Showing posts with label WFPR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WFPR. Show all posts

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Falvey and Sherlock talk about the town Charter - P1 (audio)

FM #686 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 686 in the series. 

This shares my conversation with Frank Falvey, of Frank Presents, a long time Franklin resident and cable show host. This is the first of a series on the Town Charter, the process to change it, and some of the possible revisions that Frank and I discuss.  We start our discussion by painting the picture of the development of cable and radio broadcasting in Franklin and our individual show expansion.


Links to the current Town charter (modified in 2013) and the charter report for 1995 (prior changes) are included in the show notes. 

The recording runs about 34 minutes: Let’s listen to this recording of Frank and I talk about the charter.  Audio file =>


Feedback via email ->

Current Town Charter -> 

Charter Commission Report - 1995

MA General Law Chapter 34 

Division of Local Services (DLS) - newsletter summarizing change change process 


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit or

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Falvey and Sherlock in FHS for the first live broadcast on Nov 2019
Falvey and Sherlock in FHS for the first live broadcast on Nov 2019

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

wfpr●fm Program Schedule for Jan 8, 9, 10

Our weekly wfpr●fm program schedule lists interviews and musical programs of interest hosted by Franklin residents. Our current slate of programs runs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Programs repeat at 9 AM, Noon, and 6 PM, and Saturdays, starting at 9 AM.


9:00a/12:00p /6:00p        FPS Voice Anne Marie Tracey
All about Franklin Public Schools
10:00a/1:00p/7:00p        The Wonderful World of Wine Mark Lenzi, Kim Simone
All about wine, its culture, lore and finer points 11:00a/2:00p/8:00p        TBA


9:00a/12:00p/6:00p        The Tabernacle Choir
from Salt Lake City 10:00a/1:00p/7:00p        Frank’s Music – Frank Falvey
Frank explores a range of music genres and artists 11:00a/2:00p/8:00pm     Talkin’ the Blues Jim Derick
Exploring the music of the great Blues tradition.


9:00a/12:00p /6:00p       Chapters Jim Derick
Insightful, life-affirming stories and interviews 10:00a/1:00p/7:00p        Music to Lift the Spirit - Jim Derick & Frank Falvey
An hour of uplifting music for all 11:00a/2:00p/8:00pm                                                Senior Story Hour – Senior Center Scribblers Group
Original short stories presented by the authors


3:00p                                     Music of the Swingin’ Big Band Era
4:00p                                     Starlight Songs from the Great American Songbook
Listen each week on the air at 1029 fm, and online at our website, wfprfm as we bring more of our community – to community radio.

For the full program schedule

For the full Franklin TV program guide

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Live & Lively; A first for wfpr●fm

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director, Franklin●TV and wfpr●fm

On Tuesday evening we began a new adventure. wfpr●fm went live for the first time since we began broadcasting on 102.9 almost three years ago. Normally, we run recorded programs and music where other radio stations are live every day with news programs, talk shows and so on. When you are a verrrry tiny community station with no budget and no real staff to speak of, cobbling a group of five technical and on-air folks in common cause to pilot a live event takes a bit of doing – and caring.

Huge thanks to Steve Sherlock and Frank Falvey for interviewing folks at the polls and making it all come together. Thanks to Jim Johnston for his always entertaining commentary, and to Diane Joyce for her added touches of professional polish.

Thanks also to Marc Berman and Keith Palmieri at the technical helm. They made it all work smoothly.

Note that so many folks are smiling. An election is a special gathering. We come together, enjoying each other’s company, if only for a moment, a nod, a wave – but we are together – as a community. Our community.

See you soon – on the radio.

Franklin election day panorama - Nov 5, 2019 (P Fasciano photo)
Franklin election day panorama - Nov 5, 2019  (P Fasciano photo)
Find the full program guide for Franklin TV and for the week of Nov 11, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 devoting the next several days to the Nov 5 Town of Franklin Election Info

Franklin's or 102.9 on the FM dial has adjusted their normal programming to share the audio recordings of the individual Candidate interviews, the Candidate Forum (Oct 17), and the Candidate Query (Oct 22).

In between the longer programs, short audio "public service announcements" or PSA's use some of the candidate audio comments on getting the voters out for Nov 5 with a reminder to vote and to consider voting via absentee ballot.

Franklin's or 102.9 on the FM
Franklin's or 102.9 on the FM

Listen here:;stream.mp3

The radio program schedule is set up as follows:

Wed  9 AM -  Get Voters To Vote 31m00s 

Wed 10 AM - FM_#178_Candidate_Query_2019 Part 1 59m20s 

Wed 11 AM - FM_#178_Candidate_Query_2019 Part 2 50m38s 

Thu  9 AM - FM_#176_Candidate_Forum_2019 59m54s 

Thu 10 AM - FM_#178_CandIntv_RDellorco_2019  18m36s 

Thu 11 AM - FM_#177_CandIntv_TCormerLedger_2019 15m59s 

Fri  9 AM - Frank Presents - Election 2019_CandIntv_ABissanti_2019 27m28s 

Fri 10 AM - FM_#176_Candidate_Forum_2019 59m54s

Fri 11 AM - FM_#173_CandIntv - MHamblen_2019 26m00s 

  •   9 AM repeats at Noon and 6 PM 
  • 10 AM repeats at 1 PM and 7 PM
  • 11 AM repeats at 2 PM and 8 PM

All programs also repeat on Saturday to 9 AM - 5 PM  and Sunday  9 AM - 5 PM

Info on the Get Voters to Vote can be found

Info on the Candidate Query can be found

Info on the Candidate Forum can be found

Additional info can be found at the Election Collection

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Insights on "What do we do to get out the vote for November 5th?" (audio)

FM #174

This internet radio show or podcast is number 174 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording shares insights gathered with candidates for the Town of Franklin to be held November 5. Conducted over the two evenings when the candidate meet and greet events were hosted by LaCantina Winery (Oct 3) and Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits (Oct 10).

This recording is the first product of the collaboration with Franklin TV and Radio and not the last.

Given the social nature of the meet and greet, we did not want to get into great details on positions for one topic or another so we decided that we could address one topic in common with all the candidates: What do we do to get out the vote for November 5th?

For reference, and for the period from 2003 to 2018 specifically, I developed a general rule that in round numbers for

  • a local elections, we get about 20% turnout
  • an override or school debt exclusion we get about 40% turnout
  • a State office election we get about 60% turnout
  • a national or Presidential election, we get 80% turnout

The details that led to this generalization can be found

Let’s listen in to the insights shared by the candidates on “how to get out the vote for November 5th?” The recording runs approx 31 minutes.

Note: there is one person (Representative Jeff Roy) who willingly shared his insights who is not a candidate running in this election.

Follow this link, or click on the button in the image


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but I can't do it alone. I can always use your help.

How can you help?

If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors.
If you don't like this, please let me know.

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements.
Thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes = search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters on iTunes
subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters on iTunes

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Dec 12, 2018

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 2018.  

(Note: where there are active links in the agenda item, it will take you to the associated document)

You can also find the full set of documents in one PDF

Agenda ItemSummary
Town Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting of December 12, 2018 - 7:00 PM
a. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast Channel 11 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.
a. Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the agenda.  The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments.  The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.
a. November 14, 2018
Board of Health - Ciera Maffei
Zoning Board of Appeals - Philip Brunelli
Zoning Board of Appeals - Christopher Stickney
Shaws Supermarkets- Change of Manager
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School
Risk Assessment
a. Capital Budget Subcommittee 
b. Budget Subcommittee 
c. Economic Development Subcommittee
Resolution 18-70: Appropriation Cable Funds in Support of PEG Service and Programming per M.G.L Ch.44, §53F3/4 (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-70 - Majority Vote (5))
Resolution 18-71: Town Council Meeting Schedule for 2019 (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-71 - Majority Vote (5))
Bylaw Amendment 18-826: Chapter 170, Vehicles and Traffic- 2nd Reading (Motion to adopt Bylaw Amendment 18-827 Majority Roll Call Vote (5))
Bylaw Amendment 18-827: Amendment to the Water System Map - 2nd Reading (Motion to adopt Bylaw Amendment 18-827 Majority Roll Call Vote (5))
Purpose #2: to conduct strategy session in preparation for negotiations and/or to conduct contract negotiations with non-union personnel, namely: new Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, on compensation and other terms and conditions of his employment agreement.
Reconvene in Open Session if necessary, re: vote to offer employment agreement, specifying compensation and other employment terms and conditions to the new Town Administrator Jamie Hellen.

Franklin TV and Franklin radio are funded via cable access fees
Franklin TV and Franklin radio are funded via cable access fees
The Financial Risk Assessment Report

Monday, November 19, 2018

"if cable franchising fees went away. It would be a major loss to all communities"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Get ready to say goodbye to some local cable channel broadcasts of government meetings, elections and other town events. 
The Federal Communications Commission is moving toward adopting a new rule that community television groups say would gut funding for public, educational and governmental channels. 
“The loser, if that ends up happening, will be the local taxpayer, the local cable subscriber and the everyday citizens who rely on access to public information that’s provided through these programs,” said Geoffrey C. Beckwith, executive director and CEO of the Massachusetts Municipal Association. 
The proposed rule, moving quickly toward regulatory approval, would allow major cable companies, such as Verizon FiOS, Comcast Xfinity and RCN, to limit the amount of spending for community programming that has been negotiated as part of their licensing agreements with cities and towns."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Franklin TV and are supported by cable funding. The Town Council in Sept 2018 approved the new agreement with Verizon.

The notes from the Sep 26, 2018 meeting with the approval for the Verizon Agreement

For more about your cable TV, visit Franklin.TV or

Saturday, July 21, 2018

You can help the Wonderful World of Wine in the People’s Choice competition!

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW) show on Franklin Radio 102.9FM hosted by Kim Simone And Mark Lenzi is running in the Podcast Awards - The People’s Choice competition!

If you like the show please take a minute to vote for us! It takes two easy steps:

1. Register with your email

2. Select The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW) in the 'Education' category to nominate the show.

The deadline to nominate shows is July 31st, 2018.

We are grateful for your support!

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW) On Franklin Radio WFPR 102.9FM
The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW) On Franklin Radio WFPR 102.9FM

If you haven't heard the podcast, info on how to listen was shared earlier

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Franklin.TV Annual Open Board - June 14, 7:00 PM

It's June and time for Franklin.TV's Annual Open Board Meeting.

Every year we hold a public meeting to reaffirm one or more of our board members or accept and elect nominations for new board members. We will also review our progress to date and discuss plans for the future. We and the town of Franklin are currently negotiating with Verizon to renew their contract. If you have questions or issues regarding Verizon, this is an opportunity to provide your feedback to the cable provider. We are asking Verizon to convert our local channels to High Definition TV and list our programs in their Program Guide.

This year our meeting will be held on Thursday, June 14 - Flag Day.

Come to our studios, 23 Hutchinson St. for our meeting, some good food and refreshments. We mingle at 6:30 PM and our formal meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.

Please RSVP if you can attend. Bring a spouse or friend(s). Look forward to seeing you next week.

Pete Fasciano,
Executive Director, Franklin.TV and

Franklin.TV Annual Open Board - June 14th, 7:00 PM
Franklin.TV Annual Open Board - June 14th, 7:00 PM

Monday, January 1, 2018

Annual Report 2017: Franklin Community Cable Access (Franklin.TV and WFPR.FM)

The Annual Report is compiled and published each year to be ready for voters to obtain at the November election. A PDF copy is also posted online and available for viewing our downloading. I'll highlight some key sections from the current report over the next week or so.

The following is a text representation of the printed pages 77-79 (actually 84-86 of 264)


for Our Operating Year 2016 dba Franklin.TV (

Franklin.TV is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

We operate the local access TV studios for Franklin. We produce local TV programs on three channels:

  • Franklin All Access TV = Our Public Access Channel (Comcast 8, Verizon 26).
  • Franklin Pride TV = Our Educational Channel (Comcast 96, Verizon 28).
  • Franklin Town Hall TV = Our Government Channel (Comcast 11, Verizon 29).

We are Franklin’s local TV channels on Comcast and Verizon, but we do not provide cable TV service.

The Town of Franklin is the Local Franchise Authority (LFA) that maintains agreements with Comcast and Verizon. Franklin.TV’s funding comes from a 4.8%
access fee that cable subscribers pay per the LFA agreements. Thus, F.TV is not funded by taxes. We operate at no cost to the town of Franklin. F.TV pays a PILOT fee (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) to the Town of Franklin by agreement. We are the first nonprofit organization that pays for town services.

As an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization we also may receive grants and donations from contributors.

Local Programming Produced in 2016
During our 2016 operating year we generated:

  • 217 Public Access Programs
  • 95 School/Sports Programs
  • 19 School/Civic Events Programs
  • 96 Government Meetings

427 Locally Produced Programs

All of these programs were produced, recorded and edited by our staff on behalf of Franklin residents, organizations, agencies and local government.

Our extensive production support reaches beyond the customary charter of other public access studios to lend equipment and provide technical training. This additional commitment of professional support enables us to provide a broader range of programs

Community Bulletin Board Service
In addition to programming, Franklin.TV offers free community announcements on our Bulletin Board for all three P/E/G channels. Nonprofit organizations who wish to promote their meetings, special events and activities are welcome to contact us.

Our Studios and Offices
We have five thousand square feet that houses two video studios (a large drive-in access studio and an interview studio), two audio recording rooms, four digital video editing/effects systems, and our offices. We also have general purpose Community Meeting Space available – free to qualified nonprofit groups and service organizations for occasional meetings. Our facility accommodates up to 30 people.

A Broadcasting Opportunity, WFPR-FM
In February of 2014, Franklin.TV was awarded a construction permit by the FCC for a 100 Watt, noncommercial educational FM radio station. WFPR, (Franklin Public Radio) broadcasting on 102.9 FM. After completing approvals and clearances for our new radio tower located at the top of Forge Hill, Franklin Public Radio began broadcast operations and went on the air for the first time at 10:29 AM on February 2nd 2017. Our WFPR tower is also home to Franklin’s Police and Fire Radio Communications systems. The town relocated their services this spring, saving the cost of renting antenna space on a nearby cellular tower.

WFPR is a public broadcasting extension of F.TV’s media services to Franklin and surrounding towns. WFPR provides opportunities for local citizens to have a voice by producing their own radio programs or participating as volunteers to make our radio station successful as a local community resource.

In June, as part of our continuing commitment to Franklin students, Franklin.TV awarded two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors:

  • Tatyana Youssef of Franklin High
  • Emily Scannell of Tri-County High

Our congratulations and best wishes go out to them in their academic endeavors.

Our Charter Operations
We continue to see increasing requests from various town agencies and civic organizations to provide TV coverage for local events. We cover Franklin events that are cultural or institutional in nature and of general interest. We are always interested in training volunteers who would like to learn the craft of video production. Trained volunteers and interns work alongside our roster of freelance and staff professionals to shoot and edit the
institutional programs that we cover.

Citizen Access
Residents who produce their own access programs are the owners of these programs. As such, these producers hold their own copyright and may copy and distribute these programs freely, provided that the programs are cablecast on the Franklin system. Per our Public Access charter, we do not provide equipment for covering private or personal events or for purposes other than generating Access Programs to be shown over the Franklin cable system

Information about our weekly programming can be found on our web site: While visiting our website, also read our informative F.A.Q. on P/E/G TV studios, their operation, history and charter. We also recommend browsing our past newsletter archives to learn more about Franklin.TV, our growth and development, and the civic events that we cover throughout the year.

Finally, in closing, “Thanks for watching!”

Respectfully submitted,

FranklinTV’s Board of Directors
Ken Norman, President
Jay Horrigan, Vice President
Wesley Rea, Treasurer
John Milot, Clerk
Anne Bergen, Pandora Carlucci, Rose Turco

Peter Fasciano,
Executive Director
Franklin.TV and"

Annual Report 2017: Franklin Community Cable Access (Franklin.TV and WFPR.FM)
Annual Report 2017: Franklin Community Cable Access (Franklin.TV and WFPR.FM)

You can find the online copy at the Town of Franklin webpage

and specifically for 2017