Letters to the Editor: October 13 – 19, 2016
Excited About Newly Renovated TV Studio
A September 29 article and accompanying photograph in the News-Press of the newly renovated and equipped public TV studio at George Mason High School is good news for all students who want to learn the growing field of videography and television production. The upgraded studio is arguably the best-equipped public access production facility in Northern Virginia. The George Mason teachers, led by Peter Laub and John Ballou, are excellent. The two station employees, Andi Crowe and Genevieve Llamas, worked hard under challenging conditions to get everything ready for the first classes. Students are excited.
The new state-of-the-art equipment – and related technology – was purchased over a period of about 15 months for about $125,000 by the Falls Church Cable Access Corporation, the local non-profit which shares management of the station with the School Board and City. Former citizen board presidents Barb Cram and Robert Loftur-Thun and board members spent countless hours researching equipment. We are proud of our part in bringing this educational resource to our students.
One glitch: City staff moved a key editing unit from the studio to City Hall without informing the citizen board. Apparently, the City’s comparable equipment failed and meetings of the City Council and other commission and board meetings could not be telecast over local cable.
Come on, City staff, we all recognize that City meetings are important. But this was supposed to be about students. Please, at least give us a heads up.
Everyone is invited to the citizen board’s annual meeting at the “new” studio. Join us on Wednesday, October 19 at George Mason High School Door 20, 7124 Leesburg Pike, 6:30 p.m for refreshments and 7 p.m. for a tour and introduction to the new equipment – including the new “green screen.”
President, FCC-TV, F.C. Cable Access Corporation
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