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Public Access Newsletter – March 22, 2013

Dean Walker on the set of 'Presence.'

Dean Walker on the set of ‘Presence.’


Thanks to all the local producers (and their guests) who attended the Quarterly Producers Meeting. All of us at RVTV were proud to recognize the Top RVTV Volunteers for Winter Quarter 2013; the dedication of these local media makers serving as directors, graphics managers, audio engineers or camera operators IS what makes our Public Access program a success.

The top RVTV Volunteers for Winter Quarter 2013: Michael Fox, Dean Walker and Bob Schropp!

As the top volunteers (with over 80 hours of combined studio time in just two months), these three received FREE studio production timeslots prior to the lottery, and were also automatically seeded 1, 2 and 3 in the draft pick.

Also due for Honorable Mention for their volunteer service are Joseph Kauth, Michael Rhoades, Urban Kohler, John Stoeckl & Sheral Graham. Thanks to all our great volunteers – and don’t forget, the clock is now running for next quarter’s winners, with increased incentives to boot!

More details about the aggressive social media campaign RVTV is in the early stages of were also shared, and will be detailed further in upcoming editions of this newsletter. In addition, the news of our expanded studio times was well received!

Due to healthy signs of increased demand, RVTV Public Access will now be 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). Without further adieu, here are the Spring Quarter studio production timeslots:

Fri.             6pm-8pm          OPEN
Apr. 5

Sat.            8am-11am        Oscar Rodriguez
Apr. 6        11am-2pm        Gokul Gokani
2pm-5pm          OPEN

Sat.            STUDIO CLOSED
Apr. 13      (Pear Blossom Parade)

Fri.             6pm-8pm          Corinne Vieville
Apr. 19     

Sat.            8am-11am        Oscar Rodriguez
Apr. 20      11am-2pm        Therese Swenson
2pm-5pm          Charles Douglas

Sat.            8am-11am        Craig Comstock
Apr. 27      11am-2pm        Kumud Gokani
2pm-5pm          Gokul Gokani

Fri.             6pm-8pm          Kumud Gokani
May 3

Sat.            8am-11am        Urban Kohler
May 4        11am-2pm        Gokul Gokani
2pm-5pm          Sheral Graham

Sat.            8am-11am        Bob Schropp
May 11      11am-2pm        Michael Fox
2pm-5pm          Dean Walker

Fri.             6pm-8pm          Corinne Vieville
May 17

Sat.            8am-11am        Bob Schropp
May 18      11am-2pm        Bob Schropp
2pm-5pm          Britt Ivy

Sat.            STUDIO CLOSED
May 25      (Memorial Day Holiday)

Sat.            8am-11am        Michael Fox
June 1       11am-2pm        Sheral Graham
2pm-5pm          Kumud Gokani

Fri.             6pm-8pm          Urban Kohler
June 7

Sat.            8am-11am        Therese Swenson
June 8       11am-2pm        Britt Ivy
2pm-5pm          Dean Walker

Sat.            STUDIO CLOSED
June 15     (SOU Commencement)

Fri.             6pm-8pm          Corinne Vieville
June 21

Sat.            8am-11am        Urban Kohler
June 22     11am-2pm        Pravina McClure
2pm-5pm          Dean Walker

Sat.            STUDIO CLOSED
June 29     (Summer Break)


Final Cut X (that’s Ten) is now on our RVTV Public Access Editing Terminal, along with the latest version of iMovie.  These and other upgrades to our Mac were implemented, including increased memory.

A note of caution, however: This repair took longer than planned because the firewire port on the Public Access Mac was irreparably damaged, forcing us to completely replace the motherboard.

Needless to say, this was a very extensive repair and one we do not wish to repeat. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE FIREWIRE PORTS AND ALL OTHER INPUTS INTO THE COMPUTER ARE TREATED WITH CARE. Any forcing or jamming of equipment wires into the Mac will damage it and any Producer found to be damaging equipment will be banned from the Digital Media Center and charged for the damage.

We are tracking all users of the Public Access Edit Bay through an electronic calendar from here on out, and the computer will be tested for functionality on a weekly basis to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. This isn’t just a security measure – it also creates the benefit of making advanced reservations possible for Producers who wish to set aside up to four hours on any day the DMC is open to make use of the Terminal to edit their Public Access project(s).

Contact Charles or Brandon if you wish to reserve the Editing Terminal in advance – otherwise, it is available on a first come, first served basis. The facility is usually open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with additional weekday times posted on the DMC website at – these hours will vary next week (Spring Break) as well as over the summer and around holidays, another reason why reservations are encouraged. Naturally, any day the Studio is closed (as posted above) is also a day the Public Access Edit Bay is also closed.

RVTV Staff maintains this facility, which is available to all certified producers, with the understanding that we cannot edit your projects for you. If you require tutoring in the use of iMovie or Final Cut, we can point you to the numerous free on-line tutorials available on the subject. If you need hands-on assistance, it might be possible to put you in contact with an SOU student who is interested in providing tutoring services. But due to the numerous other projects underway, RVTV at present simply does not have the staffing resources necessary to provide one-on-one editing courses (of ANY length of time) to producers. Thank you for your understanding about this.


Public Access Producers who wish to learn the basics of filming outside the studio (back in the uncontrolled environment known as the real world) are welcome to take our Basic Field Production Certification workshops. This certification enables local residents to check-out of our Public Access Field Production equipment, including cameras, tripods, microphones and more!

New producers (who pay $25 a workshop) are first in line, but any currently certified producers who wish to brush up on their skills may re-take these courses for free too, so long as space as available.

The ‘final’ project for the Field Production workshops is a Public Service Announcement developed by the Producers themselves – a great way to get the word out about a local cause, non-profit organization or charity!

Contact Charles at (541) 552-6898 or to reserve your space today (whether you’re a new field producer or wish to re-take the workshops). Here’s our workshop schedule, with all meetings held in the DMC Classroom (Room 121):

Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Introduction to the Principles of Field Production with David Bruce

Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Introduction to RVTV Field Equipment with Charles Douglas

April 7 – 19: Attendees develop ideas for their PSA projects.

Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Introduction to Basic Editing on iMovie & Review of PSA Proposals

Apr. 21 – May 10: Attendees film and edit their PSAs.

Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Project deadline! In our final session we will review projects and provide feedback for attendees to use in their future endeavors.


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.

News & schedules for studio production

Recent productions

RVTV Mentor Urban Kohler set a high standard to begin March with his filming of three back-to-back episodes of the newly renamed Perspectives on Wall Street & Activism, featuring former Congressional candidate Joyce Segers, independent journalist Kristi Wright, Occupy activist Keith Haxton and economic historian Wendell Fitz.

Therese Swenson brought friends from the College of the Siskiyous to help in the final filming of Tough Times for the quarter; John Tomlinson also went on camera to discuss student access to affordable health food.

A big turnout of producers inaugurated the first filming of RVTV Mentor Dean Walker’s new show, Presence, where he filmed his 15-minute shorts in front of un-keyed green screen for later chroma-keying in post-production. We can’t wait to see what our most experienced grassroots Public Access director has cooked up!

Nancy Bloom brought in two special guests to discuss their particular Life Passages; the first brought her insights regarding film as a doorway to empowerment and transformation (a welcome topic around here) while the second told a deeply personal tale of life and love in a hospice setting.

Last weekend saw the return of longtime local producer Angie Christianson to the screen with Talking Points; back-to-back episodes featured the harrowing journey of local auto repair wiz Dave Anderson as he escaped hardships experienced in Romania.

Our most recent studio production saw a huge crew gather together for RVTVs newest live performance series, Rogue Valley Musicians Spotlight. Sheral Graham and company brought in local reggae sensations RasCricket and The Cultivators to film two half-hour episodes with a live studio audience!

As linked above, these studio shows are being shared on the new Public Access Archive at and distributed widely, with 922 downloads in its first two 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.





Producer: Britt Ivy
Director: Dean Walker




Producer: Kumud Gokani
Director: Dean Walker


(Next week, March 30, is the final studio production day of Winter Quarter.

Urban Kohler will be in from 9 a.m. to Noon and Michael Fox will be in from Noon to 3 p.m.)

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!


This year is the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Rogue Valley Peace Choir, which is dedicated as a non-sectarian group to creating peace in the community and the world through song.

They are looking for a Public Access Producer who is interested in working with them to produce a good quality demo CD, DVD and MP3 for their use in community outreach; they’re also asking for interested crewmembers to film their Spring Concert at the Methodist Church on Sunday, May 19th at 7 p.m.

If you would like to help the Rogue Valley Peace Choir, please contact Sally McKirgan at (541) 488-1239.

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