Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Access Cable TV Gains Unanimous Support at Sacramento Hearing

Under a ground swell of 54 support letters and more than a dozen speakers,  Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 39, aimed at helping fiscally struggling public, education and government(PEG) cable television channels, earned unanimous 12-0 approval Monday by the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee at the California State Capitol.
Speakers line up to show support for AJR 39 before a CA Assembly hearing Monday.
Speakers line up to show support for AJR 39 before a CA Assembly hearing Monday.
Assembly member Roger Hernández (D-Dist. 48, West Covina) authored AJR 39 which, if approved by the full CA Assembly and Senate, would call on US Congress to change laws restricting the way PEG community centers can spend money to help residents with training and equipment to tell the stories of their communities.
“It’s like having money for a library building and books, with no money to hire a librarian to order the books and keep the doors open,” said Hernández.  AJR 39 “urges Congress to allow states and their municipalities to determine the best use of public, educational and government funds.”
Representatives from across California attended the hearing, representing cities and counties, and access community centers from as far south as Long Beach to Marin County, Sacramento and Access Humboldt in the north..
PEG channels are known across the US for their commitment to providing outreach that informs viewers of local political news, community events, and culturally diverse programs not seen on regular commercial television.
Letters of support were listed from 54 different cities, counties, community groups and PEG access centers.  A lobbyist from the California Cable & Telecommunications Associationopposed AJR 39 saying if local governments really support PEG broadcasting, they should pay for it themselves from franchise fees the cable company already collects for their use.
Hernández countered with the notion that restricting dollars the way the current law does is like having medical insurance that pays for medical equipment like a wheelchair, but not the doctor.  He said US Congress needs to change the PEG rules, because they simply don’t make sense.
As an expert witness, Sue Buske of The Buske Group in Sacramento, said the restrictions enacted in 2007 have forced 51 PEG centers in California to close for lack of appropriate funding. While federal law requires cable television providers to give channel space to PEG broadcasting and ensured some dollars for equipment, the federal law has not been revisited since 1984, and AJR 39 if approved in the CA Assembly and Senate would ask US Congress to fix the rules and allow cities and counties the right to authorize funding in a more flexible way.
(Posted first on March 25, 2014 in Access SacramentoNeighborhood NewsTop News! by  )

Friday, March 21, 2014

A State Resolution That Would Protect Centers Like Ours

Annie Folger

On Monday, March 24, 2014, our Executive Director, Annie Folger, will travel to Sacramento to support a resolution introduced in the State Assembly that would protect community media centers that operate public access facilities and cable TV channels. Since 2006, at least 51 of those centers have closed in California alone and many more nationwide.

A new law passed in 2006, changed the funding formula for PEG community access centers to a one size fits all formula governed by the state Public Utilities Commission. Besides curbing the funding levels that many community franchises had negotiated with their cable operators, the new law only allowed funding for capital expenditures.

Assembly Joint Resolution 39, introduced by Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) would encourage the US Congress to allow states and their municipalities to determine the best use of public, educational and government (PEG) funds. Specifically, they ask Congress to allow franchise fees to be spent on operations as well as capital.

You can write to Assembly Member Rich Gordon to show your support for this resolution and amplify Annie's voice in Sacramento at this web page. Or call his Los Altos office at: (650) 691-2121.

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Creative Awards - 4 Media Center Finalists!

MC Staff Jeff McGinnis and Lupita Segura flank Henrietta
Burroughs at the Creative Awards last Saturday

Media Center producers and staff were proud to be among the finalists in this year's Creative Awards.  Jeff McGinnis and Lupita Segura represented the staff on the Red Carpet on January 18, 2014 at the California Theatre in San Jose.  The Creative Awards are sponsored by CreaTV, the Media Center's sister station in San Jose.  The Creative Awards honor Bay Area Videomakers.

Among our finalists were:

Future Talk, Show #43 - 3D Printing, produced by Martin Wasserman and Greg Weinstein, in the category, "Bay Area Community Access TV Series, Non-Professional".  This episode includes a studio demonstration as well as location footage from the Menlo Park TechShop and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  View this episode on the Future Talk Website.

Talking With Henrietta - Dealing with the Last Taboo, produced by Henrietta Burroughs, in the category of "Bay Area Community Access TV Series, Professional".  This episode explores current thought surrounding dealing with and talking about death in an open and realistic framework.  See a clip from this episode on EPA Today's youtube channel.

Carbon Neutral - PSA for the City of Palo Alto Utilities Department, Debra Katz producer, Category: Non-Profit PSA.  This PSA featured rap performed and orchestrated by YAC alumnus Sean Lee, lyrics by Debra Katz, with production assistance from Jarrod Hodgdon, Doug Kreitz, Scott Van Duyne and Becky Sanders.   View this PSA on the Zoom In youtube page.

Healthy Eating - PSA produced by the Magic Paint Box with Margaret Rex and Karen Adams, in the Producer category.  The PSA series features a huggable puppet critters with positive messages about food, self-images, bullying and the arts.  The series may be watched on the Magic Paint Box's website.

As hard as it is for me to believe, our producers were not tapped for the ultimate award, but then I looked at the competition and believe you me, every one of the finalists could have, should have won a top billing.  So keeping that in mind, it's a huge achievement to be the final five.

Jeff McGinnis, MC staff member, said that everyone "has to up their game" to be in the winner circles there.  The awards ceremony itself was a grand gala on a scale with the city of San Jose so the "quality of the finalists reflected that."  Jeff had the opportunity to rub elbows with Ed Asner, who was there to receive the coveted Lee Weimers' Community Media Champion Award.  Thank you Jeff and Lupita for reporting in!  And congratulations to all our finalists.  You have done us proud!

Hip Hop Entertainment at the Creative Awards








Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Oyez Oyez - The Media Center Holiday Party Pictures


For those of you were unable to attend our annual Volunteer Appreciation party held last Wednesday in the Studio, well, I would read no further.   You may find yourself demoralized at having missed out on one of our best parties ever. And whatever you do, do NOT, I repeat do NOT, feast your eyes upon Doug Kreitz' magnificent pictures, memorializing the event for eternity.  Blinding as the light of the "Ghost of Christmas Present!" in their majesty.  I am such a drama queen!  But yes, the party was that fun!  With yummy comfort food catered by Marie Callenders, incredible veggie Chili from Harry's Hofbrau and desserts from reliable Lucky plus festive beverages afizz, we were all about the business of relaxing in the studio for a welcome change from our usual hustle and bustle of two shows a night, almost 52 weeks a year without fail.

Karen and the Winning Snowman (Steve Hall)
First, much appreciation to all our volunteers.  Because of you, this place works!  And many thanks to Karen Adams, our production manager, for spearheading an evening of winter frolicking including a snowball fight, pass the frozen ice balloons and building your own live snowman capped by a snowman fashion show.   And Karen was able to convince Santa Claus to come to the studio and initiate a guessing game of what holiday item am I?  Yours truly walked around, tagged as Myrrh for the evening.  "Myrrh Sanders" - it has a nice ring to it.

I was thrilled that so many of you were able to partake in our winter soiree.  Doug Kreitz captured the highlights (including the snowball fight!!) and posted the pics on the MC SmugMug site.

Here is the link:

http://midpen.smugmug.com/Media-Center/Miscellaneous/2013-MC-Showcase/i-FkznCPN

The pictures are also on the MC's Facebook page and you don't need a FB account to see them!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151763108732455.1073741830.8170997454&type=1&l=d29f569188

Doug is generously donating the MC holiday event album for personal use but requests that if the photographs are used in a public forum (Facebook, Twitter, websites, etc.) that he be credited as the photographer.

Super shout out to the following elves for making the place adrift with holiday cheer:
Alba Misciagna, Steve Hall, Erik Lind, Don Cirlin, Alma Love, Bill Dimitri, Eve Sutton, Jan Foy, Shobana Swamy, Nancy Brown,  Cathy Keys,  Louise Pencavel,  Katherine Saviskas, Chris Pearce, Lupita Segura, Dave Sorokach, Andrew Weiler,  Jarred Hodgdon, Sara Bennett, and a special note of gratitude to our Executive Director, Annie Folger, for her ongoing vision and support.

We hope our holiday party, kicked off a great holiday season for you.  We appreciate you!  Your volunteering your time, talent and treasure over here is the best holiday gift we could ever have.

See you in 2014.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Five Wave Award Winners

WAVE AWARD Winners 2013

From the record number of 16 finalists
We walked away with five winners!


Winner category: Talk Show Issues - Professional
Producer: Karen Adams, Chief Ronald Davis, LaDoris Cordell, Capt. Carl Estelle, Nancy Brown, EPA Police Dept.
Title: Make the Call: No One Should Get Away with Murder #6
Program Video Link: http://youtu.be/uvXRiiri-y8

Winner category: Educational - Community Producer
Producer: Birgit Starmanns, Stan Ng 

Title: Episode 58: Fotoohi and Speaking Tips
 
Winner category: Special Audience - Professional
Producer: Sheryl Shaffer 

Title: Afghan Scouts and Keith Blackey

Winner category: Instructional Programs - Community Producer
Producer: Denet Lewis 

Title: High Five Fitness Episode 12, How to cook coconut Brownies, with family
Program Video Link: http://youtu.be/uZf5Z9OC4yg

Winner category: Music Programming - Professional
Producer: Karen Adams, Rivka Amado, Eric Baker, Nancy Brown 

Title: Media Center Studio Session: Blue Hills

Program Video Link: http://youtu.be/axGHr1xBia8

Monday, October 21, 2013

16 Finalists From the Media Center in Upcoming WAVE Awards

Get out your boas and penguin suits.  It's time to celebrate!

Media Center Productions have garnered sixteen finalist awards in the WAVE Awards contest, conducted by the Western Region of the Alliance for Community Media. This year the WAVE Awards Gala, at which the winners will be announced, is being held in San Jose at the Doubletree Hilton on Saturday evening, 10/26, 6-8 pmas part of the Alliance for Community Media West Conference (http://acmwest.org).  Ticket information can be found at <http://acmwest.org/registration>.

Here's the complete list of the Finalists along with links to their exemplary programs.


2013 MIDPENINSULA COMMUNITY MEDIA CENTER WAVE NOMINEES




Category: Informational -- Culture Community Producer
Producer Name: David Simon
Co Producer: Nina G. Perry
Entry Title: Peninsula Backstage -- Broadway By the Bay presents 'A Chorus Line'
Media Center: Midpeninsula Media Center



Category: Documentary Profile Community Producer
Producer Name: Birgit Starmanns
Co Producer: Stan Ng
Entry Title: 5-6-7-8: Burlesque
Media Center: Midpeninsula Community Media Center



Category: Educational Access Community Producer
Producer Name: Birgit Starmanns
Co Producer: Stan Ng
Entry Title: Episode 48 - Sirkay Speaking Tips
Media Center: Midpeninsula Community Media Center


Category: Educational Access Community Producer
Producer Name: Birgit Starmanns
Co Producer: Stan Ng
Entry Title: Episode 58: Fotoohi and Speaking Tips
Media Center: Midpeninsula Community Media Center



Category: Educational Access Community Producer
Producer Name: Gloria and Heidi Horsley
Co Producer: Karen Adams
Entry Title: Grief Relief TV-Handling the Loss of a Child
Media Center: Midpeninsula Community Media Center



Category: Experimental / Innovative Community Producer
Producer Name: Mark Keavney
Entry Title: Peninsulators Improv: Out of the Spotlight
Media Center: Mid-peninsula Media Center


Category: Experimental / Innovative Community Producer
Producer Name: Stephanie Herman
Entry Title: The Stephanie Herman Show - Photography, Song & Dance
Media Center: Midpeninsula Community Media Center


Category: Informational -- Activities Community Producer
Producer Name: Martin Wasserman
Co Producer: Greg Weinstein
Entry Title: Future Talk - 3D Printing
Media Center: Midpeninsula Media Center, Palo Alto, CA


Category: Informational -- Activities Community Producer
Producer Name: Nancy (Nance) Wheeler
Co Producer: Sally Rayn
Entry Title: Talk Art--Pottery: Art for Daily Use
Program Video Link: http://youtu.be/UcW0vahjkv4
Media Center: Mid-Peninsula Community Media Center


Category: Instructional Programs Community Producer
Producer Name: Denet Lewis
Entry Title: High Five Fitness Episode 12, How to cook coconut Brownies, with family
Program Video Link: http://youtu.be/uZf5Z9OC4yg
Media Center: Midpeninsula Community Media Center


Category: Instructional Programs Community Producer
Producer Name: Nancy (Nance) Wheeler
Co Producer: Sally Rayn
Entry Title: Talk Art: Florilegia
Program Video Link: http://youtu.be/QuwSZCagPdo
Media Center: MidPeninsula Community Media Center


Category: Music Programming Professional
Producer Name: Karen Adams
Co Producer: Rivka Amado
Entry Title: Media Center Studio Session: Blue Hills
Program Video Link: http://youtu.be/axGHr1xBia8
Media Center: Midpeninsula Community Media Center


Category: Performing Arts Community Producer
Producer Name: Michael Uhila
Entry Title: Pajama Party
Media Center: Michael Uhila


Category: Special Audience Professional
Producer Name: Sheryl Shaffer
Entry Title: Afghan Scouts and Keith Blackey
Media Center: Mid Peninsula Media Center, Palo Alto, CA.


Category: Talk Show - Issues / Performing Arts Professional
Producer Name: Sheryl Shaffer
Co Producer: Jesse Austin
Entry Title: U.S. VETS Interviews, Part 2.
Media Center: Mid Peninsula Media Center, Palo Alto, CA



Category: Talk Show - Issues / Programs by / for Seniors Professional
Producer Name: Karen Adams
Co Producer: Chief Ronald Davis, Capt. Carl Estelle, LaDoris Cordell
Entry Title: Make the Call: No One Should Get Away with Murder #6
Program Video Link: http://youtu.be/uvXRiiri-y8
Media Center: MIdpeninsula Community Media Center

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New Computers for Public Access



Does size matter? We think it does. New classrooom computers are now installed! They are 27" iMac computers with 3.5Ghz i7 CPUs and 8GB of RAM. 

They replace 24" iMacs with 2.8Ghz Intel Core Duo CPUs that were purchased in May 2008. Come try them out.  Give Chris Pearce, our I-T expert a high-five!


Sign up for a workshop at: 
http://midpenmedia.org/media_production/take_a_class/index.html

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