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RVTV  Newsletter

Friday, May 16, 2014

It's been a time of massive changes for all of us in the local cable TV field.

As those of you who aren't either on the Ashland Home Net cable system or on Internet viewing streams have noticed, we've had a big channel line-up shift on the local Charter Cable feeds.

For Charter customers in Jackson County, our Public Access Channel has moved from 15 to 182 (alongside Channel 9 moving to 180 and Channel 14 moving to 181).

Public Access is also on Channel 182 now in Josephine County, alongside Grants Pass Government Access' move from 21 to 183.

There is some degree of improved reception with this new digital cable feed of the channels; the flip side is that Charter customers have to pay for these boxes (immediately for more than one at home, and for every digital receiver after an initial period). An additional point of potential confusion is we now have different cable channel numbers between the two cable systems.

RVTV Staff is looking for ways to inform local viewers about our respective channels and potentially re-envision how they are promoted. We welcome your feedback as content providers for our community access program; we also continue to encourage producers of ongoing series to make promos letting viewers know when to tune in -- and include both channel numbers (15 on Ashland Home Net, 182 on Charter Cable) in your spot if possible!

A New Season Of Workshops!


Those of you around the DMC in May can see the filled-to-near-capacity introductory workshops in full swing for both Studio Production and Field Production (with RVTV Mentor David Bruce pictured above teaching the later).

This has been both a blessing for studio producers who've had all the help they need with their ongoing productions, and a challenge coming up for current field producers as much of our check-out equipment will be tied up in June -- our new Field Producers will be filming their Public Service Announcements and short films through June 21!

For those completing both tracks of basic study, RVTV Staff are preparing follow-up workshops to allow these producers the chance to deepen their studies (not to mention providing the same opportunity to long-time producers looking to sharpen their skills).

INTERMEDIATE DIRECTING - June 3 & 10, 6-8 p.m.

Designed to be the 'next step' after Basic Studio Production, this pair of workshops consist of Production Design followed by Production Process, and are team-taught by RVTV production coordinator Brandon Givens and studio certification instructor Charles Douglas.

In these workshops you’ll get tips on how to coordinate your sound, graphic and music elements, develop more dynamic shot progressions and camera movements and improve communications between your team. Take your studio show to the next level and learn about the tricks the pros use to get ‘that look’ you’ve been looking to emulate.

Completion of Intermediate Directing is the pre-requisite to take the Advanced Workshop series (including On-Set Networking, Green Screen Dynamics, etc.). Please drop a line to Charles at or call (541) 552-6898 to get your space reserved.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS - Coming in July...

Introduced for the first time last winter, The Creative Process is a three-part series to help producers develop their documentary or short story with the intent of turning their concept into a video. While completion of the basic Field Production Certification series is recommended, The Creative Process is open to any resident of Southern Oregon – though space is limited to ten participants.

Just as with our Field course, RVTV Mentor David Bruce is presenting this series as his gift to the artists and filmmakers of the Rogue Valley. Participants will be aiming for the development of a literary script, storyboard or shooting script for use in their upcoming video project.

We are polling the producer community to determine which days & times work best to maximize your participation. If you are looking to sign up, please let Charles know at or (541) 552-6898 and you will be included in the on-line poll to determine the upcoming three-workshop schedule.


Our normal weekly equipment checkout time is on Wednesday 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 or call (541) 552-6892Please 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 or Brandon.

Pictured: Robbie DaCosta in the RVTV studio.
Photo by Charles Douglas.



LIVE AT 6:30


Dr. Mike
Producer: Michael Rhoades
Director: Wanda Borland
Graphics Manager: Rik Burns
Audio Engineer: Ginny Auer
Floor Manager: Vanessa Hopkins
Camera Operator: Timothy Kohn
Camera Operator: TBA



Adventures In Education
Producer: John Letz
Director: Wanda Borland
Technical Director: Rik Burns
Graphics Manager: David Wilson
Audio Engineer: Gokul Gokani
Set Designer: TBA
Floor Manager: Ginny Auer
Camera Operator: Kumud Gokani



After Hours w/Robbie DaCosta
Producer: David Wilson
Director: David Wilson
Technical Director: Bob Ayres
Audio Engineer: Rik Burns
Set Designer: John Letz
Floor Manager: Vanessa Hopkins
Camera Operator: Joseph Kauth
Camera Operator: TBA




Tough Times
Producer: Therese Swenson
Director: Wanda Borland
Graphics Manager: John Letz
Set Designer: David Wilson
Audio Engineer: Bob Ayres
Floor Manager: Rik Burns

Studio Production Times
for Spring Quarter 2014

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. Cancellations must be made in e-mail format and followed up for confirmation with RVTV staff.
Sat. May 24


Gokul Gokani - Art & Awareness Of Happy Health
Sat. May 31


Gokul Gokani - Meditation, The Art Of Loving
David Wilson - After Hours w/Robbie DaCosta
Wanda Borland - Animals Matter
Fri. June 6

Jason Houk - On The Media
Sat. June 7


John Letz - Adventures In Education
Britt Ivy - Passion
Craig Comstock - Like, Wow!
Sat. June 14
Fri. June 20

Michael Rhoades - Dr. Mike
Sat. June 21


Denise Ross - Grow Your Small Business
Michael Ball - Southern Oregon Music
Peggy Siders - Southern Oregon Music
Sat. June 28


Chris Brass - The Bible Today
Kumud Gokani - Art & Awareness Of Happy Health
Britt Ivy - Passion



We have two studio timeslots opened up on Saturday, May 24th -- from 9am to Noon and from 3pm-6pm.

Any studio-certified producer is eligible to bid for these times, first come, first served. We only ask that you follow through on producing your program if you reserve this time!

Drop Charles a line at if you're interested.

Above, Emma Robinson joins RVTV studio producer Kumud Gokani on her latest filming of 'Cooking With Kumud' on May 10th. Below, John Letz takes the Director's chair for the first time, serving alongside RVTV studio crewmembers David Wilson and Gokul Gokani


A new feature of this newsletter highlighting a recent public access production of note...

...this week's show:
'Perspectives On Wall Street & Activism'

Hosted and produced by Urban Kohler, the hard-hitting political analysis series returns for a new season, featuring a new look, a new co-host (historian Dr. Gerry Cavanaugh) and a renewed focus on hot-button issues.

Sharing her experiences as a courtroom artistic witness during the Pvt. Chelsea Manning trial which received international news coverage, Debra Van Poolen visited the Rogue Valley to share her take on the state of justice in America, the crackdown on the Occupy movement and the challenge to peace in Palestine.

These programs can be seen on RVTV Channel 15 at various times during the 'News and Politics' programming bloc; they're also available on-demand via our Public Access Archive:


Perspectives On Wall Street & Activism: Art & Activism, Part 1

Perspectives On Wall Street & Activism: Art & Activism, Part 2

Parking Problems Resolved!

The recurring nightmare of parking scarcity around the DMC has been addressed, thanks to the work of DMC Production Manager Brandon Givens in negotiating a solution with Campus Public Safety.

We now have TWELVE (12) guest passes for volunteers and guests who are visiting the Digital Media Center in association with a studio production or a public access workshop. As of this Friday, they can be signed out by Brandon, Joe or Charles, and will be good for parking in any appropriate space in the vicinity of the DMC.

Please note that the yellow spaces, which are available all day Saturday and Sunday, do not require these passes. But if you wish to use a Red or Green space in front of the DMC, in the gravel lot next to the McNair athletic facility or in the parking lot across the street, you may check out a DMC Guest Pass to do so.

DMC Guest Passes may NOT be used to park in a timed 15 or 30 minute space in front of the DMC. Also, under no circumstances may DMC guests park in the designated 'bus parking' area across the back alley behind the DMC, in the unpaved lot at the top of Stadium Street near Ashland St., nor in the Head Start parking area on Webster St. near Walker Ave.

To check out a DMC Guest Pass, you will be required to sign them out with RVTV Staff only (not a student worker or another producer), during which time you must temporarily surrender your driver's license (to prevent loss of the parking passes). Please also remember to bring your license plate number so that we can verify with Campus Public Safety which vehicles were covered with the Guest Pass during our open 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 3:30-5:30pm
Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm
Fridays 5-8pm
Saturdays 9am-6pm

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 hopefully 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.


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.


Due to budgetary issues (which are beyond our immediate control), RVTV must announce with immediate effect that we will not supply either SD cards for our Panasonic HD cameras or mini-DV tapes for our Canon Vixia HD cameras & our other standard definition cameras.

SD Cards are available at the SOU Bookstore as well as at many reputable vendors in local storefronts as well as at Internet-based outlets. Tapes are not available at the Bookstore but are also available at a variety of brick-and-mortar and virtual stores.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes…but on the bright side, this means you can retain your own recording media for future use!


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.

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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