Dec 4th was the 7th Annual Holiday Stroll hosted by Wallingford Center Inc. As a participating business in this community event WPAA-TV had an open House with TV station tours. a Make TV Magic Holiday Message activity concurrent with covering the event itself with a ‘Live’ programming for 4 hours. Roaming reporters brought back clips from activities along the stroll route on Main and Center St. Click the images below to watch video stories.
In 2010, WPAA-TV relocated to So Orchard St. making it 100 feet off the main road. Being downtown but not on Center St. has created some challenges in getting community participation in WPAA-TV activities during the WCI celebratory events; however, anyone who decided to go out of there way to find us was not disappointed. One new visitor found everything in studioW to be exceedingly beyond expectations. Another couple had a very fun time as seen on Facebook here.
WPAA-TV Tours always include stories about the volunteers that renovated the 1924 barn currently transformed into a TV Station/Media Center and the organization’s history which now spans more than two decades. Ten years ago the Make TV Magic – Holiday Greetings was done for the 1st time during Celebrate Wallingford: Volunteers invited individuals passing by the former 128 Center St. location to come inside and make TV. You can view some short videos from past years Make TV Magic here.
I can sometimes be compelled to shared a story about how during my first encounter with Community TV in #W06492 I heard the volunteer leadership expressed fear of success. The consensus was: “What if they come, could we be ready for their expectations?” This What IF? yielded to cautious plans about public participation.
A few things have changed. In addition to where WPAA-TV is located there is also an attitude change. The volunteers keeping the doors open at WPAA-TV encourage public participation that can be expressed as: What if they come? Please do!
#W06492 is the hashtag for Wallingford, CT.
Susan Huizenga Volunteer Executive Director