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In case SOTA or Studio Timeslots are of interest...

RVTV Bulletin

Friday, January 4, 2019


Pictured: Independent media makers gather at the December 13, 2018 Quarterly Studio Producers Meeting at the RVTV Studio at the Digital Media Center. Photo by Keegan Van Hook.

 

NEW YEAR IS UPON US - IS IT OUR LAST?


FCC fight is on hold for the federal shutdown

It was great speaking with a sizable crowd of local producers at our most recent meeting -- one of our biggest yet -- and it was even better to see so many of you speak out about the aforementioned FCC rule-making proposal which would cripple community access television in communities across the continent.

Our present 'government shutdown' (given in scare quotes as it's an incomplete one, at least until the IRS withholding from our paychecks shuts down) is painful for many, but one unforeseen consequence is that the FCC proceedings have mostly ground to a halt for the moment.

This doesn't mean we advocates for public access media should shutter our efforts; however. Here's what the Alliance for Community Media head Mike Wassenaar had to say most recently:
  • Over 3,400 comments against the FCC.
  • That’s what we saw from local businesses, faith groups, educators, school districts, public safety officials, state governments, local governments, elected officials at every level, and PEG channels across the US in the FCC’s rulemaking on cable franchising (Docket 05-311) as Friday’s reply comment deadline passed. You can sample some of the results on their website.
  • ACM was one of several local government coalitions that put forward legal arguments that the FCC is overstepping its authority when it tries to redefine franchise fees to include so-called “in-kind” support from cable systems (ACM’s reply comments). Your comments helped bolster our arguments about the worth of our work. Thank you!
  • This last week also saw significant support for PEG channels from the US House of Representatives as Rep. Marc Pocan (WI), Elliot Engel (NY), Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa (HI), all sent letters of concern to the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai about the effects and assumptions of the rule-making. Thank you to Jay April, Mary Cardona and Matt Sullivan for reaching out to their House members to ask for support for all of us.
  • While the Reply Comment deadline has passed, there is no deadline for the House to express its concerns about the FCC’s actions. We are asking all ACM members to contact members of the House of Representatives to ask for a similar letter expressing concern. If you need assistance reaching out to your representative, please let me know at mwassenaar@allcommunitymedia.org.
  • I will be working with our coalition partners to arrange meetings with the FCC in the coming days and will keep you posted on our progress fighting the rulemaking.

I hope you will join me in efforts to let our Congressional delegation from Oregon know of our concerns -- and don't forget our City and County representatives as well, as the proposed FCC policy would also undermine their ability to negotiate franchise agreements with these giant cable companies.

Let's not let up for a moment in this fight; I believe it's one we can win.

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SOTA 2019?

The Southern Oregon Television Awards is set for February 23, 2019... or is it?

That's really up to all of you -- SOTA came back in 2017 as a producer-driven recognition event where the entire producer community is included in the awards for the various programming types; while RVTV Staff can offer basic support (like crew the night of the event), the logistics and set-up is really up to the producer community through the committee established by the Public Access Advisory Council.

At the request of the PAAC, the Events Committee is now meeting on Thursday, January 10 at 6pm here at the RVTV Studio.

I was hoping to share a ballot with you early in this new year, but said materials still have to be finalized by the volunteer committee. That, and other logistics for the event, must be decided in the coming days.

Whether SOTA happens for a third year running is really, really up to the folks who show up.

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STUDIO'S GETTING CROWDED!

As noted above, we had quite a dramatic turnout of Studio Certified Producers looking to bid for production times; indeed, we've had a substantial improvement in the full utilization of studio times, thanks in part to the implementation of accountability procedures and tightening-up of the Community Access Policy to make sure that producers have both a Plan A and a Plan B in place for the true and complete use of this precious resource.

I know there were seven producers who wanted to bid for more production times but weren't able to on December 13; I've been made further aware that other producers who weren't in attendance at the meeting were likewise interested (and in a couple of cases, very vocally frustrated at the prospect of not being able to secure studio time).

I hope everyone involved understands that the restrictions in the number of timeslots are a product of limited staffing and the need to reserve weekdays for academic, governmental and professional uses of the Digital Media Center -- and the need to be present at producer meetings to bid for timeslots is a rule RVTV has had for well over a decade. These meetings have been occurring on the same week of the same months for several years now (the next one is on March 14, as we'll be publishing in every single Bulletin leading up to that date).

Given the improved utilization of studio times, I've asked for, and obtained, permission to open two extra weekends in the coming quarter for Public Access studio usage.

This is done with the strictest understanding that these are non-cancellable reservations; furthermore, I would personally ask for the utmost professionalism from producers, directors and crewmembers as these reservations will be with the support of my assistants as I will be out-of-state on both these occasions. Policy violations (also known as "taking advantage of the situation provided by student workers while Charles isn't around to see") will be dealt with harshly.

With all that said, the following studio times are hereby offered on a first-come, first-served basis:

Friday, January 11 - 5-8pm (LIVE at 6:30 p.m.)

Saturday, January 12 - 9am-12pm

Saturday, January 12 - 12pm-3pm

Saturday, January 12 - 3pm-6pm

Friday, February 1 - 5-8pm (LIVE at 6:30 p.m.)

Saturday, February 2 - 9am-12pm

Saturday, February 2 - 12pm-3pm

Saturday, February 2 - 3pm-6pm


One more thing -- your special non-cancellable reservation of one of these studio timeslots MUST be accompanied by a properly completed Production Proposal form. See below for the details.

Here's to a busy winter here at RVTV, with a glorious summer hopefully to come.

- Charles
 
CHECKING OUT EQUIPMENT? RESERVING STUDIO TIMES IN 2019?
FILL OUT PRODUCTION PROPOSAL FORMS IN ADVANCE!


The Production Proposal requirement is to ensure that folks are putting the 'prior proper preparation' necessary to guarantee the highest and best use of our limited studio timeslots and our limited inventory of public access field gear. 

Folks who've been checking out Field gear this fall already know that they have to fill out these forms on-the-spot before they can leave with the equipment.

We passed out blank copies of these forms at our Quarterly Studio Producer Meetings for producers to jot down the basics during the bidding process.

To make this easy on all concerned, we want to offer producers the opportunity to fill out their proposals, in part or in whole, in advance. You can download this form at the following link, and simply e-mail it back to douglasc@sou.edu if you would like to help us make this a paperless process:

http://rvtv.sou.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Production-Proposal-Form-1.0.pdf

You should "right click" on the link and "Save As" to download the form to your computer or mobile device. You can they 'fill out' the form via Adobe Acrobat and then send it back.

RVTV Staff should have already received Production Proposal forms for timeslots reserved in Winter Quarter. Studio production reservations are subject to cancellation without these proposals on file.
 
FIELD PRODUCTION HELP REQUEST

Local activist R.C. Sinnott is still waiting to hear back about this request:

"During our research for our FEC election complaint which we filed last year, we became aware that we did not understand what treason is. We now have a good working knowledge ofTreason as written in our Constitution. What the GOP leadership, the Trump Campaign, and Trump did is defined in Article III, Sec 3 as treason. It is our hope to put out a short clear video by early October that educates our electorate, focuses political will in Washington, and sets in motion the rule of law while letting those who have to enforce the law know that the people have their back.

We are looking for persons and/or a production company to collaborate to put together a 10 minute educational video.

R C Sinnott      
ugc10214@gmail.com / (541) 944-5823"


If you would like your special Field Production assistance request to appear in this Bulletin, please let Charles know and we'll make it happen! Please keep your items to one-paragraph and try to make sure they are of a non-commercial, non-sectarian nature.
MEET OUR NEW PROGRAMMING ASSISTANT 



My name is Keegan Van Hook, the new Programming Assistant here at RVTV.

I’m excited to be working where my efforts can assist with the proliferation of community media and assisting you with whatever I can to make your community content as ready for television as possible. You’ll probably run into me most while checking out equipment or shooting in the studio.

I’m a student here at Southern Oregon University studying communications, but in my own time I produce travel documentaries about history and adventure in Oregon. Eventually I would like to take non-fiction exploration-based film making to further and more extravagant destinations, but for the time being I find that producing films about the local area is what defines my role as a citizen of the state of Oregon, and more specifically the Rogue Valley.

It’s because of this that community-created content is important to me, and I feel blessed to have found a job where I can help others engage with the world in a similar way as to me.

Can’t wait to see you at the DMC!

(Editor's note: Remember this face -- you should only be checking in your RVTV Field Production equipment to either Keegan or Charles!)
 

THIS WEEK'S STUDIO PRODUCTIONS



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.
 

UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS


Friday
1/4/19
5PM-8PM
(LIVE 6:30-7:30)


 

Power Encounter
Producer: Michelle Millette
Director: Dale Grimes
Graphics Manager: Michelle Millette
Audio Engineer: Keith Millette
Floor Manager: Sunnie Whiteley
 

Saturday
1/5/19
9AM-12PM






 

Getaway Girl
Producer: Regina Ayars
Director: Wanda Borland
Graphics Manager: John Letz
Audio Engineer: Norman Mainwaring
Floor Manager: TBA
Script Supervisor: TBA
Camera Operator: TBA
 

Saturday
1/5/19
12PM-3PM







 

Cooking With Kumud
Producer: Kumud Gokani
Director: Wanda Borland
Graphics Manager: TBA
Audio Engineer: George Cerneskie
Set Designer: Dorothy Nienow
Floor Manager: Joe Curl
Camera Operator: Joseph Kauth
Camera Operator: TBA
 

Saturday
1/5/19
3PM-6PM







 

Rogue Artisans & Crafters
Producer: David Nienow
Director: Wanda Borland
Graphics Manager: Regina Ayars
Audio Engineer: Cosmo Tigato
Lighting Designer: Lynne Likens
Script Supervisor: John Letz
Floor Manager: TBA
Camera Operator: TBA
 
   

UTILIZE THE POWER

OF SOCIAL MEDIA


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!

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!
Our weekly equipment checkout is on Mondays between 3-9 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 or Keegan.

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 2019


Pictured: RVTV Public Access producer Mark Stein manages the floor during the Southern Oregon Television Awards in 2017, 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. Jan. 11
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

TBA 

 
Sat. Jan 12
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm
   3pm-6pm

 

TBA
TBA

TBA
 
Fri. Jan 18
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Michelle Millette - Power Encounter

 
Sat. Jan. 19
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm
   3pm-6pm

 

Wanda Borland - A Focus On.. 
David Nienow - Rogue Artisans & Crafters

Britt Ivy - Passion
 
Fri. Jan. 25
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Dorothy Nienow - Glamour Dave Show

 
Sat. Jan. 26
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm
   3pm-6pm

 

John Letz - Ramping Up Your English
Nancy Bloom - Life Passages

Eroldi Idlore - Into The Edge
 
Fri. Feb. 1
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

TBA

 
Sat. Feb. 2
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm
   3pm-6pm

 

TBA
TBA

TBA
 
Fri. Feb. 8
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Eroldi Idlore - Into The Edge

 
Sat. Feb. 9
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm
   3pm-6pm

 

Denise Ross - Bridging The Divide
Dorothy Nienow - Rogue Artisans & Crafters

Alexis Hatfield - Into The Edge
 
Fri. Feb. 15
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

David Bruce - Frightfully Brilliant

 
Sat. Feb. 16
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm
   3pm-6pm

 

John Letz - Ramping Up Your English
Regina Ayars - Girl Talk

Alexis Hatfield - Into The Edge
 
Fri. Feb. 22
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

SOTA Tech Rehearsal

 
Sat. Feb. 23
   2pm-4pm
   5pm-10pm

(LIVE at 7pm)
 

SOTA Final Rehearsal
Southern Oregon Television Awards


 
Fri. Mar. 1
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Dale Grimes - Power Encounter

 
Sat. Mar. 2
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm
   3pm-6pm

 

George Cerneskie  - Something About Vinyl
Kumud Gokani - Cooking With Kumud

David Nienow - The Small Interview
 
Fri. Mar. 8
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

David Nienow - Glamour Dave Show

 
Sat. Mar. 9
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm
   3pm-6pm

 

George Cerneskie  - Uncle Joe's RV Park
Regina Ayars - Girl Talk

Wanda Borland - Animals Matter
 
Fri. Mar. 15
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Andy Draper - The Andy Draper Show

 
Sat. Mar. 16
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm
   3pm-6pm

 

Jack Lanni - Wuz That Funny?
Nancy Bloom - Life Passages

George Cerneskie - Uncle Joe's RV Park
 
Fri. Mar. 22
   ALL DAY

 

DMC CLOSED - SPRING BREAK
 
Sat. Mar. 23
   ALL DAY

 

DMC CLOSED - SPRING BREAK
 
Fri. Mar. 29
   5-8pm
(LIVE at 6:30)

 

Dorothy Nienow - Glamour Dave Show

 
Sat. Mar. 30
   9am-12pm
   12pm-3pm
   3pm-6pm

 

John Letz - Ramping Up Your English
Andy Draper - The Andy Draper Show

Wanda Borland - Animals Matter
 
   

The next RVTV Studio Producers Quarterly Meeting takes place on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Digital Media Center, where we will bid out studio production timeslots for Spring Quarter of 2019.

PROGRAMMING SUBMISSION HOURS



Due to limited staffing at the DMC, we are asking producers to submit their field productions, promos and any other programs to Charles or his student assistants (Keegan Van Hook & Andrew LeClerc) during these hours:
 
Mondays 3-9pm
Fridays 4-8pm
Saturdays 9am-3pm


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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