CommunityTV, ACM and Public Policy


Community TV is regulated via public policy yet this does not mean it is the same from community to community. Your Town, Your Station for communities the size of Wallingford can be up to a half-million dollar yearly enterprises with 4 to 9 paid staff (Massachusetts and Rhode Island); or all-volunteer efforts on a barely sustainable … Continue reading CommunityTV, ACM and Public Policy

More Than an Name Change – More Than TV


What does it mean for a community television station to be MORE THAN TV? Ah, so many things. Many viewers think WPAA are call letters. In 2016 WPAA got new branding: WPAA followed by a ‘play button” and the word TV. Written in text this becomes WPAA > TV. In a nearly simultaneous ha ha moment … Continue reading More Than an Name Change – More Than TV

Tell stories that you believe in, not stories that you think the world wants


Emotion … flows freely when it comes from a real place, real experiences. This summer we attempted to focus on making Documentaries; in particular, the story of Community Access in Wallingford. There was some 30 years, a few conflicts, some literal community building and questions about archival content ownership. Much more to do but this … Continue reading Tell stories that you believe in, not stories that you think the world wants

Vision: Community – More than TV


Early advocates of community media enthusiastically believed that exposure to stories in conversation could create a more informed and connected community. The effort required to produce the stories three four decades ago was tremendous. Good stories still require a concerted effort to research and produce. What has changed? Initially the expectation of quality was in the conversation itself not … Continue reading Vision: Community – More than TV

R/Evolution: Community Media Moment to be, or not to be


What are reasonable needs of a community of 45,000 in central CT for access to a means to create, distribute or merely view media in the public interest? The presumption of those legislatively enabling community media programs or establishing transparency guidelines has been: Reasonable need is determined based on dialogue between citizen advocates and providers, vendors … Continue reading R/Evolution: Community Media Moment to be, or not to be

Good Enough To Share: Active Viewers


Good Enough To Share is probably one of the most valuable local programs because our viewership, your neighbors ask us to share content they think is important to know or experience. This weekend we will be blessed by the efforts of Brattleboro Community TV who had captured the 13th Annual Collegiate A Capella Concert held … Continue reading Good Enough To Share: Active Viewers

Permit, broadcast, educational value and separate


The corporate purpose of those forced to organize as a separate ‘public’ access channel in 1993 which became the nonprofit Wallingford Public Access Association, Inc. was clearly not in accordance with the intent of enabling free speech of citizens to speak to their community with resources established via the Cable Act and other statutes and … Continue reading Permit, broadcast, educational value and separate