Each day Access Sacramento’s studio and office are filled with activity but this week has been particularly busy. Yes, T.D. Trice and Shane Carpenter continued to schedule television and radio programming 24/7. Yes, volunteers came and went with new programming and were busy with their focused production efforts. The phones continued to ring as Amy Lawrence signed up new members. Whew! Here’s a snap-shot of a very busy day in the life of Access Sacramento – let the “name dropping” commence.

Studio production was busy with Richard Langley renovating the small room and working with community producer Bob Crimmins on using the “green studio” for a new program in partnership with Senior Magazine. He and Liz Harrison then welcomed public radio’s “Insight” host, Jefferey Callison to read a chapter from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for the Sacramento Bee “One Book Project”. Simultaneously in the large studio, volunteers from the local Republican party interviewed citizen tax advocate Ted Costa. Evening production in the big studio continued with two local musical artists, Parie Wood and also Zach MacLachlan, recording individual episodes of “Listen Up, Sacramento!” under the watchful eye of co-producers Michelle Barbaria and Erika Kjelstrom.

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Production knowledge also kept us busy as training sessions and staff recordings were conducted in a variety of locations throughout the County. Monday night found T.D. helping record Roseville’s park and recreation department public meeting in their City Council chambers. Carlos Hernandez and Liz Harrison worked Tuesday morning with Sacramento County Public Health personnel training on the use of Skype. Liz finished the afternoon training staff and youth at Asian Resources on the fundamentals of Neighborhood News video production. Steve Bourasa welcomed 7 students to the latest Digital Camera class to finish a long “training day”.

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Video editing sessions were productive as well. The Media Lab was busy with multiple volunteer projects. Bhim Kumar-Reyes recreated the opening for the Little Capital Miss Pageant recorded on-location last Saturday night and commenced editing on the two-day “Disability Summit” Conference recorded in partnership with the California State Department of Rehabilitation. Carlos H. finished the editing on five one-hour programs capturing the day-long entertainment provided at the recent Pacific Rim Festival.

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Your truly was busy making recommendations on a national e-mail thread on how to improve the national “Hometown Video Awards” judging procedures while simultaneously completing the minutes for last week’s successful Neighborhood News and Youth Media Task Force meeting. I finished the day in a meeting with other local film festival leaders, celebrating the publication of a new “rack card” promoting the year-round film festivals – including Access Sacramento’s Twelfth Annual “A Place Called Sacramento” in October.

And the fun continues this morning as the “green studio” welcomed Carlos Alcala, Bee reporter, to the Tom Sawyer project. Richard and I are leaving shortly for a production site survey at Fairytale Town for an upcoming Hometown-TV shoot. Later today, we will have a new member orientation session with more than 30 participants immediately followed by a quarterly radio producers meeting to discuss future LPFM applications for community radio, “The Voice”. Livewire will have special guests from the “Restitution Project” and celebrate another weekly episode in this long-running series (since 1992).

But as busy as we currently are, there is always room for you – join us and you too can “make a difference, one voice at a time.”