Our last video of the year “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” by Emma Richardson is a gift upon a gift to this community. As WPAA-TV Executive Director, I tell myself one great story is enough – Truth Be Told, it will be if the community embraces our last video story of the year. If you have … Continue reading Continuing Each Year
In the sharing, and promoting the sharing, of A thorny Journey Blooms in Story in the #MyGivingStory contest funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with Unleash Global Good LLC (dba GivingTuesday) there was much personal discovery. The premise of #MyGivingStory follows: By sharing our stories, we can inspire others to give. … Continue reading The Bloom A Reflection
Sharing #MyGivingStory now seems the right choice as I may be at the halfway mark in my service journey. What does over forty thousand hours of service in one’s adult life mean beyond being a lifestyle? What if I do what I am doing now for twenty consecutive full-time years? What can I resurrect from … Continue reading A Thorny Journey Blooms in Story
When this was crafted for a blog called On the Parade Ground in 2009 WPAA volunteers had lost a 2-year effort to acquire a property literally on the Parade Ground. They also had no idea they would find an in-town property or keep their doors open daily. Much has changed but what remains a challenge … Continue reading On The Parade Ground (2009)
In the quiet town of Wallingford, Connecticut, nestled on the edge of Center and South Orchard Street, sits a former barn turned “Community Media Center”. Where cultivated hay and livestock used to be stored, creative and exciting media is now being made. The Wallingford Public Access Association, or WPAA-TV, is one of the 3 local … Continue reading WPAA-TV As Discovered by Intern John A McMahon
More people may know about the two-story tiger mural painted by #ARCY on the South Orchard St. building across from Center St. Cemetery, than what actually belongs to them, inside. WPAA-TV is inside. It is one of the town of Wallingford’s three local television stations. #wpaatv is the one operated by volunteers for use by … Continue reading #MoreThanTV
Testimony to PURA from WPAA-TV: In support of equity in service to our diverse communities about the method of funding for capital expenses associated with CT Community TV Equity and reasonableness within a system with embedded inequities are challenging and noble goals. In striving to achieve Goal #6 ‘applicant‐friendly and not unduly burdensome to the … Continue reading PEGPETIA Purpose, Equity and Reasonableness
The landscape of Cable TV is changing constantly. Entertainment services are piggybacking on the cable infrastructure. Consumers are cord‐cutting. There is a growing interest in video content and a vast array of points of distribution. And most recently for Public, Education, and Government TV (P.E.G.), there is a reinterpretation by the FCC of Federal Law … Continue reading Community Media Today, literally, Today?
I get asked, “What kind of content gets shown on Community TV?” The answer is “Whatever walks in the door.” So, what does walk in the door? People walk in. And truth be told, it is always people with agendas. Fortunately, agendas are as diverse as our community. Sometimes they come with a DVD or … Continue reading What shows are on Community TV?
We just experienced our first intentional fundraising for the direct work of WPAA-TV. Our lessons learned include: Donors who know us and had the means were generous. Several gave from limited means because they know us. The mystery is that several who have been helped made no gesture of support. Did they not understand the … Continue reading Help Me Tell Our Vision Story