Friday, November 22, 2013

What's Happening at LPCTV


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BRTV Returns to the Studio

Now that construction of our new TV and performance studio is complete, community producers, including the students in Black River High School's Media Studies class are putting it to use. In the photo above, Media Studies students are at work producing their first episode of this year's BRTV, an ongoing news and entertainment show that has gone through several incarnations over the years.  During previous years, BRTV was produced around school and on LPCTV's cramped set in its old space in Ludlow Elementary School.  "We are thrilled to finally open the doors to the students, and for the first time, really be able to teach them about TV studio production, and have them create their own programming in a professional studio", said LPCTV Executive Director Patrick Cody. "It's a traditional 3-camera studio with nice lighting, a green screen wall, good sound, and plenty of space."
Volunteer Appreciation: Getting the Job Done
We've been operating in the new space in the Ludlow Community Center complex for over 6 months now, and, while we are fully operational, there is much still to be done. It is a continual work-in-progress, yet each week there is a noticeable difference. And we have just completed a major piece recently, in the completion of the build-out of the TV and performance studio. This could not have been accomplished without the support of our donors, which include dozens of local individuals, businesses, and foundations, including the Okemo Community Challenge, Vermont Arts Council, and Ludlow Enterprise Fund. In addition, we would not be where we are in the project without the dedicated support of our volunteers. Numerous folks have invested "sweat equity" into LPCTV's new facility, including Board members Sharon Bixby and Darren Williams, shown above, putting the final touches on a new paint job on our camera pedestals.

Consider Making End-of-Year Contribution to Our Phase 2 Building Fund

Now that we are in the building and Phase 1 has been completed - with the TV / performance studio as the centerpiece - we are preparing to move forward with Phase 2. We are still doing some "behind the scenes" preparation work, but with the end-of-the-year approaching, we are asking past donors and potential new donors to consider making a contribution towards this Phase 2 fund. Read more about it and our building project in general by clicking here. You can also make a tax-deductible contribution on that web page, by clicking on the "Donate" button, which will take you to PayPal, where donations may be made via PayPal account or credit card.

Membership Drive
We are currently holding our membership drive. Members are the driving force behind LPCTV; without them, we would not be able to bring hundreds of hours of community programming to our local TV channels each year. Many of you have already signed up or renewed - and if so, thank you (you should have received a thank you / donation receipt, and if. If you have not already done so, please consider becoming a member right now by visiting the membership page. We also invite you to come see our new facility, in the Ludlow Community Center complex (next door to Black River Good Neighbors), 37C Main St. in Ludlow.

Thanks to Community Producers
A big shout out has to go to those who help make local TV happen by bringing community programming to LPCTV. For starters, we had Chris Miele, shooting Black River HS Boys & Girls soccer, picking up where volunteer-extraordinaire Bruce Perry left off, with some help with commentary from Bob Gilmore and Ted Stryhas. Then there's Sharon Bixby, who has done quite a bit of production with the Black River Academy Museum, shooting the recent presentation on China from Brigid Sullivan & David Hoeh, as well as the "Antiques Road Show" series (a 4-part series, all of which have been airing on LPCTV and are on Also, Brigid Sullivan has been busy borrowing LPCTV's cameras, shooting various meetings in Mount Holly as well as the recent community forum on prescription drugs, which followed the screening of the new Bess O'Brien film, "Hungry Heart", at Ludlow Town Hall (this program has not yet been televised; just giving you a "sneak preview"..stay tuned next week when it will be airing on Ch. 8, starting Thanksgiving Day).

Local Programming Highlights
We are happy to be bringing high volumes of community programming to LPCTV's channels. As mentioned above, we have the BRAM Antique Road Show series (all 4 parts to play again beginning Tues. 11/26). We also have the recent Chamber of Commerce Legislative Forum, recorded at the Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow. As mentioned above, beginning on Thanksgiving Day, we will begin televising the community forum on prescription drugs (that accompanied the Hungry Heart screening in Ludlow). Also on Thanksgiving Day on Ch. 8, we will begin televising the recent presentation from "Astro Al" Boudreau on Comet ISON, which is now visible to the naked eye as it travels through Earth's orbit. For complete program listings check the schedules for Channel 8 (Ch. 20 in Mt. Holly) and Channel 10 (Ch. 21 in Mt. Holly).  All of these local programs can also be seen on our website, which we continue to update daily.

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