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Thursday, November 16, 2017 02:32 PM

Advocate to Update Community TV


On October 4, WCM members participated in our first-ever Advocacy Day at the Capitol.  Our members visited legislators and explained our three legislative priorities.  It was a wonderful day of meetings.  Many had the chance to speak directly to their assembly members or senators; others explained our legislative goals to attentive legislative staff.  All in all, our message was well-received and we look forward to growing these relationships in the coming weeks and months.   Here's what we talked about:
Summary of the three legislative priorities.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017 02:25 PM

Milwaukee's MATA Community Media faces historic funding challenge

 

For 33 years, an amazing blend of audiences has been served by Milwaukee's MATA Community Media.  Turn on channel 14 or 96 and a Milwaukee sports enthusiast can watch "Sports R Us," a member of the gay community can see "The Queer Program," budding entertainers can be encouraged by "Pleaze Take Da Stage," African-American kids can see themselves on "Asque the Blaquesmith," Special Olympics athletes can revel in their finest moments on the baseball diamond by watching  Northsuburban vs. New Berlin, and those who want to see something a little out of the ordinary can watch "Brain Box."  Religious communities, too, have flocked to MATA.  "We have a huge audience for religious programming, which in recent years has grown to 60% of our programming.  I think we have a program for every religious denomination active in Milwaukee," said Executive Director Vel Wiley.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017 03:03 PM

South Central Library System Foundation honors Sun Prairie's media center and library



On November 2 the Sun Prairie Media Center and Sun Prairie Public Library were honored by the South Central Library System Foundation as recipients of the 2017 "Giddy Up Partner Award."

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Thursday, November 16, 2017 02:54 PM

Communities celebrate Veterans Day

and community media is there...

The service and sacrifice of our armed forces was acknowledged in community after community on Veterans Day with song, special events, and exciting pageantry.  It kept community media centers very busy over the last week!  Many businesses and non-profits played a role in these annual events and by covering them, media centers brought them community-wide attention. 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017 02:48 PM

Oshkosh Media covers process that's keeping Oshkosh Corporation home

On Wednesday, November 8th, the Oshkosh Common Council held a special meeting to approve a resolution to sell a portion of the Lakeshore Municipal Golf Course to Oshkosh Corporation for its new global headquarters.  This is a huge decision for the Fox Valley community.  Oshkosh Corporation employs more than 13,000 people building specialty trucks and truck bodies, many of which are made for the U.S. military.

Oshkosh Media was there, providing live gavel-to-gavel coverage on "Gov TV" cable access channel 10 and its web stream.  The meeting was also posted that night for on-demand viewing on OshkoshMedia.org and YouTube.

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Monday, August 08, 2016 04:21 PM

UW-Whitewater broadcast students learn football and the craft of live television production

Pregame with Connor Moore and Adam Reed.
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Monday, August 08, 2016 04:10 PM

Significant Community Program
Viewers Voice showcases local and national entertainers for more than 25 years

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Monday, August 08, 2016 04:03 PM

Cities begin monthly show on the issues
 

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Monday, August 08, 2016 03:33 PM

Three media access centers collaborate to cover state high school rugby tourney

The Oregon-Stoughton High School Rugby Club struggles for the ball in this photograph from the state tournament held in Cottage Grove.
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Sunday, April 24, 2016 01:49 PM

WCM recognizes Olin Fimreite’s lifelong dedication to Trempealeau County

Olin Fimreite interviewing Northwoods Brew Pub founder and owner Jerry Bechard
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Monday, April 25, 2016 09:25 AM

WCM thanks legislators for supporting the PEG television bill

When the State of Wisconsin took over responsibility for local cable franchising in 2008, it eliminated much of the support local governments were getting from cable companies to produce local programming. 

SB 783/AB 1007 introduced this session by Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D - Alma) and Rep. Gary Hebl (D - Sun Prairie), restores the ability of local governments to decide whether they would like this support and once again asks cable companies to take on more responsibility for supporting access channels. 

WCM would like to thank the following 21 sponsors of the "Restoring Wisconsin PEG Channels bill:"  Senators Vinehout, Mark Miller (D - Monona), Chris Larson (D - Milwaukee), Julie Lassa (D - Stevens Point), Bob Wirch (D - Kenosha), Fred Risser (D - Madison), Representatives Hebl, Robb Kahl (D - Monona), Andy Jorgensen (D - Milton), Dana Wachs (D - Eau Claire), Chris Danou (D - Trempealeau), Katrina Shankland (D - Stevens Point),

LaTonya Johnson (D - Milwaukee), Evan Goyke (D - Milwaukee), Chris Sinicki (D - Milwaukee), Terese Berceau (D - Madison), Debra Kolste (D - Janesville) and JoCasta Zamarripa (D - Milwaukee).  To see their pictures, go to this article on our website.

Among the remedies, the bill empowers local governments to assess a dedicated PEG fee on cable subscribers to pay for production equipment and facilities.  The legislation requires operators to carry channels without "material degradation" and to list PEG channel programming in the Electronic Program Guide so viewers can find, record and view shows later. Expenses that the current law has shifted to local governments would be shifted back to cable operators such as paying for the cost of transmission equipment.  The bill also enables many cities to request a PEG channel from their cable service provider even if they did not have one in 2008.

Sen. Vinehout and Rep. Hebl plan to reintroduce PEG legislation next session.  WCM will be working hard to see such a bill pass with the help of bi-partisan support.

 
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