2004 Annual Report - LCATV Field Production

Lake Champlain Access
T E L E V I S I O N
COLCHESTER.
MILTON.
GEORGIA.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT
2
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
4
LCATV PROGRAMMING
Series Programming
Studio Shows
Meeting Coverage
Election Programming
Special Presentations
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7
9
9
10
11
LCATV BUDGETS
Operating Budget
Capital Budget
14
15
16
LCATV INVENTORY
Rack Components
VCRs/VCPs
Camcorders/Accessories
DVD Players/Recorders
Video Editing/Mixing
Video Monitors
Lighting Equipment
Audio Equipment
Computers
Furniture
Appliances
Miscellaneous
17
18
18
19
20
20
21
21
22
23
25
26
27
LCATV VOLUNTEER
28
LCATV BOARD
OF THE
YEAR
DIRECTORS
29
ABOUT LCATV
Staff
Subscribership
General Information
Chronology
Fact & Figures
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30
30
31
31
32
OF
This past year has been another busy and successful year for Lake Champlain Access Television. As
we head into 2005, we anticipate several changes designed to ensure your community cable television station remains out front of community expectations and
up to date with technology.
One heart-warming change for the Board of Directors has been the return of our Treasurer, Don Alderman, following his extended, many months’ hospitalization and long
convalescence.
During the late summer and early Fall of 2004, the Board began planning and preparation for beginning contract negotiations with Adelphia
Communications, who administer funding and provide technical assistance
in support of your station.
For the past 2-3 years the Board has experienced limited membership
from our three subscriber communities and, in 2004, we have experienced
changes in our membership with the addition of members from Colchester
and Georgia.
Some changes have occurred as well in terms of Board officers: Sam
Conant (Colchester) accepted the invitation to serve as President, and Eric
Hadd (Georgia) agreed to fill the Vice President’s role. Kary Town (Milton)
remains as Secretary, and Don Alderman (Milton) will continue as Treasurer.
During the latter months of 2004, the Board began to discuss and
plan for expansion. In 2003, we committed to planning for the addition of a
third channel so that the station would be able to fulfill the commitment to
provide more comprehensive Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG)
programming for Colchester, Georgia and Milton. In 2004, the Board acknowledged a need for and committed to expanding geographically with alternative studio sites in both Georgia and Milton. Toward that end, the
Board committed sufficient funds to a development fund which will be used
to purchase additional equipment which can be housed in community locations. Board members from Georgia and Milton are exploring siting possibilities in those communities, and the station believes we can accomplish
this expansion goal by the end of 2005 or sooner:
By creating these additional sites and equipment resources, Lake
Champlain Access Television will have accomplished a significant goal
of PEG community television. Resources will be more available in
each of our subscribing communities.
The Board of Directors and staff members are actively recruiting to fill
two more board seats so that both Georgia and Milton can be fully represented.
An added consideration has been whether or not Lake Champlain Access Television can continue to grow as Adelphia expands in communities
not yet served by cable television- especially in those unserved communities adjacent to our subscribing area: Grand Isle, Fairfax, and Westford.
During 2004, the Board met with the Station Director from the St. Albans’
PEG Access station who requested that we consider transferring the town of
Georgia to them. After careful consideration, the Board decided against
considering such a “gift, “but those discussions helped initiate the discussions about equipment and facility (sites) expansion which the Board views
favorably.
Looming over Lake Champlain Access Television, in addition to our
ongoing contract negotiations with Adelphia Television, has been the real
aspect that Adelphia has been “in bankruptcy” for more than a year and all
the uncertainty such a situation entails. It appears the corporation will
come out of bankruptcy with several larger communication/television corporations bidding to purchase Adelphia. With those prospects in mind, the
board is looking forward to concluding contract negotiations with Adelphia
not later than the end of February 2005.
Overall, Lake Champlain Access Television has enjoyed an extremely
positive year, and 2005 promises to be even more positive as we continue
developing and explore ways to make your community television station
more accessible and resourceful for the communities we are committed to
serve.
Toward that end, we welcome your comments and suggestions about
ways you would like to see your community and your interests served by
Lake Champlain Access Television.
Submitted Respectfully,
Sam Conant
LCATV Board of Directors President
October 2004
It was a milestone year at Lake Champlain
Access Television. On February 18, 2004, we celebrated our tenth anniversary on the air. Among
the changes to occur in those ten years: Regular
staff has gone from one fulltime and one part-time
to three fulltime members. We’ve grown from one
small room off of the Colchester High School library to our labyrinthine facilities on Prim Road. One channel a few
hours a day has become two channels, twenty-four-seven. Of course,
probably the most dramatic change in those ten years (or the last five
for that matter) has been the technology that we use to create television. When I began working here in 1998, we had four camcorders:
two VHS and two S-VHS. We currently have ten camcorders of varying digital formats. Those old analog cameras aren’t manufactured
any longer.
Nowhere have these technological changes been more drastic
than in our meeting coverage over the last year. As recently as
March, we were still capturing and playing select and school board
meetings on S-VHS. The switch to digital was quick and complete,
though. Suddenly the meetings were being captured on a hard drive,
loaded into a PC-based nonlinear editing system and burned to DVD
for playback and archiving. Videotape only entered the picture as a
backup safeguard. This new process has lead to a marked increase in
the quality of meeting broadcast. Although not easy to master, Production Coordinator Buddy Meilleur has done an outstanding job in
learning all the intricacies of this new system. Being among the .5%
of the population who reads the instruction manual for pleasure,
Buddy met the challenge head-on, and has become a valuable resource for a few other Vermont access centers trying similar systems.
In addition to mastering this new technology, Buddy was also busy
this year adding more awards to his mantle. For the second time, he
received the Alliance for Community Media Northeast Regional Video
Festival’s first place award for his work on LCATV Channel 16’s community bulletin board.
Buddy and I have long been the only two fulltime employees at
LCATV, but that changed this year with the creation of a third fulltime
position: Channel Coordinator. Playback Programmer Rebecca Padula
was promoted to this position. One of her new primary duties is the
spearheading of our outreach activities here. A graduate of Saint Michael’s College journalism program, Rebecca first turned her sights to
SMC as a resource for us and vice versa and we’ve had several positive experience with the college since. St. Mike’s TV Reporting students aided us extensively in out Town Meeting 2004 coverage and
we provided our studio for the production of their class’s Knightline
News project. We’ve also hosted two internships with SMC students
since the partnership began.
Another exciting development during this fiscal year was the
completion of the Mary P. Simpers Digital Work Center. We obtained
the space during FY 02/03, but began putting it to use a short time
after that. The additional room houses a number of editing suites and
provides both staff and volunteers with a little more room to breathe
(and has allowed the entire staff here to have real desks for the first
time).
As we begin a new year, we’re turning our attentions to a number of new projects. Even though we have our expanded space,
we’re still looking for ways to provide easier access to our Milton and
Georgia members. We’re currently working on a satellite office outreach project that we hope will make our facilities more accessible to
everyone in our viewing area. Now that we have meeting coverage
down to a science, we want to do more. So early in 2005, we’re planning on adding a variety of new meetings to our regular roster, such
as planning and development review boards. And technologically,
we’re keeping an eye on totally tapeless playback and digital signal
transmission in the future.
It’s been a prosperous year at LCATV during which we’ve built a
solid foundation for some important future work. We welcome the
challenged of the next year and invite you to stay tuned to see what
happens next.
Respectfully submitted,
Kevin Christopher
LCATV Executive Director
October 2004
The “Times Aired” for the following programming represents the total number
of the program’s airings between October 1, 2003, and September 30, 2004.
In the notations for Program Type:
Pub. = Public Access
Edu. = Educational Access
Gov. = Governmental Access
PROGRAM TITLE
TYPE
PRODUCER
SPONSOR
TIMES
AIRED
All the Children of the World
Pub.
Gordon Gaynon
James B. Gaynon
324
Army Newswatch
Pub.
Gov.
Melody Day
Michelle Penca
153
Bible Comment/Forum
Pub.
J. Scott Futrell
n/a
422
Body, Mind, Spirit
Pub.
Portland Helmich
n/a
1
Care to Dance?
Pub.
Kevin J. Laddison
Jennifer Q. Russell
193
Community Medical School
Edu.
Andrea Rathje
Andrea Rathje
258
Daybreak Community Church
Pub.
Robby Pitt
n/a
253
Deaf Dimensions
Pub.
Mary Earl
Mechelle Palmer
257
Glorious Hope
Pub.
Roger D. Patno
Kenneth A. Bowers
324
Govenor’s Press Conference
Gov.
CCTV- Channel 17
n/a
490
Holy Cross Children’s Mass & Rosary
Pub.
Pete Monty
n/a
368
Instant Coffeehouse
Pub.
Rebecca Padula
n/a
193
KA Live
Pub.
Ka Smith & Ari Kitchin
Victor Peters
209
Lifelines
Pub.
Ethel Brousseau
n/a
249
PROGRAM TITLE
TYPE
PRODUCER
SPONSOR
TIMES
AIRED
The Living Bread
Pub.
Randy Bunch
n/a
364
Mentoring with Community
Friends
Edu.
Catherine Shahan
Elizabeth Myers
147
Peace & Justice Review
Pub.
Ed Everts
Lea Terhune
261
Prophetic Word
Pub.
Monica Richards
Nancy Stringer
364
RMR Presents
Pub.
Robert Root
n/a
310
Shimmy On
Pub.
Naomi Tatro
Jennifer Coccetti
258
The Songwriter’s Notebook
Pub.
Rik Palieri
Rebecca Padula
310
Soup 2 Nuts
Pub.
Eric Kinniburgh
Michael Horn
307
Street Signs
Pub.
Brian Kling
Laura Bowe
275
Struggles of the Spirit
Pub.
C. Leland Udell
Monica Rock
364
Survey Says!
Pub.
James Polli
Trevor Brooks
309
Vermont Rainbow Connection
Pub.
Sharon Randall
Jeanne Caruso
261
Vermont Republican Weekly
Gov.
Marty Searlight
Inge Schaefer
2
Vision Talk
Pub.
Michael Richmond
Erin K. Bessy
306
Word for the Day
Pub.
Timothy Steiner
n/a
131
PROGRAM TITLE
TYPE
PRODUCER/HOST
TIMES
AIRED
Community Roundtable
Gov.
Sam Conant
88
CHS Now
Edu.
John Coon/CHS
63
Lights, Camera, Action TV
Edu.
LCATV
63
Milton Legislative Update
Gov.
Donald Alderman/Kevin Endres
Spotlight on Colchester Education
Edu.
Renn Niquette
MEETING TITLE
129
49
PRODUCER
TYPE
TIMES
AIRED
Colchester Select Board
LCATV
Gov.
161
Colchester School Board
LCATV
Edu.
167
Milton Select Board
LCATV
Gov.
164
Milton School Board
LCATV
Edu.
175
Georgia Select Board
LCATV
Gov.
177
Georgia School Board
LCATV
Edu.
164
Colchester Town Meeting 2003
LCATV
Gov.
6
Milton Town Meeting 2003
LCATV
Gov.
6
Georgia Town Meeting 2003
LCATV
Gov.
6
Act 68 School Funding Presentation
LCATV
Edu.
14
Mills Point Association Meeting
LCATV
Gov.
8
Regional Technical Academy Meeting
CCTV Channel 17
Edu.
9
DPS Telecommunications Hearing
CCTV Channel 17
Gov.
8
FAHC Trustees Meeting
CCTV Channel 17
Gov.
8
Metropolitan Planning Organization
CCTV Channel 17
Gov.
71
RTA School District Governance Baord
CCTV Channel 17
Edu.
37
PROGRAM TITLE
PRODUCER
TYPE
TIMES
AIRED
Live Town Meeting Coverage
LCATV
Edu./Gov.
3
Colchester Select Board Candidate Forum
LCATV
Gov.
14
Colchester School Board Candidate Forum
LCATV
Edu.
11
Milton Select Board Candidate Forum
LCATV
Gov.
18
Milton School Board Candidate Forum
LCATV
Edu.
17
Georgia Select Board Candidate Forum
LCATV
Gov.
11
Georgia School Board Candidate Forum
LCATV
Edu.
13
Colchester Bayside Property Presentation
LCATV
Gov.
19
Colchester Schools Budget Presentation
LCATV
Edu.
19
Colchester Town Budget Presentation
LCATV
Gov.
18
Georgia Schools Budget Presentation
LCATV
Edu.
12
Georgia Schools PTA Candidate Forum
LCATV (Independent)
Edu.
14
Colchester Votes
LCATV (Independent)
Edu.
10
Governor’s Budget Address
CCTV Channel 17
Gov.
5
DPS Telecommunications Hearing
CCTV Channel 17
Gov.
8
FAHC Trustees Meeting
CCTV Channel 17
Gov.
8
PROGRAM TITLE
TYPE
TIMES
AIRED
Ballroom Dance Competition
Pub.
10
Best of the Edge
Pub.
16
Bush Family Fortunes
Pub.
12
Colchester Community Chorus 2002
Pub.
7
Colchester Community Chorus 2003
Pub.
8
Colchester Community Chorus 2004
Pub.
21
Colchester Community Chorus Christmas Concert
Pub.
19
Colchester 4th of July Parade
Pub.
12
Earth Angels Dance Recital
Pub.
10
Eyes of Christmas
Pub.
5
Ghosts of Vermont
Pub.
7
Hijacking Catastrophe
Pub.
2
House of Lamay
Pub.
3
Ice Storm Football
Pub.
2
LCATV 10th Anniversary Retrospective
Pub.
14
Milton Rock and Roll Show
Pub.
14
Milton Skate Competition
Pub.
14
Milton Open Mic Night
Pub.
12
Milton Spirit Night
Pub.
14
Milton Yellowjackets Football
Pub.
22
Milton Yellowjackets Gymnastics
Pub.
14
Milton Yellowjackets Rugby
Pub.
10
Naked Moses Films
Pub.
8
Petrushka Dance Recital
Pub.
5
RMR Rockin’ Christmas
Pub.
8
Songs of the Millworkers
Pub.
23
Vermont Voltage Soccer
Pub.
95
Watchtower
Pub.
22
PROGRAM TITLE
TYPE
TIMES
AIRED
Annenburg/CPB Satellite Programming
Edu.
143
Ask the Cancer Expert
Edu.
66
Church Street Marketplace Street Performers
Edu.
21
Colchester High School Graduation
Edu.
10
Colchester High School Class Night
Edu.
9
Colchester High School Scholar’s Bowl
Edu.
12
Colchester Middle School Recognition Ceremony
Edu.
10
Electric Connections
Edu.
16
EMS Kids’ Day at Colchester Middle School
Edu.
28
Georgia Elementary School Mock Trial
Edu.
8
Georgia Middle School Graduation
Edu.
10
Georgia Schools Japanese Matsuri
Edu.
12
Jazzercamp
Edu.
16
Knightline News
Edu.
44
Learning Curves
Edu.
138
Little Women
Edu.
8
Media Inside Out: 2003 Summer Camp
Edu.
9
Milton Family Community Center 5-Year Celebration
Edu.
47
Milton High School Awards Night
Edu.
6
Milton High School Graduation
Edu.
10
Milton Junior High/Middle School Graduation
Edu.
10
Parents Speak Up!
Edu.
50
Poisoning Your Children
Edu.
9
Sled Dog Presentation at Georgia Schools
Edu.
59
Tobacco Free Vermont
Edu.
48
Vermont MIDI Project: Opus 9 Concert
Edu.
21
VSO Onstage
Edu.
65
PROGRAM TITLE
TYPE
TIMES
AIRED
Blue Cross/Blue Shield: The Cost of Care
Gov.
20
Death with Dignity Act
Gov.
8
Divorce in Vermont
Gov.
6
FireSafe Vermont
Gov.
100
Free Speech at Stake
Gov.
8
Governor’s Environmental Plan
Gov.
8
Heroin: Road to Addiction
Gov.
50
Hidden Hunger: Campaign to End Childhood Hunger
Gov.
35
Humane Society of Chittenden County
Gov.
9
Media and Democracy Conference
Gov.
21
National Guard Send Off
Gov.
8
Pets and People
Gov.
9
Physicians for Compassionate Care
Gov.
8
Point/Counterpoint
Gov.
65
Progressive Party on the Street
Gov.
60
Project Safe Vermont
Gov.
26
Prometheus Radio Project
Gov.
12
Congressman Bernie Sanders Press Conference
Gov.
245
Tuned Out: Why People Under 40 Don’t Follow the News
Gov.
16
Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War
Gov.
4
Vermont Department of Taxes: Homestead Declaration
Gov.
23
Vermont Employees Ownership Conference
Gov.
11
Vermont Energy Future
Gov.
23
Operating Expenses
Labor Expenses
Payroll Taxes
Unemployment Taxes
Health Insurance
Business Insurance
Accounting Fees
Legal Fees
Office Rent
Telephone
Internet
Utilities
Bank Fees
Office Supplies
Dues & Subscriptions
Postage
Advertising
Meals & Entertainment
Travel
Printing/Copying
Contributions
Discretionary
Educational Development
Capital Transfer
Reserve Funding
Total Operating Expenses
BUDGET
$95,000.00
$7,500.00
700.00
11,500.00
6,000.00
5,000.00
7,000.00
13,000.00
2,000.00
150.00
4,000.00
150.00
4,000.00
900.00
500.00
500.00
150.00
1,200.00
400.00
500.00
300.00
5,000.00
16,000.00
25,000.00
ACTUAL
$94,047.00
6,541.93
388.04
10,846.18
7,581.28
3,868.75
3,035.00
13,241.00
1,704.01
285.64
3,801.36
133.93
3,636.38
907.60
389.85
175.00
37.55
1,025.21
210.88
0.00
0.00
190.00
16,000.00
25,000.00
$206,050.00 $193,046.59
Operating Revenue
Operating Contract
Dubbing Income
Interest Income
Other Income
$204,943.66 $204,943.66
2,000.00
2,621.00
0.00
1,813.81
1,000.00
1,110.96
Total Operating Revenue
$207,943.66 $210,489.43
FY 02/03 Operating Budget Surplus: $17,442.84
Capital Expenses
BUDGET
Cairns Engineering Retainer
3,000.00
Blank Video Media
6,000.00
Maintenance & Repairs
2,500.00
Technical Supplies
3,500.00
Sony DSR250 ENG N1 Camcorder Package
5,650.00
Miller DS10 Tripod System
1,000.00
2 Aspen PSM-160 PRO A Power Supplies
700.00
2 Sony DVP-NS325 DVD Players
200.00
JVC SR-MV30U DVD Recorder/S-VHS Recorder
950.00
2 Leightronix PRSYDVD Control Interfaces
260.00
2 Tripplite Smart 2200RM UPS
2,100.00
2 Tripplite PC UPS
300.00
Tektronix 1730 Waveform & Vectorscope
2,500.00
3 Promax 120GB Firewire Drives
700.00
2 FireStore FS3 V-Mount Systems
4,000.00
2 Sony UWP-C1/668 Wireless Microphones
1,000.00
2 Panasonic CT-1388YD 13” Video Monitors
550.00
1 JVC TM-A130SU 13” Video Monitor
300.00
Stereo Headphones
500.00
Studio Curtain System (track & 2 curtains)
2,500.00
Cannon ImageClass 780 Copier
700.00
RCA 14" TruFlat TV Model 14F400T
130.00
Daewoo 13" Color TV Model DTQ-13V5FC
70.00
Sony Mini DV Camcorder Model DCRTRV50
1,000.00
Sony Digital 8 Camcorder Model DCRTRV260
600.00
Sony DSR-11 DVCam VCR
1,750.00
Final Cut Express 2 Editing Software
350.00
ProMax FireWire 400 Drive (3)
800.00
Total Capital Expenses
$43,560.00
ACTUAL
3,000.00
5,371.93
2,899.13
3,272.86
5,554.50
969.00
686.50
175.60
715.00
239.90
2,042.74
281.48
1,240.00
577.70
3,423.50
945.00
413.00
289.00
461.40
1,762.09
669.98
129.99
69.99
985.64
576.52
1,699.50
316.94
722.74
$39,491.63
Capital Revenue
Operating Contract
Operating-to-Capital Transfer
Capital True-Up (Including Transfer)
Total Capital Revenue
$22,771.52
16,000.00
0.00
$38,771.52
FY 02/03 Capital Budget Surplus: $4,068.37
22,771.52
16,000.00
4,788.48
43,560.00
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Sam is the host and producer of the long-running LCATV community
affairs program Colchester Community Roundtable and is a frequent
moderator for LCATV’s election forums. Sam has served on the
LCATV Board of Directors since January, 1999, as Colchester's
Government Access Representative and currently holds the office of
Board President. Before Sam started “successfully failing at retirement” by managing his wife’s medical practice in Essex, he was a
self-employed clinical social worker, a part-time faculty member
with the Community College of Vermont and the principal owner of
Healthy Work Systems. He has also worked extensively with the
Northern Vermont Chapter of the American Red Cross as a Disaster
Mental Health Officer for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and
the Vice Chair for Disaster Services. Sam is also an accomplished
sailor and diver.
COLCHESTER
MILTON
GEORGIA
The administration of LCATV is overseen by a volunteer
Board of Directors comprised of educational, governmental and public access
representatives from each of our
member communities.
School and select boards appoint
educational and governmental
representatives, respectively, while
public access representatives are voted
onto the Board by cable subscribers from
their communities.
The Board meets monthly at the
LCATV offices on Prim Road in Colchester and works with
the LCATV Staff on matters of policy, budget and
outreach.
LCATV currently has two vacancies on its Board of
Directors: the Public Access seats for Georgia and Milton.
Anyone interested in these seats can contact the
Executive Director at 862-5724 or info@lcatv.org.
LCATV Offices
Prim Road — Colchester, Vermont
Executive Director
KEVIN CHRISTOPHER
Production Coordinator BUDDY MEILLEUR
Channel Coordinator
REBECCA PADULA
Field Producers
KIFFANY FRANCIS
BEN MCCARTY
MATTHEW WOHL
NICK WOOD
LCATV currently reaches the following number of households*
in its member communities:
COLCHESTER- 4,225
MILTON– 2,451
GEORGIA– 770
*figures as of 12/04 courtesy of Adelphia Communications
Lake Champlain Access Television is a not-for-profit public,
education and government access television facility for the
communities of Colchester, Milton and Georgia, Vermont.
LCATV exists to give members of these communities resources to
create and utilize a televised public forum. Our equipment, air
time and training is available to all of our membership free of
charge so that they may produce and/or present original access
programming on Adelphia Cable Channels 15 and 16.
For information about training and volunteer opportunities,
interested parties should contact the Executive Director at
862-5724 or info@lcatv.org.
FALL 1993:
Lake Champlain Access Television is incorporated. Chittenden Community Television of Burlington is charged with the start-up and management of the corporation.
FEBRUARY 18, 1994:
LCATV Channel 2 begins broadcasting from Colchester High School.
NOVEMBER 1996:
LCATV moves from CHS to 99 (later 354) Prim Road in Colchester.
JANUARY 1998:
LCATV and CCTV end their management contract and LCATV becomes
an independent entity.
OCTOBER 2000:
LCATV Channel 2 becomes LCATV Channel 15.
FEBRUARY 12, 2001:
LCATV splits into Channel 15 for Public Access and Channel 16 for
Educational and Governmental Access.
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The Lake Champlain Access Television 2003/2004 Annual Report was prepared
by Kevin Christopher, Rebecca Padula and Buddy Meilleur.
Lake Champlain Access
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354 PRIM ROAD, SUITE 3
COLCHESTER, VT 05446
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