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)
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?
Regulatory changes that chip away at basic safeguards are part of the ethos. Community TV is not immune. However, with so many variations in service models both in Connecticut and throughout the nation, it is hard to predict how this multi-layered and significant ‘accounting method proposal’ might become a give back of public rights obligations … Continue reading Community TV Funding: at-risk
Community TV is regulated via public policy yet this does not mean it is the same from community to community. Your Town, Your Station for communities the size of Wallingford can be up to a half-million dollar yearly enterprises with 4 to 9 paid staff (Massachusetts and Rhode Island); or all-volunteer efforts on a barely sustainable … Continue reading CommunityTV, ACM and Public Policy
What does it mean for a community television station to be MORE THAN TV? Ah, so many things. Many viewers think WPAA are call letters. In 2016 WPAA got new branding: WPAA followed by a ‘play button” and the word TV. Written in text this becomes WPAA > TV. In a nearly simultaneous ha ha moment … Continue reading More Than an Name Change – More Than TV
When you stop in to complain …we 1st determine if you know anything about us. If you do not pass the quick assessment of “know us”; then you will be given the basic info but not much valuable ‘unpaid’ time of volunteers. Why? Because we know you are not a regular viewer or follower of … Continue reading When you stop in to complain …
We had a goal to make this TV station more inclusive, timely and relevant while still being whatever walks in the door. 2015 was all of that and more. If you have yet to watch here is some of what you might find, locally produced.
Emotion … flows freely when it comes from a real place, real experiences. This summer we attempted to focus on making Documentaries; in particular, the story of Community Access in Wallingford. There was some 30 years, a few conflicts, some literal community building and questions about archival content ownership. Much more to do but this … Continue reading Tell stories that you believe in, not stories that you think the world wants