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October 16, 2017

In addition to the staff awards given at BCTV's Producer Party on November 2nd, this year YOU (the public) get to determine which of the five most-viewed videos is the winner of a new "People's Choice" Award. There will be a cash prize thanks to sponsorship from Mondo Mediaworks, a local digital marketing agency which supports BCTV volunteers in creating local content that reflects Vermont views. Deadline to vote: November 1.

Click here to cast your vote!

2017 People's Choice contestants:

  • 'Teaching at the Edge of Time' with Joanna Macy 9/17/16. Produced by Maria Dominguez. Joanna Macy, the environmental activist, author, and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, delivered this lecture about responses to threats to life on Earth at Centre Congregational Church.
  • Artist a la Mode: Wyld Nightz Band, November 2016. Produced by Kathryn Turnas. This local favorite band is one of many hosted by Kim Timledge on 'Artist a la Mode' in BCTV's studio.
  • It Happens in Brattleboro: Lester Dunklee's Machine Shop. Produced by Gerry Del Monico. A tour of the iconic machining shop on Flat Street.
  • Keep Talking about Mental Health: New Help for Anxiety, Panic and OCD. Produced by The Brattleboro Retreat at BCTV. Gay Maxwell hosts a community dialogue on mental health topics featuring national experts. This episode's guest is Reid Wilson, PhD, international expert on the treatment of anxiety, panic, phobias, and obsessive compulsive disorder, speaking about his self-help protocol for therapy clients that transforms anxiety and worry from intimidating threats into challenges that can be met and conquered.
  • Noam Chomsky 'Prospects for Survival' at UMass Amherst. Produced by Ezlerh Oreste. World-renowned linguist, philosopher, author and political activist Noam Chomsky's lecture "Prospects for Survival" at UMass Amherst to celebrate the inauguration of the first net-zero energy building constructed at the campus.

October 10, 2017

BCTV joins the Brattleboro community in mourning the passing of Stanley Lynde of Lynde Motorsports.

http://www.brattleborotv.org/stanleys-zoo-0 This video from 2011 captures his clients and friends talking about what made his shop and connection to people so special. Video by Greg McAllister.

http://www.brattleborotv.org/it-happens-brattleboro/stans-motorcycle-shop-fun-flat-st A recent tour of the shop by Gerry Del Monico.

October 5, 2017

With this year's 2017 edition of the Brattleboro Literary Festival set to run from October 12-15 you can catch up on all the best from years past with BCTV's series coverage.

Links:

Brattleboro Literary Festival BCTV Series - Check out authors from previous years

Brattleboro Literary Festival Official Website - find the complete schedule for 2017 and more

Keep Talking: Author Ron Powers - catch up with Ron before his Lit Fest Event with this studio interview

Here We Are BCTV Series - join host Wendy O'Connell as she interviews participants in the 2017 festival

September 22, 2017

Following Chris Lenois' announcement (below), I want to thank Chris and Fish at WKVT for allowing BCTV to make Green Mountain Mornings into BCTV's local news show for the past year (going on 14 months).  I'm proud that BCTV was able to present the show's high quality content, featuring reporters from Windham County's three news institutions, and of the timeliness, reliability, and quality of the video production. 

The impetus for 'Green Mountain Mornings Tonight' came out of the willingness of two summer interns in 2016, Ben Somin and Jane Fenstermaker, to record and edit the program under Roland Boyden's supervision. When we knew the show was going to work as a long term commitment, Nolan Edgar took over and brought his DSLR expertise to the recording. Roland edited and distributed the show to BCTV viewers, Facebook, YouTube, and across the state on the day it was aired on WKVT - delivering the immediacy that today's viewers expect.
 
The glue that held the show together was Chris' skill as a radio host, knowledge of local issues, and the personality to create a lively interview, morning after morning. Also invaluable was his ability to "just keep talking" when technical issues arose within the studio:) All of the reporters stepped up and helped viewers and listeners understand local and state issues, drawing on the journalistic expertise they bring to their articles and stories. It's what everyone wants from a local news show (especially these days).
 
Thanks to everyone who made this show a reality through your willingness to get up early and be on or behind the camera. I'm excited that the show will continue with  Olga Peters at the helm.
 
Sincerely,
 
Cor Trowbridge
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Dear GMM contributors and community, 
 
I’m writing to let you know that I am leaving my position as Host/Producer of “Green Mountain Mornings,” and News Director for WKVT, effective September 22. I have accepted a job as Associate Director of Marketing Communications at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  
 
What this means for the current features, regular segments and guest appearances is currently being determined. The station is committed to continuing the platform, but one of the great things about hosting the show has been the latitude I’ve been given to make it my own. I hope they offer that same freedom to my successor, while staying true to the goal of being a resource for individuals and organizations in our community. Going forward, please direct any questions you may have to Peter Case at pcase@wkvt.com.
 
It has been a pleasure to host hundreds of hours-worth of conversations with you all over the past few years. I’m very proud of the work I’ve done to build the Green Mountain Mornings brand, but it goes without saying that none of it would have been possible without your participation and support.

Chris Lenois, host/producer

Green Mountain Mornings, WKVT 100.3FM/1490AM
 

 

September 11, 2017

BCTV Producer Awards Party - Bring your Fans!
When:  Thursday, November 2nd at 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: 118 Elliot (at 118 Elliot Street) in Brattleboro.
Who: BCTV producers, members, and fans. Open to the public. Producers are encouraged to bring friends, family and fans to celebrate their work.
What: Light dinner, cash bar, State of the Station Report, Producer Awards, Videos.
Cost: A $5 donation is suggested.

August 31, 2017

Comcast sues Vermont over PEG access requirements - Sign the Petition today!

Here is the petition: http://bit.ly/2xsY3RM

In January 2017, Vermont's Public Utility Commission, as part of renewing Comcast's Certificate of Public Good to operate in Vermont for the next 11 years, required that Comcast give PEG channels the same accessibility and features as other channels on the cable lineup, including access to the Interactive Program Guide and HD channels. Comcast appealed these requirements, claiming that the PUC did not have the jurisdiction to make such a ruling. However, in July, the PUC again ruled in favor of supporting PEG channels and upheld its order. On August 28, Comcast filed for federal relief, claiming again that the state lacks jurisdiction to require these conditions. 

Vermont Access Network (VAN), the alliance of 26 public access stations in Vermont, gained some allies in the fight with Comcast. The Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) launched a Petition, urging Comcast to cease and desist from further legal action.

This Petition will raise awareness about this consumer rights issue and lay the groundwork for greater support if and when Comcast files a federal court case--which promises to be expensive (upwards of $100K) for VAN.

Find out more:

https://vtdigger.org/2017/08/30/comcast-sues-state-conditions-new-operating-permit/ 

http://digital.vpr.net/post/comcast-will-challenge-conditions-state-permit-us-court

August 24, 2017
BCTV Annual Members Meeting
 
 
 
Board elections: The candidates below were elected. 
 
Candidate Statements:
 
 
Pauline Dean
Pauline Dean was appointed to the BCTV Board in March 2015. Pauline serves on several community boards and works with young people at the Meadows Educational Center, a therapeutic alternative school located within the Brattleboro Retreat where she is a case manager and intensive special education elementary teacher.
Pauline's statement: I am running for a seat on the BCTV board of directors because I believe in their mission and the work they do for our community. I hope to be able to continue to be a part of this local resource.
 
 
 
Cassandra Holloway
Cassandra was appointed to replace Joe Bushey on the BCTV Board in January 2017. She is the Director of the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition.
Cassandra's statement: I would like to help BCTV to increase non-profit membership and youth engagement. My ten-year old son, Gavin, and I have been BCTV producers for several years. I have been a community member for 20 years and looks forward to supporting BCTV's mission and goals as a member of the board.
 
 
Chris Lenois
Chris was appointed to replace Steve Cormier on the BCTV board in March 2015, then was elected to that seat in the fall. In 2016, he was elected BCTV Board President. Chris recently accepted a position as Associate Director of Marketing Communications at Landmark College. Prior to that, he hosted "Green Mountain Mornings" talk radio show on WKVT 100.3FM/1490AM and rebroadcast on BCTV as "Green Mountain Mornings Tonight". He also served as the station's news director and was part of its broadcast team for Brattleboro Colonel athletics. Raised in Vernon and a graduate of BUHS, Chris has been involved in media in one form since freelancing for the Brattleboro Reformer in high school. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Vermont.
 
August 21, 2017

We are pleased to introduce BCTV's newest full-time employee, Nolan Edgar (on right). Nolan has been a long time BCTV volunteer, starting when he was 16 years old! Recently, Nolan has been our field producer for "Green Mountain Mornings Tonight" and guest director for Brattleboro Selectboard Meetings. He is 25 years old, a graduate of the film program at Windham Regional Career Center and Leland and Gray High School, and is currently enrolled at GCC for a Graphic Design certificate. In addition, he has years of experience producing and editing video with MondoMediaworks, BCTV and other local employers. 

We were thrilled to have such a high quality pool of applicants, and also to be able to reinforce the message that volunteering for BCTV can be a path to employment. Thanks to everyone who applied for the job and demonstrated interest in BCTV. 

July 31, 2017

As one of the state's leading authorities on the sale of VT Yankee from Entergy to NorthStar, local reporter Mike Faher joined the set of VT PBS's weekly news show 'Vermont This Week' via Skype using BCTV's remote streaming mini-studio.

July 31, 2017

BCTV's Content Manager Jeff Mastroianni is moving on after five terrific years with BCTV. During his stead Jeff re-invented BCTV's channels, adding a dynamic new feel to the weekly schedule for both channel's 8 and 10. In addition Jeff brought his extensive a/v production background to BCTV's studio and live events. We're sorry to lose Jeff but wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.