WPAA-TV - Community Media Center in Wallingford, CT

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PROUD Winner of 2019 Overall Excellence Award for Budget under $300,000 from Alliance for Community Media USA. Winner of Overall Excellence under 100K from Alliance for Community Media North East two years running 2013 and 2014.

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WPAA-TV and Community Media Center
28 So. Orchard St. Wallingford, CT 06492
(on-site parking available)
Tel: (203) 294-9722
Email: wpaatv at gmail dot com
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Executive Director: Susan Adele Huizenga

Freeman P Quinn 1st Free Speech Ambassador symbolizes our work together as a community supportive of free speech and creative engagement. #AnyoneCanBeFreeman
Correspondence is handled by authorized volunteers under this name via g-mail.

Due to COVID use of the facility is restricted to an approved use confirmed in advance via Email See our COVID Time Use Plan here.

Station Drop-in Hours: 
Sundays 11:00 am –  2:00 pm
Most Weekdays between noon and 7:45 pm
Daytime hours are not guaranteed. If we know when you wish to stop by we will do our best to accommodate you.

Hours of Operation StudioW – Make TV 
Weekday 6-9 PM with reservations. Email us to make a reservation. Click here to get started with the facility or other resources for TV projects. Some daytime and weekend opportunities are available!!!

Weekly or regular TV Show productions are arranged quarterly. We schedule producers of weekly productions on Wednesday or Thursday evenings during StudioW – Make TV Hours. If you are interested in making just one program maybe our CommUnity Conversation format can work for you. Details about how this 1/2 hour show is made can be found here.

Contact us at any time by telephone or email. Together we will see what is possible to accommodate your goals using our community resources. For complete information on who is a member, how to get access to resources and take a deep dive into our policy documents. For step-by-step on becoming a producer look this page over.

2020 Facility Use

Plan & Protocol COVID-19 | 2020

What we did immediately in response to the shut-down of non-essential services in CT:

Beginning in March, WPAA-TV’s skeletal volunteer staff maintained our 24 x 7 cablecast schedule. Remote assignments were planned for our three Interns to enable them to meet their graduation requirements. Congrats to Evann, Mike, and Garrett. We discontinued all other work placements and scheduling of non-essential volunteer activity. Studio production ceased for all talk and performance shows (BG, CR, CM, MM, TK, MwP, Drums, HKB). Equipment loans were extended for individuals working on projects remotely. Our 3-Minute Movie Challenges was redesigned to include a coVIDEO Challenge. The Record-Journal shared this as a story.

Changes in support of Community

As spiritual communities began using remote platforms, we modified our support to them in our decades-old Same Day Sunday TV cablecasts. Welcomed Christ Presbyterian Church, Friday Prayers (Islam), and Resurrection (Catholic) Church to our program schedule.

We modified our program schedule to support MORE at-home learning activities in STEaMc beginning at 5 AM daily, our In2languages content was changed daily instead of weekly. After nap-time Story-time was added to the schedule 4:30 PM Weekdays as was Silver Sneakers Level fitness programs especially for seniors. The Fit’n 30, or other 30-minute fitness programing, is moving to 9:30 am weekdays in October

Corona Virus Specials with stories from around the world produced by DW were added to local news beginning at 5 or 6 PM.

We modified our 3-Minute Movie criteria to meet the social dynamics and resource limitations a 1-shot category and cloud editing. We have invested in WeVideo for cloud editing to support all citizen media project effective July 1st.

Answering questions about what is happening now:

Producing Content Options and Guidelines

Support for remote program production using Google Meets is available to any interested citizen producer. There is a meeting recording option for users with emails assigned within our Google Apps platform. This is the primary option for talk shows until further notice. Our full reopen with traditional studio use has a dependency on the overall health status of the community.

Individuals, or individuals who have shared quarantine, can use the studio with access to the building via 2nd-floor entrances only (Fire escape preferred). A Program Plan is required for the set-up of the studio in advance of the user’s arrival. This can include recording the interviewer and the guest independently and putting the segment together in post-production. This option requires pre-scripting and we called it the ’60-Minutes’ method.

Program Plan: You must attest to the following. No recent out of state travel. Compliance as best you can to social distancing and wearing a mask when in public (See State Guidance below.).

To be perfectly clear: Talk shows with hosts and guests sitting at or around a table are discontinued until further notice.

Podcast | Mac studio: 1 to 3 users. 6 ft distancing microphone options are available by app’t confirmed via email reserve@wpaa.tv Use 2nd-floor back entrance.

Goal: To balance service and health and comply with guidance derived from data, science, and best practices in our state and industry. To be intentional & clear in proceeding with community users.

Guidance from the State of CT
      • Develop and implement practices for social distancing (avoiding large gatherings and maintaining distance) of at least 6 feet ( 2 meters ) distance from others.
      • Continue remote activities, if feasible.
      • Reduce common touchpoints, provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks, other work tools, and equipment) can be wiped down.
      • Decline admittance to anyone with a temperature of above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and have this as criteria for stay home, no admittance.
      • Using soap and water or within available supplies, hand sanitizer at point of entry to the facility.
      • Use a mask, or other cloth material, that covers for mouth and nose while on-site. Make masks to all and persons on-site for times when not working in isolation.
      • Control access to external visitors including:
      1. Prohibiting entry into the facility for non-essential visitors.
      2. Interview approved visitors about their current health condition and recent travel history.
Health & cleaning practices at the facility:

We changed A/C filters, acquired hand sanitizer & wipes, we have a thermometer for verifying health status. We disassemble our public refreshments area, wiped down all surfaces after carpet installation & do so after all user visits. Dust masks available if a mask needed.

Industry standards can be found here.

Today’s TV schedule. All programs are on at the same time on the Internet here.
To see the whole day’s schedule use the scroll bar.
Life-Long Learning STEaMc begins at 5 AM
In2Languages 11 AM to 1 PM Monday through Saturday.
Global CoronaVirus Updates weekdays 5 and 6:15 PM Space Bears begins Story Time weekdays 4:30 PM Democracy Now 3 and 6:30 PM (replay 10 AM)

Citizens that producer shows at WPAA-TV have YouTube channels.
WPAA-TV has a channel too. Select videos made for WPAA-TV are on YouTube here.
Click the links to find out more.

The basic programming plan.

 

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Corporate Purpose: All manner of support for the creation and distribution of noncommercial community media and fulfillment of responsibilities within related designations associated with managing sufficient resources inclusive of cable access channel(s) to facilitate meaningful community access within the community of Wallingford,CT.  #wpaatv #BeTheMedia #AnyOneCanBeFreeman #06492Rocks #PowerfulWildFree4Arts #YourTownYourStationYourVoice #GatheringMomentsTogether #CelebrateWallingfordEveryday

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