PEGPETIA Purpose, Equity and Reasonableness


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

Community Media Today, literally, Today?


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?

What shows are on Community TV?


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?

Community TV Funding: at-risk


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

CommunityTV, ACM and Public Policy


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

More Than an Name Change – More Than TV


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

Tell stories that you believe in, not stories that you think the world wants


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

Vision: Community – More than TV


Early advocates of community media enthusiastically believed that exposure to stories in conversation could create a more informed and connected community. The effort required to produce the stories three four decades ago was tremendous. Good stories still require a concerted effort to research and produce. What has changed? Initially the expectation of quality was in the conversation itself not … Continue reading Vision: Community – More than TV