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Annual Meeting, Awards, & Election

Wed, 06/05/2024 - 15:40 -- Anonymous (not verified)


Our Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, June 27th. There will be an open house from 6-6:30, with the business meeting starting at 6:30. It will take place in the studio, with a remote option via Zoom. The agenda is posted HERE.

The event is open to the public and will include our annual producer awards, our "State of the Station" annual re-cap, the Board election, and an update on our building plans. Light refreshments will be provided.

The official agenda will be posted here as soon as it's available. Come one & all, but due to limited space, please RSVP by sending us an email or call the station at 228-8808.

Call for Nominations to Our Board of Directors

Mon, 04/22/2024 - 13:49 -- Patrick

 

Are you interested in community media? Would you like to be involved in the next chapter of growth of Okemo Valley TV?

Consider running for our Board of Directors. Or you can nominate someone who you feel would be a good fit.  Check out the Board page for more info. and background about the Board of Directors. Let us know by pcodyatokemovalley.tv (subject: Board%20Nomination) (sending an email )or calling the station at 222-8808.

The deadline for nominations is Thursday June 20th/. The election will be held during the Annual Meeting which will be on Thursday June 27th - there will be an open house starting at 6pm with the meeting to follow at 6:30. Voting will be by electronic ballot (or paper ballot by request),  which will be available starting June 21st.

Support Okemo Valley TV

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 18:45 -- Patrick

We are undergoing our annual membership drive. This is the time to show your support for all of the local programming that Okemo Valley TV provides across our TV channels & digital platforms, and all of the free & low-cost media resources we provide to community members, such as:
  • Training workshops and individualized trainings
  • on loan equipment
  • consultation on media projects
  • access to performance & recording studio
  • access to professional audio & video recording & editing equipment

    Please consider becoming a member or renewing your membership:

  • Citizens to Deliver the Constitution on TV

    Sat, 11/02/2019 - 11:51 -- Patrick

    A small group of local residents are inviting fellow citizens into our studio to read the Constitution. This project will result in a compilation of readings- each person will read a section- which will then be televised and streamed online. Copies of the Constitution are available - thanks to Representative Peter Welch’s office- here at the station.

    To arrange a time to record, please contact us here at the station by calling 228-8808 or emailing Patrick. People of all ages are encouraged to participate. The station is handicapped accessible.

    We will will handle all of the technical aspects of the production, including cameras, sound light, graphics and a teleprompter, which will be set up for readers' convenience.

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    Read more news here.

    Community Radio "Listening Session" Set for May 8th

    Fri, 05/03/2024 - 16:42 -- Patrick


    As we noted here recently, we have received a permit from the Federal communications Commission (FCC) for a Low Power FM (LPFM) community radio station. We applied for this very rare opportunity after receiving a positive response to a survey that we put out back in the Fall. Now that we have the permit, we have the "green light" to start getting organized. We invite all community members who have an interest in community radio to get involved.
    As a first step, we are holding a "listening session" on Wednesday May 8th from 6 - 7:30. It will be held in the studio here at Okemo Valley TV, with a remote option via Zoom.

    This is an oppiortunity for our Board of Directors to hear from those interested about what they would like to get out of having a community radio station and what they might be willing to do to help make it all happen. The future station will very much be a community & volunteer supported endeavor. We'll have some refreshments on hand to aid in the discussion.

    Please RSVP if you would like to attend in person by sending us an email or calling the station at 228-8808. And for those wishing to join remotely via Zoom, please register here:
    REGISTER FOR ZOOM ACCESS

    You can find more information related to the radio license & permitting on our News page.

    Call for Nominations...

    Mon, 04/22/2024 - 12:44 -- Patrick

    We are calling out for nominations to our Board of Directors. This year, we have 2 seats up for election, to be held during the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 20th. This year, there are 2 seats to be elected to the 9-member Board.

    Do you have an interest in helping grow public and community-based media? And do you live in one of the Towns in our designated service area (Andover, Cavendish, Ludlow, Mount Holly, Plymouth, or Reading)? If you answer "yes" to both of these, might you be interested in serving on our Board? Or do you know someone else who be a good fit? We want to hear from you. Check out this page for more information and get in touch by pcodyatokemovalley.tv (subject: Board%20Nomination) (sending an email) or calling Patrick at 228-8808. 

    Nominations must be received by Tuesday, June 13th.

    Community Radio Permit Granted!

    Mon, 03/18/2024 - 12:26 -- Patrick


    We recently received notice from the Federal Communications Commission that our application to build a Low Power FM community radio station was granted! This will take some time to put together and get off of the ground. For starters, we are putting together a group of interested community members who want to help bring community radio to our area.

    Thanks to all of the respondents to the survey we put out back in the Fall, we have a growing list of people. How about you? If you would like to be added to the list, let us know by sending us an email ! The more, the merrier.

    This is one of many new & exciting things happening at Okemo Valley TV. Our Board of Directors is currently engaged in a strategic planning process to map out the next 5 years, with all of this in mind. Be on the lookout this Spring for a notification about a community radio "listening session", which will be an opportunity for our Board to collect input & hear from those who want community radio.

    For those interested in viewing the approved application, that is publicly available on the FCC's website here .


    Town Meeting Coverage

    Fri, 03/01/2024 - 23:43 -- Patrick

    It’s Town Meeting time! The annual Town Meeting Day happening Statewide on Tuesday, March 5th. Each Town in our coverage area is holding an informational meeting ahead of the Town Meeting Day vote. We will have boots on the ground to provide coverage. If you can’t make it to your town meeting in person and want to tune in before going to vote on Tuesday, we have you covered! Want to know when your meeting is playing?

    Check out the playback guide here to find out which meetings will be playing when and where!

    All of the Town & School Board Info Meetings will be posted here on the website as well, for viewing on demand.

    FCC Application- Low Power FM Community Radio

    Sun, 01/28/2024 - 12:14 -- Patrick

    In December, we submitted an application for a Low Power FM community radio license during the rare filing window offered by the FCC (it was the 3rd such opportunity since the turn of the Century). We did this after receiving favorable responses to our poll, asking if this is something community members wanted. Noting that there are no other applicants in the area nor interfering FM frequencies, the FCC listed our application as a "Singleton", which means it is on a fast track for approval! We should know shortly whether or not it is officially approved. If so, we will have three years to get a low power FM radio station on the air (with the community's help!). See the official notice below.


    On December 15, 2023, Okemo Valley TV, applicant for a new LPFM station at 104.7 FM in Ludlow, Vermont, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for a new Low Power FM Station Construction Permit. Members of the public wishing to view this application or obtain information about how to file comments and petitions on the application can visit the Application on the FCC's website at HERE or by going to the facility search page on the FCC's website and searching there:
    https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/public/tv/publicFacilitySearch.html .

    A Look Back at 2023...

    Sun, 12/31/2023 - 19:44 -- Patrick

     

    To end 2023 on a positive note, here's a cause for celebration as we look back at some of the "wins" for the year:

  • In FY2023 (fiscal year-ending June 30, 2023), we saw a 30% increase in the volume of local shows over the previous year!
  • During FY2023, there was a total of 1,221 new original shows! 943 of them were produced right here in our local area- the vast majority of this programming was created using our services!! That’s more than 18 LOCAL shows per week!!!
  • The new (free to download) Okemo Valley TV app was launched across all of the most popular streaming platforms (Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Google Play, & iOS), making our live TV channels and video-on-demand even more available. SEE the “Ways to Watch” graphic below for more info!
  • Thanks to Will Harris, who retired from his position in December- he had been scheduling the TV channels for the past 2 years.
  • In 2023, we provided “gavel-to-gavel” coverage of more than 200 local government meetings- including Selectboards, Planning Commissions, & school boards!
  • We assisted the Towns of Plymouth & Mount Holly with the installation of new AV systems in their Town Offices to support the recording, live streaming, & broadcasting of hybrid meetings.
  • We further developed the partnership with our neighboring colleagues at SAPA-TV (Springfield Area Public Access), aka our "sister station".
  • Thank you to all who have supported our efforts, including our individual members, and our local business underwriters: HWC Financial, VT Properties / William Raevis Real Estate, Open Door Vacation Rentals,  Mountain View Law (formerly Marylou Scofield, Esq.), & VTel.
  • Thank you to the Towns of Ludlow, Cavendish, Plymouth, Mount Holly, & Andover for supporting Okemo Valley TV through annual appropriations. 
  • Thanks also to Governor Scott's Administration and to the State legislature for supporting community access media through the $1m statewide appropriation made to Vermont Access Network (our membership organization, through which all 24 of us community TV stations in VT are affiliated).

    We look forward of what's to come in 2024!
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