UW-Whitewater broadcast students learn football and the craft of live television production
September 3rd and 4th will be a busy weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Sunday the 4th, is officially “Move In Day” for the nearly 4,000 students who live on campus. One day earlier, however, a different form of excitement will be in the air. It’s the home opener for the six-time national champion UW-Whitewater Warhawks football team. At 11:00 a.m., while the athletes strap up for opening day and tailgaters gambol from the parking lots to fantastic Perkins Stadium, the UWW-TV student crew will be there, too, with Warhawk Sports Saturday. This live one-hour pre-game show is televised on the campus cable access TV channel and streamed at uwwtv.org.
This will be the fifth season of UWW-TV’s signature sports program, although live sporting events have been produced since the early 1980s.
Significant Community Program Viewers Voice showcases local and national entertainers for more than 25 years
At the 18th Annual Best of the Midwest Media Fest in April, WCM honored a program with a Significant Community Program award that began production more than 25 years ago in a different time. Viewer’s Voice started out as a project of Viewer’s Quality Television, an organization whose mission was to save critically acclaimed television programs from cancellation due to low ratings. It became a separate non-profit in 1992. Over the years, the show has evolved to showcasing mostly local talent and covering major events like the annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) awards. The future of the show is very uncertain, however, because Milwaukee’s MATA Community Media is expected to close in 2017.
The League of Wisconsin Municipalities just shot its first episode of The Local Perspective in cooperation with Wisconsin Community Media. Sun Prairie Media Center graciously provided its production facility for the program. Executive Director Jerry Deschane says he hopes to “open up the hood on local government and take a look at some of the inside details on how things work.”
The first program discussed what every downtown needs to work well. Next month’s episode of The Local Perspective will be about water issues facing communities.
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Three media access centers collaborate to cover state high school rugby tourney
By Paul Zwicker This spring, the coach of the Oregon-Stoughton High School Rugby Club asked me if I could produce and televise the 2016 Wisconsin State High School Boys Rugby Championships to be held in Cottage Grove. I was happy to take on the project. After all, I was the assistant coach, I had 30+ years of video experience, and I was the new Program Manager of Oregon Cable Access (OCA Media).
“Mock Crash” helps students tell the story behind preventable accidents
By Deb Brunett, Operations Manager Merrill Productions
The show and event, Mock Crash, is a cooperative community effort that raises awareness about preventable car accidents. The target audience is young drivers. The production crew is high school students. Merrill Productions, the City of Merrill’s PEG cable access station housed in Merrill Area High School, has produced this show every other year since 2003.
WCM recognizes Olin Fimreite’s lifelong dedication to Trempealeau County
WCM is recognizing Olin Fimreite’s lifelong contribution to public access television with the 2016 Friend of Access Award. For well over 30 years, Olin has participated in every aspect of Trempealeau County Community Television and has advocated for community-based media. For the last twenty years, Olin has used his cable access television show, Discover Trempealeau County, to talk about the county he knows so well.
“Olin was born and raised in Trempealeau County. He raised his own family here, and as a soil conservationist he came to honor the people and this land from one end to the other, said Wade Britzius, the first director of TCCTV.
Nystrom & Markwardt: Providing information accurately and from reliable sources
by Breanna Speth, Acting Director Marshfield Community Media
Before the advent of smartphones, the Internet, and even VHS tapes, Marshfield residents Don Nystrom and Dean Markwardt realized the value of community television and got involved. Thirty years later, they're still producing and hosting shows and they know public access television has made a difference in Marshfield.
Nystrom served on the city's Common Council from 1976 - 1986 and was the appointed member of the city's cable TV Committee. "My mission at the time was getting people more interested in and part of the decision-making in the city," said Nystrom.
He quickly recognized the value of public access in informing and communicating with constituents. "I think we became, initially, the C-SPAN of Marshfield -- providing more in-depth information that was of use to people who had an interest."
"Prior to that, the town existed on a limited amount of information, on newspapers or rumors...and the rumors were probably 75% of the information people got."
Since 2008, the State of Wisconsin is in charge of cable television regulation. Wisconsin cities no longer have any jurisdiction. Oversight of video providers is now split between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Department of Financial Institutions. The state is funneling all complaints through DATCP and will forward complaints as appropriate to DFI.