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Public Access Newsletter – March 27, 2013


Are you looking to get some studio time in to film your Public Access project, whether a one-off special or some episodes of your series?

The only two OPEN studio production timeslots in Spring Quarter are coming up next weekend!

We have our first Friday night LIVE studio spot open on April 5 between 6-8 p.m. (crew call at 5:00).

Our first Saturday afternoon studio spot on April 6 between 2-5 p.m. is also open.

These are available on a first-come, first served basis to any studio-certified producer who is prepared to produce a television show for RVTV Channel 15. Contact Charles at (541) 552-6898 or to sign up.

Independent Media Week PSA Speakers

Jason Houk, Moon Dust, Bob Schropp and Urban Kohler deliver public service announcements for Rogue Valley Independent Media Week 2013


All of us at RVTV congratulate the latest Studio Certified Producers in our Public Access program, Peggy Siders and Moon Dust. Along with Michael Ball and Bob Schropp — who took the workshops as a refresher course, as all of you who are already certified are welcome to do — they completed a several week course which included seminars held by RVTV staff and hands-on training on many of our Public Access studio programs on Saturdays.

Their final project last Friday served not only to demonstrate their talents, but helped a larger community effort RVTV is proud to continue its support for, the ninth annual Independent Media Week in the Rogue Valley, which will be from April 14-20 this year…because independent media is what Rogue Valley Community Television is all about! You’ll see the PSAs produced by the SPCW grads airing on Channel 15 for the next few weeks, and they’re also on our Public Access Archive for you to enjoy:

IMW 2013: Urban Kohler

IMW 2013: Moon Dust

IMW 2013: Charles Douglas

IMW 2013: Jason Houk

IMW 2013: Robert Schropp

More information on Independent Media Week is forthcoming next week in this newsletter!


Summer is coming and it’s time to start filming outside!

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.


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 IMPUTS 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 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.


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 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)

News & schedules for studio production

Last week’s productions

The morning brought the first studio shoot this year on Britt Ivy’s longtime series Passion, with Harmonica Bob showing off his talents both musical and theatrical in some stunning local performances.

In the afternoon, a live audience of nearly 50 people crowded into the RVTV Studio for back-to-back episodes of Dr. Gokani’s Meditation: The Art Of Loving; the guru master Mafu delivered her insights into human nature and the need for inner peace.

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.

3/30/139AM-Noon Perspectives On Wall St. & ActivismProducer: Urban Kohler
Director: Dean Walker
3/30/13Noon-3PM The Mickey Balloonman ShowProducer: Michael Fox
Director: Dean Walker


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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