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Fall Station Tour is THIS Friday, Oct. 12!

Here is the final schedule for Friday, Oct. 12! Photos to come. And hip hip hooray to our sponsors; Vice Deur from Sony & Randy Visser from Cablecast by Tightrope Media Systems!

9:00 a.m. Coffee & Doughnuts Social & Tour at MPACT  (Sponsor: Tim Hortons)

20 W. Fifth St. Ste. 201 Monroe, MI 48161

9:30 a.m. Discussion with State Representative Joseph Bellino (R-Monroe) & State Senator Dale Zorn (R-Ida) regarding SB637

10:10 a.m. Sony Demonstration – Vince Deur

10:30 a.m. Tightrope Demonstration – Randy Visser

11:15 a.m. Group Tour of MPACT & Rewind 94.3

Lunch 12:30 p.m.  (Sponsors: Sony & Cablecast by Tightrope Media Systems)

Public House- Address: 138 N Monroe St, Monroe, MI 48162

Tentative Menu to select from:
Burger- field greens, tomato, red onion, ciabatta – add cheddar, swiss, bleu, feta, mozzarella, or provolone cheese
Public House Burger- bacon, pulled pork, field greens, tomato, red onion,ciabatta
Portobello Sandwich- balsamic marinade, olive tapenade, provolone, onion, field greens ciabatta
Public House Grilled Cheese- swiss, feta, sautéed spinach, tomato, onion, grilled pumpernickel rye

1:45 p.m. MPACT Government Access @ Monroe City Hall 120 E. First St.

2:30 p.m Monroe County ISD 1101 South Raisinville Rd.

4:00 p.m. Bedford Township government access channel operations (New ACM Member) Possible added location: Bedford High School TV & Radio Studios

5:15 p.m. Return to MPACT or Hotels

6:00 p.m. Dinner TBD

Huge thanks to Michigan ACM Vice President & Executive Director Milward J. Beaudry II & MPACT Studios for hosting the 2018 Fall Station Tour! Stay tuned for a recap of our events.

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Q&A Regarding FCC & Senate Bills

The time to take action is upon us! Our stations have been working very hard to bring hyper local content to our communities, at little to no cost to many, and if this is taken away what will it be in exchange for? Our funding is under attack and we need your stories and communities to do the follow:

  1. Attend hands on events for local, states and federal issues and talk about the FCC impact on municipalities and SB 637
  2. Educate your local officials on what you do and share stories that show you do it well! This means reaching out to your neighbor communities as well… they will be effected by this loss of funding even if they are NOT using it for Community Media.
  3. Meet with State & Federal Officials locally or in DC.
  4. Create videos to advocate for FCC opposition and the value of PEG.
  5. With examples of what is well received in your community.
  6. Send comments to legislatures;
  7. Specifically to Debbie Dingell and Gary Peters for the FCC matter
  8. And House Reps. for SB 637

We’re drafting talking points, but you should start a document with personal stories explain how this will impact YOUR COMMUNITY!!!

For example,

Paragraph 1- should be about who you and your station are in the community.

Paragraph 2- Should be about how PEG/your services work in the community, how services are provided at $0-little cost, how this will impact you and your community. Paragraph 3- What are some services and testimonial of how important you are in the community or what you do well.

Note: we’re still waiting for open comments once the document goes live, but you should be talking with people and starting to collect their stories. Q&A information below….

QUESTIONS

Q: Is there any sense of how likely it is that the FCC adopts this rule as outlined in the notice?

A: Highly likely. Need more communities to challenge this and speak up. If this is adopted we lose PEG fees by February and coupled with SB 637 we lose franchise fees in the spring. Of our Michigan NATOA members, I have only heard from 8 communities who are willing to take part in joining a challenge. We have over 30 members so 4 is not a very good representation of our willingness to challenge.

Q: We know that the FCC is proposing making a rule that counts in-kind costs against franchise fees.   Does this mean franchise fees (5% of gross) or does it also include PEG support (anything above 2%)?  Are PEG support payments considered “in-kind” and also count against franchise fees?

A: The new ruling coupled with SB 637 and SB 894 is highly likely to eventually eliminate PEG and Franchise Fees. Cable has already spoken with the FCC and the state about reducing what they owe to match what telecom companies pay. Why should cable pay % gross revenue when telecom pays pennies per foot in METRO fees and DAS in 25 states has been approved to pay $20 per year per pole on colocation and $125 per year on new poles? In addition, cable could eliminate in-kind drops and/or charge us back for those drops.

Q: In this rule-making, is PEG support defined federally (capital only)? What about Michigan’s (480) definition, “PEG facilities AND services”?

A: FCC supersedes Michigan. We will lose PEG funding because it will be charged back to us and could possibly cost us. We could end up paying for the channels if cable says the channels are worth more than the PEG contribution they are giving us.

I note that much of the buzz has been that cable operators will deduct the value of PEG channels from payments.  Value to whom, the community or the operator?  Who determines the value? Industry determines the value. Cable is going to say that their drops to the studio are worth X amount of dollars and possibly charge us back for those. Same goes for anything else (boxes, transmission, fiber, channel, coax, connections, etc. per channel). They could charge us more than we receive.

2018 Fall Station Tour

The Annual Michigan ACM Alliance for Community Media Fall Station Tour will be Friday, October 12, 2018 and is hosted by Monroe Public Access Center (MPACT)

9:00 a.m. Coffee & Doughnuts Social & Tour at MPACT (Sponsor: Tim Hortons)
20 W. Fifth St. Ste. 201 Monroe, MI 48161
9:30 a.m. Possible Sony/Tightrope Product Demo
11:00 a.m. ACM Meeting & Best Practices
Lunch 12:30 p.m. (Sponsors: Sony & Tightrope). Menu Below.
1:45 p.m. MPACT Government Access @ Monroe City Hall 120 E. First St.
2:30 p.m. Monroe County ISD 1101 South Raisinville Rd.
4:00 p.m. Bedford Township government access channel operations (New ACM Member) Possible added location: Bedford High School TV & Radio Studios
5:15 p.m. Return to MPACT or Hotels
6:00 p.m. Dinner TBD

Public House Lunch Menu
Address: 138 N Monroe St, Monroe, MI 48162
Menu: publichousemonroe.com
Phone: (734) 242-3010
Modern-rustic tavern featuring area-sourced American comfort food.
Tentative Menu to select from:

  • Burger- field greens, tomato, red onion, ciabatta – add cheddar, swiss, bleu, feta, mozzarella, or provolone cheese
  • Public House Burger- bacon, pulled pork, field greens, tomato, red onion,ciabatta
  • Portobello Sandwich- balsamic marinade, olive tapenade, provolone, onion, field greens ciabatta
  • Public House Grilled Cheese – swiss, feta, sautéed spinach, tomato, onion, grilled pumpernickel rye

RSVP by emailing MichiganACM@gmail.com

Music Library Service & Member Events!

One of our members communities found this music library/licensing service… It’s geared towards PEG stations and runs $750/yr or $500/yr for a three year contract. It has BMI and ASCAP licensed production music. It’s cleared for internet, sychnro, and sale (up to 100 units). Here’s a link   https://getnovamusic.com/

You can still RSVP for the annual Fall Station Tour! Deadline to RSVP is Thursday, Sept. 27! Michigan ACM Members can attend the tour for FREE on Friday, October 12, 2018. Non-members price is $20 to attend. RSVP to Alysha emailing MichiganACM@gmail.com.

Tour information is subject to change, but this is our tentative draft. Exact times TBA:

  • 9:00 a.m.Coffee & Doughnuts Social & Tour at MPACT 20 W. Fifth St. Ste. 201 Monroe, MI 4816
  • Sony & Tightrope Product Demo
  • MPACT Government Access @  Monroe City Hall 120 E. First St.
  • Lunch  & ACM Meeting/Best Practices at Public House Restaurant a Modern-rustic tavern featuring area-sourced American comfort food. 138 N Monroe St, Monroe, MI 48162
  • Monroe County ISD 1101 South Raisinville Rd.
  • Tentative Bedford Township government access channel operations (New ACM Member)
  • Dinner/Socializing  TBD

2018_MPACT Parking_Map PDF

Tentative Menu to select from:

  • Burger- field greens, tomato, red onion, ciabatta – add cheddar, swiss, bleu, feta, mozzarella, or provolone cheese
  • Public House Burger- bacon, pulled pork, field greens, tomato, red onion,ciabatta
  • Portobello Sandwich- balsamic marinade, olive tapenade, provolone, onion, field greens ciabatta
  • Public House Grilled Cheese- swiss, feta, sautéed spinach, tomato, onion, griiled pumpernickel rye

Menu: publichousemonroe.com

Here is another networking and education opportunities for our members:

Annual Conference and Trade Show

The Central States Region ACM 2018 Conference & Trade show will be in Alliance, Ohio; hosted by Alliance Channel 11. This conference will also feature the Philo Festival of Media Arts Award Ceremony.

Click here to download PDF Schedule of Events 

Click here to Register for the 2018 Conference & Trade Show! By registering we mean you’ll have to buy a ticket via EventBright 

Call For Entries: 2018 Philo Festival of Media Arts

Call for entries has begun to the 2018 Philo Festival Of Media Arts video competition; June 1-30, 2018 via Film Freeway. To view rules, categories and more click the FilmFreeway Button below. 

Philo Festival of Media Arts proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform. Click here to submit your videos with Film Freeway.

The 2018 Philo Festival of Media Arts Award Ceremony will be in Alliance, OH on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Submission for the 2018!

Congratulations to all the 2017 Excellence Winners!! The Award Ceremony video is on YouTube; click here to view it. You can also download the ceremony for your channel. Click here for the SD google drive link. Or here for the HD google drive link. And view photos from the event by clicking here. 

What’s a Philo?
The festival is named after Philo T. Farnsworth, the father of modern television. Philo was born August 19, 1906 on a farm near Beaver City, Utah. As a youth in 1922, Philo first revealed his scientific ideas for an all-electric television system. He later established an electronics laboratory in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he succeeded in turning his dreams into reality by inventing the first receiving tube for television transmissions.

It is fitting that the ACM Central States Region honors the memory of Philo T. Farnsworth by recognizing the efforts of modern day pioneers who work to further develop the use of this technology and promote the use of media in our communities. The “PHILO” is awarded as recognition of excellence in media creation.

What’s this Festival about?
The Philo Festival of Media Arts is all about you: the media producer. It’s a unique combination of competition, collaboration, educational and creative content hosted by the Central States Alliance for Community Media. The event offers invaluable networking opportunities and immersion into the creative art and the rapidly evolving world of independent media. The festival features professional speakers, creative minds, and notable mentors that are there to help you tackle the latest media making trends and technology. And of course…the awards will be given to honor and celebrate your amazing work.

Congratulations to all the 2017 Excellence Winners!! The Award Ceremony video is on YouTube; click here to view it. You can also download the ceremony for your channel. Click here for the SD google drive link. Or here for the HD google drive link. And view photos from the event by clicking here. 

Best Documentary
Clare, Michigan Depression Era Art, MAC TV Network, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Best In Show
The Mayor’s Corner – Talk Show (On Location), SCSTV, City of St. Clair Shores, MI

Best Series Program
Livin’ Live – Episode 3, ONTV, Lake Orion, MI

Excellence in Animation
Velocity Hub of the Michigan Cyber Range, Sterling Heights, MI

Excellence in Cinematography
Fort Wayne Museum of Art Iron Poor, Access Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN

Excellence in Directing
News Central 34 Morning Show, MAC TV Network, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Excellence in Editing
Let’s Go Bloomington, Bloomington, IN

George C. Stoney Community Activism Award
2016 United We Walk Celebration, Civic Center TV, West Bloomfield, MI

Excellence in Sound Design
Lotus World Music Festival 2016 – Anda Union, CATS, Bloomington, IN

Congratulations to all the 2017 Philo Festival of Media Arts Winners & Finalists! We hope to see you in 2018 for next year’s award ceremony!