Each year Wisconsin Community Media sponsors the Best of Midwest Media Fest to celebrate the quality of local programs produced for public, education, and government (PEG) access channels and LPFM radio stations in an nine-state area of the Midwest.
The recent renovation of Janesville’s 50-year-old city council chambers includes a new broadcast equipment installation for television coverage of meetings. The new chambers has six active cameras recording in High-Definition (HD) with the ability to overflow video displays into adjacent rooms. Government meetings are recorded and broadcast live on Charter Cable 994 and streamed through the city’s website.
Cable viewers in the Madison area are now able to watch a new community access channel called the Stoughton Sports Network on Spectrum Channel 980. Two years in development, this year the City of Stoughton allocated funding to purchase the equipment necessary to broadcast two channels. The channel had formerly been used as an educational access channel by the Stoughton Area School District.
Starting this month, sports will be broadcast live and replayed exclusively on SSN 980 with some sports also broadcast live on WSTO 981 if needed. SSN will also feature past year’s sports from deep within its archives. As part of the upgrade, WSTO TV and SSN are now also streamed online in full HD. Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, the upgrade will enable the city to cover sports live from two locations at once.
Sheboygan continues to improve its technical infrastructure to provide residents with the highest quality signal from its community TV station, WSCS, as possible. In 2018 we upgraded our studio and cameras to High Definition (HD). The previous cameras were more than twenty years old and although they were still operational, the quality of the image suffered. Once we upgraded our field and studio cameras, we decided to address the transmission link to the cable provider. We have had conversations, over many years, both internally and with Charter Spectrum representatives, about delivering the local PEG channels via fiber optic cable and finally replacing the original outdated analog coax cable that was installed in 1981. When a few determined citizens articulated to the common council their concerns and frustrations with the signal quality of WSCS, the city decided to fund the project. Construction is scheduled to begin in early spring and is expected to be completed summer of 2019.
Now the city just needs to convince Charter Spectrum to carry the community’s access channel in HD, rather than SD, on its subscriber network – a tall order as Charter does not carry any Wisconsin PEG access channels in HD.
First District State Representative Joel Kitchens (R – Sturgeon Bay) held listening sessions in Door County in January and Sevastopol TV was there to record and broadcast the full event for Door County cable subscribers.
Afterward, Representative Kitchens was kind enough to record a short PSA promoting Sevastopol TV.
Currently, Sevastopol TV is also carrying coverage of the Southern Door School District candidate forum and is planning a live broadcast of the early March candidate forums sponsored by the league featuring council and mayoral candidates. Eight council members are being challenged and the current mayor is not running for reelection.
Retrospective planned about former Town Chairman Leo Zipperer
Sevastopol TV is searching its archives to produce a program honoring Sevastopol’s former town chairman, Leo Zipperer, who died recently. Mr. Zipperer served the community for twenty years and was instrumental in creating the PEG access channel and building the town hall in 2009.
Oshkosh community TV producer, Ed Kastern, recently produced the 18th episode of his public access show entitled Making it Happen. Ed was born with cerebral palsy, and on his show he interviews people in the community who have persevered through hardships and adversity in their lives. Making It Happen airs on Oshkosh Media’s Life TV and is posted on Ed’s YouTube page.
Oshkosh Media covers state issues and local elections
Last week Oshkosh Media produced the second episode of Oshkosh Capitol Connection, featuring Representative Gordon Hintz (D – Oshkosh) and Senator Dan Feyen (R – Fond du Lac). The show focuses on what each lawmaker is working on and how it will affect the greater Oshkosh community, while giving lawmakers a chance to inform the community about what their objectives and priorities are for the legislative session and beyond. The show airs on Oshkosh Media’s Gov TV, channel 10, and is also available on the Oshkosh Media website and Facebook page.
On the local level, the League of Women Voters of Winnebago County and Oshkosh Media co-hosted a candidates forum for the Oshkosh mayoral primary election. Incumbent Mayor Steve Cummings, incumbent Deputy Mayor Lori Palmeri and local business owner Nate Stiefvater took part in the one-hour forum, which aired live on Charter Spectrum Cable TV, the city’s website, Roku and Apple TV channels and on Oshkosh FM 101.9 radio. On March 7, Oshkosh Media and the league will be presenting a forum featuring general election candidates.