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Public Access Newsletter – June 4, 2013


All RVTV Studio Producers are cordially invited to join us on Wednesday, June 5th at 7 p.m. in the Classroom of the Digital Media Center (Room 121) for our Quarterly Public Access Producers Meeting.

Once again, it’s time for our producer community to come together and map out our production schedule for the forthcoming three months. The Summer Quarter covers July, August and September – and with our new schedule of offering three production timeslots every Saturday, along with the first and third Friday live times, that’s 42 timeslots in all up for grabs!

Only producers who are studio-certified may bid for these timeslots, and we will continue our new lottery system first implemented last December. RVTV Staff have also agreed to grant further pre-lottery timeslots to those RVTV Public Access Producers who are the leading volunteers on other public access programs in the three months leading up to this meeting. Producers Helping Producers – this is the motto by which our Public Access program at RVTV will continue to survive and grow.

The same rules apply in terms of attendance at this meeting – Producers must be physically present to bid for timeslots, and each producer gets one pick at a time, not one pick per show they produce. After the up-front bonus picks, each producer will have the opportunity to bid for a production timeslot in every round before going through the draft pick lottery order once more.

For those of you reading this newsletter who aren’t certified, you might consider partnering with someone who is if you’d like to try a studio show concept out in the next three months. Please keep in mind that these are three-hour production timeslots, which means TWO half-hour or ONE hour-long program MINIMUM must be submitted to air on Channel 15 as a result of each production timeslot. Any special projects deviating from this formula require prior approval.

Further details on a new fee schedule and more will be released on Wednesday night…so be there!


The RVTV Public Access Advisory Board, which represents your interests in preserving and protecting public access media in the Rogue Valley, represented you all in a statement read by member Joyce Segers at a recent Jackson County Board of Commissioners meeting, which you can view here:

Thanks in part to the good work of Joyce and the PAAB in advocating on your behalf, RVTV has been granted a six-month extension in its contract with Jackson County, which includes funding for public access on Channel 15 as well as for the cablecast, webcast and on-demand streaming of all Jackson County government meetings on Channel 14 (not to mention the Ask The Commissioners and Jackson County Close Up studio shows broadcast live on Channel 9).

While the news is a relief, this is only a temporary reprieve and RVTV is not out of the woods yet, as Commissioners are looking to put an item on the November ballot to levy a fee to pay for certain county services. If this fee fails, so might county funding for public, education and government access TV services, and your Public Access Advisory Board is planning accordingly.

This includes making Public Access a more self-sustaining initiative with updated user fees, as well as seeking grant funding opportunities as they arise. A new Visioning and Branding Committee has also formed thanks to RVTV Mentor Dean Walker to provide community access with a future focus.

YOUR input is needed if the important work of the Public Access Advisory Board is to succeed – we have a vacancy open to any resident of Southern Oregon who wishes to contribute their efforts. Contact Brandon ( or Charles ( for an application.


Dean Walker at Ashland City BandFor those of you who weren’t able to join us this Spring, we have another opportunity for you to take our basic field production certification workshop series!

Becoming a Field-Certified Producer means you are able to check out cameras, tripods, microphones and more from RVTV for use in your film productions out and about in the Rogue Valley. Our only requirement is that you use this equipment to make programs which appear on RVTV Community Access Channel 15.

Going above and beyond the call of duty, RVTV Mentor David Bruce has agreed to teach all four Field Production workshops this summer; David is without a doubt our most prolific field producer, shooting everything from live music to inspirational talk shows to protests in the streets of Medford! RVTV Staff will also be on hand to check out field equipment and get the ball rolling on your editing process.

These workshops all take place in the DMC Classroom from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on successive Saturdays (June 22, July 6, July 13 and August 3). All four must be taken in succession to become certified. Additionally, participants will be developing proposals for a Public Service Announcement or a short film (2 to 5 minutes) on the subject of their choice. These will be filmed and edited between July 14 and August 2, and final projects will be featured on RVTV both on cable and on-line!

Workshops are just $25 each, and pre-payment for the workshop series will guarantee your seat in the class. Currently certified Field Producers may re-take the FPCW series for free, but only if space is available. To sign up or to find out more information, contact Charles at or (541) 552-6898. Additional details can be found at


Equipment check-out is NOW ON THURSDAYS 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        Nancy Bloom – Life Passages
June 8       11am-2pm        Britt Ivy – Passion
2pm-5pm          Dean Walker – Presence

Sat.            STUDIO CLOSED
June 15     (SOU Commencement)

Fri.             5pm-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




The Art & Awareness of Happy Health

Producer: Gokul Gokani
Director: Moon Dust
Graphics Manager: Michael D. Fox
Floor Manager: Joseph Kauth



Life Passages

Producer: Nancy Bloom
Director: Michael Rhoades
Graphics Manager: Joseph Kauth
Floor Manager: Dean Walker




Producer: Britt Ivy
Director: Dean Walker
Graphics Manager: TBA
Floor Manager: John Skuja




Producer: Dean Walker
Director: Bob Schropp
Graphics Manager: Joseph Kauth
Floor Manager: TBA


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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