Sean Effel

Cambridge Community Television , Cambridge MA
I am responsible for planning and implementing new technology and systems throughout our organization, from databases to websites to production gear. I get to wear a lot of hats throughout the year, so it's pretty cool. I like long walks in the snow and my favorite ice cream is vanilla.
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July 10, 2015 - 12:10pm Our program today is about the 2024 Boston Olympics. Many of us love watching the Olympics on TV and cheering on the USA teams. But it's been a wild ride ever since the the US Olympics Committee picked Boston as the proposed United States entry for the 2024 summer games. Some see the Olympics bid as a once in a lifetime chance for Boston. Others say “not in my backyard” and see huge cost overruns that the taxpayers will have to pick up. Here to talk about the pros and the cons are a panel of very knowledgeable people on this subject. Chris Dempsey is the Co-Chair of No Boston Olympics, Shirley Leung is a Boston Globe business columnist, and Lauren Dezenski is a columnist with the Dorchester Reporter. Please note that the 2024 Boston Olympics organization was invited to this show but declined to appear. read more
June 11, 2015 - 9:20am We aggregate community calendars from the city government, local nonprofits, universities, and community groups and present it all in a condensed 15-minute event clearinghouse program. Forget looking through local listings and websites for things to do. Let us tell it to you straight. And while you're here, our own online community calendar can tell you lots about the city, and it's a great place to list your own events, too: This episode includes an interview with Richard Harding of the Mens Health League's annual Hoops 'N' Health basketball tournament in June. There are also details on MIT's Swapfest, the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center's Nina Simone tribute, the fireworks on July 4th, and all the cool museum overnight programs offered up in our city. You can watch it here, of course, or on television starting June 15th on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30pm, on Channel 8 in Cambridge. This program is produced by staff and volunteers at Cambridge Community Television to fill the gap in Cambridge news and current affairs programming. This episode was produced by Avery Dwyer, Peter Septoff, Beth Walsh, Serena Bronda, Sergio Bianco, Kent... read more
May 22, 2015 - 12:49pm Episode 1: Urban Development Many urban neighborhoods in Boston, Cambridge and around the country are facing challenges: How to grow economically while at the same time making cities places where people can afford to live. In this episode, we talk with Quinton Zondervan from Green Cambridge, Nancy Ryan from the Cambridge Residents Alliance, and Alec Papazian and Esther Hanig from A Better Cambridge. Episode 2: The Cambridge Health Alliance So, how does a hospital system succeed serving primarily low income patients? What is its future role in our constantly changing health care system? What are the challenges ahead? To talk about these issues I want to welcome Patrick Wardell, the Chief Executive Officer of the Cambridge Health Alliance, Mary Cassesso, the Chief Community Officer of the Cambridge Health Alliance and the head of its Foundation Board, and Jill Batty, who is the Chief Financial Officer of the Cambridge Health Alliance. Episode 3: The MBTA This past winter we saw brutal winter storms that brought the MBTA and its commuter rail system to a standstill for weeks on end. The T is the 5th largest public transit system in the nation and Boston boasts that it is a world... read more
May 20, 2015 - 12:57pm Our show today focuses on health care and a very unique community hospital system called Cambridge Health Alliance. While Cambridge Health Alliance is in Cambridge, it also serves Everett, Somerville, Malden, Winthrop, Chelsea, Medford and surrounding cities and towns. Cambridge Health Alliance is unique for many reasons but one of the most important is that its doors are wide open to low income people and to other underserved populations who don’t always have an easy time getting quality health care. So, how does a hospital system succeed serving primarily low income patients? What is its future role in our constantly changing health care system? What are the challenges ahead? To talk about these issues I want to welcome Patrick Wardell, the Chief Executive Officer of the Cambridge Health Alliance, Mary Cassesso, the Chief Community Officer of the Cambridge Health Alliance and the head of its Foundation Board, and Jill Batty, who is the Chief Financial Officer of the Cambridge Health Alliance. read more
May 20, 2015 - 12:45pm CCTV was on scene to record the activities at the Rib Fest on Oct 5, 2014. We got a good look at the restaurants, judges, awards, music, and everything else that happened that day. For those of you who don't know, the Rib Fest is a culinary showdown pitting pit master against pit master for the title of the best ribs in town and a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the local fare in and near East Cambridge. Participating restaurants include Abigail’s, ARTBAR, Atwood’s Tavern, Bambara, Cambridge Brewing Co., The Cambridge Police Department Pitmasters, Commonwealth, East by Northeast, East Side Bar & Grille, Filarmonica Santo Antonio, Lone Star, Lord Hobo, Ole Mexican Grill, PF Chang’s China Bistro, Portugalia, Puritan & Co., Ridge Vocational Culinary Arts Students, State Park, and Tupelo. The East Cambridge Business Association sponsors this event each year. The mission of the East Cambridge Business Association is to promote and maintain sustainable commerce in East Cambridge; to be a single voice for its members; to promote activities that bond East Cambridge businesses with their neighborhood; to preserve the historical integrity and importance of East Cambridge;... read more
April 27, 2015 - 7:34pm Three local cable channels, 8, 9 & 96, featuring programming produced by Cambridge residents, arts and cultural organizations and City agencies read more
March 20, 2015 - 12:54pm Today the earth finishes one quarter of a revolution and the northern hemisphere is now sharing the same amount of sunshine with the south. Technically this means our side of the planet will be getting more heat and all this record breaking snow will start to vanish. Enjoy this photo of our beloved sidewalk sign fending off the snow and sludge of the city. read more
December 2, 2014 - 12:49pm Our producers and hosts got together right before Thanksgiving to plan out the production of the newest about-to-be-a-sensation game show at CCTV, The Wikiest Link. Here you can catch a look at Marissa Fisher, Ted DeBettencourt, David Yao, Frank Morris, and Sean Effel. Watch for this game show to release on our channels before the end of the year. Check it out at read more
November 18, 2014 - 1:24pm Few people harnessed the platform with such celebrity as Captain Krunch. Enjoy this video starring Krunch himself, a contemporary of Dangerous Dean, Anthony D, the Executive Destroyers, and former CCTV staffer Artman Martins and their enthusiasm for back yard wrestling leagues. read more
November 3, 2014 - 5:28pm Affiliate Membership allows producers who live outside of Cambridge to submit programming to be seen on CCTV's channels (with a local sponsor). Affiliate Members are also allowed access to our public computer lab hours throughout the week, and are covered by CCTV's insurance when renting equipment. Please note that there are NO REFUNDS of membership fees for any reason. You may also make this purchase to renew your existing membership. read more
October 31, 2014 - 10:37am Inspired by the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon discovery, that Gregory Brothers video, a little known internet time waster, and that other famous game show, CCTV has undertaken a new game show entitled The Wikiest Link. If you have ever been at a party and looked up the answer to how Napoleon Bonaparte was poisoned, or the difference between AC and DC, or how the genetic engineering of gypsy moths failed in Medford, then you are definitely skilled enough to try your luck here on The Wikiest Link. Cable channels:CCTV Channel 8 in CambridgeSCATV Channel 3 in SomervilleBNN Channels 23 (Comcast) and 83 (RCN) in Boston(Live streaming available from each station, video on demand available after broadcast date.) Episode 1: 11:30PM, Jan 23, 2015 This episode features MIT PhD candidate and Toxoplasma gondii researcher Kim Cirelli, the freelance marketing consultant Kenny Soto, and game developer Sharat Bhat of Fire Hose Games. Missed it? Here's the episode in full: Episode 2: 11:30PM, Jan 30, 2015 This episode features game designer Chris Foster of Harmonix Music Systems, game developer Kristen Mukai of Proletariat Inc., and game designer Sean Baptiste of Fire Hose Games. Episode 3... read more
October 23, 2014 - 1:35pm Access Membership provides full access to all of CCTV's services, classes, facilities, and live channels plus $300 in free classes each year. Discounts are available for youth and seniors. You can pay online but you will be required to show proof of your Cambridge residency and sign an agreement with our policies on your next visit to our facilities in order to activate your membership. If the cost of a full membership is prohibiting you from joining, please contact our staff to make other potential arrangements. Please note that there are NO REFUNDS of membership fees for any reason. Before you make your payment please remember that the Access memberships below are available to Cambridge MA residents only and require proof of residency to activate. You may also make this purchase to renew your existing membership. read more
August 25, 2014 - 5:35pm Cambridge Community Television uses Google's file sharing service, Google Drive, for making copies of our live television programs available for producers to download. This service is intended to allow our producers to download their own video files and share them separately on the video sharing service of their choice. Files may take as much as 24 hours to become available after the program has aired, and files are only stored for 7 days following the live air date - at which point the new episode is being uploaded. Use Google Chrome as your web browser for best results. If you cannot access files with Chrome, try using Mozilla Firefox. If you have a Google account, login with your name and password with your web browser. Follow the link to the download area (link below). Locate the file you want on the list. If you click the icon then your video will open in a "Preview Mode". We are told that Preview Mode sometimes appears as if the file cannot be viewed. That's OK. Instead of clicking on the video icon you want, do this next step... Locate the file you want and CONTROL-CLICK (Windows) or COMMAND-CLICK (Mac) to open the video in its own window. Click the download link at... read more
August 14, 2014 - 12:48pm This six-part miniseries features discussions with guests about adopting pets through agencies, protecting consumers when buying pets, caring for sick pets while balancing a budget, working with seeing-eye dogs, training police department K9 units, treating hospital patients with pet therapy, clips from the Humane Society of the United States, and a whole lot of advice on tough situations with animal owners. Hear great information from the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs, Fairy Dogparents, Pet Partners, The Cambridge Police Department and Department of Public Health, and the well know Ask Dog Lady columnist Monica Collins. This miniseries is produced by volunteers at Cambridge Community Television in Cambridge, MA, in July 2014. You can catch the Tails of the City series on CCTV's channels starting September 1, 2014, on Channel 08 on Mondays 9:30PM and Tuesdays 10AM. You can preview the whole series on If you are a public access station anywhere in the United States you can download this series from this link at (the account is free, the download cost is pennies per episode). Congratulations to all the great volunteers at CCTV who worked on... read more
June 27, 2014 - 4:28pm Dave Wakeling was performing at Johnny D's in Davis Square when he ran into our member Kristina Kehrer. She convinced him to step into a dark alley and give Cambridge Community Television a little shoutout. Thanks for the kind words, Dave, and thanks for the legwork, Kristina! read more
May 22, 2014 - 10:12am Bold Italics Uderline Strikethrough Numbered List Numbered List Bullet list Bullet list Headline 1 Headline 2 Quotes Preview Dramatically recaptiualize user-centric strategic theme areas and installed base mindshare. Enthusiastically synthesize leading-edge web-readiness rather than quality paradigms. Dynamically disseminate web-enabled deliverables rather than equity invested benefits. Objectively streamline next-generation metrics vis-a-vis ubiquitous mindshare. Globally streamline prospective scenarios whereas collaborative human capital. Collaboratively visualize cross functional solutions rather than transparent growth strategies. Dynamically syndicate wireless scenarios for clicks-and-mortar catalysts for change. Collaboratively scale user-centric collaboration and idea-sharing via accurate meta-services. Quickly architect leveraged supply chains before resource maximizing bandwidth. Interactively evolve an expanded array of content without mission-critical scenarios. Intrinsicly initiate transparent relationships rather than go forward channels. Rapidiously implement economically sound alignments with emerging expertise. Interactively facilitate exceptional... read more
May 21, 2014 - 11:00am CCTV recorded Mr. Chomsky's talk at the Cambridge Public Library. If you weren't able to attend the event, you can catch the rebroadcast on Channel 9 in Cambridge or on our live Channel 9 webstream Saturdays 5/31/14 - 6/21/14 @ 4 PM, Sundays 6/1/14 - 6/22/14 @ 9 PM, Tuesdays 6/3/14 - 6/24/14 @ 10 AM. Mr. Chomsky generously loaned CCTV his star power for a few moments after his talk was finished. read more
May 12, 2014 - 6:24pm Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, recording a conversation with Undersecretary Barbara Anthony for an episode of Consumer Affairs, lent some of his star power to CCTV. read more
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March 21, 2014 - 4:21pm Cambridge Trust Company is a proud sponsor of Cambridge Community Television! This sponsorship ensures that programming by and about our community is available on CCTV's channels. read more