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Public Access Newsletter – May 3, 2013


Your Public Access Advisory Committee unanimously adopted a recommendation in favor of a new Series Status policy drafted by staff. This was ratified by RVTV last month and is now in effect. Among the significant changes:

–       Clarification on what a “series” is and how key terms are defined;

–       An update to the list of non-local religious series and when they are scheduled;

–       The addition of language describing programming blocs;

–       A new system of assigning second-play timeslots for local programs, along with descriptions of “time periods” when these can occur.

Given the unmitigated success of our new digital playback system thanks to our partnership with TelVue, the PAAB also recommended expanding the community access weekly schedule. RVTV Staff welcomes the advice and the enthusiasm, but due to staff time limitations at present, we are holding off on major changes to the Channel 15 scheduling system until we have other resources lined up to make this task one we can accomplish.

We’ve already implemented some of these new provisions as of a few weeks ago, when our most recent Channel 15 schedule for April 2013 was issued (posted at ) and we’ll be making some more significant schedule changes when our May schedule is released next week.

To read the full Series Status policy, please visit and let us know if you have any questions. More policy updates are also in the works as we bring our standards up to pace with the digital times we live in.


The RVTV Public Access Advisory Committee, which represents your interests in preserving and protecting public access media in the Rogue Valley, is now a weekly feature in this newsletter.

They voted unanimously at their April 23 meeting to adopt the following statement from the PAAB concerning the recommended elimination of Jackson County’s funding for Channel 15 public access and for Channel 14 government access programming:

Be aware that community free speech is being threatened by dramatic cuts proposed by the Jackson County Budget Committee. These cuts will eliminate live public broadcast of all county government hearings now available through public access television.

There is only one, non-commercial, broadcast quality resource currently available in our local communities:  Rogue Valley Community Television at the Southern Oregon Digital Media Center. This public television station provides twenty-four hour access to government, educational, and public affairs programming on Channels 9, 14, 15, and 21, and via the Internet.

Your Public Access Advisory Board urges you to call and email your County Commissioners to voice your objections to the elimination of public broadcasting of county events. The Jackson County Budget Committee’s proposed cuts will diminish the transparency of Jackson county government processes and threaten the existence of a rich, vital, free speech resource called public access television and digital media production in the Rogue Valley.


RVTV Public Access Advisory Board
Ralph Bowman
David Bruce
Urban Kohler
Joyce Segers
Dean Walker
Leslie Wilson

Please contact your Jackson County Commissioners by email:

Don Skundrick –

Doug Breidenthal –

John Rachor –

Or by mail and phone:

10 South Oakdale

Room 214

Medford OR 97501

Phone – 541-774-6116

Again, this statement was issued by the Public Access Advisory Committee and is included in this newsletter as part of the PAAB role in providing community access producers and supporters in the Rogue Valley a voice in the operations of RVTV. Re-printing the statement of the PAAB does not constitute an endorsement of the statement by RVTV, SOU or our government partners.


Due to work conflicts, two of our initial Public Access Advisory Board members have regretfully asked to step down. We are looking to find residents who live anywhere in Jackson County or Grants Pass to take their places. The ideal candidates would either be involved as studio or field producers in our RVTV public access program, or folks 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.


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:

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          Kumud Gokani – Cooking With Kumud
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

5/3/135PM-8PM  One WayProducer: Oscar Rodriguez
Director: Dean Walker
Graphics Manager: Moon Dust
Floor Manager: TBA
5/4/138AM-11AM Perspectives On Wall Street & ActivismProducer: Urban Kohler
Director: Moon Dust
Graphics Manager: TBA
Floor Manager: John Stoeckl
5/4/1311AM-2PM MeditationProducer: Gokul Gokani
Director: Dean Walker
Graphics Manager: John Stoeckl
Floor Manager: Kumud Gokani
5/4/132PM-5PM Rogue Valley Musicians SpotlightProducer: Sheral Graham
Director: Sheral Graham
Graphics Manager: Dean Walker
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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