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Belfast -- Searsport

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BCTV Program director’s Report
March 22, 2007

Equipment and Facilities: Our program schedule is now part of our blog. Simply by clicking on the calendar link, it is now possible to see what is scheduled to air on the channel. We will promote this new capability on our bulletin board, with a video promo and press releases.
The server has been in use daily and for the most part is working well, however as we use the server, I am finding minor problems and some features which I believe the server needs to have. I am working with Bob Nichols, the software designer, in making the server more usable. Bob has been great, and I feel like I am getting a server that is custom designed for our use.
A new video, camera, tripod and microphone has been ordered with some of the Maine Community Foundation grant money. I am also developing a plan for courses to be offered to potential community videomakers.
We have been getting nice feedback on the morning camera shot out our office window of the harbor. We may at some point wish to acquire a camera dedicated to this function. Right now we are using the only camera owned by BCTV.
I meet with a representative of the senior employment project on Monday to discuss the suitability of a part-time employee to assist in day-to-day operations and fundraising aspects of the station. If we find a good candidate to take on such responsibilities, I would offer to train and supervise them. Although the position is funded by a state program, we need to find out what our station’s responsibilities will be and make sure we are able to fulfill them.
Programming: Both “Andrews and Andrews at the Auction” and “Gardens of Waldo County” began airing on the channel last week. A new series “Talking Maine with Joe Bruno” will begin airing next week. The program is produced monthly by the Maine Republican party.
Jayne Giles has also contacted us about producing a local political show. This is a positive sign that we are getting more diverse political views represented in our program schedule.
“Sugarhouse Journal” is a monthly program produced in the Skowhegan area that deals with sustainability topics. I learned about it through the Maine community TV web site and contacted the producer about airing it on our system. The show debuts next Monday at 8:30PM.
“What kids are watching” is a show produced by a Rockland area teenager and is a sort of U-tube review program. I am hoping to get a copy to preview shortly. It would be great to have a show that targets our local teen audience.
On Thursday March 29th we will be showing the “Belfast Leadership and Action Summit” live from 6:30-9PM. Diane Mende, Jerry Klaimon and myself are the volunteer production crew.

Respectfully submitted by Ned Lightner