WPAA-TV is a volunteer-run nonprofit that supports citizen-produced media, individuals and civic groups making their own videos for TV distribution 1st on WPAA-TV. We loan equipment to individuals and provide limited tech support for studio use. Individuals must be registered with us with a local address (photo ID proof). If taking out more than $1,000 worth of equipment credit card info must be provided at the time of the equipment loan. If unfamiliar with the equipment, you must make an appointment to go over equipment operations. Usually Friday afternoons. Some evening options are available.
Who owns WPAA-TV? Wallingford Public Access Association Inc. a non-profit with an arts and culture public service mission.
Is it funded by tax-payer? No
What is the source of your funding? The primary funding source is cable TV subscribers that pay an annual fee. Wallingford residents pay about $8 annually of which WPAA-TV gets about $6.50? Other sources are donations, grants and in-kind services of volunteers.
Non-profit PSAs on TV
Do you play Public Service Announcements (PSA)? Yes
Is there paperwork involved in getting them on TV? No
How do we give you a PSA? PSA can be sent given to us in person, via email or file transfer such as DropBox.
Is there a required video format for a PSA? No, Give us the best quality you have in any format.
Are there length requirements? No. We have played PSA as short as 6 seconds and as long as 12 minutes.
How often is PSA content played? PSAs are scheduled randomly near related content. If locally sourced, they get played with local news and short video stories weekdays beginning and 5 and 6 PM
Who can put content on WPAA-TV
Is residency in Wallingford a requirement to use WPAA-TV? Residency gives prospective Users priority. Users can be any of the following:
- Producers in the following Towns: No. Branford, No. Haven, East Haven, Madison, Guilford, Branford. These are the towns served by our Cable provider Comcast.
- Representatives of nonprofits providing services to an area that includes Wallingford?
- Individuals that own businesses in Wallingford.
- Individuals employed by businesses that do business in Wallingford (i.e. State of CT)
- CT college students.
- CT Filmmakers
- Members of organizations that we host such as theater companies.
What does it cost to use WPAA-TV
Do Producers pay fees? Not at this time
Is there paperwork involved in getting content on TV? Yes, Set up a meeting to get a process overview for program plan and media release.
Are your meeting rooms FREE? Yes
Is there a limit to how often meeting rooms are used? No. Scheduling is 1st come, 1st serve using the email firstname.lastname@example.org
If I want to do a commercial project can I rent the facility? No
How early or late can the facility be used? This is determined on a project-by-project basis. The facility is most often open between 11 AM to 9 PM.
Do you cover Town-Sponsored events?
No. Town sponsored events fall under the auspices of Wallingford Government TV (WGTV) Channel. WGTV staff reports directly to the Mayor. It is underwritten by our local taxes.
Are there opportunities for nonprofits or civic groups to have WPAA-TV production support?
Yes, we have a Mission Continues Initiative
Our volunteer team supports up to 5 civic projects with full-production capabilities yearly and at no cost. Projects are usually determined by March 15th.
Where can I learn more about WPAA-TV
Policies and Reports: Locate on our Deep Dive Page.
If I want to be a producer: Locate the process Be A Citizen Media Producer