I've been a passionate supporter of public access television since we first began advocating for Community Cable Channels (PEG) back in the early 80's. Thirty Five years later my experience in this particular area of the television industry runs deep and includes time as a board member, station manager, trainer, engineer and content producer on many levels. I understand the politics and funding models behind many of these channels and, I understand how important it is to access the tools that allow communities to manage these resources. I'm proud to be able to support this community of media producers through continued work as a technical consultant, teacher and community activist.
Here are some ways I can help:
Tightrope Media Systems are one of the original developers of systems designed specifically for the access community. Tightrope is true to their access roots and provide life-long support for their systems, at no extra cost.
I provide support for these systems and can help train users on multiple levels.
- Cablecast automation for file-based play-out on channel, or from a web site.
- Carousel graphics system for state-of-the-art digital signage.
Video control rooms, playback systems, studios and remote "fly-pac" systems. I've designed and built dozens of systems over the years. Our new digital tools are opening up new worlds to production with more integrated graphics, storage and live switching capabilities. Streaming media over the internet is the new delivery system, and I can make this happen on many different levels.
I can design your control room and provide schematics that will keep your systems running for years to come. I can also install and maintain your systems while providing training and technical support. I represent a variety of equipment manufactures and can provide competitive quotes for both hardware and software solutions.
Here's an interesting documentary called "Everyone's Channel". The video was produced in 1990 and describes the history of local Public Access cable channels. It's an interesting look at the development of our "wired communities". It's also a great primer for the history and debate over Public Access cable channels as an extension of our First Amendment rights.
Check out this short video about my friend and mentor, George Stoney. George was a well known documentary film maker, social activist and professor at the Tisch School-NYU. This video was prepared as the opening segment for a tribute held at NYU in 2012.