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In the two decades (yet while hardly aging a day - go figure) that I have spent producing with public access television in Fayetteville, I have seen many changes - many of which I have written about, and will continue to write about. One thing which has never changed is the passion and commitment of those in the community to reach out to others, to share the diversity of our life here with others.
While the passion and creativity of the folks who use public access has never wavered, the technology has changed radically over the years. This is in no way a dig at the “Old Days” - when I was taught the bulk of my skills - when you had to think fast on your feet, but rather appreciation for the money which has been spent on the cameras, editing equipment and studio facilities over the years.
In particular, I am impressed with the new studio - which is still highly user-friendly.
Often, one hears someone say, “I’d love to get involved with public access, but the thought of learning all that equipment just scares the hell out of me!” Well, truly, if I could have learned to do it, so could you, Ulcerated Reader, and probably a lot easier than I did.
This is the point at which I pull out my short speech about my I revere public access so much, so hang with me.
When I was serving on the board of directors of Community Access Television (CAT), the name Fayetteville Public Access Television used to go by, I happened upon a collection of quilts hanging in the Northwest Arkansas Mall. On one I found a small patch honoring public access television, which was completely surprising, particularly as no one at the station knew anything about it.
Reflecting on it, I realized that public access - for over 30 years - has been Diversity in Action for our region. Not only do men and women of all ages, and from all walks of life come together to make programming, but the very fact that this programming airs on television (and now the Internet) means that we can not only tell others about our lives, but that we can learn about the lives of others, in ways that regular television, newspapers and upscale publications will never touch upon.
Name any important local event in the last 30 years, and public access producers have probably been there, documenting it for others to see.
And as I say - wow - newly refurbished studio!
For information on how you can learn about public access, call 444-3433.
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Today’s blog was written while listening to the CD Eden, from Sarah Brightman.
Quote of the Day
If you don't like what you're doing, then don't do it. - Ray Bradbury