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Now Streaming Community Channel 24/7

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 10:07 -- Patrick

We are known for our local cable TV channels, but for many years, we have have made local programming available for online viewing as well. Beginning in 2007, we've offered video-on-demand on this very website. And in recent years, we've developed more of an online presence by offering that same programming on our You Tube channel. During the last year, we have added live streaming to our You Tube channel for some programs.. And now, we have made another ibig leap - we have begun streaming the Community Channel 24/7.  (coming soon, we'll also be streaming the Education & Gov't channel as well)

What this means is that the entire channel - the same one that plays on Comcast channel 1076 & VTel channel 166 - is playing online.  

So, do you want to "tune in" but don't have cable TV? Now you can! And you can always get up-to-date schedule information on the channel here, to find out what's playing. 

   Let us know what you think!

In Memoriam...

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 23:37 -- Patrick

We lost a member of our Board of Directors last week. Don Richardson of Mount Holly, who served as Vice President, passed away. Not only was he involved with our organization but also with many others. He gave back through his volunteerism, and his passing leaves a void in the community. 

Prior to the pandemic, Don began to organize recordings of his square dancing group for TV, in collaboration with the Black River Academy Museum.  Unfortunately, as with nearly everything, that was put on hold over the last 15 months. Also, Don was profesionally involved with energy efficiency and weatherization, and as part of his role on our Board,  was serving as a liaison with Efficiency Vermont, so that we could get consultation as we prepare for the next phase of renovations in our facility. In Don's honor, we will see to it that both of these are brought to fruition -  square dancing on TV and maximizing our weatherization potential.

He will be missed.

Call Out for Nominations...

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 23:21 -- Patrick

Our horizons are bright, with a lot of changes coming. It's that time of year again - the call out for nominations to our Board of Directors. This year, we have 4 seats up for election, to be held during the Annual Meeting on June 23rd. 

The station's next chapter will be ripe with new & emerging technology. and strenghtening our regional partnerships to deliver much-needed media resources. Interested? Or do you know someone who might be? Check out this page for more information and get in touch by sending an email or calling Patrick at 228-8808. 

Nominations must be received by June 15th.

Springtime in the Valley...

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 19:26 -- Patrick

The fields are greening up, the buds are popping, & the chicks are growing. Yet we're still doing what we do.

...and just a couple of short weeks ago, we were looking more like this (thanks again to Nick Arduini for another photo of the week!):

Divided Sky Foundation

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 10:22 -- Patrick

On April 12th, the Ludlow Development Review Board held a hearing on the planned substance use disorder treatment center from Divided Sky Foundation. The Foundation, founded by Trey Anastasio, purchased the former Green Mountain at Fox Run property, which would house the center. This is the recording of that hearing, which was held remotely by video conference.

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!

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