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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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Going Live (Two at a Time)

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 23:46 -- Patrick


As we've been reporting (and as some as you may have been noticing) we have been doing more & more with live broadcasting & streaming. So far, this has mostly been with government meetings, high school sports, and some other community events. And now, for the first time ever, we're producing two live broadcasts and live streams at once. On Monday, April 12th, we are providing the following live coverage:

Ludlow Development Review Board at 6pm - televising live on the Education / Government channel & live streaming on our You Tube channel

* This is the regular monthly meeting, for which we provide "gavel-top-gavel" coverage. It is being held remotely, by video conference, and includes the hearing on the planned substance use treatment facility from Divided Sky Foundation

Plymouth Town Meeting at 7pm- televising on the Community Access channel & live streaming on our You Tube channel


* this is the annual Town Meeting, which was postponed from March. It is being held in a"hybrid" format (part in-person / part remote, over video conference), and we will be handling all of the media & tech services

Seasonal Photos Wanted

Mon, 03/29/2021 - 19:16 -- Patrick

We asked, and several of you abided. We received some great local & seasonal photographs (as well as video clips). You, too, can send us your seasonal photos & clips from around the region, and we will put them to use  - whether on the community calendar / TV bulletin board, here on the website, on social media, or even in video programming. You will receive photo credit for anything you send us. Simply send your work along in an email.  Here is a montage of some recent submissions featuring local seasonal scenes. Thank you to the following photographers: (clockwise, starting from upper left): George Thomson, Stefan Beaumont, Kathy Ehlers (x2), & Julianna Harris. 

 

Playoffs & Live Streaming

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 23:27 -- Patrick

We've been covering Green Mountain Union High School basketball this season. We are live streaming the games on our You Tube channel. Some of the games are being broadcast live (including THIS Saturday's boys' playoff game at 2PM on our Community channel) , and all of the games are archived for viewing, here on the website. Playoffs started this week. Thanks to Norm Merrill for running the camera for each game, which frees us up to focus on the various technical components of the live streaming & broadcasts. And thanks to our newest staff member, Sarah Devereux, for being there to help with this effort. 

And speaking of streaming.. thanks to a recent major upgrade from VTel, we now have lighting-fast internet, capable of supporting all of that.....you guessed it, streaming. More to come in that department. Stay tuned! In the meantime, have an event that you want to live broadcast and/or stream, or an idea for another show? Get in touch!

Town Meeting Coverage

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 11:11 -- Patrick

  

It's been an unusual year, to say the least, and Town Meeting is par for the course. Some Towns are holding their informational meetings entirely remotely, while others are offering a "hybrid" format. We have and/or will be covering the Town informational meetings for Ludlow, Cavendish, Andover, Mount Holly, and Plymouth. 

We also have the school annual informational meetings for the Green Mountain, Ludlow-Mount Holly, Mill River Unified School Districts, and River Valley Technical Center, which were each held remotely over the past week. Thanks to our partners at SAPA-TV for providing us with the coverage of the meeting from the technical center. 

All Town and School District meetings can be viewed here on our website and will be televised on our Education / Government channel through Town Meeting Day (Tuesday, March 2nd), with the exception of Plymouth, which will be held on Monday, Arpil 12th. Regularly-scheduled programming will be pre-empted for a steady rotation of Town & School District meetings. Be sure to check our Schedules page to find out which meeting is on when (click on the Education / Government channel link) to check daily schedules. 

 

Green Mountain Basketball is ON!

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 11:45 -- Patrick

With the "green light" given by the State for winter sports competition to resume, we are assisting Green Mountain Union HS with the live streaming & broadcasting of hime basketball games! Thanks to Green Mountain's own Mr. Norm Merrill (who will be operating the camera), Athletic Director Mr. Todd Parah, GM's IT staff, and our video production & streaming equipment, we can bring you this coverage.
All home games will be streamed live on our You Tube channel.

They will then be available for viewing afterward here on our website...and on TV, on the Community Access channel (check the Schedules page to find out when the games are on TV!) Here is the schedule for the regular season.
Feb. 12 @ 6pm & 7:30pm (Girls Varsity / Boys varsity)
Feb. 15 @ 5:30 (Boys JV) & 7pm (Varsity)
Feb. 16 @ 7pm (Boys Varsity)
Feb. 22 @ 7pm (Boys Varsity)
Feb. 23 @ 6pm (Girls Varsity)
March 4 @ 5pm (Girls Varsity)
March 5 @ 5:30pm & 7pm (Boys JV / Varsity)
March 8 @ 7pm (Girls Varsity)
March 12 @ 5:50pm & 7pm (Boys JV /Varsity)

Share Your Snow Fun

Sun, 01/31/2021 - 12:51 -- Patrick

Do you have any photos or (better yet) video clips of snow sport activity? We're looking to expand our catalogue. Send what you have to us...we will edit them into short videos, such as station IDs, and provide proper on-screen credits. You can manageratokemovalley.tv (send an email )or call the station at 228-8808. Here is the latest one- thanks to Rachael Hyjek for submitting the clips!

Special Presentation Jan. 27

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 09:42 -- Patrick

 We are teaming up with Cavendish Historical Society for a virtual presentation from Margo Caulfield on "Epidemics & Pandemics". The presentation will include information from special guests. It will take place Wednesday, January 27 at 7pm over Zoom. The presentation will cover the origins of pandemics/epidemics, their impact on history, including Vermont’s common characteristics, & the lasting changes that have occurred with past events. All are invited to attend. 

If you wish to attend, join here:.
Epidemics / Pandemics Time: Jan 27, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Meeting ID: 814 6583 1270 Passcode: 693327 Or to dial-in by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 Meeting ID: 814 6583 1270 Passcode: 69332 For those who simply wish to view / listen in on the presentation, we are also streaming the presentation live on You Tube. CLICK HERE to go to our You Tube channel .

John Specker Brings the Light

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 18:42 -- Patrick
One of our bright spots over the past year, which has no doubt come with its challenges, is John Specker. He's a local sensation who shares his musical gifts in our studio on the regular. Whether he's playing the fiddle or in this case, the banjo, he delivers with his brand of traditional American folk songs. Here he is with "The Old Bunch of Keys". And, no, that's not a fashion statement- during the pandemic he's been playing masked... leading by example as always. Thanks to you John Specker, for bringing us some light!

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