Community Awards


One measure of success is community awards; especially, from peers. Another is to enable enough community engagement for ‘community produced’ television to happen regularly.

We strive daily for a moment of time from residents, civic leaders and those interested in advocacy, performance and connection. We hope that in brief moments of connection, either  intentional or accidental, people find a ripple that leads to more. It could be more TV viewing, or even better, conversations with us and neighbors. As our penguin ambassador shares: WPAA-TV wants to be the feather that tickles you to service, tells you a best-kept secret, supports your voice being heard, and encourages your informed participation in democracy. Our viewers are as important to us as those who explore the “make TV” experience. We can be excellent at content creation, but if no one is watching, we miss out on the community reward of connection.

We presented our year to the judges in a video annual report. #wpaatv cablecasts hundreds of hours of local programming each year. Representing the entire year in 20 minutes is a challenge. In addition to having an overall awareness of the year’s shows, it takes at least 40 hours of production time to prepare the video. We prefer to show and not tell. 

Our community project Fire Escape Sessions was judged based on this clip . It was a peek into how we brought CT musicians into our community in true concert style. We shared musician and viewer feedback with the judges as evidence of impact on this page. Thanks again to all who shared their music, that watched, that designed the space and recorded the audio and video. Congrats on being a 2nd place finalist.

Congrats to the other finalist for what you do in service to small communities: Marblehead Community Access & Media and Athol Orange Community TV. And to large station division finalists Watertown Cable Access Corp, Nashua ETV and QPTV.

We participate in the festival as a judging location. We were assigned the Community Impact category for large stations. The theme for most submissions was either coverage of protests or human interest coverage of covid related stories. The standouts were ‘Unity Breakfast 20th Anniversary’, ‘Make It Labs – Fighting COVID One Face Shield at a Time’ (an impressive story), and ‘Civil Unrest in US _Call For Action’. The Call to Action aspect of QPTV is what made it rise above the many others with similar themes as regard ‘impact’.

This category, Community Impact, unlike the other which focus on production quality, requires evidence of community connection.

AARP CT ANDRUS AWARD NOMINATION


AARP CT Andrus Award 2021 AARP CT Andrus Award NOMINATION Describe the volunteer work that inspired you to nominate…

I am nominating my soon to be 68 year old mother for the 2021 AARP CT Andrus Community Service Award.

I have nominated her, as have others, for the past few years. I decided to nominate her again. This pandemic has provided two silver linings related to this nomination: 1) my mom survived Covid-19, and 2) I now have first-hand knowledge of what it is she has been doing daily for nearly a decade. For the last 7 weeks, I was part of her team. Yesterday, she released a Newsletter with links to the outcomes of the summer program. It can be found here.

From Halloween to New Year’s Day, I helped my mom navigate phone calls and texts. The 24 x 7 community TV station still needed to carry on even if she could not. Yes, some days she could not care for herself, but she managed to focus enough to answer questions related to station tasks. Fortunately, she had been training someone to learn the day-to-day when she was stricken with Covid. And one of the Board Members had enough familiarity with operations to handle many of the necessary tasks with her remote guidance. However, because of Covid nothing was routine. Remote church services were new, and the countless other programs that fill a 24 x 7 play schedule (including programs submitted by AARP CT) were undergoing change. Every operation was in flux. A weekly LIVE CT music series was in process. She had conceived of a way to produce the series safely because local musicians faced limited options to perform live for a community that craved their music. Tribute page here

Community TV serves individuals and organizations that support the community. It became her volunteer organization of choice in the 1980s. My mom has years of service as many things: foster mom, VISTA Volunteer, President of the League of Women Voters, Chairman of a Cable Advisory Council, Prison Chaplain’s Toy Drive Coordinator, Fantasy of Lights Holiday Team Lead, Church Treasurer. I am sure I missed a few. Serving in some capacity has been part of our life now for 35 years. I was that baby wrapped to her as she testified at board of alder meetings, that toddler entertaining the children of families she helped relocate from motels to better housing, the toy collector with 19 years on the job for the prison ministry, and that Santa in the fat suit at the Fantasy of Lights (carrying the torch for my grandfather, a man for whom no fat suit was necessary). It is not the work; it is the life-style that inspires me to nominate her again.

AARP VISION | A society in which everyone ages with dignity and purpose and in which AARP helps people fulfill their goals and dreams. AARP PURPOSE | AARP empowers people to choose how they live as they age.

How has the nominee’s work supported AARP’s vision and purpose?

Every organization mom has been associated with has a vision similar to AARP: Empowering people to live with dignity and purpose. Most have been related to justice, democracy, and transparency which are, ultimately, about dignity and empowerment. WPAA-TV, the TV station she administers, has the hashtag #MoreThanTV. As TV, the tools, stage, training, and support are provided to individuals eager to share their passions and talent.

The “more” comes from the activities that empower people to express themselves, learn and collaborate. Empowering happens through art, conversation and advocacy. The projects are inclusive, and participation is diverse. They happen because she does not take any compensation for her job. Whether it is a first job for the socially and emotionally challenged, or college interns at prestigious colleges, she is an advocate and mentor supporting their goals. But few know about her side gig: providing transitional housing in her home and assistance for those needing letters regarding a variety of court proceedings. Dozens of strangers whose lives were changed for the better because her mission remains to invest in people.

How has the work of the nominee improved the community or enhanced the lives of its residents for which/whom the work was performed?

In both 2019 and 2021, the communityTV station was deemed the best in the nation for its size by its peers. In 2020, the station won the Community Impact Award for the StreetshotZ Project. StreetshotZ, the Gallery, book and video feature the photography of another senior, Charles Buzinsky. She collaborated with the photographer on two collages in the collection. She designed the book. This #socialactionarts project has no expiration date. Donations go to programs serving the food and housing insecure. In addition, dozens of local producers have been recognized for their video-story work in the past three years. They all attribute their success to her support; be it the longer hours to keep the doors open, feeding the crews, finding just the right piece for the set, or matching the talent that walks through the door to the projects at hand. She is the lynch pin that makes our station successful.

Enhancing lives is the role of the station. It is a role that became a reality because of her commitment. The station is in the town center. It was a cow-barn in 1924. It was renovated and adapted for reuse by volunteers under her leadership with my step-dad. Within 10 years, it is owned outright by the nonprofit. Its services were extended beyond TV making, creating a media center with a gallery, public art mural and community space. It is used by individuals of all ages.

What is inspiring, courageous, unusual or innovative about the nominee’s achievement?

The transformation of the station into a viable community resource was an act of courage. Unfortunately, the Mayor of Wallingford would prefer Community TV did not exist. There are legal actions and public statements to prove this assertion. Therefore, the evolution of the station into a highly respected, award winning facility has been an act of courage overcoming barriers that need not have existed.

From mobilizing a handful of users around a strategic plan, to keeping abreast of technological innovation, and community engagement, one person at a time, the impossible remains a work in progress. And every day, she schedules, teaches, writes, calls, edits, creates and connects the dots moving the organization to a sustainable future – one that will no longer need her. The building was the easy part. The pandemic of 2020 made real the prospect of WPAA-TV continuing without her guidance and it drives her now more than ever to fulfill its mission.

Her enduring full-stop commitment is both unconventional and uncommon. A few years ago, during the W.C. Graustein Memorial Fund Community Leadership Training, she made some discoveries about how her work was perceived. The assumption was that she had plenty of privilege underpinning her level of availability and commitment. Not so. She also took stock of what that commitment added up to in actual hours, weeks, years and, yes, decades. She started public service with a 2-year VISTA enlistment. She is currently approaching her 10th anniversary as a full-time volunteer Executive Director. In between the two, the hours of service, on nights and weekends and always with family, exceeds 40 years. A full career on top of the one she had.

How has the nominee’s work impacted other volunteers or inspired others to volunteer?

WPAA-TV is volunteer run and operated. Every aspect of its operation, from building renovation to mural painting, or improv theater classes, or youth employment training, is connected to volunteers in service. Serving the idea of building a better community through arts, understanding, and action.

No volunteers – no building. No volunteers – no shows. No volunteers – no programs. The output of this channel is the equivalent of many with 3 to 5 employees. The total paid staff at WPAA-TV is less than 1 FTE.

She describes her impact as: One story or project at a time. New skills, forever mates, a job, a friend, a new perspective, a place to live, a new language, a movie made, a fear overcome, a new passion discovered, a network created, a hashtag connection, a song that gets a whole room singing, a gallery of #SocialActionArt, a mural, and a blue penguin that is a metaphor for civic engagement by whoever walks in the door at WPAA-TV. Thereby enabling a TV station to be ‘more than TV.’

Josiah Houston – Story coach, educator, author, son

ps: For her 68th birthday she started a Network For Good FB Fundraiser  for Columbus House.

Team Hercules 2021, Youth and Our Mission


Program | Team Hercules
Deploying volunteers successfully requires matching skills and interests with opportunities. Volunteers initially need one-on-one time. Our goal is to have as many as possible achieve some level of independence and ultimately be serving others, or with others.

Local youth get to Wear the Paw. Entry into Team Hercules can be via High School Community Service, College Internships, or Summer Workforce Alliance placement. This summer, two of the seven youth in Team Hercules 2021 have leveled up enough to be Roar 1st employees.

The very first Team Hercules summer was in 2015. It was a first job experience for six youth who shared what they learned about first jobs with the world. These 29 stories are as fresh today as they were when released. The community really rallied in support of this project. Everyone is young at heart.

A few members of that team became our first Roar 1st employees. I can vividly recall how impressed a Vietnam Veteran was with Neal-Jay who was assigned to edit the video which is now our most watched production. We are currently seeking funding to restore this youth program. Applications are in with the Napier Foundation and Grassroots Fund’s Young Leader.

Seeing what we enable users to do, especially the youth, says more than any mission statement.

This year’s summer program deliverables were more diverse, but just as remarkable. We hosted seven young people. Most were WorkForce Alliance placements through the Wallingford Youth Services. A few are returning to complete thirty hours of community service hours for high school. And yesterday, a younger brother was brought along to do the same. When it is the last day and they all ask if they can come back; especially, when they had feared they would not make it through until the end, you know something went well. I hope to update this post with some clips of our story and tech coach in action with this team. 

We have some incredible content in our It is Local online archives thanks to #TeamHercules2021.

Benny FL’s first video production is epic. See the reviews.

Social Service Folks: Honest, creative, inspirational. So glad this will encourage continued communication, especially with teenagers and young adults.? Incredibly powerful creation by local youth. I’m inspired by our future leaders. Access Station Staff: This is amazing & a great production & great words. Benny FL and everyone rock on/ Thank you for sharing. Senior Citizens: So many messages. I like seeing the words. (Viewer age 72) Wonderful. Your Newsletter was too. (Viewer age 78 who then subscribed to our YouTube). I do not usually listen to rap. But I did. This surpassed my expectations. I liked it. Performance Poets with creds: It is real.
Author #DareToSpeak …it was my aim that Dare to Speak would inspire educators and young people to think more about free speech, and I am so glad to hear that the book influenced Ben’s project. I enjoyed his song very much.

Winners of in 3-minute movie challenges receive gift certificates. The prizes most often requested by youth participants are for Mr. D’s and This Toy Life. We support local business and they are happy we support our youth.

Can you tell which of these movies were produced by young filmmakers? The young filmmakers who participate often in the 3-minute movie challenge were invited to be part of a live stream conversation with the award winning animator, Michael Schleif. We play his Space Bears animations weekdays at 4:30 at the start of story time. A Hercules Team member remixed the original show with some of Space Bears animation to produce Meet the Animator.

And sometimes we help others seeking to help our youth. You never know when something will hit like the lottery. Our fingers and toes are still crossed for this STEM Academy project grant via video application. Our tools and stage were used in the production of this video grant. BTW: We have our own STEaMc program Mon-Saturday on TV. ‘A” is for Arts & History and “C” is for Civics.

Our community is our reason for being and our youth are our future. Remember: There is no need to knock. Just come down and join in. Maybe you will find someone in the youth room.

BTW: Did you check out all the bold links in this post? There is no better way to know what we do than to watch videos of, for and by the people. In this post, the links are mostly to the media made by young people. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

LifeLongLearning

Nothing but Evolutionary


2020-21 has been nothing but evolutionary, eclipsing 1965: the bridge in Selma Alabama, the race riots in Watts, The Voting Rights Act, Vietnam War, Medicare, the Gemini Space Program, Mini-skirts and CT imposing a 9% Gross Income Tax on cable companies that was still being adjudicated in 1990.

A green screen opportunity.
Information here

As people gather virtually, there is a palpable hunger to engage in person as well as an appreciation of conveniences such as joining from home or office. So what is the real and future need for physical spaces to gather and make media?

As it has been since its inception equitable access to resources is part of the equation. And as it has been with technological innovations, we will adapt to support the primary mission of supporting the free exchange of ideas and the building of communities locally as We The People.

Everything this experiment in democracy, community TV, 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 expression, inclusion and diversity.

There is no comparable network of local organizations dedicated to being ‘of, by and for’ the voice of the people. If seen collectively, community TV is the largest television network in America. As a network, Community TV stations, many organized through the Alliance for Community Media, have shared principles and values that keep them from being rudderless, but they are as different as they are alike.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, WPAA-TV had a calendar filled with people-gathering events: drum circles, improv theater, performances, writers’ groups, gallery visits and open houses. I did not foresee the ubiquitous Internet encroaching on this hard won value to our community success. But the virtual public space while not always Ideal has been seen as convenient for many. It will likely not go away and will definitely be the means of public gathering for the next few years.

The perception of our relevance was already compromised by the perception, and misperceptions, of the Internet as a ubiquitous and free to all (Ignoring those pop up ads and digital divide) resource for everyone. Few singular events change a world view. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I believed that what the Internet could not be, or easily replace, was the potential to meet and gather in person, teach, discuss and share what is local based on the reasonable needs and interests of a community.

Then the socially starved world experienced the rise of the racial justice movement in rallies, protests and online conversations creating more community engagement opportunities than community TV could envision supporting. We remain busy, differently. We still invite you to join us.

We are only Winners With You


The organization reaches its nonprofit anniversary of 28 years this week. I am starting my ninth year as a full-time volunteer. Once again we are honored nationally by our industry peers for excellence as a small public access station. A wonderful way to begin our next trip around the sun together.

Running a community TV station is a ‘long and winding road.’ Travel is guided by, for all appearances, an unmoving North Star. It is a world where not everyone agrees but everyone has a voice. The station’s journey is resolute on valuing everyone’s journey, truth, and story. In a word, it is exhausting.

Songs have this habit of connecting with moments, relationships, and dreams. I make all these connections with the people of Wallingford accompanied by the Beatles song, The Long and Winding Road. It is the off-key voice in my head.

The voice borrows selectively from the lyrics. Sometimes, the forlorn pleading line ‘Lead me to your door’ accompanies a wistful need to be uplifted by interpersonal connection. The staggering weariness of one engagement at a time “you’ll never know | The many ways I’ve tried” is profoundly true. Too often, I find myself stuck in the chorus:  Many times I’ve been alone | And many times I’ve cried.

 

Consider celebrating with us with a small donation for our fund to sustain us Freeman’s Purse.

Donate here

Awards, Tech Reboot, Reaffirmation of Hyper-local Mission


It is an honor to be recognized for the work we do with our community. Especially in a year of unprecedented challenges. Later this month, WPAA-TV will receive the Hometown Overall Excellence Award for small public access stations for the second time.

A panel of seasoned community media producers judge 20-minute video entries designed to represent local programming from the prior calendar year. The National Alliance for Community Media (ACM) Hometown Media Festival judges selected WPAA-TV’s entry, Annual Video Report Citizen Media in a Virtual World, for stations with budgets under $300,000. Our budget is $90,000.

Our submission exhibits the power of local conversation, story, film, music and connection. Our “coVIDEO Challenge” three-minute movie winner, “Color of Hope,” by Andrew Horn, and quarantine songs, from our Fire Escape Sessions series, highlight our community initiatives. Clips from local production teams like the First Congregational Church, which transitioned to new video production methods to stay connected and responsive, demonstrate how we serve our community together.

We are doubly pleased to see our local producers recognized for their talent. Uplifting voices and showcasing local talent is the core mission of WPAA-TV, the “public portion” of Community TV in Wallingford.  On June 1, we are showcasing some local award-winning talent from 5 p.m. until midnight.

At 7 p.m., Space Cub Studio, our newest award winners who earned top honors in both animation and children’s programming at this year’s Hometown Awards, will premiere their latest production. WPAA-TV is premiering, on TV and public Internet, “Space Bears the Movie.” Some of the movies’ characters were introduced in their award winning Adventure #9. As content contributors to WPAA-TV, independent producers are eligible for ACM awards. WPAA-TV began featuring their Space Bears Adventures in August 2020.

This premiere features more than a movie. The HD live stream of the movie, from studioW at 28 S. Orchard St., is only made possible by our new HD cablecast system. This system is in development with LinearBroadcast.com, a local tech company, for which WPAA-TV is serving as a beta location. The “LIVE” HD cablecast will bring together our new hybrid production method and new cablecast technologies. It is a first. A volunteer team has been working diligently to bring all the cabling, sessions and interfaces together for this event.

The hybrid TV production method was designed in response to Covid-19. Our live post-movie Q & A with the creative team will welcome questions posed remotely by young local filmmakers. The remote guests were selected based on their interest in filmmaking. WPAA-TV hosts a 3-minute movie challenge three times a year. They participated in these challenges. Their movies begin the showcase at 5 p.m.

Celebrating our local producers never gets old and premieres for local productions are not new. For example, WPAA-TV has premiered episodic releases of a fantasy TV production, “The Sparrow Falling,” since Nov. 2017. However, tonight’s showcase will be the first time we are able to stream content, for our community’s internet viewers, in HD. Tonight’s showcase includes all four of the previously aired episodes of “The Sparrow Falling” at 8:30 p.m. “The Sparrow Falling” won first place regionally for episode #3, and nationally, for #4 in recent Alliance for Community Media Film Festivals. We plan to premiere episode 5 soon, so here is your chance to catch up! Tune in and see the versatility of studioW on full display.

Change One Person's world
Sketch Courtesy of Sal DelGreco

Our new cablecast system is 1/10th the cost of the system just purchased by the BOE for WPS-TV. This cost-saving opportunity, and other taxpayer savings, were to be topics of conversation with local leaders. However, those conversations were never scheduled. Offers to collaborate were met with a numbing silent chill. In communication with town leaders, we tried to demonstrate how continuing independently adversely impacts our bottom line, costing us over $20,000 annually. The mayor, who is fully aware that we are a state regulated agency serving the town, has refused to even include our website link on the Town’s Website Agency Page.

Over 50 viewers and users responded to a recent social media post soliciting “unscientific feedback.” The station is a gem, a great platform for the community and an amazing community presence for people of all ages and backgrounds. But there was a counterpoint theme: Why don’t folks know about you?  How can we help? These laudatory responses were refreshing, especially after the chill from town leaders. One responder called us a ripple.

The simple answer is “Watch WPAA-TV.” With the new cablecast system integrated into our website, it is easier to know what is playing. And watching what is playing supports your neighbors, our local producers. An over-the-top viewer count on the HD stream tonight would be a great way to help us congratulate Michael and Madison Schleif and their Space Cub Studio crew, as well as “The Sparrow Falling” production team.

If you want to get involved, whether that means talking about our programming or making TV yourself, our tools and stage belong to you. There are no member fees, user fees or donation requirements. You do not even need to be a cable TV subscriber.

The HD Internet channel positions WPAA-TV for a future without cable TV. This is significant since 60% of WPAA-TV funding comes from cable TV fees. Cable companies pay for use of public rights of way. They pass this cost of doing business, which is like rent, along to the customer. Federal and state laws regulate how this “rent” is used. It is the primary source of community TV funds. It is not truly a tax.

Donating $5 a year is another way to help. Contributions from 4,000 households can offset declining cable revenue and the impact of our town’s approach to community TV.

Our governance team forged a plan for long-term sustainability. They set up Freeman’s Purse, a fund managed by the Community Foundation of New Haven. All non-designated donations are put in this fund, as well as the amount previously paid on building mortgages. They also asked me to stay on as a full-time volunteer for another three years. This month begins my ninth year. Since my job is not done until our grassroots mission is tied to legions of grassroots supporters, I remain contracted and committed to uplifting Wallingford’s voices and talent for years to come.

Where to watch: Internet links, Roku instructions and TV channel information is on the

website wpaa.tv/watch/

Let’s optimize the change


Letter to the Editor of Record-Journal April 2021

In a government meeting recorded by part-time staff of Wallingford Government TV (WGTV) the Mayor says, “It is not TV anymore. I am looking at a number of options to address staff changes.” This happens on the eve of Scott Hanley’s last day as WGTV Director. Scott’s retirement has been known about for over a year. There is no plan to replace, contract, or reorganize WGTV.

In my opinion, Scott departs but the administrative clouds that constrained his work, remains. He was a firewall for transparency and provider of excellence. Our Mayor of more than three decades did his last Mayor’s Corner TV show in the mid-80’s. He refused to leverage the massive institutional knowledge and talent which enabled decades of unparalleled, while limited, excellence in Government TV with a transition plan.

The technophobia cloud is multi-layered. Failure to address infrastructure for robust ‘LIVE’ meeting streaming is huge. Some members of the public want to retain the covid perk of ‘LIVE’ viewing and remote participation in government proceedings. It is very likely to vanish in 2021. Another cloud is disenfranchising the public. Transparency, a core reason for government television in most communities, is always ‘one permission’ away.

Government TV is still TV. But unfortunately its primary purpose, open government, transparency and ease of the public’s access to the debate and decisions of elected officials and open interaction with leadership remains tenuous.

It appears that the future of WGTV, still in the hands of someone who never saw its value, relies upon the belief in its purpose by two long serving part-timers. It is true that operating this public service is less reliant on a TV Channel. But what is working? What is not? Let’s optimize the change and amplify the good with open discussion of what is possible.

 

Wallingford Cable Access Provider


In response to 2021 staff changes at WGTV, take action in keeping with our Wallingford Cable Access Provider role in providing Public, Education and Government Access Television in Wallingford.

Communication Goals with Town of Wallingford

    To be open to constructive conversations on how to maintain video service excellence with benefits to viewers and taxpayers.
    To demonstrate the negative cost impact of lack of PEG collaboration on WPAA-TV. To mitigate impact, request cash grant from town.
    To ascertain support, or lack thereof, among leadership regarding our services and role as an “agency” of the town.

2021 Strategy

    Transparency.
    Timely communication with stakeholders
    Consideration of WGTV staff personal goals, value of experience and benefits to all parties including the taxpayer.

Open Letter Funding Wallingford TV


Wallingford Public Access Association, Inc.
501© 3 Fed # 06-1378847
28 So. Orchard St.
Wallingford, CT  06492

                                                                              March 16, 2021

William W. Dickinson, Jr., Mayor
Town of Wallingford
45 So Main St
Wallingford CT 06492

Nonprofit Contribution Request From WPAA-TV Regarding Wallingford Town Budget 2021-22

Per your affirmation of the process for nonprofits inclusion in the town’s budget as follows (correspondence 3.1.21): The procedure is for a nonprofit to request a contribution from the Town to be included in the budget. The reason for the request should be explained.

Herein is the 2021-22 Wallingford Town Budget request: $20,000 and approval request for municipal rate #8 for WPAA-TV electric utility costs.

Explained:

  1. Keeping the doors open: Incremental transition to paid staff (15 hrs. week) Annual cost of p-t admin: $12,675
  2. Annual Admin of Ed & Government Access TV on WPAA-TV as directed in PURA Docket 99-10-05 (1999):  $9,100
  3. Annual Cable Subscriber Fee losses to neighboring communities supported by town leadership: Approx. $20,000
  4. Loss of PEGPETIA Funding  award due spit allocation to WGTV (PURA Docket #19-11-01 4.2020):  $44,154
  5. Eligibility budget gap for certain foundation grants (990 Income minimum $100,000: $8,000
  6. Not PPP (Payroll Protection) eligible | volunteer workforce and p-t worked through-out pandemic
  7. Municipal Electric Rate change from 3 to 8 decreases annual facility operations costs (approx. $275)
  8. Opportunity cost-benefits losses due to non-integrated PEG (Public, Ed & Government Access TV |Community TV)

WPAA Financials: On the website at this link Deep Dive Documents
10 years of public records including 990, Budgets and PURA Reports on all aspects of operations

Alternative consideration: Contract for Government (and Education) Video Production Services
Pending staff, tech and utilization changes provide an opportunity to revisit the suggestion (2000, 2008, 2009) to contract WGTV (and WPS-TV) administration to WPAA-TV.  Integrated service models—consolidating PEG administration, facility and equipment resources—have proven to be cost-effective in numerous communities in CT and across the nation. Contracting Government (and Education) TV could provide cost savings to the tax-payer that may increase over time while providing comparable and potentially enhanced services.

Knowing that your budget deadline is April 1st, please reply no later than the end of day Friday March 19th, so we can provide anything additional you might need from us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sincerely,

                                               Herb Jackson                                                                                                                                  President Wallingford Public Access Association, Inc.

Cc:  Town Council Chairman, Superintendent, PUC Director, WPAA-TV Board of Directors

This reply ignores the offer to bring channels together to save taxpayer money. Has it been in the public interest to taxpayers to have the most expensive town TV operations in CT since 1993.