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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December 13, 2003 - 6:56pm 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. New equipment includes an upgraded computer to control the Tiltrac robotic vhs playback system, DVD jukeboxes to play DVDs, and, most importantly, a 32 x 16 routing switcher that can take any input signal and send it to any output. CCTV hopes to incorporate digital serving of files in 2004 - this would enable staff and producers to play back programming from a server rather than tape. If you are a viewer, take a peak at the signal and let us know how it looks. read more
December 11, 2003 - 6:58pm 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. read more
October 17, 2003 - 7:59pm 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. Congratulations to: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"CCTV-Sean Effel, First Place PEG Promo category - "In Your... read more
October 6, 2003 - 8:01pm 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 Read on for a full calendar of events! October 1-15FREE 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... read more
September 24, 2003 - 8:02pm 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. In addition to recognizing Officer Pasquarello, CCTV was honored to have Cambridge comedian Jimmy Tingle join the celebration. National reggae artists Dub Station provided the music. And, as is the tradition at CCTV's BBQ, all food was provided and prepared by chefs from a diverse group of local restaurants. For those who decided to stay at home, the BBQ was cablecast live from our backyard! The annual BBQ is first and foremost a forum... read more
September 8, 2003 - 8:06pm 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. Highlights included impromptu interviews, musical guests, a call-in sing-along, energetic political commentary, and creative comedy. Stay tuned for more SuperBeLive! action, and call us up for how to get involved! read more
September 8, 2003 - 8:05pm 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! read more
August 27, 2003 - 8:07pm 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. This staff summit is in preparation for the upcoming Extreme BBQ, which will celebrate our 15 years of continued cable access in the city of Cambridge, and will serve as the largest fundraiser of the year to support our special outreach programs. read more
August 20, 2003 - 8:12pm 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... read more
August 7, 2003 - 8:16pm 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. The final products will be shown at our screening on Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 5:30 PM at CCTV. Light refreshments will be served after the screening. The digital video projects as well as the participants? webpages are also on our SMI website. Join us at our screening and check us out on the web! read more
July 27, 2003 - 3:28pm read more
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June 30, 2003 - 8:19pm The Northeast Regional Video 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 are encouraged to submit entries to this contest since many of our members have placed in the top scores in the nation year after year. As an added incentive, CCTV will pay 1/2 of the entry fee if members submit a tape to us to be sent with the rest of our organizational entries. The fee is reduced from $25 to $12.50, and must be submitted before August 7. After this date you must submit your tape separately at the full amount. Tapes may be submitted in the following categories: Arts, Children's programming, Community Bulletin Board, Community Impact, Cultural/Ethnic, Differently-abled, Documentary, Drama, Election Coverage, Gay/Lesbian, Innovative, Live Event, Magazine Format, Municipal, News, Performing Arts,... read more
June 18, 2003 - 8:20pm This week starts our new audio streaming service which transmits flagship Channel 9 straight from our Central Square location into every home in the wired world. Over a year has passed since complications with our internet service provider caused us to drop our video stream but with new and affordable software solutions we can offer this service again, albeit only an audio webcast until we are sufficiently satisfied with the performance to make it a video feed once more. Please bear with us through this 'play testing' period as there may be interruptions in the stream as we tweak and improve the feed. If you have a positive or negative experience with the webstream, please fee free to email us. You may launch the audio stream from the side bar at right or from the digital video library, please read on if you would like to learn how this system was built virtually for free... Well, not exactly free, but we are not paying 'server taxes' per viewer nor using expensive third party services, this system runs entirely from within our facilities. The Channel 9 signal is lined into a Sony media converter, which changes the feed from an analog waveform into a DV source, and then... read more
June 10, 2003 - 8:23pm CCTV has once again received the "Overall Excellence in Public Access Programming" award in the Hometown Video Festival! This is the second year in a row, and the fourth time in our 15-year history that we have received this recognition, which is the Oscar of public access tv awards! The award will be presented in July at the Alliance for Community Media annual conference. This is great news, particularly in light of the funding cuts we have sustained in the past year. Congratulations to all who are part of the Overall Excellence at CCTV! read more
May 13, 2003 - 8:24pm Marty Jukovsky inaugurates our first "Free Friday" forum this Friday, May 16th, 2003, from Noon - 2:00 p.m. with an "OSX Q&A/Demonstration." Very soon, all of the Macs in CCTV's computer lab will be upgraded from OS 9.2 to OSX; are you ready for the change? Come for a tour of what's different about OSX. Bring your questions, and a brown bag lunch if you want. This will be a demonstration format seminar. Seminar is open to the public on a first-come basis; no advance registrations will be taken. This is the first of what we hope will become a series of free computer demonstrations held in CCTV's computerCENTRAL. These "Free Fridays" tutorials are meant to complement the courses CCTV regularly offers, and to give our instructors and prospective trainers a format for trying out new ideas that may turn into full courses pending student interest. Presentation format will be up to each seminar leader; some may be lecture/demonstration format, others' hands-on training. Look for announcements of future "Free Fridays" here. Please contact John Donovan at 617-661-6900 x123 or if there‚s something you would like to teach or learn on future Fridays. read more
May 12, 2003 - 8:25pm The theme of the Sixth Annual Backyard Barbecue is "CCTV XV Extreme Barbecue" and we are seeking 15 ways to tell the difference between CCTV and Reality TV. Send your responses to - if we use your response, you will get a ticket to the BBQ on September 18th! read more
April 27, 2003 - 3:29pm read more
April 26, 2003 - 8:27pm On April 26, at its 15th annual meeting, Cambridge Community Television awarded the Joseph Sakey Award to Webhood, Inc. The Sakey Award is named for the former Director of the Cambridge Public Library who developed plans for the cable system in the City. It is presented annually to the individual or organization who has done the most to advance access to media and technology in Cambridge.Webhood, Inc. founded by Stephen Sillari, provides technical support and assistance "to address the digital divide in the digitally depressed neighborhoods in Cambridge." Since its inception in 1999, Webhood has provided over 200 computers and 2000 hours of assistance to two dozen non-profit organizations in and around Cambridge. Other awards were presented to CCTV members for outstanding service to the organization and the Cambridge community. Marissa Acosta, Lauren Kroiz, Matt Landry and Pete Scheehle were recognized as Interns of the Year; Garabed Setrakian and Luis Teixeira as Trainers of the Year; Ann Powers and Juliet Schneider as Volunteers; Youth Intern Laurel Peters; Youth Members Shaun Clarke, Ethan Goldhammer, and Evan Ragon; Matt Landry received the Rudy Award for Service Above and... read more
March 30, 2003 - 7:34pm CCTV will convene its Annual Meeting at 5 PM on April 26, to be immediately followed by the annual Members' Party hosted by the Members Advisory Committee. All members are urged to attend! The Annual Meeting will feature a brief report on CCTV's prior year, elections for the Board of Directors and Members Advisory Committee, and awards presented to individuals who have provided exemplary service to CCTV and the community in the past year. The theme of the party, set to begin at 7 PM, is "The Real CCTV." Featured will be Cambridge Idol Karaoke, a BeLive Confessional Booth, and a DJ dance party. Food from area restaurants will be served. Don't miss this great annual event! Read on for information regarding Board Member and Member Advisory Committee nominees. For Board information, click:Board NomineesSupplemental Board InfoFor MAC information, click:MAC NomineesSupplemental MAC Info read more