2016 was More.Than.TV


We hope you enjoy a video-visit to wpaa.tv as you view our compilation reel: More.Than.TV about our 2016 year in community media. More.Than.TV emerged in an ‘ha-ha’ moment during a strategic planning session. Our Board realized “what we wanted to be” “greater than TV” was implied in the newly adopted logo. The logo is a play-button between the acronym WPAA … Continue reading 2016 was More.Than.TV

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

What are your filters?


How do you listen? What is in the media you select? Are you open to discovery, conversation and engagement to be better informed or have you set our own filters to tune into those you have decided to trust or causes you decided to care about. Are you ignoring, distrusting or growing more unaware? The … Continue reading What are your filters?

Community Collaboration: Includes Business


As a corporate entity Wallingford Public Access, Inc. is dedicated to providing all manner of support for the creation and distribution of noncommercial community media.  However noncommercial doesn’t mean there is a black-out on the use of ‘Community TV’ resources by business. The no-can-do is literally no commercials: Video with calls to action for sales … Continue reading Community Collaboration: Includes Business

The flavor: Citizen Media


Citizen Media is not Public Affairs Programming.  Citizen Media is often a blend of authentic and quirky or maybe even ‘raw’ story.  Within its content you might notice opinions, ideas, and dreams. It can be coverage of an event, talking heads or a local news clip; but the perspective of the Producer influences what is … Continue reading The flavor: Citizen Media

atypical media organization


The term “media organization” means “a person or entity engaged in disseminating information to the general public through a newspaper, magazine, other publication, radio, television, cable television, or other medium of mass communication.” (2 USCS § 1602).  Media institutions can also be seen as being involved in the production, exchange and reproduction of meaning. Therefore, … Continue reading atypical media organization

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