Mendocino TV seeks volunteers to restore Public Access TV

Mendocino TV is excited to announce a Public/Private partnership with the City of Fort Bragg to restore Public Access Television to the Mendocino Coast.

After 2 years of missing local television we plan to have local television programming available to local Comcast CATV subscribers on the Mendocino Coast by July 1st on a limited basis as Mendocino Coast Media.

Mendocino Coast Media HQ Badge contouredWe are engaging in an ongoing search for volunteers to bring their creative thoughts and energy to the newly formed PEG Advisory and Program Committees. Members of the 2 committees will have the opportunity to share in the creation of a New Media broadcasting entity. Interested parties can visit www.mendocinotv.com to download an application or attend the first organizational meeting to be held at the Union Lumber Company Store in the Mendocino TV Studio at the end of the hall on Thursday May 7th at 6pm. This meeting will be broadcast on Mendocino TV live. Interested parties that cannot attend in person are encouraged to watch on the internet, SKYPE in or call in at 964-0101.

PEG Volunteer Advisory Committee

Mendocino TV proposes, in collaboration with the City of Fort Bragg, to initiate and staff a PEG Volunteer Advisory Committee to provide advice and support for PEG operations.  In addition to bringing fresh, diverse perspectives and feedback, these volunteers will help build a more informed and engaged community.

Members potentially include:

  • 2 City Council members or designees
  • 1 County Supervisor or designee
  • 3 coastal CATV subscribers
  • 2 city resident CATV subscribers
  • 2 Youth representatives, still in school, appointed by Fort Bragg and Mendocino High School Principals
  • 1 person with commercial interests which may include a business owner, Fort Bragg Promotional Committee, Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce or VMC representative.

Goals may include:   

  • Provide overall general counsel, guidance and oversight of PEG operations.
  • Help educate and inform the community about PEG and its opportunities for sharing media.
  • Evaluate and provide feedback on PEG procedures, policies and progress.
    • complaint process
  • Assist Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, train, manage and evaluate PEG volunteers including the PEG Program Committee, producers, encoders, etc.
  • Encourage, promote & support ancillary broadcast studios, live performance venues & theatres, remote broadcast sites and facilities.
    • Examples include Footlighters, Cotton Auditorium, Mendocino Coast District Hospital, FBPD, Matheson Performing Arts, Caspar Community Center, Timberwolves Stadium, Diederich Center
  • Help identify and generate community resources.
  • Explore options to increase community engagement, feedback and communications.

Meetings:     At least quarterly, although probably more initially as the Committee gets trained and organized.

PEG Volunteer Program Committee

The PEG Volunteer Program Committee is a subcommittee of the PEG Advisory Committee to provide program content for PEG access TV.   The old program content from MCTV and the media submitted, by the community will need to be prepared for broadcasting and archived.

Members potentially include:

    • At least 1 member of PEG Volunteer Advisory Committee
    • Community members who are interested in learning these skills
    • Experienced community volunteers
    • 1 high school youth minimally

Goals may include:

  • Assisting PEG Volunteer Committee with its goals as appropriate.
  • Outreach to the community about PEG and opportunities to create and share media.
  • Initiate & conduct a plan to gather media for PEG distribution.
  • Encode media by converting original source materials into a digital format compatible with the H.264 standard.
  • Assist in recruiting, training & supervising programmers.
  • Assist in program development.
  • Encourage Youth Intern with developing youth programming.

Meetings: Monthly

Download pdf, fill out and email to admin@mendocinotv.com or mail to:

Mendocino TV 303 suite B North Main Street Fort Bragg CA 95437

Volunteer Application

Mendocino TV believes a strong volunteer program is essential to rebuilding robust public access television on the Mendocino Coast.  Volunteers can provide vital insights, generate new resources, improve community communications and relations as well as crucial services.  This proposal, with its greatly reduced budget, is predicated on the City Council’s supposition that the community will provide appropriate content that is either already properly encoded or that volunteers will perform that function.  Mendocino TV sincerely believes that volunteers will help facilitate a smooth transition and generate positive public support.

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