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Public Access Newsletter – April 26, 2013

Bob Schropp and Michael Ball

Bob Schropp and Michael Ball at the Studio Production Certification Workshop series in Winter Quarter 2013.


The spring quarter is upon us and we’re starting up another round of Studio Production Certification Workshops – this is the class YOU need if you want to get involved in one of the shows currently in production during Public Access Saturdays, or if you want to create your own LIVE or recorded studio shows for broadcast on cable and on the web!

The workshops cost $25 each and are held on staggered Fridays from 6-8 p.m.; in between each workshop, attendees are expected to volunteer on two Public Access studio productions in order to get hands-on training and build the teamwork needed to make our Public Access program successful.

April 26, 6-8 p.m.       Introduction to the Studio Environment

May 10, 6-8 p.m.        Introduction to the Control Room

May 24, 6-8 p.m.        Introduction to Directing

June 14, 6-8 p.m.       Capstone: Final LIVE Production

We strongly encourage attendees to sign up now by calling Charles at (541) 552-6898 or e-mailing to secure your space. Please only sign up if you intend to take all four workshops, as you will not be certified otherwise.


Due to a work conflict, one of our initial Public Access Advisory Board members has regretfully asked to step down. We are looking to find a resident who lives anywhere in Jackson County or Grants Pass to take their place. The ideal candidate would either be involved as a studio producer or a field producer in our RVTV public access program, or someone who would like to advocate for the protection and enhancement of community access media resources in Southern Oregon.

Our PAAB has had only three meetings so far and thus is still in the formative stages; this might be your second chance to get in on the ground floor of building a strong voice for non-commercial, grassroots cable and Internet media here in the Rogue Valley! Please contact Charles at (541) 552-6898 or Brandon at (541) 552-6892 for more information or to get an application.


As ever, we have our latest RVTV Channel 15 series schedule posted at and we encourage your enthusiasm for keeping your shows on the air and producing new episodes.

Our increasing viewership and public access production activity has its impacts on our limited station resources, however. We’ve had a number of producers who’ve insisted upon an intricate playback schedule for their episodes, sometimes just a couple of hours or a couple of days in advance of their timeslot.

While RVTV staff does its best to accommodate programs related to special events and time-sensitive news & information, we would like producers to understand that we try to schedule our channels well ahead of time. We simply do not have the resources to constantly make last-minute schedule changes.

Please understand that scheduling requests are just that – requests; we’d also ask you to make such requests at least two weeks in advance. The only exceptions to this advance timeframe will be in relation to locally-produced programs that are new, that are actually time-sensitive, and that actually relate to real-world news or local events.


Equipment check-out is on Fridays from 3pm to 6pm. Producers are highly encouraged to reserve the equipment they need IN ADVANCE. To do so, please e-mail Charles Douglas at or call (541) 552-6898.

Due to increased demand, RVTV Public Access is running LIVE studio shows the first and third Fridays of the month between 6-8 p.m. (crew call at 5 p.m.). We will also now have THREE studio production timeslots between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the Saturdays we are open, these being 8-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.

Please get ahold of these producers IN ADVANCE if you would like to volunteer in the productions of their programs (and let RVTV staff know too). Here are the remaining Spring Quarter studio production timeslots:

Sat.            8am-11am        Craig Comstock – Like, Wow!
Apr. 27      11am-2pm        Kumud Gokani – Cooking With Kumud
2pm-5pm          Gokul Gokani – Meditation

Fri.             6pm-8pm          Oscar Rodriguez – One Way
May 3

Sat.            8am-11am        Urban Kohler – Perspectives on Wall St.
May 4        11am-2pm        Gokul Gokani – Art & Awareness of Health
2pm-5pm          Sheral Graham – RV Musicians Spotlight

Sat.            8am-11am        Bob Schropp – Keeping Seniors Connected
May 11      11am-2pm        Michael D. Fox – Mickey Balloonman
2pm-5pm          Dean Walker – Presence

Fri.             6pm-8pm          Corinne Vieville – DUDE In Progress
May 17

Sat.            8am-11am        Bob Schropp – Keeping Seniors Connected
May 18      11am-2pm        Bob Schropp – Keeping Seniors Connected
2pm-5pm          Britt Ivy – Passion

Sat.            STUDIO CLOSED
May 25      (Memorial Day Holiday)

Sat.            8am-11am        Michael Fox – Mickey Balloonman Show
June 1       11am-2pm        Sheral Graham – RV Musicians Spotlight
2pm-5pm          Kumud Gokani – Meditation

Fri.             6pm-8pm          Urban Kohler – Perspectives on Wall St.
June 7

Sat.            8am-11am        Nancy Bloom – Life Passages
June 8       11am-2pm        Britt Ivy – Passion
2pm-5pm          Dean Walker – Presence

Sat.            STUDIO CLOSED
June 15     (SOU Commencement)

Fri.             6pm-8pm          Corinne Vieville – DUDE In Progress
June 21

Sat.            8am-11am        Urban Kohler – Perspectives on Wall St.
June 22     11am-2pm        Pravina McClure – Profile of an Artist
2pm-5pm          Therese Swenson – Tough Times

Sat.            STUDIO CLOSED
June 29     (Summer Break)

News & schedules for studio production

Last week’s productions

DUDE, In Progress came back into production with Corinne Vieville welcoming two guests to discuss the concept of “lifelong housing” and the use of universal design in architecture to ensure accessibility and the ability to age in place. This was the first LIVE show to return to RVTV Community Access Channel 15 – these take place the first and third Friday of each month at 6:30! The June 7th timeslot has opened up, so let us know if you’d like to make some engaging live television.

One Way returned to its Spanish-language format as “Un Solo Camino” this last week. Producer Oscar Rodriguez welcomed back Pastor Jorge Rodas of Principe de Paz to ask the question: “Porque Jesus?”

Therese Swenson came down from the mountain to share more views about life in a time of economic calamity. Her “Tough Times” episodes included chats with RVTV Mentors Dean Walker and Michael Rhoades about the importance of grassroots community media and the unique opportunities to get involved here at the Digital Media Center.

As linked above, these studio shows are being shared on the new Public Access Archive at and distributed widely, with 2,695 downloads in its first three months! Please e-mail these links to your friends, post these on the social media of your preference, and help us get the word out.



Like, Wow!

Producer: Craig Comstock
Director: Dean Walker
Graphics Manager: John Stoeckl
Floor Manager: Bob Schropp



Cooking With Kumud

Producer: Kumud Gokani
Director: Dean Walker
Graphics Manager: Bob Schropp
Floor Manager: John Stoeckl



(LIVE 3:30-5)


Producer: Gokul Gokani
Director: Moon Dust
Graphics Manager: TBA
Floor Manager: Brighton Litjens


As you may have noticed, we are expanding our advance listing of crewmembers to make sure producers have lined up sufficient support from our RVTV Public Access crew pool; if you are having trouble finding volunteers, that probably means you need to be volunteering more yourself on other people’s shows!


If you would like to be contacted to Direct or crew for any programs, please contact Brandon ( ) or Charles ( ) so that we can put Producers in contact with you. We always need capable Directors and crew wanting to hone their skills!

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