BCTV's "Open Studio" is a 30-minute moderated interview program in a roundtable format for nonprofit organizations who join BCTV as an Organizational Member. Open Studio is recorded live at BCTV's studio in the Brattleboro Municipal Center.
The purpose of Open Studio is to give nonprofit organizations the opportunity to promote events or campaigns, and to raise awareness about the organization's mission. While representatives of for-profit businesses are welcome as panel participants, commercial messages are prohibited on BCTV.
The finished program will be broadcast on BCTV approximately 8-10 times over a two-week period.
This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Fill out an Application for Nonprofit Membership, and Request an Open Studio interview.
How to Schedule your Open Studio:
Contact BCTV at least a month in advance of the week you’d like to schedule the shoot, or 6 weeks prior to when you’d like it to be aired on BCTV.
Tim Johnson (WTSA Radio) volunteers as the moderator for most BCTV Open Studios, although organizations are welcome to provide their own. To accommodate Tim’s schedule, many Open Studios are scheduled between 1-2 PM on weekdays. BCTV can also schedule an evening shoot, but most likely without Tim Johnson’s participation.
The roundtable format can accommodate a maximum of four partcipants (including the moderator).
Email the participant’s names, titles (and proper spelling) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, let us know if there are any graphic or video elements, or items for display that you want to use in the program. These include photographs, charts, graphs, or other handheld or displayed items as well as clips or pre-recorded video segments.
Tell on-camera participants to avoid wearing stripes or other intricate patterns.
On the day of the Open Studio shoot:
Please have all of the participants arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled shoot time.
The shoots generally take an hour.
If there is a second Open Studio scheduled that day, there will be a 15 minute break between shoots.
BCTV relies on volunteer camera operators for these programs. Sometimes we are unable to find a full camera crew, but the shoot proceeds with cameras that are locked in position.