The first week in December, a major transformation occurred in CCTV‚s facilities. The cablecast operation was completely dismantled, rearranged, and re-wired to clean up what had become a huge mess, and to incorporate new digital playback formats. Video engineer Dennis Dutra, who was responsible for the installation of CCTV‚s digital studio in 2002, worked with Director of Operations John Donovan, to design and install the new facility. Comcast provided new modulators, and hopefully the result will be a dramtically improved signal for CCTV‚s viewers.
We've also taken a first step toward offering public Internet access in Central Square via wireless "WiFi" or "802.11". "CCTVPUBLIC" is the name of the new wireless access point now broadcasting from CCTV's offices along Prospect St. The access point supports 802.11b (11 Mbps) and 802.11g (54 Mbps) connections. At present no password is required - just show up with your wireless laptop, configured to "Get an IP address automatically" or "use DHCP server" and connect to the Internet. We hope this will inspire more wireless Internet coverage within the square and throughout Cambridge.
The winners of the Northeast Regional Video Festival have been announced and the producers here at CCTV won nine awards! The festival honors and promotes community media and local cable programs that are first distributed on Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) access or Local Origination (LO), cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way. Members of CCTV have placed in the top scores in the region year after year.
Jenny Alexander, First Place Youth category - "Dreams Deferred"
Shaun Clarke, Frances Deny, Steve Harris, First Place Dramatic category - "Pinned"
Evan Ragon, Second Place Innovative category - "Time Piece"
Jen Audley, Second Place Documentary category - "Frog Sounds"
Erika Jones, Second Place Talk Show category - "Roach Motel"
David Zermeno, First Place Community Impact category - "Building Communities at CCTV"
Lisa Brightman, Third Place Differently-Abled category - "Inspire Amercia"
October marks the 15th Anniversary of Cambridge Community Television, the public access cable TV station and media center serving Cambridge. And to celebrate, CCTV invites all of Cambridge to a series of events hightlighting the people (producers, members, staff, supporters) and the qualities (diverse, creative, innovative, community-oriented) which helped CCTV win the national 'Overall Excellence in Public Access Programming' award an astounding four times in its 15-year history. Here are the events to mark in your calendars; CCTV hopes to see you there! For more information about any of them, please call CCTV at 617-661-6900 or email email@example.com. Read on for a full calendar of events!
FREE One-Year Memberships are available to Cambridge residents who sign up in person at CCTV's Central Square Studios from October 1-15. These Access Memberships offer complete access to CCTV's video and computer facilities, plus a $100.00 course voucher to take any of CCTV courses! At $55.00, CCTV's memberships have always been one of the most remarkable bargains in Cambridge; but this special FREE Membership promotion does that one better. The only catch is: You have to join by October 15th, and current members are excluded.
On Thursday, September 18, 2003 CCTV‚s Sixth Annual BBQ took place in our backyard in Central Square, avoiding the rainfall caused by Hurricane Isabella by about 12 hours.
Frank Pasquarello, public information officer for the Cambridge Police Department, and host of his own BeLive show Crime Time on CCTV for nine years, received the station‚s Leading Role Award. The award recognizes individuals who have worked tirelessly behind (and in this instance also in front of) the scenes on behalf of the Cambridge community. Officer Pasquarello, a member of the Cambridge Police Department since 1976, is responsible for all media relations within the Cambridge department, and is also an aide to Police Commissioner Ronnie Watson, who roasted and toasted Frank.
This past Sunday and Monday nights, CCTV presented an epic two-fer of live outdoor production! Live from the Prospect St. sidewalk, our SuperBeLives! brought CCTV to the people and the people to CCTV (all without obstructing foot traffic, officer). The regular BeLive! hosts presented their shows as scheduled, but with the added excitement of the fresh fall air and multi-camera production. An enthusiastic team of production volunteers brought this event to life under the guidance of studio manager ArtMan Martins.
This summer, 20 motivated teens captured some amazing images on film. Under the direction of Mark Ostow, they explored Central Square, Revere Beach and other cool locations. They also learned about studio lighting, darkroom work, and the history of photography. Each of the images in the show were shot and printed by the workshop teens. This exhibit will be in our Drive-By-Gallery through October 3, 2003, so please come take a look!
On August 26, 2003, the entire staff of CCTV took a day trip to Cape Cod where they worked really hard on some really important issues. Such high level organizational brainstorming sessions covered topics including maximizing tanning hours, executive kite flying techniques, and developing mad whiffleball skills. The CCTV commission on staff appetite also met to work out a temporary solution for the situation at hand.
David Zermeno, Acting Director of Skin Cancer Prevention, facilitated a three hour workshop on ultraviolet radiation awareness, pictured at left.
As is the tradition at CCTV‚s fundraiser BBQ, all food will be provided and prepared by local chefs from a diverse group of local restaurants, including The Middle East, Cambridge Brewing Company, Carberry‚s, Green Street Grill, East Coast Grill, La Groceria Ristorante, Picante, Pit Stop Barbecue, and others. National reggae artists Dub Station will perform at the event. The veteran band has been dubbed by the Boston Phoenix as a "reggae nerve center, a social phenomenon." Following in the tradition of classic reggae back-up bands, showcasing new artists while backing up international contenders.
The annual BBQ is first and foremost a forum for raising funds for CCTV‚s outreach programs, including CCTV‚s extremely popular Summer Media Institute (SMI) for Cambridge high school students, and targeted computer tutorials for seniors and linguistic minorities.
This year‚s fund raiser is perhaps gripped by a greater sense of urgency than in previous years, owing to state and federal financial woes. In 2002, the FCC did away with the collection of franchise fees on cable modem revenue, which forced CCTV to slash its budget by $140,000---nearly 18% of its total. In addition, the Massachusetts Cultural Council had its entire budget cut by 62%, resulting in a loss of more than $20,000 to CCTV.
CCTV is excited to present nine new productions by our Summer Media Institute participants! Since July 7th, twelve teenagers from the Mayor?s Summer Youth Employment Program have been learning about the media, digital storytelling, and video and website production. They first produced digital stories on affordable housing in Cambridge as small groups. For the past two weeks, the youth have been working on personal projects which reflect different issues that they care about in their neighborhood.