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Thursday, October 08, 2015 04:44 PM


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. 

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Monday, June 29, 2015 12:04 PM

2015 Significant Community Program Award honoree
Doing Happiness in Sun Prairie one show at a time

by Jeff Robbins

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.” 

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 09:40 AM

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.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 09:39 AM

Wisconsin Rapids Solarus subscribers 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 

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 09:38 AM

Rice Lake's Givens inducted into the WCM Hall of Fame

Former director of Rice Lake TV, Mick Givens, is the newest member of the WCM Hall of Fame. Mick exemplifies what WCM looks for each year in recognizing the careers of Wisconsin community media professionals – statewide leadership and devotion to the mission of public, education, and government access television.

Mick began volunteering at the fledgling Rice Lake station in the 1980’s while employed by Marcus Cable as the District Manager.  By 1995, he was managing it.  Mick was part of the first group to join WCM (then WAPC) in 1998 and served on the board twice, most recently as Secretary and President from 2009 to 2011. 

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 09:37 AM

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. 

Watch Council Rewind on Time Warner cable channel 25 and AT&T 99 or online at

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 09:21 AM

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. 

Watch WBCTV on Charter cable 986 and 987 and AT&T 99 or online at

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Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM

2015 Significant Community Program Award honoree

"A tremendous example of the power of committed citizens using the resources of public access television to achieve their goals.”

Volunteer workers at Oak Hill Chapel

When the City of Janesville began to reluctantly consider demolishing the beautiful but crumbling 1899 Oak Hill Chapel because estimates for its restoration were in the six figures, resident stained glass expert, Richard Snyder stepped forward, hoping to do something about it.  The city ultimately agreed to a several month delay in order to give the community an opportunity to raise the necessary funds. 

Residents organized the Friends of Oak Hill Chapel to focus volunteer and fundraising efforts.  It immediately became apparent that a lot of publicity would be needed.  Richard and community television producer Jim Crittenden turned to Janesville JATV for help.  JATV produced a studio program about the project to get the word out quickly over cable and its video-on-demand site. Then it loaned Jim video production equipment so he could document the restoration, which became a series of programs carried on JATV that demonstrated to the community the beauty of the windows.

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Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM

More community media centers expand into low-power radio

Local programming may have begun as a feature of cable TV but shows are now routinely streamed live on the Internet and viewed on-demand.  Soon four media centers will also be carrying local shows on low-power radio stations, joining Oshkosh Community Media (WOCT 101.9) and Chippewa Valley Community Television (WRFP 101.9) that have been broadcasting for years.

The Sun Sun Prairie logoLow-power FM radio stations can operate at a maximum power of 100 watts and reach three to five miles.  In 2013, the FCC opened a rare licensing window and more than 2,800 non-profit organizations filed applications.  The cities of Waupaca, Stevens Point and Monona and the Sun Prairie Media Center all received construction permits.  Official operating licenses are contingent on being up and running by this summer.

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Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM

Digital program sharing broadens audiences for locally-produced shows

Last fall, WCM gave its nearly 50 media center members and its individual Friend members access to online digital program sharing through MediaFire.  Nearly 100 programs have been shared so far bringing programs from around the state to the attention of many more local audiences.  Programs uploaded have included interviews with elected officials and candidates, entertainment programs featuring local artists, and high school sports.

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Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM

Video fest logoCommunity television producers enter 200 shows in this year's video fest

The WCM-sponsored Best of the Midwest Video Fest is growing!  This year it attracted 200 entries from 34 media centers in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Illinois. 

Fourteen judging sites gave top-scoring Excellence Awards to 35 amateur and professional producers who produced their shows through community media centers. 

Excellence awards were earned by producers at Fitchburg Access Community Television, City of Hartford Cable Television, Janesville JATV, Kenosha Community Media, Marshfield Community Television, Middleton WMCP-Educational Cable, Milwaukee MATA Community Media, Mount Horeb Villagecable, Oak Creek High School, Oshkosh Community Media Services, River Falls Community Television, Sun Prairie Media Center, Watertown TV, Dakota Media Access (Bismarck, ND), Northwest Community Television (Brooklyn Park, MN), St. Paul Neighborhood Network, Chicago Access Network, EGTV (Elk Grove, IL), and the City of Ames (IA). 

Please see the press release on our website that includes the winners of second place Achievement Awards and third place Merit awards. 

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