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Friday, May 9, 2008

Cable channel 10 added to Carlisle’s local access TV

Comcast cable TV subscribers in Carlisle can now add channel 10 to their menu of local viewing offered through Concord-Carlisle TV (CCTV). However, for the TV to automatically detect this new channel, some subscribers will need to run the “auto program” through the “channel set-up” menu option.

Channel 10 is an educational channel that typically showcases activities at school, or extra-curricular activities like sports and concerts. In addition, it is a medium for keeping parents informed of educational news. According to Sophie Burke, CCTV Operations Manager, a talk show called “CCHS Experience,” taped at the CCTV studio in Concord, is hosted by Principal Peter Badalament of CCHS. In this show, teachers and school administrators keep the community informed on the contributions of various departments within the school. Three separate programs are currently being aired – viewers can go to for the schedule. Burke highlighted the expertise of Luke Anagnostopoulos, a CCHS freshman from Carlisle, who “has been producing a number of programs and is a regular helper at the studio. Recently he taped the volunteer fair at the high school.”

Selectman and CCTV board member Bill Tice is hopeful about the potential of this new channel in the future. He said, “I am encouraging the Carlisle School to get involved in producing programs.” He added that “the ability to put more programs of local content is tied to the volunteer capabilities of the Carlisle residents.” According to Tice, “a portion of the capital fee that was obtained from Comcast has been earmarked to be used for TV-related infrastructure at the school.” One of his suggestions is to use this capital to add a few robotic cameras in Corey Auditorium, which would be linked to a remote studio. “This would allow us to enjoy concerts, graduations (including DARE–Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and plays that take place in the auditorium.”

For the 2007-2008 school year, Burke and Cyd McCann, the Carlisle School’s technology integration coordinator, tried unsuccessfully to obtain a T3 (Teachers/Teens/Together) grant to finance an after-school production program. Burke remains enthusiastic about working with the school, and may resubmit the grant proposal for next year. ∆

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