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Wednesday 16 June 2004
Please improve cambridge public access television communications with viewers
in Massachusetts with more incentives for organizational development.
Better Staff development is needed at cctv, better training,
better supervisory programs and a better customers services approach
with viewers, contributors and members.
At every point of contact with viewers, feedback could be welcomed as an
opportunity to develop new approaches for community involvement.
Viewers feedback, comment, suggestions and questions have been
defected or attacked at cambridge community television. Every time
viewers, contributors and members are deflected it could be a lost
opportunity to develop wide viewership.
A public access television production coordinator for Cambridge and Admin
for the message board at http://www.cctvcambridge.org/scripts/cutecast/cutecast.pl did not observe the same principles asked of other participants.
Rather than encouraging expression of ideas and communication among participants
the production coordinator has been bureaucratic and in a kneejerk overreactive authoritarian manner.
It is the CCTV Cambridge Community Television organizational culture that foments it.
It is a lack of the customers services approach with viewers, contributors and members.
Sunday 6 July 2003
A. Colors. Bulletin board.
Sometimes bulletin board font colors do not contrast enough with
background for viewing easily on channel 9. Yellow is used for a font
with a light background for the Election Commission notices.
It is difficult to make out all the words. Please change the yellow to
a more contrasting color or make some other changes to fix it.
B. How to appoint a new director of operations.
By commenting on the qualities of radio and tv broadcasters listeners
and viewers participate in improving radio and tv.
How would the board of Cambridge Community TV be encouraged to consider
another director of operations who would get technical difficulties with the
broadcasts fixed without delay and fixed more competently?... The director of
operations appointed currently has 1. failed to expedite audio repairs for
the Be Live! telephone call in system. Prejudicial attitudes have interfered
with reporting technical difficulties to the director of operations as
inevitably technical difficulties do arise. 2. A technical trouble reporting
form needs to be developed that gets more appropriate attention within a
short time during overnight transmission, weekend transmission and holiday
transmission. 3. A director of operations should not be in denial and
resistant to viewers' comments and feedback. 4. Consider creating a new
position to do what the director of operations delays or does not get done.
C. What services or service does School Department Video Link Line on
Channel 77 use similar to the services of the broadcast signal lab of Cambridge?...
Competent technical expertise is difficult to get. It is fortunate
that the better technical expertise is available right around the corner.
Sunday 11 May 2003
How to study the organiational culture at the community access television studios.
Read background resumes of CCTVers.
Observe the responses, responsiveness, interaction of CCTVers to CCTViewers calls, messages and visits.
Wednesday 9 April 2003
A bulletin board
Saturday 5 April 2003
A. How would Boston Neighborhood Network News be made available to CCTV viewers?...
B. Stephen Sillari, incumbent candidate for the CCTV Board can be contacted
for questions, comment, feedback and suggestions at
Thursday 3 April 2003
A. CCTV Director Susan Fleischmann will arrange for candidates' comment on
questions or relay questions about CCTV and their candidacy for the Board and Members Advisory Committee
Contact the director via
B. David Pearson is a candidate for Members Advisory Committee MAC at Cambridge Community Television
Contact the candidates with viewers and members concerns, feedback, comment, suggestions or questions.
Here's one of David Pearson's links
Tuesday 4 February 2003
A. An idea.
Half minute or one minute spots about how to use community cable tv resources,
how to watch peg channels, how viewers can interact, how to scout out programming schedules, etc.
B. Program schedule.
The current program schedule should be available at
Monday 3 February 2003
A. Participating. CCTV.
More and better information needs to be available for people interested in participating.
Readings class.pdf should be available at http://www.cctvcambridge.org/class/class.html but the class.pdf links there didn't work. Would it be better to use html format?
B. Viewer participation. CCTV
There are viewers that want to submit feedback, comment and critique regularly
about programming and technical quality.
C. Services status page. CCTV
Do consider a CCTV services status page, an online log with an email
address for reporting that viewers with an interest in the technical
aspects of CCTV broadcasting might check. Here's an example
http://nic.mit.edu/3down It could include an address for email to the cablecaster operators.
D. BeLive: Ceangal Ceilteach
Placement of program identification needs to be in another part of the screen or the
display needs to take into account the white font program identification or both.
E. Channel 98
Watch Cambridge cable channel 98 associated with the Teachers Resource Center at Cambridge School Department
Monday 3 February 2003
Sports Talk with Clyde. Cambridge Community Radio. 617-876-0055 overlay whites out
the Central Square camera transmission.
Sunday 2 February 2003
A. CCTV continuting technical difficulties. Two simultaneous audio sources.
Intermittently on channel 9, during the bulletin board broadcast
there're two audio sources simultaneously a church service and
Emerson College radio.
email bulletinboard (a little snail at sign) cctvcambridge.org
If you broadcast on CCTV, you need a director continually attending to many details
of the broadcast, for example audio, camera, reminding the broadcaster to let new viewers
just tuning in know what the broadcast is generally even viewers tuning in toward the end.
C. Interrupted. Channel 22
Channel 22 broadcast is interrupted at 1:15pm
Saturday 1 February 2003
A. Technical difficulties.
After reporting that there're two audio sources being broadcast simultaneously,
the technical difficulty didn't get fixed. CCTV needs a better chain of communication.
Who is the chief engineer?...
B. Technical difficulties. Two simultaneous audio sources.
During the bulletin board broadcasts on CCTV channel 10, there're segments with
of images in a little frame labelled CCTV The Voice and Vision of Cambridge such as the
Haitian Cooalition and FirstStep. These and other segments have audio that can't
be heard clearly because there's a second audio source from Emerson College radio
being broadcast too.
C. Audio levels.
Channel 22 audio level is very low and distorts intermittently. Cambridge Gomez Travel Agency.
Telecomunidade T.V. Portuguesa
D. Audio levels.
Channels 9 and 10 audio levels need to be maintained more attentively.
E. Be Live. Audio. Levels. Distortion.
Be Live broadcasts on CCTV cable need to maintain their audio levels and
need to monitor for distortion more attentively.
F. Programming. Channel 98. Educational Access.
A program schedule needs to be made available for channel 98. Educational Access.
Saturday 1 February 2003
G. No Input Signal
Channel 10 displays one constant message on the screen
No Input Signal
Channel 9 is displaying the message too.
Friday 31 January 2003
A. Cablecasting operators at CCTV.
Massachusetts Cambridge Community Access television CCTV
http://cctvcambridge.org has a number of operational difficulties for which there's
resistance to improvement. Change is needed in the
organizational culture. An excellent chief of CCTV makes
this change a good possibility. It's up to the community.
Developing a more responsive organization and better
communications within the organization isn't necessarily
the province of only one leader of the team.
B. Forum moderation.
A forum is available from CCTV
http://www.cctvcambridge.org/cgi-bin/cutecast/cutecast.pl There're not very many participating. It's not open to new ideas, critique or dissent.
The anonymous admin appears to be an enforcer without having understood
the very principles of the medium for open exchanges of all kinds of ideas.
All people ever have to do is write their response to something they don't agree with
and feel strongly about. The anonymous admin appears not to show tolerance and open
mindedness. Or is there a misunderstanding?...
The edit function didn't work. The orignal content of the message
could've been annotated directly. Another message by the anonymous admin followed.
If there were more participants, the difficulties would be repeated more often
and thus observed as a characteristic of the medium instead of the ad hominem personal attacks.
C. Ad hominem attacks.
Ad hominem personal attacks and non sequitur arguments
E. Forest of Rhetoric.
Forestof Rhetoric: silva rhetoricae
"This site is intended to help beginners, as well as experts,
make sense of rhetoric, both on the small scale (definitions
and examples of specific terms) and on the large scale (the
purposes of rhetoric, the patterns into which it has fallen
historically as it has been taught and practiced for 2000+
Site is nicely organized and may be browsed by
major categories or by an alphabetical list of terms. There is
also a keyword search feature and an annotated bibliography
(with some links to online resources). - dl
http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric From Librarians' Index to the Internet
Friday 31 January 2003
F. Channel identification.
Channel numbers should be identified on channels 9, 10 and 22.
It would help people scanning around get familiar with the content vis a vis channel number.