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Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media Recognizes the 2013 NATOA Government Programming Award Winners

Four Michigan Community Access Centers Win 10 National Awards.

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) honored the winners of the 28th Annual Government Programming Awards (GPA) at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, FL on Thursday, September 19, 2013. Four of the Michigan Government (PEG) Access Stations received a total of 10 awards. Meridian Township won first, second and third place as well as honorable mention, City of Livonia won first and third place and honorable mention, City of Ann Arbor won two honorable mentions and Bloomfield Township won second place. Categories ranged from election coverage, live sports events, to use of social media.

Michigan Chapter President, Ron Beacom states, “Providing our communities with local coverage is what we do best, but winning national awards is icing on the cake! Congratulations to all the national award winners, but mostly our local Michigan stations.” Below are the Michigan winners from first place to honorable mention with categories listed.

First Place:
• Arts and Entertainment- “Artists: Michael McNamara” City of Livonia
• Visual Arts- “Beyond the Badge Opening Animation” Meridian Township
Second Place:
• Live Sports Event- “BACB Sports: Girls Basketball – Seaholm VS. Groves” Bloomfield Township
• Use of Social Media- “HOMTV Social Media” Meridian Township
Third Place:
• Election Coverage- “Ballot Meridian 2012 Township Trustee Debate” Meridian Township
• Event/Program Promotion – “Recycling PSA” City of Livonia
Honorable Mention:
• Bulletin Boards- “Livonia Television Information Screens” City of Livonia
• Magazine Format Series – “For Your Information (FYI)” City of Ann Arbor
• Public Affairs- “Special Feature #234 – Charrette Project” Meridian Township
• Seniors- “Senior Moments November 2012” City of Ann Arbor

To view all NATOA Winners visit The GPA honors excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. This year, NATOA received more than 670 entries submitted by local governments from across the country and Canada.

The ACM Michigan chapter promotes the importance of supporting PEG stations, local channels, and free speech. We seek fair treatment of community channels by video providers To learn more about the Michigan ACM find us on Facebook and Twitter at MichiganACM or visit our blog at To learn more about the ACM on a national level visit


Recap from the Fall Station Tours

The Michigan Chapter ACM visited Orion Neighborhood Television, Media Network of Waterford Municipal Channel 20 & Oxford Community Television for our annual fall meeting on Friday, September 6, 2013.

View more photos of the event on the MichiganACM’s Facebook page.


Member photo in front of Media Network of Waterford. Read more about the event on HOMTV’s blog.

Oak Park IL: Ex-president – District 200 board should broadcast meetings | Terry Dean, Wednesday Journal

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Outgoing District 200 board member Terry Finnegan strongly urged the next board and administration to pursue the technical and financial feasibility of broadcasting its board meetings to the public.


The topic has been broached in the past but videotaping D200 meetings has never come to pass. Finnegan, the board’s former president, made the request at one of his last D200 meetings. He says it’s time. The new board was seated on May 2, following the expiring terms of Finnegan, Valerie Fisher, Amy McCormack, and Dietra Millard.


The D200 Board of Education oversees Oak Park and River Forest High School, one of a handful of single-school districts in the state. The high school has never broadcast its regular board or committee meetings, either on its website or on Oak Park’s public access channel. Other school districts, such as New Trier High School, broadcasts its board meetings on its site and on local public access TV.


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FCC Chairman Genachowski to Step Down | Free Press

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will announce on Friday that he will step down from his position as head of the agency.

Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron made the following statement:

“When Julius Genachowski took office, there were high hopes that he would use his powerful position to promote the public interest. But instead of acting as the people’s champion, he’s catered to corporate interests. His tenure has been marked by wavering and caving rather than the strong leadership so needed at this crucial agency.

“Though President Obama promised his FCC chairman would not continue the Bush administration’s failed media ownership policies, Genachowski offered the exact same broken ideas that Bush’s two chairmen pushed. He never faced the public and ignored the overwhelming opposition to his plans.

“Genachowski claimed broadband was his agency’s top priority, but he stood by as prices rose and competition dwindled. He claimed to be a staunch defender of the open Internet, but his Net Neutrality policies are full of loopholes and offer no guarantee that the FCC will be able to protect consumers from corporate abuse in the future.

“While there were a few bright moments during the Genachowski years — including the agency’s opposition to the AT&T/T-Mobile merger and the push for more online transparency from broadcasters — the chairman squandered many more opportunities at critical junctures.

“We urge President Obama to nominate a successor who will enact policies that foster real competition, protect diversity and amplify local voices.”

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Job Posting in Kalamazoon, Michigan

Job Posting in Kalamazoon, Michigan

Programming Coordinator postion open until Friday, March 8 by 5 PM. 

Example of Duties (for illustration purposes only):
Process the ingestion of programming and media from multiple sources (PMN staff and interns,
community program producers, community program sponsors, educational institutions, local, state,
and federal government agencies, etc.).
 Maintain an electronic database of programming resources for use in creating channel
program schedules.
 Create and publish in print and electronic format the PMN community cable channel program
 Coordinate the activity of PMN Master Control Operators, including training, shift
scheduling, and troubleshooting support.
 Provide support and occasional instruction for PMN training services (Education for
Employment Radio Broadcasting and Digital Video Production, PMN community media
production workshops, seminars, camps, etc.).
 Create and publish various programming reports, including monthly reports for inclusion in
the PMN Board of Directors meeting packet, annual reports, and other appropriate report
 Monitor and troubleshoot a variety of “LIVE” signal feeds utilized by PMN from internal and
external sources.
 Monitor the activities of community producers and volunteers for compliance with PMN
Operating Rules and Procedures.
 Schedule equipment and facility resources as requested by PMN staff, interns, and
community producers.
 Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Please mail a cover letter and resume (no phone calls please) to:
ATTN: Linda Tetzloff
Public Media Network
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Ste. 300
Kalamazoo, MI 49007