Ironically, our TV audiences are basic cable subscribers for which we have no data: no totals, no demographics, and therefore no context such as “What percent of subscribers are basic cable only?” Individuals that can afford cable packages are highly unlikely to be our viewers because they choose to pay for entertainment channels that they … Continue reading Who is watching?
In an Internet connected world, can or should Community Access TV, as we know it, be sustained? Yes and No. Everything this experiment in democracy has at its core remains a vital part of sustaining democratic communities: building community through the production of ideas, opinions, stories, news, information and/or performance while valuing free speech, individual … Continue reading Our Bones Are Good
Juneteenth to Freedom, My Grandmother and Me By Alease Annan, Marketing Manager; founding member, One BRIC Racial Equity Steering Committee @BRICBrooklyn “Let’s go, Alease!” my grandmother who I am named after would yell as she put on her apron and walked into the kitchen at our home in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. It was always hard … Continue reading Juneteenth Guest Blog| to Freedom …
I, Joey Allard, had the opportunity to be a leader and a learner while serving WPAA-TV as President until June 2019. My three-year term on the board is up in a few months but I have never been more proud to be a part of WPAA-TV. Looking back at the challenges we faced we have … Continue reading Board President Statement Joey Allard (2019)
For me the recycling of digestible speeches and non-threatening quotes is patronizing. No, it is not existential anxiety, although it could be. I skip the few hours of songs, stories and speeches intended to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Wallingford’s Town Hall which I have attended thrice since 2002. It … Continue reading I Am Here For A Reason
Public Art has a whole new value in the time of Covid-19, at least in this tiger’s neighborhood. But we always knew it was a destination spot. Even Triple AAA agrees. Ryan Christenson, a local mural artist, widely known as ARCY began touring the nation painting murals in 2015. Finding a welcoming spot in his … Continue reading Hercules Arrived in the Neighborhood 5 Years Ago
The Basics Attend six meetings that focus on oversight and strategic direction of the organization Participate in at least one committee: Outreach, Building, Nominations, Tech Attend committee meetings and attend to the tasks identified by or for those committees Preferably, commit to a three-year term to increase the potential for WPAA-TV to serve the community. … Continue reading What are the Responsibilities of Board Members?
By Garrett Amill Mental health issues are still stigmatized. Addiction, PTSD, and more are rarely understood, let alone talked about. Out of the Dark takes a shot at addressing these complicated issues. It succeeds at shedding light on them through frank discussion. The hosts, Jane Buckley and Joan Landino, are twins. Despite looking nearly identical, … Continue reading Out of the Dark: Looking at Mental Health through practiced eyes
By Garrett Amill The most important part of government can be smaller than you think. Local politics often have just as much of an impact on life in a town as state politics do, or even federal. There can be a dearth of information about local politics, however. Citizen Mike acts to fill a gap … Continue reading Citizen Mike: a service to the town and a lot of fun
By Garrett Amill I never thought I’d care about the art of Ukrainian egg dying. Hearing it discussed on Midlife Matters, however, my attention was nowhere else. Midlife Matters manages to make topics I’d never heard of interesting. The host, Georgian Lussier, brings a calming presence to each show. From the owl sounds that play … Continue reading Midlife Matters: Cozy, yet full of wit