC Production Manager] Lisa Wolf to [local radio producer] Bill Baker. We decided that the least we could do was get on 103.5 FM [the city-run low-power FM station] and pass along whatever information we could and advise people to stay away from the area."

After a couple of hours on the air passing along whatever information was coming in, Baker and Robbins got up early the next morning and set up a live radio broadcast at Sun Prairie High School where the American Red Cross was serving evacuated families.  From there Sun Prairie Media Center's low-power FM station promoted the many community fundraisers that were being held and carried emergency-related press conferences live, all the while updating the Cable TV station's crawls with the latest.

(Pictured at right) Sun Prairie Media Center broadcast many live radio remotes at disaster relief fundraisers, this one at the Nitty Gritty, a Sun Prairie restaurant, which donated 50% of its sales that day.  Mark Gonwa, community radio volunteer producer (right) poses with a guest wearing a red Sun Prairie Strong t-shirt. 

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Friday, August 24, 2018 11:55 AM

Wisconsin Rapids
Viewers question candidates in live call-in forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters

July 31, 2018 - Wisconsin Rapids Community Media and the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Rapids held a live forum for Clerk of Courts and Sheriff primary races in the WRCM studio. The audiences viewing on cable television, Facebook or  WRCM's website were able to call in their questions for the candidates. There were over 80 people in attendance at the forum filling the studio and hallway outside. - Tom Loucks, Multimedia Coordinator, Wisconsin Rapids Community Media, City of Wisconsin Rapids

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Friday, August 24, 2018 12:07 PM

Watertown TV takes the green screen experience to Riverfest

August 13, 2018 - Proclaiming "YOU can be on Watertown TV!" the Watertown TV "Shout Out" studio went on the road on Friday and Saturday August 10 and 11 to show how the magic of a green screen works.  It was a fun interactive experience for kids of any age (3 - 103).  Watertown Tourism sponsored the event.  - Karen Huismann, Media Coordinator, Watertown TV, City of Watertown

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Friday, August 24, 2018 11:50 AM

Newly renovated high school and city council chambers spark student video productions

Spring, 2018 - A new space for the studio and broadcasting equipment in the renovated high school and upgraded AV equipment in the city council chambers has sparked student video production work. In addition to taping local government meetings and sports, Dodgeville High School students have been working on documentaries highlighting historic and cultural places in Southwest Wisconsin. Locations include Governor Dodge State Park, American Players Theatre and House on the Rock.  As part of the unique project, students did extensive research and often received behind-the-scenes tours. For example, students experienced and captured Frank Lloyd Wright's historic home and studio at Taliesin during a rarely seen winter renovation. - Dale Meinholz, Library Media Specialist, Dodgeville School District

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Monday, April 25, 2016 09:25 AM

WCM thanks legislators for supporting the PEG television bill

When the State of Wisconsin took over responsibility for local cable franchising in 2008, it eliminated much of the support local governments were getting from cable companies to produce local programming. 

SB 783/AB 1007 introduced this session by Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D - Alma) and Rep. Gary Hebl (D - Sun Prairie), restores the ability of local governments to decide whether they would like this support and once again asks cable companies to take on more responsibility for supporting access channels. 

WCM would like to thank the following 21 sponsors of the "Restoring Wisconsin PEG Channels bill:"  Senators Vinehout, Mark Miller (D - Monona), Chris Larson (D - Milwaukee), Julie Lassa (D - Stevens Point), Bob Wirch (D - Kenosha), Fred Risser (D - Madison), Representatives Hebl, Robb Kahl (D - Monona), Andy Jorgensen (D - Milton), Dana Wachs (D - Eau Claire), Chris Danou (D - Trempealeau), Katrina Shankland (D - Stevens Point),

LaTonya Johnson (D - Milwaukee), Evan Goyke (D - Milwaukee), Chris Sinicki (D - Milwaukee), Terese Berceau (D - Madison), Debra Kolste (D - Janesville) and JoCasta Zamarripa (D - Milwaukee).  To see their pictures, go to this article on our website.

Among the remedies, the bill empowers local governments to assess a dedicated PEG fee on cable subscribers to pay for production equipment and facilities.  The legislation requires operators to carry channels without "material degradation" and to list PEG channel programming in the Electronic Program Guide so viewers can find, record and view shows later. Expenses that the current law has shifted to local governments would be shifted back to cable operators such as paying for the cost of transmission equipment.  The bill also enables many cities to request a PEG channel from their cable service provider even if they did not have one in 2008.

Sen. Vinehout and Rep. Hebl plan to reintroduce PEG legislation next session.  WCM will be working hard to see such a bill pass with the help of bi-partisan support.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016 02:42 PM

Dan Kummer elected to WCM Hall of Fame

Wisconsin Community Media has elected Dan Kummer, Director of Marshfield Community Television, to the WCM Hall of Fame.  This honor is being awarded posthumously to Dan, who passed away earlier this year.  

Dan began managing Marshfield Community TV for the City of Marshfield in 1991 with his small business, Vidcom, a production company he formed with a partner, Jay Holbrook.  Dan wasn’t always a professional videographer.  Until 1985, Dan worked as a physician assistant.  According to his wife, Juanita, he “always had a passion for photography and videography” and finally decided to make a career change.  His work as the media director at Faith Christian/Believer’s Church and as the producer of the Word of Life television programs put him in contact with public access television and led to the position he is best known for today, Director of Marshfield Community TV. 

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Thursday, January 28, 2016 01:27 PM

City Manager's Report - Top 10 of 2015 showcases Oshkosh's accomplishments

By Emily Makowski
Communications Coordinator, Oshkosh Community Media Services

As every year comes to an end, it’s always fun to look back and celebrate the biggest and best things that happened. The annual special edition of “City Manager’s Report,” a 30-minute show produced by Oshkosh Community Media Services, does just that by counting down the Top 10 city projects and accomplishments for the year using video from the archives. Hosts City Manager Mark Rohloff and I start the show off with number 10 and work our way up.

Oshkosh ribbon cutting

2015 was a great year for Oshkosh, and Mark and I had plenty to talk about, including storm water projects, neighborhood updates, and Riverwalk progress. The hard part was picking out which ones to choose!  It always takes a few weeks of preparation. Once the events are selected and the script is honed, the show is shot straight through from beginning to end.

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