Look in your 'Updates' or spam folders for those SOTA ballots!

RVTV Bulletin

Monday, February 26, 2018


Pictured: RVTV Mentor David Bruce at the rehearsal for last year's Southern Oregon Television Awards. Photo by Charles Douglas.

Thanks to the generosity of your fellow producers and other volunteers on the Public Access Advisory Council's Events & Fundraising Committee, the Southern Oregon Television Awards are back in 2018!

For the SOTAs this year, the categories for the program awards have been standardized to match our longstanding Programming Blocs (see image), new categories in Narrative & Documentary Film have been added, and new individual awards include Best Volunteer, Best Director and Best New Producer.

Longtime producer Denise Ross and up-and-coming new producer Bob Narron have steped forward to co-direct the live broadcast, which will occur at the Digital Media Center on Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. Thanks to a generous local benefactor, the event will be free of charge and refreshments will be provided at a 6 p.m. reception in the DMC Classroom.

You should have already received your SOTA ballots! These were sent out on February 16 via a pair of e-mails via SurveyMonkey. The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, February 28 at 1 p.m. so return yours immediately! GMail users are advised to check their 'Updates' mail tab.



Workshops in On-Set Networking and Green Screen were teased at our most recent studio producer's meeting, but with the proviso that these would not be held this next term without a sufficiently enrolled Intermediate Directing offering, as it takes completion of this pair of workshops to serve as the prerequisite for more advanced offerings -- in other words, we need a pool of Intermediate producers to make it possible to fill these other classes!

So...enroll in Intermediate Directing today by contacting Charles at and get set for these *new dates* in April:

Monday, April 2, 6-8pm - Production Design
Tuesday, April 3, 6-8pm - Production Process

Again, this two part workshop series is designed as the immediate follow-up to our basic Studio Certification process, not only for those producers who also wish to Direct, but for any producer who wants to up their game and learn advanced techniques to 'win the game before ever stepping onto the field.'

Production Design covers topics such as: Team building, coordination, pre-production elements, art direction, set design, plan for sound, plan for graphics, music selection. “The accompaniment parts.” Good practices. Planning to tell the story visually & with audio. Packaging and wrapping. Crew communication. Art & Sets, Camera & lights, Sound & Music, and Fonts/Colors/Graphics all coordinated.

Production Process covers topics such as: Developing the plan with your team, clear communication, shot progression, keeping it dynamic, moving the camera, where you would move it and why. Intercutting and transitions, using the rules to maximum effect. Speed & pacing, anticipating the conversation, increasing your rate of cutting. Talking fast & multitasking. Communicating with your on-set crew, differentiating this from communicating with your control room crew. Comparison of coordinated elements in action vs. divergent elements.

These intermediate workshops are team-taught by DMC Manager Brandon Givens (an exerpienced director of local newscasts for nearly a decade) along with Charles Douglas, and cost $35 each, $70 total -- and RVTV Staff is willing to work out a payment plan to make sure studio producers have access to this advanced training -- just call Charles at (541) 552-6898 to work out the details.


Lastly -- we know it's been a while since you received this Bulletin! We hope you will engage with the revised content we've included here, so click on the links, ask questions and, if you feel so encouraged, write something to your fellow producers! We welcome the use of this space to help you build capacity for your field productions, to recruit studio crewmembers or to help further our offerings to build non-commercial media here in Southern Oregon.

If you use this Bulletin, we'll make them more often.

- Charles


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.



LIVE: 6:30-7:30


Power Encounter
Producer: Cyndi Biondi
Director: Dale Grimes
Technical Director: Linda Addington
Graphics Manager: Michelle Millette
Audio Engineer: Keith Millette
Floor Manager: Angie Mellum
Camera Operator: TBA



Ramping Up Your English
Producer: John Letz
Director: Denise Ross
Graphics Manager: Bob Narron
Lighting Designer: TBA
Script Supervisor: TBA
Audio Engineer: Gary Mark Roberts
Floor Manager: Joseph Kauth
Camera Operator: TBA



Passing Through
Producer: Lynne Likens
Director: Wanda Borland
Graphics Manager: Bob Narron
Lighting Designer: TBA
Audio Engineer: John Letz
Floor Manager: TBA
Camera Operator: TBA



Life Passages
Producer: Nancy Bloom
Director: Wanda Borland
Graphics Manager: John Letz
Lighting Designer: TBA
Audio Engineer: TBA
Floor Manager: Michael D. Fox
Camera Operator: TBA



Partner with our social media pages on both Facebook and Twitter by liking and following us! Increase your audience by inviting our social media team to your show to get photos of your production and broadcast them online!

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!
Our weekly equipment checkout time is on 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 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 Josh.

We also encourage you to provide feedback if there's equipment you think we should have in stock -- please let David Nienow of the Public Access Advisory Council know about your Wish List items!

Studio Production Times
for Winter Quarter 2018

Pictured: RVTV Public Access producer Mark Stein manages the floor during the Southern Oregon Television Awards in February, with camera operator Patrick McNulty crewing in the background. Photo by Christopher Wikel.

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. Only one unexcused cancellation per quarter!
Fri. Mar. 9


SOTA Rehearsal
Sat. Mar. 10
   7pm-9pm LIVE


SOTA Final Rehearsal
2018 Southern Oregon Television Awards

Fri. Mar. 16
& Sat. Mar. 17

(ACM Western Regional Conference)

Fri. Mar. 23
(LIVE at 6:30)


Cyndi Biondi - Power Encounter

Sat. Mar. 24



John Letz - Adventures In Education
Gary Mark Roberts - In Their Words
David Nienow - Rogue Artisans & Crafters

Fri. Mar. 30
(LIVE at 6:30)


Alex McGlasson - Public Access News

Sat. Mar. 31



Meadowsweet Levi - SEEDS
Cassandra Wass - Gems of the Rogue Valley
George Cerneskie - Uncle Joe's RV Park


The next RVTV Studio Producers Quarterly Meeting takes place on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the DMC Classroom, where we will bid out studio production timeslots for Spring Quarter of 2018.


Due to limited staffing at the DMC, we are asking producers to submit their field productions, promos and any other programs to Charles, Josh or Chris during these hours:
Tuesdays 3:30-6:30pm
Fridays 4-6pm
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.  
Call or e-mail in advance to make an appointment.
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 you're able to use the Public Access Edit Lab any time of day that the lights are on at the DMC.
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