2017 Save the Dates!

With a new year mean new opportunities for networking and education! The National & Michigan ACM offer many events for you to do just that! Here’s a quick list of events you can add to your calendar:

Save the dates and we hope to see you there!

2016 Station Tour Recap

The 2016 Fall Station Tour included a small group of people, but lots of great ideas! We saw everything from a massive studio where they shoot car commercials, a fully functioning HD governmental studio and a live news broadcast in Detroit.

Huge thanks to Doris Hage from Specs Howard School of Media Arts for setting up the tour of their newly renovated Farmington Hills location. We had a great time meeting with staff and getting to know more about the three different Media Arts Programs offered at Specs Howard. The classrooms are roomy, bright and full of technology. We also learned that Mr. Specs Howard is 90 years old and still comes to work daily!

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Next, we headed to City of Warren’s TV Warren to say farewell, and congratulations, to the former Communication Director Tracey Perry. Friday was her last day, so we were excited to be able to spend it with her. We toured their spacious HD studios. That’s right, they have two! Their studios are split by one control room, but their HD truck can be hooked up to act as another control room. Meaning they have two fully functioning HD studios with really impressive sets and camera! We got to meet most of their staff because they were getting ready to go produce a Friday night football game. Great staff and facility! Thanks for having us TV Warren, Tracey and crew!

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Our last stop was WDIV Channel 4 in the heart of downtown Detroit. Our tour guide was Photographer John Pompeo whom is a HOMTV alumni. We saw everything from master control to set design ideas and even got to meet Reporters Jason Colthorp & Kimberly Gill on set during their live broadcast! Thanks John for showing us the VIP behind the scenes view during the live 5pm news coverage!

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Thanks again to everyone who came to the 2016 station tour and a very special thanks to Specs Howard, TV Warren & WDIV Channel 4 for letting us tour their facilities! If you’re station would like to be part of the 2017 station tour please email michiganacm@gmail.com.

Fall Station Tour 2016

The MIACM annual station tour and meeting is next Friday, Sept. 9th. We’ll be touring Specs Howard School of Media Arts new studio, TV Warren and Local 4 WDIV TV. This is free for members and $20 for non-members. The first 15 people who RSVP get to watch WDIV’s live 5pm newscast! RSVP to MichiganACM@gmail.com. There are only a handful of spots left!!

Here is the schedule of events:
We will start the tour at 10:30am at Specs Howard School of Media Arts:
23801 Industrial Park Drive Farmington Hills, Mi.
From the street, there’s a sign that says Studio Center.

Then head to TV Warren around noon:
5441 Arden Ave,
Warren, MI 48092
Park in the TV Warren Truck lot.

Head to Lunch & General Meeting at around 2pm (lunch on your own tab):
Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine
5709 East Twelve Mile Road
Warren, MI 48092

Head to Local 4 WDIV TV around 4pm:
550 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

We hope to see you there!

Interim Funding For MPSC

The State of Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulator Affairs announced on Friday, July 1, 2016 that there will be interim funding for the MPSC…

“Communication to Michigan Municipalities and Video/Cable Providers – Michigan Public Service Commission Resumes Video Franchise Operations – Effective July 1, 2016 Interim funding for the Michigan Public Service Commission’s (MPSC’s) video franchise activity has been secured. The MPSC will resume video/cable franchise operations on July 1, 2016. The MPSC will resume handling and/or processing video/cable franchise entity, provider, and customer complaints. Municipalities can advise their residents to contact the MPSC for any video/cable customer complaints, in addition municipalities may contact the MPSC for any franchise agreement complaints. The MPSC looks forward to working with customers, municipalities and providers on matters related to Public Act 480 of 2006 (Uniform Video Services Local Franchise Act).”

Original Document here. 

Supporting PEG Access, Michigan communities and free speech!

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