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February 24, 2020

BCTV will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of Town Meetings on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 for Dummerston, Guilford, Jamaica, Newfane, Putney and Townshend (March 2 & 4 for Vernon).  By the end of the week, meeting videos will be uploaded to brattleborotv.org for online viewing and broadcast on Southern VT Cable channel 10 and Comcast channel 1085Find air times here: https://www.brattleborotv.org/schedules

Your Town Meeting video will be available at this link:

 
Thanks to our Town Meeting Sponsors for making this coverage possible!
 
Big Picture Farm
Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce
Brattleboro Food Coop
The Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association
Crispe & Crispe Law Offices
D&K's Jamaica Grocery
Edward Jones
The Lodge at West River
Phillips Dunn Shriver & Carroll
The Richards Group
Sandri Companies
Trust Company of Vermont
Windham & Windsor Housing Trust
 
 
January 24, 2020

Cast your pod on BCTV!

We created a small studio on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Center with everything you need - microphones, sound panels, computer, and a giant mural of a bird ---? 

Maybe you're already podcasting somewhere less convenient, or maybe you want some help getting started. BCTV offers our podcasters some of the same creative services that we offer our video producers:

  • training
  • technical assistance
  • editing facilities
  • copyright free music software subscription

In terms of distribution, you can take your audio file and upload it to whatever host you choose, or BCTV will have a podcast channel you can join.

What makes our podcast booth different from others is that we'll also distribute a video version of your podcast on our cable channels and website. This aspect will be very simple (think GoPro), but it can be more complex if you want to make the move to video producer as well. 

Cost:

Join BCTV as a Member: $25 per year or $15 for students 26 and under

Use Fee: $5 per reservation (with bulk discounts for frequent users)

Contact Vlasta to schedule a tour or book your first reservation. 

 

January 15, 2020

This commentary by BCTV Executive Director Cor Trowbridge appeared in The Commons on 1/15/2020

http://www.commonsnews.org/site/sitenext/story.php?articleno=31701

December 17, 2019

BCTV Holiday Schedule:

Open: Monday, 12/23: 10 am - 2 pm

Closed: 12/24/19 - 1/1/20

We will re-open: Thursday, January 2 at 10 am - 6 pm

Find programs at https://www.brattleborotv.org/

and on our YouTube channel


Email us at info@brattleborotv.org

Happy Holidays from all of us at BCTV!!!!

 

 

October 29, 2019

Watch the Awards Night video!

The People's Choice Award: Here We Are- Brattleboro's Community Talk Show: with guest The Jerusalem Peacebuilders 7/25/18. Producer: Wendy O'Connell. The episode features Shai Lenman and Mohamed Yassin, two teens from Jerusalem Peacebuilders, which holds an intensive youth leadership program each summer in West Brattleboro. This is the second year that Wendy’s show is the winner of the People’s Choice. The award and cash prize were presented by this year’s sponsor, Luke Stafford of Mondo Mediaworks.

The People's Choice Award is a popular vote between the five volunteer-produced videos that had the most views over the previous fiscal year. The nominees were:

  • How to Identify Japanese Knotweed. Producer: Jennifer Latham with the Brattleboro Conservation Commission.
  • WRAP - Wellness Action Recovery Plan. Episode 1: Beginning Your WRAP. Producer: Andrika Donovan with Mary Ellen Copeland.
  • 4G/5G Health Concerns. Producer: Derrik Jordan with EMF Safety for Vermont.
  • Here We Are- Brattleboro's Community Talk Show: with guest Jerusalem Peacebuilders 7/25/18. Producer: Wendy O'Connell.
  • Gematria Today: Episode 1. Producer: Dan Long.

 

Series of the Year: Meg Mott's 'Debating Our Rights' & 'Good Clash: The Art of Productive Disagreement'

The Series of the Year Award is given to the producer of an outstanding series on BCTV. The award this year goes to two discussion series presented by Marlboro College Professor of Politics Meg Mott, which were produced by Janis Chaillou and Em Richards of For The Record Video.

In 'Debating Our Rights' and 'Good Clash: The Art of Productive Disagreement', Meg leads discussions with active participation by audience members to identify shared values and encourage healthy debate on contentious topics such as:

  • The First Amendment - How Free is our Speech?
  • The Eighth Amendment - Cruel & Unusual Punishment
  • Capital Punishment, Guns, and the Abortion Debate

Janis Chaillou and Em Richards worked with Meg to record her presentations at packed houses of engaged audience members. In light of the increasingly polarized political climate, this kind of content reflects the community grappling with the issues of the day, and is emblematic of BCTV’s mission to promote civic engagement.

Producer of the Year: Alex Evans

The Producer of the Year Award is given to a community producer for outstanding production work and commitment to BCTV. This year, the award goes to Alex Evans, a Landmark College student who spent three semesters interning with us.

We had a high number of interns this year from middle school, high school and college students - but Alex’s energy, attitude and skill really made him stand out.
Alex selected BCTV in Spring 2017 as his placement for his Civic Engagement class. He was the station manager for Landmark's student radio station, and had a lot of technical knowledge. For his project, he chose to create a mini documentary about BCTV, some of which you’ll see in the clip. He returned in the Fall of 2018 for a more formal internship of 90 hours. He helped direct studio shows such as ‘Here We Are’ while he hosted, produced, and edited 20 episodes of his radio show, 'Talking Nerdy,' recorded in Putney at WLMC.  Talking Nerdy was a huge hit with BCTV viewers and gave them a glimpse into Landmark’s gaming culture.

Alex has since graduated and now lives in Maine, but not before he made his mark on BCTV!
 

Sponsor of the Year: Karen Ameden, D&K’s Jamaica Grocery

We don’t always give a Sponsor award, but this year was different.

As you’ve heard, this was the first year that BCTV approached our towns to ask for support for our meeting videos.

Karen Ameden of D&K's Jamaica Grocery has been a sponsor of our Town Meeting Day coverage for years, one of a handful of small businesses to support BCTV. When we made the request to Jamaica, the Selectboard required 35 signatures in order for residents to be able to vote on the issue. Karen volunteered to make the petition available at her general store so that local residents could sign when they stopped in to shop. Our achievement of 100% participation by eight towns could not have happened without her.

It may be a long way to send a producer up Route 30 to Jamaica, but this kind of local support is our reward - thank you Karen!

Community Partner Award: WTSA Radio

The Community Partner Award goes to an organization that uses BCTV’s tools and services to benefit the community and the organization.

Last winter, BCTV learned that the WKVT morning show that served as our local news show, Green Mountain Mornings, was suddenly discontinued. We recorded it twice weekly for almost two years for playout on BCTV as ‘Green Mountain Mornings Tonight.’ We wondered what could possibly take its place.

Fortunately, within a month from that cancellation, WTSA staff stepped up and made their weekday ‘Morning News with Ian Kelley’ available on video. Shortly after Ian uploads it to YouTube, we rebroadcast it on channel 8 at Noon and 6 PM. The 5-minute local news brief is hosted by Ian Kelley with guest appearances by by fellow news anchor Tim Johnson. This partnership is an example of a local media collaboration that benefits both organizations and especially the local community.

Accepting for WTSA is owner Kelli Corbeil, station manager Bob Gammon, and host Ian Kelley! 

Municipal Partner of the Year: Kathy Hege & Rick Hege, Town of Townshend

The Municipal Partner Award goes to a board or committee that uses BCTV to promote governmental transparency and public engagement.
This year’s award goes to Kathy Hege and Rick Hege of Townshend, who, each in their own way, have been proponents of the transparency provided by BCTV’s video coverage of public meetings.

When Vermont’s Open Meeting Law was revised in 2014, many small towns, including Townshend, opted to take down their websites rather than meet the new requirements for keeping them updated. In response, Rick created the website unofficialtownshendvt.net to make public documents available to residents, along with links to meeting videos. He also maintains a listserve and distributes our videos as soon as he gets them to anyone who joins. This is the reason that Townshend meeting videos always receive between 50-100 views, which is a lot for a small town. Rick is known for asking BCTV to cover certain meetings when he thinks some “sunshine” would elevate the discussion. He’s also known to our field staff as someone who can help with technical problems, which is always a plus.

Kathy has been the Selectboard chair since 2015 and not only makes sure that our videographers are ready before starting the meeting, but she also clarifies with everyone present that if they want to speak, they will be on the video. This kind of clarity from a Selectboard chair can be rare, but is extremely helpful!

Nonprofit Member of the Year:  Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, Greater Falls Connections, Turning Point of Windham County, West River Valley Thrives

This award typically recognizes the work of a single nonprofit member, but this year we salute a cluster of nonprofits working together to bring attention to the issue of Substance Use, often collaborating on events and projects. Those are:

  • Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition
  • Greater Falls Connections
  • Turning Point of Windham County
  • West River Valley Thrives

Volunteers and staff for these organizations used BCTV to achieve their missions by producing videos or recording events that reflect the community’s interest in learning about addiction prevention and response. The videos produced were frequently the result of collaborations between multiple organizations.

We often say that what’s on BCTV in a given year is a reflection of the critical issues being debated. Certainly one of the most-discussed topics of the year was Substance Use and the many ways that it impacts individuals and our community. We celebrate the particular efforts of the following producers who used BCTV to educate and empower community members to find solutions to this issue:

  • Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition & Greater Falls Connections:  Reggie Martell, Rolf Parker, Scott Sharland, Molly Nash, Chad Simmons
  • Turning Point of Windham County - Don Cuerdon, Cecil McLaury
  • West River Valley Thrives - Nick Plante, Steve Tavella, Reggie Martell, Helena Bundy
     

Volunteer of the Year: Austin Rice

The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to a volunteer who’s gone above and beyond in helping BCTV serve the community.

This year the award goes to Austin Rice, who this year became a staff field producer, but who started submitting his own productions back in 2010, was Producer of the Year in 2011, and joined as a volunteer crew member in 2013.

Austin spent the last year as volunteer learning how to direct the Brattleboro Selectboard so that he could fill in as an alternate, and spent two days at Harris Hill cheerfully operating a camera in the snow at the Ski Jump. When Gerry del Monico left the area, Austin took over as producer of the weekly Guilford Community Church services.

 

On staff now, he is one of our go-tos for multi-cam concert coverage and some of our more complex projects. For all those years of persistent producing and volunteering that brought him to where he is now, this award goes to Austin!

New Producer of the Year: Dan Long

The New Producer award goes to someone who recently became active at BCTV and either has shown great improvement, or has quickly become a competent and perhaps even prolific producer. This year, the award goes to Dan Long.

Dan started this year as a producer and immediately set out to master the techniques of screen-capturing and multi-camera editing for his show, ‘Gematria Today.’ 
As producer and host, Dan explains the ancient Caballistic practice of Gematria, which is coding numbers into letters to find hidden meaning in words.
He’s already produced six 30-minute episodes for BCTV and is on his way to many more!

October 15, 2019

We are excited to announce the nominees for the 2019 People's Choice Award: the volunteer productions created over the past year that received the top five online views. This award is chosen by everyone!

The winner will receive a cash prize made possible by Mondo Mediaworks.

The nominees are:

  • How to Identify Japanese Knotweed. Producer: Jennifer Latham with the Brattleboro Conservation Commission.
  • WRAP - Wellness Action Recovery Plan. Episode 1: Beginning Your WRAP. Producer: Andrika Donovan with Mary Ellen Copeland.
  • 4G/5G Health Concerns. Producer: Derrik Jordan with EMF Safety for Vermont.
  • Here We Are- Brattleboro's Community Talk Show: with guest Jerusalem Peacebuilders 7/25/18. Producer: Wendy O'Connell.
  • Gematria Today: Episode 1. Producer: Dan Long.

Click here to watch the videos and vote!

Note: Deadline to vote is Tuesday, 10/22/19 at 5 PM
Voting is open to anyone - please share the link with friends and family!

The People's Choice winner will be announced at BCTV's Producer Awards Party

Thursday, October 24

6:00 - 8:00 PM

at 118 Elliot, Brattleboro, VT

Dinner from The Marina is provided with support from Vermont Films. 

Open to the public - Come celebrate local producers and support community media!

2019 winners of our staff-selected producer awards are listed here:

https://www.brattleborotv.org/news/bctv-news/producer-party-2019

August 26, 2019

BCTV Announces Winners of the 2019 Producer Awards

People's Choice Award: Here We Are- Brattleboro's Community Talk Show: with guest The Jerusalem Peacebuilders 7/25/18. Producer: Wendy O'Connell.

The episode features Shai Lenman and Mohamed Yassin, two teens from Jerusalem Peacebuilders, which holds an intensive youth leadership program each summer in West Brattleboro. This is the second year that Wendy’s show is the winner of the People’s Choice. The award and cash prize were presented by this year’s sponsor, Luke Stafford of Mondo Mediaworks.

Watch episodes here:https://www.brattleborotv.org/here-we-are

Community Partner Award - WTSA Radio

Starting in January 2019, WTSA Radio, one of the few remaining locally owned media outlets, began uploading 'Morning News with Ian Kelley' to YouTube, which is then rebroadcast by BCTV on channel 8 at Noon and 6 PM weekdays. Ian is joined by fellow news anchor Tim Johnson, along with a variety of guests including athletes and artists. WTSA’s partnership with BCTV benefits both organizations and especially the local community.
Find WTSA News episodes here

Municipal Partner Award - Kathy Hege & Rick Hege, Town of Townshend

Kathy and Rick Hege have supported BCTV's coverage of public meetings in Townshend for many years; Kathy, as a long time Selectboard chair, and Rick, as the webmaster of unofficialtownshendvt.net. Their high level of cooperation helps BCTV staff to record municipal meetings for those that can’t attend, which promotes transparency in town government. It is gratifying for BCTV to be valued by municipal leaders who dedicate their time and energy to public service.

Nonprofit Member Award - Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, Greater Falls Connections, Turning Point of Windham County, West River Valley Thrives

This award typically recognizes the work of a single nonprofit member, but this year we salute a cluster of nonprofits working together on the issue of Substance Use. These organizations used BCTV to achieve their missions by producing videos or recording events that reflect the community’s interest in addiction prevention and response. We celebrate the particular efforts of the following producers:

Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition & Greater Falls Connections - Rolf Parker, Scott Sharland, Reggie Martell, Chad Simmons, Molly Nash
Turning Point of Windham County - Don Cuerdon, Cecil McLaury
West River Valley Thrives - Nick Plante, Reggie Martell, Helena Bundy

Find videos here: https://www.brattleborotv.org/substance-use 
https://www.brattleborotv.org/turning-point-windham-county
https://www.brattleborotv.org/brattleboro-area-prevention-coalition-presents 

https://www.brattleborotv.org/west-river-valley-thrives

New Producer of the Year: Dan Long

Dan learned how to produce a show that incorporates screen-capturing and multi-camera editing for ‘Gematria Today’, in which Dan explains the ancient Caballistic practice of Gematria, coding numbers into letters to find hidden meaning in words. Dan’s series is a good example of instructional multimedia  video.
https://www.brattleborotv.org/gematria-today


Producer of the Year: Alex Evans

Alex Evans interned with BCTV in 2017 as credit for his Landmark College 'Civic Engagement' class. For his internship, Alex, who was the station manager for Landmark's student radio station, chose to create a mini documentary about BCTV. Alex came back last fall with a College-sanctioned internship of 90 hours. While he helped with editing and directing, he also produced his weekly radio show, 'Talking Nerdy,' for TV and YouTube, and it was a huge hit. Alex has since graduated and now lives in Portland, Maine, but not before he made his mark on BCTV and our viewers!
Mini-documentary: https://www.brattleborotv.org/bctv-highlights/all-about-bctv-2017-mini-doc
Talking Nerdy: https://www.brattleborotv.org/talking-nerdy

Series of the Year: Meg Mott's 'Debating Our Rights' & 'Good Clash: The Art of Productive Disagreement'

'Debating Our Rights' and 'Good Clash:The Art of Productive Disagreement' are two popular discussion series presented by (retired) Marlboro College professor Meg Mott, produced by Janis Chaillou and Em Richards of For The Record Video. Meg Mott leads discussions with active participation by audience members to identify shared values and encourage healthy debate.  Janis Chaillou and Em Richards worked with Mott to record both series in light of the high level of interest at her discussions.
https://www.brattleborotv.org/debating-our-rights 
https://www.brattleborotv.org/good-clash-art-productive-disagreement 

Sponsor of the Year: Karen Ameden of D&K's Jamaica Grocery

As a sponsor of BCTV's Town Meeting coverage for years, Karen Ameden, owner of D&K's Jamaica Grocery, has been one of the few small businesses to support BCTV. When BCTV approached the selectboards in our service territory for financial support in light of a decline in federal funding for public access television, Jamaica required 35 signatures in order for residents to vote on the issue at Town Meeting Day. Karen volunteered to make the petition available at her store, so that local residents could sign - and they did. When we send a producer up Route 30 to cover meetings, this kind of local support is our reward!

Volunteer of the Year: Austin Rice

The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to a volunteer who’s gone above and beyond in helping BCTV serve the community. This year the award goes to Austin Rice, who this year became a staff field producer, but who started submitting his own productions back in 2010, was Producer of the Year in 2011, and joined as a volunteer crew member in 2013. Austin spent the last year as volunteer learning how to direct the Brattleboro Selectboard so that he could fill in as an alternate, and spent two days at Harris Hill cheerfully operating a camera in the snow at the Ski Jump. When Gerry del Monico left the area, Austin took over as producer of the weekly Guilford Community Church services. On staff now, he is one of our go-tos for multi-cam concert coverage and some of our more complex projects. For all those years of persistent producing and volunteering that brought him to where he is now, this award goes to Austin!

BCTV's 50+ local producers were nationally recognized in 2019 and together with staff produced more than 1300 hours of local programming over the past year.

The BCTV awards ceremony is fashioned after the Emmys, but Halloween-themed dress is suggested this year due to the timing of the event. Audience members will enjoy dinner by The Marina, and the chance to mingle with creative types and community volunteers. A $5 donation is suggested.

Brattleboro Community Television is a community media center serving Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Jamaica, Newfane, Putney, Townshend and Vernon. BCTV's mission is to promote civic engagement and transparency, and to empower community members to share their knowledge, views and creativity, without prejudice.  To learn more about BCTV, visit brattleborotv.org or call 802-257-0888.

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Dinner from The Marina will be provided thanks to support from Vermont Films.

August 26, 2019
BCTV's Annual Members Meeting - Watch the Facebook Live video of the meeting
 
BCTV Annual Report FY19 - Full color images and all you need to know about what happened at the station this year.
 
While last year was marked by staff changes, this year has been a whirlwind of change at the federal and state level. Thanks to coverage by The Commons and the Brattleboro Reformer, the news about the FCC's threat to our funding has been widespread. We met as an organization in June and discussed plans to "Future-Proof" BCTV. In September, our Annual Meeting gave us another opportunity to discuss the future as we held the election of board members and voted on member business.
 
Board election update: Alex Beck was re-elected to a second three-year term.  Find the current board at http://www.brattleborotv.org/board
 
 
Membership: As of 7/1/19, our membership fees changed to reflect the FCC's vote to reduce cable funding for community television stations. The fee structure and options are explained here:
 
Donate: To support BCTV and the producers who bring you 1000 hours of new local programming every year, please make a donation at: https://www.brattleborotv.org/support-bctv
 
To support specific shows such as Energy Week, The World Fusion Show, or Here We Are: Brattleboro's Community Talk Show, please make a contribution by clicking on the 'Donate' button and indicating which show you want to support in the Memo. (Note: You will be paying through PayPal - it takes you to a different website, but that's the way it works.)
June 27, 2019

Watch the 'Brattleboro Goes Fourth' Parade live on July 4, 2019 starting at 10 AM:

On Comcast and Southern VT Cable Channel 8

On YouTube: https://youtu.be/JdA_E5FMQiA

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brattleborotv/videos/843259499406729/

June 13, 2019

Here's how to watch 2019 Windham County graduations live (or later):

Leland & Gray Union High School - Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 AM

Brattleboro Union High School - Friday, June 21 at 6:15 PM

Thanks to our 2019 Graduation Sponsors for making BCTV's live coverage possible!

The Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association

Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition & West River Valley Thrives

FirstLight

McDonald's of Brattleboro

The Tuxedo Gallery at Vermont Artisan Designs

Winston Prouty Center for Child & Family Development

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