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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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Sunday, April 24, 2016 02:42 PM

Dan Kummer elected to WCM Hall of Fame

Wisconsin Community Media has elected Dan Kummer, Director of Marshfield Community Television, to the WCM Hall of Fame.  This honor is being awarded posthumously to Dan, who passed away earlier this year.  

Dan began managing Marshfield Community TV for the City of Marshfield in 1991 with his small business, Vidcom, a production company he formed with a partner, Jay Holbrook.  Dan wasn’t always a professional videographer.  Until 1985, Dan worked as a physician assistant.  According to his wife, Juanita, he “always had a passion for photography and videography” and finally decided to make a career change.  His work as the media director at Faith Christian/Believer’s Church and as the producer of the Word of Life television programs put him in contact with public access television and led to the position he is best known for today, Director of Marshfield Community TV. 

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Thursday, January 28, 2016 01:27 PM

City Manager's Report - Top 10 of 2015 showcases Oshkosh's accomplishments

By Emily Makowski
Communications Coordinator, Oshkosh Community Media Services


As every year comes to an end, it’s always fun to look back and celebrate the biggest and best things that happened. The annual special edition of “City Manager’s Report,” a 30-minute show produced by Oshkosh Community Media Services, does just that by counting down the Top 10 city projects and accomplishments for the year using video from the archives. Hosts City Manager Mark Rohloff and I start the show off with number 10 and work our way up.

Oshkosh ribbon cutting

2015 was a great year for Oshkosh, and Mark and I had plenty to talk about, including storm water projects, neighborhood updates, and Riverwalk progress. The hard part was picking out which ones to choose!  It always takes a few weeks of preparation. Once the events are selected and the script is honed, the show is shot straight through from beginning to end.

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Thursday, October 08, 2015 04:51 PM

Charter to take over TW and Brighthouse

How will community TV fare if Charter
takes over Time Warner?


The vast majority of Wisconsin cable subscribers may soon be served by “New Charter,” a company created when Charter purchases Time Warner and Brighthouse - if they receive approval from the FCC and the Department of Justice.  New Charter would be the second largest operator in the country after Comcast. 

WCM has surveyed its members about their satisfaction with their video providers and on November 12 submitted the results in comments to the FCC in Docket MB 15-149. Compressed version of FCC Comments in MB 15-149.

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Monday, October 05, 2015 10:24 AM

Kenosha Community Media turns 30!


Kenosha Community Media is celebrating its anniversary!  The non-profit public access center is marking 30 years serving Kenosha County residents and non-profit organizations.
 
John Bloner, the City of Kenosha’s Technology & Media Specialist, is excited about the future of community television in Kenosha, noting that KCM is always busy, six days a week, providing access to the studio, field camcorders, and editing equipment to those who have taken KCM’s video production training. Besides helping non-profits, KCM staff also covers community events like the 4th of July Parade, symphony concerts, community-wide spelling bees, and most recently, the construction of the Kenosha Dream playground, a fully-accessible play area for children of all abilities.
 
KCM will be thanking its volunteers with a reception and then throwing a party with music, dancing, casino games, raffle prizes and more.  “It's a Boo-tiful Night" will be held at the Woman's Club of Kenosha on Saturday, October 24th from 6:30-10:00 pm.

 
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Thursday, October 08, 2015 04:40 PM
Talking Fitchburg

 Live daily show is Talking Fitchburg

To catch up on what’s going on in Fitchburg, tune in to FACTv’s Talking Fitchburg.  It’s a new hour-long show seen weekdays at 9 a.m.

Modeled after morning talk shows, Talking Fitchburg hosts Preston Schmit and Jeremy Crosby use a radio-style set-up to meet with guests from the city, local businesses, the schools, and area non-profits. 

If you miss it on Charter’s channel 985 or on AT&T’s ch. 99 clickable website, you can view it streaming live on the City of Fitchburg’s website.  Some segments will also be posted in its Video-on-Demand archives and on YouTube.

 
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Thursday, October 08, 2015 04:46 PM

Voice of Watertown Soccer

The “Voice of Watertown Soccer” celebrates 25 years behind the mic


The “Voice of Watertown Soccer” is celebrating 25 years behind the microphone this year. Ray Bezanson has been calling high school soccer games for Watertown's public access station, Watertown TV, since 1990.

“I really didn't volunteer, I was approached by Gary Fisk, the cable coordinator at the time, probably because I was yelling a lot from the sidelines at the games,” Ray says with a warm chuckle. Since then his involvement has expanded to include play by play for Watertown High School football and basketball.

Ray’s commitment to public access television goes farther than calling sports.  He is also secretary of the Watertown Cable Board and promotes the station whenever he can. “Watertown TV is an important asset for our community, it’s a great local resource.”

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Thursday, October 08, 2015 04:44 PM

FESTIVAL!

Kids can celebrate with the TV show FESTIVAL! all year long in River Falls


As summer wanes and the carnivals shutter one by one, there is one fun spot that continues to attract visitors – especially kids.  FESTIVAL!

The show’s short stories and skits featuring clowns, cartoon characters, puppets and animated objects teach kids about appropriate social behavior year round on the City of River Falls’ community television channel. 

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Monday, June 29, 2015 12:04 PM

2015 Significant Community Program Award honoree
Doing Happiness in Sun Prairie one show at a time

by Jeff Robbins

In April of 2014, I was new to my position as executive director of the Sun Prairie Media Center.  One of my priorities was to broaden the programming appearing on our community access channel to include more people of color and differing abilities.

An Internet search brought up Matt Glowacki’s name and I was immediately intrigued by Matt’s story. Who wouldn’t be? Born with no legs. Runs multiple businesses. Paralympic athlete. Successful motivational speaker. Best of all, he lived in Sun Prairie, so he was definitely ‘local’ enough for local cable access TV.

An initial meeting proved productive. We hit it off. Better still, Matt had ideas. He wanted to adapt for TV his then current series of motivational talks called “Doing Happiness.” He wanted to tell his story but keep the focus on people who were busy “Doing Happiness in Sun Prairie.” 

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 09:40 AM

U.S. Senate legislation provides support for community television

Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced the Community Access Preservation Act (S. 1244) to enhance support for community television on cabl`e systems. 

The bill would have a significant effect on Wisconsin because it would restore the ability of municipalities to assess a PEG fee on cable subscribers to support local programming.  The bill would also enable municipalities to request video providers to list the names of access channels and their program schedules on the electronic program guide. This would make a huge difference to local channels, enabling viewers to see access channel schedules as they see the schedules of other channels and record programs for later viewing.  Only a few channels across the state are now listed in the EPG. Talking points.

 
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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 09:39 AM

Wisconsin Rapids Solarus subscribers can now watch local shows in HD

In May, Solarus began cablecasting the River Cities Community Access Media channel 3 in HD on its system.  HDTV provides picture quality that is substantially better than that of standard definition television. 

Solarus is the only video provider in the state to cablecast access channels in HD, although nearly all local media centers produce programming in the higher quality format.  “We want to express our sincere appreciation to Solarus for continuing to advance the quality of its communications services, which enables RCCA Media to enhance the viewing experience of its customers,” said Tom Loucks, Media Coordinator of RCCA Media.

Charter carries the same channel in SD on channel 985. Everyone can also watch RCCA programming on-demand online at rccamedia.org. 

 
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