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Showing posts with label broadcast. Show all posts

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Reminder: 3 live broadcasts Thursday evening - Town Council Budget Hearing, Conservation Commission, FHS Senior Awards night

Quick reminder of three live Franklin TV broadcasts scheduled for this evening all beginning at 7 PM from different locations. Yes, assuming the gremlins are kept away, it will happen.

  • Part 2 of the Town Council budget hearing is scheduled for Thursday evening at 7:00 PM. It’s a continuation of Part 1 which happened Wednesday evening (and is available for replay on YouTube). You can watch this meeting on Town Hall TV, Comcast 11, Verizon 29.
  • The regularly scheduled Conservation Commission’s meeting, also 7:00 PM, will be on the Franklin TV All-Access channel, Comcast 8, Verizon 26.
  • Last but not least, the FHS Senior Awards Night, live from the FHS Auditorium, also at 7:00 PM is scheduled for the Franklin Pride EDU channel, Comcast 96, Verizon 28.
Franklin TV has three channels so this evening maximizes the capacity for live video broadcast.

If you don't have cable

(1) the broadcast can also be viewed via Franklin TV live stream. Go to the Town of Franklin page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/home/pages/live-meetings-stream  Choose "Live" and select the channel (Public TV, School TV, Townhall TV).

(2) or go to  Franklin TV's page -> https://franklin.tv/ 
and select the icon (image) for the channel you want to watch.

Reminder: 3 live broadcasts Thursday evening - Town Council Budget Hearing, Conservation Commission, FHS Senior Awards night
Reminder: 3 live broadcasts Thursday evening - Town Council Budget Hearing, Conservation Commission, FHS Senior Awards night

(3) or directly to one of these links




Sunday, May 15, 2022

How to comment or watch the Franklin For All event Monday, May 16 at 6:30 PM

Monday, May 16, 2022 at 6:30 PM, join MAPC and the Town of Franklin for the next Franklin For All hybrid public forum

This event will take place at THE BLACK BOX (15 West Central Street) and over Zoom. Weigh in on draft zoning recommendations and learn about next steps for the rezoning effort. Doors to The Black Box open at 6:00 PM.

To participate & comment:
  • in person at THE BLACK BOX
  • via Zoom (registration required to get link (and ensure on mailing list))
To view/watch only:

Yes, it is the same broadcast starting on Zoom, then feeding out to the various channels of delivery to you at home or wherever on your device.

Yes, it would have been nice to have the recommendations in advance to review and prepare questions & comments. That has not happened; little will change that at this point. What we can do is be patient to listen to what is revealed as a recommendation or recommendations. 

Whatever is revealed may take time to digest. 

The best response may well be quiet, thoughtful absorption of what they reveal.

As mentioned in other meetings, whatever is recommended will be digested and discussed at future Economic Development meetings. 

It will take time to determine what if any changes will be made to the downtown zoning. Those zoning changes also will take time. 

How much time will it take? 

The Town will need 

  • proposal to be drafted by the Dept of Planning and Community Development
  • reviewed by the Economic Development Committee (EDC) (may be more than 1 meeting)
  • when ready EDC will forward to the Town Council
  • the Town Council discuss but decide to refer to the Planning Board for two readings & hearing before Planning Board returns the proposal with recommendation(s) to Town Council
  • the Town Council will also hold two readings and hearing to review and discuss such before final vote (to accept or reject)

So it will be good to see what MAPC proposes but this is really the START of the process if anything will change.


How to comment or watch the Franklin For All event today
How to comment or watch the Franklin For All event today

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Franklin TV: Out With the Old

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 04/03/2022

It’s my ten-year anniversary! Yay, me! (I guess I’m not the new kid anymore.) Wow!

Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday that I… (Wavy TV screen effect that takes us back to day one.)

My first Summer was a technical firefight to fix damaged, tired gear, and get our snowy Comcast channels cleaned up. We bought a building in the Fall and began our journey to modernize the facility. Old standard definition TeeVee cameras, videotape and DVD players, (remember VHS?) editing systems, audio gear, channel equipment and all the background stuff that made it all go – year-after-year, all of it was slowly being replaced with state-of-the-art, high-definition gear.

the old and new Equipment Rack 15

The images above are of the old and new Equipment Rack 15. It’s a small-ish, 2-foot high bundle of gear that connects our main studio to Panther TV’s control room in the high school. Yes, I know exactly what you’re thinking.

“ OOoooooh! Wow! OMG! What a huge difference. Srsly!”

Uh, huh! Drink it in and savor the moment – just like I did. Why? The old rack was the very last of the standard TeeVee gear to be retired, and the new rack completes our long journey to an entirely modern facility – streaming online 24/7 in Hi-Def. Retiring the last of the legacy gear was a nice moment to mark a decade of progress.

Now, if only we can get our Comcast and Verizon cable providers to do the same. 
And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. 
And, thank you for watching.

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf  

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Franklin.TV: Yes. It is – Complicated

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 03/27/2022

That was my hesitant, but honest answer. I was reluctant to admit it.

He looked at all the wires that were radiating outward in all directions from our equipment. The floor was littered with cables. These connected microphones, speakers, cameras, ethernet, computers, displays, intercom and so on. That’s what motivated a bystander’s question, ‘Is it complicated?’

I had never been asked, so I was thrown for moment. But, looking at the mess of wires, I had to admit that it was. It is. Such was my quiet epiphany.

We do what we can to minimize the complexity for our crew by customizing our equipment into configurable, flexible modules. These systems can be connected in different ways depending on need. Think ‘digital Legos’ that snap together to form whatever configuration best serves the event. Like nested Matryoshka dolls, our systems have subsystems within, and these also can have sub-subsystems. Today, our systems and simplified ‘snapping together’ (all the wires} continue to expand.

Ten years ago, it was simple. Bring camera and microphone. Record event. Leave. Lather, rinse, repeat. Simple.

What we do today? Not simple. Today, we are expected to cover civic events that are live and audience interactive via Zoom. We are expected to make engagement effortless – simple – for all participants. We are also expected to be consistently successful. These expanding expectations are reasonable enough in today’s world.

Fulfilling them? It’s complicated. 
And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. 
And, thank you for watching.

 

Franklin.TV: Yes. It is – Complicated (part of the crew producing Critical Conversations)
Franklin.TV: Yes. It is – Complicated (part of the crew producing Critical Conversations)

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf    

Monday, February 14, 2022

Reminder: wfpr.fm – FCC License Renewal

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director

On December 27, 2021 Franklin Community Cable Access, Inc., dba 
Franklin TV and Franklin Public Radio as the licensee of wfpr-lp, on 102.9 FM in Franklin, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to renew its broadcast license.  Members of the public wishing to view this application or obtain information about how to file comments and petitions on the application can visit the FCC’s website: www.fcc.gov/stationsearch, to find wfpr-lp’s filed application.  For more information, please email info@wfpr.fm  or call
508-541-4118.

Pending license renewal, the public may participate either by filing a Petition to Deny or an informal objection against a renewal. Positive comments about a broadcaster's service may also be submitted.  Persons may respond via the FCC’s database, LMS on the web.  Alternatively,  persons may submit paper copies to the Commission.  For paper copies, please include an original and two copies of any filing.  An additional copy of any filing may also be mailed to:

Franklin.TV
23 Hutchinson St.
Franklin, MA 02038

All USPS First Class Mail, Express Mail and Priority Mail should be addressed to:

Office of the Secretary
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW,
Washington, DC 20554
Attn:  Audio Division, License Renewal Processing Team

Additional Suggestions for Filing.  To help the staff expeditiously associate a Petition to Deny, informal objection, or positive comment with the proper license renewal application, the pleading should prominently identify:

The radio station's call sign:       WFPR-LP
The station's facility ID number:  194829
The license renewal application:   0000177961

This information is available in the LMS Public Search on the Commission's Web site, and should be listed on the first page of your submission.  The filing must also state whether it is a Petition to Deny, Informal Objection, or a Comment.   If a cover sheet is used, it should be attached to each copy of the pleading. Failure to include this information may delay associating a pleading with a renewal application.

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm.
And, thank you for watching 

 Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf     


wfpr.fm – License Renewal
wfpr.fm – License Renewal

Saturday, February 5, 2022

HOCKOMOCK championship swim meet - scheduled for broadcast via Franklin TV 2/5 & 2/6

"The HOCKOMOCK championship swim meet will be broadcast via Franklin TV Saturday and Sunday (2/5  & 2/6) 
Meet starts 9:15 AM  ><>Just Keep Swimming<><"

Shared from Twitter ->   https://twitter.com/CoachP_FHSswim/status/1489732360065138697

Got to Franklin.tv and select Past Shows, then Live, then Franklin Pride channel


HOCKOMOCK championship swim meet - scheduled for broadcast via Franklin TV 2/5 & 2/6
HOCKOMOCK championship swim meet - scheduled for broadcast via Franklin TV 2/5 & 2/6

 

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Franklin TV and wfpr.fm schedule for Sunday, Jan 2, 2022

  • Franklin All Access TV - Our Public Access Channel (Comcast 8, Verizon 26) = SUNDAY
7:00 am Reflections: 01-03-16
8:00 am Cultural District: Brent Selby
9:30 am Grace Baptist Church: 12-19-21
10:30 am Whole Health Visions: Life Coaches Pt. 2
11:00 am Senior Connection: Cookies
11:30 am Once Upon A Town: Ray Block
12:00 pm Norfolk County Prevention Coalition: Fire Safety
12:30 pm Ben Gardner's Boat
3:30:00 pm SAFE Coalition: PSA
4:00:00 pm Arts Advocacy: Impact
4:30 pm The Black Box: Newsies
6:00 pm SAFE Coalition: Youth Sports
7:00 pm Extended Play Sessions: Acoustic X
8:00 pm Reflections: 01-03-16
8:30 pm Santa on the Common 2021
9:00 pm U. S. Army: Jazz Ambassadors 04-01-19

  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel (Comcast 96, Verizon 28) =SUNDAY
8:30 am It Takes A Village: Janice Houlihan
10:00 am FHS Girls Varsity Hockey: v Longmeadow 12-31-21
11:30 am Public School Concert: Elementary Winter Music Pt. 1 12-11-18
1:00 pm Public School Event: Remington Winter Music 2021
2:30 pm FHS Girls Varsity Basketball
4:30 pm Community Arts Advocacy Day: A Discussion
5:30 pm SAFE Coalition: Youth Sports
6:30 pm FHS Boys Varsity Basketball: v Attleboro 12-17-21
9:00 pm FHS Varsity Swimming: v Mansfield 12-16-21 

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf     

Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm)
Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm)

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Franklin Athletics announces broadcast of FHS football game vs. KP on Thanksgiving

"Our Thanksgiving Day Football game will be live-streamed on Franklin TV:  EDU channel, Comcast channel 96 and Verizon channel 28
Or go to https://franklintv.vod.castus.tv/vod/ and click on the button for "Pride TV". @FHSFAN @fhs_gridiron @KPSchoolDist @KPHSwarrior"

Franklin Athletics announces broadcast of FHS football game vs. KP on Thanksgiving
Franklin Athletics announces broadcast of FHS football game vs. KP on Thanksgiving

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Candidate Forum statements - Oct 21, 2021

For those participating or viewing the Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 21, 2021, you're aware that there were five School Committee candidate who submitted statements to be read as due to conflicts they could not participate in person. Four of the five were shorter textual length, the fifth was longer so the quote was left out during the reading period of the event. All five are made available here. The recording will show that the first four individual statements were all shorter in length than the last one (even shortened by leaving out the quote).


"If a candidate can’t appear, and does send a statement, it can be read into the record for each role segment. Such statements should only be 1 minute in length"

 

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I am sorry not to be in attendance, but please know I welcome any opportunity to engage with the community. You can find lots of information, including contact information, on my FB page. You can post a question, email me, or share your views in the survey I created. If elected, I will work to promote public schools and public teachers, making visible the complex work they do for our kids and our community. I've found that people support what they understand, so if I can be of service -- having taught in a similar district for more than 21 years -- in communicating our district's work to the public, I will feel I'm doing my part.


Camille Bernstein

candidate for School Committee

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It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the School Committee from 1997-2007, and again since 2017.  My two stepchildren, and my son all graduated from Franklin High, and all went on to earn advanced degrees, and are successful in their chosen fields.   

Three areas that continue to be important are the budget, counselors, and communication.  The way children learn is far different today, and the costs are not coming down.  The Town has lots to think about in the coming months that will involve thoughtful discussions by the School Committee, Town Council, FinCom, and residents.  We need to continue to support students, and staff.   The need to provide information to all stakeholders in a timely manner is greater now than ever before.  

Over the years I've worked hard to ensure that concerns are addressed in an open and honest manner, asking the difficult questions, while not being afraid to respectfully disagree with people.  My experience on the SC would be helpful to provide insight on many issues.  

If I am given the opportunity to serve on the SC again I will continue to evaluate every issue from a common sense approach, and do what is right, and best for all residents of Franklin. There is no room for personal agendas on the SC. It is the responsibility of each SC to work learning about the many aspects of successfully educating our children in order to make informed decisions governing our schools.  

Please VOTE on November 2nd, and consider casting a vote for me.  Thank you!!

MJ Scofield
candidate for School Committee

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My name is Denise Spencer and I am running for re-election to the Franklin School Committee. 


If re-elected, I will continue to support providing resources to address social and emotional needs that have arisen during the pandemic; while also making sure our children progress academically. I will advocate for a fiscally responsible budget that prioritizes initiatives tied to this plan. I will also continue to strengthen the relationship between the community and our schools.


As we emerge from the pandemic, our next steps are pivotal. We are confronted by the academic and mental health consequences of the  pandemic, an urgent need for more anti-bias/anti-racism work, and ever-expanding demands for our services while working with budgetary constraints. 


With your support, I will continue to work tirelessly, leveraging the knowledge and experience I have gained to best help our district. I deeply value transparency, equity and inclusion, data-driven planning and decision making, and educational excellence in its many forms. 


I would be honored to continue to represent you on the Franklin School Committee - please vote on November 2nd! 


Denise Spencer
candidate for School Committee

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My name is Elise Stokes, and I’m running for re-election to the School Committee. I’m sorry for not attending tonight; we had a subcommittee meeting conflict.

I’ll share a few things about me: I’m a parent of two children in the Franklin Public Schools: one in elementary and one in middle school. I’m invested in their education and in helping all Franklin students gain the necessary 21st century skills to succeed in our global society.


I’ve worked in education for over 20 years, I’m a Senior Consultant to public school districts, and I get to work with administrators and staff in schools across the state.


My first term on the School Committee brought many challenges, including: a budget crisis, a pandemic, and a school retirement. I worked hard to fulfill my role: I attended every meeting, I represented the SC in district events, and I served on a number of subcommittees.

My parent perspective, professional expertise, and volunteer experience have helped me serve in this role as a Franklin School Committee member, and I’d be honored to serve another term!


Elise Stokes

candidate for School Committee

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To the citizens of Franklin,

Thank you for the opportunity to make a statement tonight. My name is Dashe Videira, and I am running for School Committee. My 3 areas of focus are parental rights, quality education, and giving the freedom back to the town to make these decisions for their community.

I wanted to share with everyone a quote from Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. This book has been recommended by Dr. Kellett last year to high school students.
"He could have been an active homosexual but lacked the courage. Bestiality did not occur to him, and sodomy was quite out of the question, for he did not experience sustained erections and could not endure the thought of somebody else's. And besides, the one thing that disgusted him more than entering and caressing a woman was caressing and being caressed by a man. In any case, his cravings, although intense, never relished physical contact. He abhorred flesh on flesh. Body odor, breath odor, overwhelmed him. The sight of dried matter in the corner of the eye, decayed or missing teeth, ear wax, blackheads, moles, blisters, skin crusts-al/ the natural excretions and protections the body was capable of-disquieted him. His attentions therefore gradually settled on those humans  whose bodies were least offensive-children. And  since he was too diffident to confront homosexuality, and since little boys were insulting, scary, and stubborn, he further limited his interests to little girls. They were usually manageable and frequently seductive. His sexuality was anything but lewd; his patronage of little girls smacked of innocence and was associated in his mind with cleanliness. He was what one might call a very clean old man." Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye.

As a mother of four, a Christian, and a citizen of Franklin, I am appalled this is being assigned in our schools. This is embarrassing to read as an adult, let alone a child. The Ted Talk with author Grace Lin, speaking of "the windows and mirrors of your child's bookshelf", she asks parents to look at their child's books and ask if they are mirrors or are they all windows. Grace says, "Make sure children have both. Because if you do, you are setting a path for self-worth and empathy. And that is a brick road worth following". I struggle to  see how books, such as The Bluest Eye, set a path for self-worth and empathy. Adolescence being a time of confusing, and even frightening, changes due to physical, emotional, and cognitive growth, this book seems to detract from the very support our kids need during this time.

Staff at the ECDC created their own Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team. They are striving to ensure all students and staff feel included. Given how the state is moving forward with Sex Education, DEI, and Racial Equity, I find this messaging very deceiving, far from inclusive, and dangerous to the social and emotional needs of our children. We need to start asking better questions regarding the long-term impacts this will have on our community.

Thank you for your time,

Dashe Videira
candidate for School Committee

Candidate Forum statements - Oct 21, 2021
Candidate Forum statements - Oct 21, 2021


Sunday, June 6, 2021

Franklin.tv: Congrats to the Grads of 2021

They have persevered through a year like no other.  
by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director, Franklin●TV and wfpr●fm

Well, they did it. The Senior Class of 2021 has officially graduated and brought an end to a school year that was anything but normal. The year was all about being patient – adapting to unpredictable events. So too, the ceremonies were very much like the year. Facing the possibility of a rainout, the outdoor field ceremonies were held off by two hours to let the threatening clouds pass. Being patient – adapting to unpredictable events.

As in years past, at the end the students would march out in recession to meet families in the parking lot.  Didn’t happen.  Instead, their families immediately ran to meet them on the field. No more patience. They and their families became the unpredictable event – in the very best sense. Just like that – their year was done.

Thanks to our stalwart TV crew
Thanks to our stalwart TV crew 


Thanks to our stalwart TV crew (I don’t get to use the word ‘stalwart’ often)  - Keith Palmieri, Chris Flynn, Scott Tooker, Li Wang, Chris Leverone and Bill Hurley, we adapted and navigated our way through the festivities as an unpredictable event. Clearly, this year’s Franklin Seniors are now well prepared to do the same.

And –  as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. 
And, thank you for watching


Get this week's program guide for Franklin TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online
http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf  or for archive purposes


Monday, May 17, 2021

FHS Graduation 2021! It’s an Outdoor Affair

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director  05/16/2021

We began our preparations for FHS Panther Graduation 2021 several weeks ago. Every year it is our most ‘mission critical’ program, and we take many steps to ensure the event’s success as best we can. Given that it’s live, happens once, and more than 400 graduating students have extended families and friends who are eager to watch either on cable or on our Franklin Pride live stream.

No pressure.

Prior to the pandemic we had our technical setup and production routine down pretty well. Even then, we took nothing for granted. In 2020? Well, we all know what happened. We had to record the graduation proceedings carefully over three days while all graduates were socially (and chronologically) distanced.  Editing over 400 student moments timely into the final program also was a challenge.

Last year gave us a new celebration – The Panther Car Parade. We covered it live on wfpr●fm 102.9, and this year it’s back by popular demand. We plan to carry the parade live on Comcast 96, Verizon 28, video streaming and on the radio as well.

We’ll be everywhere – in your TV set, your computer, your smartphone and your radio. The Panther Car Parade will take place the day after graduation.

Currently, graduation itself will be outdoors, live from Panther Field on Friday evening at 5 PM. Of necessity, it will be a simpler affair. No procession or recession. No live band or chorus. The customary stage will be set on the track in front of the bleachers. The entire field will provide seating for graduates and their families, clustered in pods – socially distanced groups of five.  The give-n-get is that, although the ceremonies are simplified, the grads do get to sit with family.

In the event that the weather doesn’t cooperate, both events will shift by one day.
You can watch all the festivities – live – on our Franklin Pride Channel, Comcast 96 or Verizon 28. You can also listen – live – on wfpr●fm 102.9. We will also repeat both events the following week and post them to our Video-on-Demand service where you may also download as you wish – to have and to hold.
And –  as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. 
And, thank you for watching. 


Get this week's program guide for Franklin TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online

From the Panther Car Parade in 2020
"From the Panther Car Parade in 2020

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Stream the premiere of Christopher Rice's The Tappy Christmas Special: LIVE!

Premiering November 29th 7:30 PM

Filmed in front of a LIVE studio audience in December 2019,  this hour long special features over 15 holiday favorites, a live band, and of course... TAP DANCING!

Available to stream for one week, through December 6th, 7:30PM

Click here (https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/43288) to buy a ticket for the scheduled Premiere!

NOTE:  for the scheduled premiere, you can use your access code up to 1 hour prior to the event until the end of the event. You can not rewind or rewatch the stream.

Click here (https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/43289) to watch the show at your convenience On Demand between Nov 29th and December 6th.   

NOTE: For Video On Demand, you can use your access code anytime between November 29th, 7:30 pm and December 6th, 7:30 PM  and it is valid for 48 hours from the first time it is entered/used. Please note the 48 hours will be cut short if you do not watch 48 hours prior to the end of the watch period, December 6th, 7:30 PM.   Video On Demand events allow you to rewind at any time. 


The Tappy Christmas Special: LIVE! (Premiere and on-demand recordings)
The Tappy Christmas Special: LIVE! (Premiere and on-demand recordings)

Preview/trailer -> https://youtu.be/APKYV748Giw

Monday, October 5, 2020

FHS boys soccer game - LIVE today at 4:15 PM by Franklin TV

The virus protocols prevent parents from attending their student's games.  We've been getting many calls from parents who want us to carry these games live.  Like the work we've been doing to update the Town Chambers facility, we have also been working to develop our live remote event capability.  
 
Today at 4:15 PM will be our first attempt to carry a live Panthers game.  Our program will also be carried by Milford TV.

Visit our Franklin●TV website. Click on Franklin Pride TV. Click on “ Watch Now”.

Thanks,
Pete Fasciano
 
Franklin TV full program guide -> http://www.franklin.tv/programguide.pdf


FHS boys soccer game - LIVE today at 4:15 PM by Franklin TV
FHS boys soccer game - LIVE today at 4:15 PM by Franklin TV

Sunday, August 23, 2020

4th Congressional District Race: A Town Hall on Race and Racism (re-broadcast schedule)

The 4th Congressional District Race: A Town Hall on Race and Racism held on Aug 19, 2020 is scheduled for re-broadcast on Franklin TV this week.

Franklin All-Access 
Comcast Channel 8; Verizon Channel 26
  • Sunday, Aug 23 - 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday, Aug 25 - 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday, Aug 26 - 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, Aug 27 - 3:30 PM

Franklin Town Hall  
Comcast Channel 11; Verizon Channel 29
  • Wednesday, Aug 26 - 8:00 AM
  • Wednesday, Aug 26 - 2:00 PM


4th Congressional District Race: A Town Hall on Race and Racism
4th Congressional District Race: A Town Hall on Race and Racism

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Zooming into the Future, Part 3 This Time for Sure. (Sigh!)

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 07/26/2020

Take two –

Live! On Wednesday July 29th – It’s our first Zoom meeting from Town Chambers.

We didn’t get there last week.

After a 3-hour power failure on Friday 7/17, most of our TV control room had stopped working. Disaster. We spent a few days rebuilding – resetting, replacing digital devices that failed. Last Wednesday evening we discovered more hidden failures. When tested earlier, some systems indicated that they were operating properly, but in fact were not. The meeting couldn’t proceed.

We have been in Chambers since last Wednesday – reinstalling, retesting, refining and improving the control room’s many functions. We will continue upgrading and testing – and retesting everything for our planned meeting this Wednesday.

Remote meeting apps – Zoom, Google, Skype or Webex – all introduce complexity. Their use must be easy for participants in Chambers or via the Internet. It must also be easy for the meeting managers and our TV control operators. It poses design issues that we must address for everyone. We will add improvements as we move forward.

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm.
And, thank you for watching.

Note that we at Franklin TV are holding our own Zoom remote open annual meeting on August 3rd at 7PM. All are welcome to participate and learn about Franklin●TV and Franklin Public Radio, wfpr●fm.

The full Program Guide for Franklin TV and Franklin Public Radio
http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf

Or the Franklin Matters copy of this issue
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cz1JtNurXA3zICyQok5IuF4K899Tjp4f/view?usp=sharing


Zooming into the Future, Part 3 This Time for Sure.  (Sigh!)
Zooming into the Future, Part 3 This Time for Sure.  (Sigh!)

Monday, July 20, 2020

Zooming into the Future, Part 2: Something, Best Laid Plans, Something, Something.

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 07/19/2020

Last week I mentioned that Zoom connectivity is being installed for government meetings in Town Chambers as a permanent capability. Beyond just watching, citizens who can’t travel or are unable to attend in person will be able to participate and interact with the proceedings. A new good thing.

Technologist Paul Saffo once quipped, “Never deny a clear vision its long journey”. We know what we want. Getting there? Quite another matter. But, get we must.

Live! On Wednesday July 22nd– It’s our first Zoom meeting from Town Chambers.
So much for fanfare. Now we have to make it happen.

This past Wednesday we began our installation. The plan was solid. The outcome; not so much. Some of our newly installed digital widgets, adapters, gewgaws and the like were not cooperating. Note: There are at least a hundred-ish digital media devices stuffed into a TV control room. All must do their part to make our meetings happen. The new ones weren’t getting on well with the old ones, even after a stern lecture. On Thursday, more of the same. We pressed on. On Friday; worse still. After a 3-hour power failure, most of them had stopped working entirely. Disaster.

After several hours of digital resuscitation, we managed to get enough of our systems working to be back in operation. After 3 days of digital frustration we also managed to get our Zoom systems to work. Some refinements are planned, but Zoom connectivity is working, So far, so good. Come Wednesday – fingers crossed.

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. And, thank you for watching.


Note that we at Franklin TV are holding our own Zoom remote open annual meeting on August 3rd at 7 PM. All are welcome to participate and learn about Franklin●TV and Franklin Public Radio, wfpr●fm.

For the full program guide  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf
or the Franklin Matters copy (effectively the same thing)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YLdtVKDhcEOj2OfRJUporkqDbSqycPaf/view?usp=sharing

Zooming into the Future, Part 2: Something, Best Laid Plans, Something, Something.
Zooming into the Future, Part 2: Something, Best Laid Plans, Something, Something. 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

FHS Graduation 2020 - Video downloads available for limited time


by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 06/28/2020

Three Programs 
 freely available for Video On Demand

We have recently completed the final release versions of programs for the FHS 2020 Graduation. They will be shown on our cable channels for several weeks according to our weekly schedule. These TV Program files are also available for downloading in high-definition at these links.
Just enter these links into your browser and download/save the files to your computer. These are lengthy TV programs, and downloading may take some time, depending on your internet speed. These programs will remain available for free downloading until July 23rd.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

And – as always –

Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm.

And, thank you for watching.

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And if you want to watch them on the local cable channels, the schedule for the week looks like this:

Franklin All-Access 
Comcast Channel 8; Verizon Channel 26

Sunday
12:00 PM FHS Graduation 2020
04:00 PM FHS Car Parade 2020

Monday
08:00 AM FHS Graduation 2020
03:30 PM FHS Car Parade 2020

Tuesday
07:30 PM FHS Senior Awards 2020

Wednesday
08:30 AM FHS Senior Awards 2020
05:30 PM FHS Graduation 2020

Thursday
11:00 AM FHS Senior Awards 2020

Saturday
04:30 PM FHS Graduation 2020

Franklin Pride 
Comcast Channel 96; Verizon Channel 28

Sunday
03:31 PM FHS Car Parade 2020
09:00 PM FHS Senior Awards 2020

Monday
05:34 PM FHS Graduation 2020

Tuesday
09:01 AM FHS Graduation 2020

Wednesday
11:00 AM FHS Senior Awards 2020
06:30 PM FHS Car Parade 2020

Thursday
08:01 AM FHS Graduation 2020
04:30 PM FHS Senior Awards 2020

Friday
01:30 PM FHS Senior Awards 2020

Saturday
03:30 PM FHS Graduation 2020
09:30 PM FHS Car Parade 2020

The full schedule can be found in the TV guide for this week
http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf

Or for historical record
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GJyATMa_FLnZiTRd9gMYwII7emYAPAFT/view?usp=sharing

FHS Graduation 2020 - Video downloads available for limited time
FHS Graduation 2020 - Video downloads available for limited time

Monday, June 22, 2020

Town Council Last Week: A Momentary Return to a Public Presence

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 06/21/2020
"Last Week when I laid out the plan to meet in the gym? Didn’t happen. That’s okay. Many of you expressed deep concern about holding an indoor meeting in a large venue, even with carefully planned social distancing. That careful planning and responsiveness to the concerns of all – by all – is why Franklin has maintained the second lowest infection rate statewide.

So, on Monday – new plan. This is what very large-scale social distancing looks like. We moved out to the football field. The weather gods cooperated, and we were able to accommodate all who wished to attend on site. The stats indicate that well over a thousand residents were listening to the important proceedings on both nights through 102.9 wfpr.fm, Franklin Public Radio.

As we all navigate our temporary new normal, we will continue to refine our plans for citizen access, participation – and above all, safety"
And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. And, thank you for watching.


The full schedule can be found in the TV guide for this week
http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf

Or for historical record
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KMG9O5MPDqDtTs5Mc6-i20g-MRm-PWpK/view?usp=sharing 

 

Town Council Last Week: A Momentary Return to a Public Presence
Town Council Last Week: A Momentary Return to a Public Presence (photo by Pete Fasciano)