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RVTV Newsletter

Wednesday, January 21, 2014

Pictured: Scenes from "Martin Luther King Day Celebration: January 19, 2015" broadcast live on RVTV from the Historic Ashland Armory.
Produced & Directed by Paul Collins.

 

Coming Together In 2015

As your faithful newsletter author completes a second full year here at Rogue Valley Community Television, it's humbling to look back at these remarkable years of rebirth and ramping up of efforts by an entire community of producers who have come together to revitalize independent digital media here in Southern Oregon.

We now have a fully-scheduled 24/7 cablecast and stream of predominantly local series and stand-alone shows from every corner of the Rogue Valley. Beyond mere hours of TV time, our Programming Bloc system has brought coherence and reliability to viewers who know that they'll be seeing Arts & Culture on Tuesday evenings, Education programming on weekday mornings, News & Politics in the afternoons and our increasingly impressive student film efforts on SOUP TV over 20 hours a week.

The Public Access Archive has become a vital companion to our live cable & streaming channels, with 71,208 views & downloads of 888 locally produced shows in 2013-14 (and our friends at Archive.org are rolling out a snazzy 'beta' version of our collection for us to preview). Our incoming generation of cord-cutters can still access hyper-local information, inspiration and culture that they're just not going to find with the usual suspects, so long as content creators take on the crucial task of being their own best outreach team.

Our producers have access to an impressive array of studio and field equipment, and they are well-represented by a 
Public Access Advisory Board which is working to protect their rights to film on the streets of Ashland just as much as it labors to raise the funds needed to obtain improved media gear. (Incidentally, the PAAB will be considering the final draft of a new Community Access Policy this week if you'd still like to get your comment in.)

My request to producers in this new year, especially the ones we haven't seen around the DMC in a while, is to renew your spirit in the community we're building every day here at RVTV -- pitch in and help out on somebody else's studio show, offer to lend a hand the next time you read or hear about a production out in the field, or just follow through and edit that next episode you've had 'in the can' for far too long.

If you need help on any of the above, let us know -- we're offering advanced workshops precisely because it's producers who let us know, over and over, that they want to learn more about green screen use, graphic design or wiring up that laptop & display. These are advanced skills that working professionals want to hand you the keys to -- the decision is yours to follow through.

- Charles

Speaking Of Following Through...


Pictured: A production still from "Wingbabe" produced and directed by Michelle Branch in the RVTV studio.

Remember all those cancellations last October & November? Well they did have a consequence -- as the studio times offered by RVTV are entirely dependent on the reliable demand offered by studio producers, we had no choice but to trim off the 3-6pm timeslot on Saturdays, which brought down the number of timeslots offered in Winter Quarter to match the number actually consumed by producers in the Fall.

RVTV Staff have heard several appeals to this determination by producers, however, and we're willing to reach a new understanding, so long as producers are aware that multiple cancellations do impact station operations and our ability to keep the volunteer team together.

THE OFFER: If RVTV staff receive at least EIGHT (8) bids to utilize studio production timeslots by studio certified producers who PROMISE to follow through and make their programs during these times, we will restore the 3-6pm studio production time for the remainder of Winter Quarter. These timeslots will only be deployed if we get a sufficient number of bids, and will only be offered on a first come, first served basis.


Care to put your chips down? Contact Charles at (541) 552-6898 or douglasc@sou.edu to make your bid. Remember, no folding!
 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE NOTES


Our normal weekly equipment checkout time is MOVING starting Feb. 3 to Tuesdays between 3:30-6:30 p.m. Producers are highly encouraged to reserve the equipment they need IN ADVANCE. To do so, please e-mail Charles Douglas at douglasc@sou.edu or call (541) 552-6898. Please turn in equipment during this time and notify us in advance of any time conflicts – do NOT leave equipment at the front desk, the back counter, or with anyone other than Charles, Brandon or Alexander.


Pictured: RVTV Public Access producer Rik Burns gets a shot of touring band 'RGB' in the RVTV Studio, with Gary Mark Roberts crewing in the background.
Photo by Charles Douglas.

 

THIS WEEKPRODUCTIONS

   

Saturday
1/24/15
9AM-12PM






 

Anything Goes
Producer: Gary Mark Roberts
Director: Gary Mark Roberts
Technical Director: Wanda Borland
Graphics Manager: John Letz
Floor Manager: Rik Burns

Audio Engineer: David Wilson
Camera Operator: Kayla Elrod
Camera Operator: TBA
 

Saturday
1/24/15
12PM-3PM





 

Passion
Producer: Britt Ivy
Director: Bob Schropp
Technical Director: TBA
Graphics Manager: TBA
Floor Manager: John Letz

Audio Engineer: David Wilson
Camera Operator: Joseph Kauth
 
   

 

Studio Production Times
for Winter Quarter 2015



REMINDER: All cancellations must be made with 7 (seven) days notice, at the peril of losing all production timeslots for this quarter and the next. Yes, we really mean it -- no exceptions aside from documented death in the family, serious illness or other actual emergency. A guest cancellation is not a valid reason -- have a Plan B in place! Cancellations must be made in e-mail format and followed up for confirmation with RVTV staff.
 
Fri. Jan. 30
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Rik Burns - Dialogues With Dad

 
Sat. Jan. 31
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

 

Therese Swenson - Tough Times
Nancy Bloom - Life Passages
 
Fri. Feb. 6
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Sean Gordon - Food Freedom

 
Sat. Feb. 7
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

 

John Letz - Ramping Up Your English
Rik Burns - Media Bluntz
 
Sat. Feb. 14
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

 

Craig Comstock - Like, Wow!
Britt Ivy - Passion
 
Fri. Feb. 20
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Michael Rhoades - Dr. Mike

 
Sat. Feb. 21
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

 

John Letz - Adventures In Education
Wanda Borland - In Their Words
 
Sat. Feb. 28
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

 

Britt Ivy - Passion
Bob Ayres - Worth Fighting For
 
Sat. Mar. 7
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

 

Wanda Borland - Southern Oregon Head Start
Rik Burns - Media Bluntz
 
Sat. Mar. 14
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

 

Craig Comstock - Like, Wow!
Therese Swenson - Tough Times
 
Fri. Mar. 20
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Michael Rhoades - Dr. Mike

 
Sat. Mar. 21
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

 

John Letz - Adventures In Education
Britt Ivy - Passion
 
Fri. Mar. 27
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Rik Burns - Dialogues With Dad

 
Sat. Mar. 28
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm

 

Wanda Borland - Cooking With Kumud
Nancy Bloom - Life Passages
 


The next RVTV Studio Producers Quarterly Meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 4th at 7 p.m. at the DMC Classroom, where we will bid out studio production timeslots for April, May & June.

COMMUNITY REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEER PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE


Mardi Mastain writes:

"Camera people and editor needed.

Merry has written a song to inspire women to get tested for ovarian cancer. Her hair is coming out after chemo and will have a 'Shave It Off' gathering this Sunday, January 25 at 10:30 a.m. at her home in Ashland.

Three people are needed for this production: Two on camera and one to edit the production for media post. The song is prerecorded and will be played while her head is being shaved.

Filming time will be one hour maximum.

Please contact Mardi at (541) 261-3000 if you are available."

STUDIO HIGHLIGHT

Above, Passion host Britt Ivy speaks live (via the magic of Skype) with her guests in Australia, Kim & Steve Cooper regarding the importance of commitment in marriages.

If you would like to learn how to incorporate the On-Set Display and the use of our Studio Laptop for Live Remote Interviews (with either Skype or Google Hangout), sign up for the pair of RVTV On-Set Networking Advanced Workshops!
 

Passion: The Love Safety Net, Part 1
Passion: The Love Safety Net, Part 2

A REMINDER ON PROGRAMMING SUBMISSION HOURS



Due to staffing issues at the DMC, we are asking producers to submit their field productions, promos and any other programs to Brandon or Charles during these particular hours:

Tuesdays 3:30-6:30pm
Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm
Fridays 5-8pm
Saturdays 9am-6pm


(PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES)


This also applies to “walk-in consultations” – while we want to be open to inquires at all hours, the realities of limited staffing hours and increased operational demands make this a regrettable, but necessary request. If at all possible, make it a habit to call or preferably e-mail in advance to make an appointment. This will make for more efficient and successful outcomes for all concerned.

Please note that these program submission hours do not apply to any special appointments you’ve set up with RVTV staff – another incentive for pre-planned meetings – and your reservations to use the Public Access Edit Lab can be accomplished during any time of day that the lights are on at the DMC.

FIELD HIGHLIGHT

Above, local rock 'n roll band 100 Watt Mind plays in their first music video "Bad Intention" -- their latest album 'Creatures' was released this month.

Filmed in the hills above Ashland, SOU grad and RVTV producer Ron Huffstutter produced this video with cinematography by Mo Sultan.
 

Tunnel 13 Films: 100 Watt Mind - "Bad Intention"

SUBMIT PROGRAMS DIGITALLY!


Save money save the environment! Quit using plastic DVDs and get a re-usable thumbdrive to give us your program. You won’t have to pay for submitting local programs (a charge still applied on imports) and we’ll off-load your programs while you wait. It’s good for the Earth and good for your pocketbook, as well as saving RVTV staff a significant amount of time spent ripping DVDs.

HAVE YOU LIKED US YET? OR FOLLOWED US?


We’re just going to keep belaboring the point: Social media tools are a key way for you to get the word out about YOUR programs to build YOUR audience on the Internet, which is quickly becoming the most important mass media platform in the world.

facebook.com/
RogueValleyCommunityTelevision


twitter.com/
RogueValleyTV


Those are our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please, ‘like’ in the former case and ‘follow’ in the later one. If you don’t have accounts on either or both, take five minutes each and set them up; you don’t have to give out personal information if you don’t want to in the process.

We’re counting on you to help us get the word out about your programs!
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