Community Access TV is called vanity TV by some, the electronic soapbox by others and sometimes the ‘church channel’ given the predominance of religion-oriented programming. I like the change Wallingford’s Public Access Channel is trying to make to become WPAA Community Building TV.
The Community Building theme evolved when the organization sought to find and own an in-town building to control long-term expenses. The first location volunteers attempted to purchase was literally OnTheParadeGround and is the inspiration for this program’s concept: a regular program about bringing sunshine to local topics of interest.
This far, absent from locally produced programs is one that features facilitated civic conversation related to Wallingford specific issues. My original post in March 2008 was too optimistic because the community does not understand why they have a community TV station.
So I remind anyone that makes a connection with this blog that this kind of program needs a host and crew that can put the community before their personal interests. It is a show that needs a team of people that can see the potential of community building.
Anyone out there interested in being part of such a team can reach us (no longer active)
I am looking forward to being a guest on this show when I return home.