In order to meet our goals more efficiently, Wisconsin Community Media is in the process of transitioning to a MemberClicks based association management system. Members who would like to know more details may take a look at the presentation made at our (very successful) Fall Workshop in the Members Area under ED Blog.
Because we are focusing our energy on the transition, WCM will not be publishing our member newsletter on our regular bi-weekly schedule, but you will see a Member Update in mid-November.
Our 2014 Spring Conference will be held April 25 and 26 in Madison at the Concourse Hotel. The Video Fest and Banquet will be held that Friday evening. If you'd like to enter the Video Fest, please watch for materials to be released in early December. All entries must be received by Monday, January 13.
Here's the Video Fest Show Program from the April 2013 Best of the Midwest Video Fest listing all of the winning shows. Congratulations to these producers and community media centers. In particular, we'd like to honor those who received the Fest's highest scores, the EXCELLENCE AWARD winners and BEST IN SHOWs for each category! Keep in mind, some of these are amateur producers who have learned video skills at these media centers and others are professionals who are employed by the centers. They are:
Award winners have received their letters of congratulation. Go to Video Fest Award Notifications to get more information and learn how you can order plaques, statuettes, extra certificates, and Banquet tickets!
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requested comments from the industry regarding competition in the video delivery market. As part of the Notice of Inquiry, the FCC asked for the number of PEG channels being carried by multi-channel video providers, which tier they are on, whether extra equipment is needed, and whether there are fewer access channels since 2010. The deadline for comments was September 10. Reply comments are due October 10. Wisconsin Community Media reported that one access channel has gone dark in Wisconsin, though that statistic does not tell the whole story. Our stations are facing severe budget cutbacks. For the full filing go HERE.
by Craig Mueller, Former Director of Programming - Channel 14, West Allis/New Berlin
After over 30 years of operation in West Allis, Wisconsin, the Community Media Center closed its doors at the end of August due to the loss of funding caused by the State's passage of the 2007 Cable Competition Act. The $150,000 the West Allis Community Media Center received annually from Time Warner Cable disappeared at the end of 2010 because PEG fees were outlawed. Since that time, Channel 14 has been in survival mode as its Board of Directors tried desperately to identify funding sources and lower overhead with the hopes of somehow finding a way to keep Channel 14 on the air.
In February 2011, the CMC Board of Directors had to make the difficult decision to eliminate the organization's Executive Director position, which was filled for 18 years by Mary Shanahan-Spanic. That decision allowed Channel 14 to have the operating funds to stay open for 18 additional months, giving the volunteer Board of Directors some much needed time to try to come up with a viable plan to save public access television in West Allis.