Time: February 23, 2014 from 10am to 2pm
Location: Brimfield Town Hall
Street: 21 Main Street
Website or Map: http://www.brimfield.tv
Phone: (508) 637-1116
Event Type: brimfield, cable, access, tv
Organized By: Brimfield Cable Advisory Committee
Latest Activity: Feb 18, 2014
A town hall shutdown, a tornado and two rounds of cable license negotiations since 2004 have made the upcoming Feb. 23 grand opening of this town’s local access cable TV studio a sweet culmination.
A public open house runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday with tours of quarters that are small by bigger-city standards but utilize the most up-to-date — which means compact — digital equipment, equal to the big control room boards installed in studios of the past.
Town Hall basement space that once flooded with every rainfall has been buffed up and equipped for production of local programs and, in conjunction with a new sound system installed in the historic Victorian-era building, promises to pipe high-quality cablecasts of municipal meetings held beneath the giant Washington painting in the Great Hall.
Already the studio has hosted youth producers from Brimfield Elementary School as well as production of a documentary on the only Brimfield resident to perish in the Vietnam War. “Anything that’s on anyone’s mind to see, they can make it happen in this studio,” said Bob Datz, Cable Advisory Committee chairman.
But it took two tries before equipment could be brought into the building, after it closed for a year and a half due to structural problems just as equipment was about to be ordered. That reopening two years ago was followed by the disruption of the 2011 tornado. When the process finally moved forward, technology had advanced so that proposals to vendors had to be re-researched and reissued.
Before and after all this, the volunteer cable committee spent about four years in two rounds of cable license negotiations with Charter Communications. Those licenses provided the revenue to the town for studio equipment and, recently, a part-time staff.
Whether cable subscribers or not, the town’s 3,600 residents all benefit from on-demand viewing of municipal meetings at the cable website, www.brimfield.tv. A group of volunteers regularly records several town boards in action.
Residents and nonresidents alike are welcome to see the facilities, with access through the side entrances to the Town Hall at 21 Main St., Route 20. Light refreshments will be available.