Community Media Convergence –
Merging Local Voices and Digital Technology
More than 120 attendees and WAVE finalists were welcomed to the California’s State Capital at the 15-story Downtown Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza. The ACM West conference invited Community Media professionals and advocates from the Western Region – Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico and from the Northwest Region – Oregon, Washington, Idaho plus other states throughout the West. Twenty different workshops offered ideas, and solutions to the challenges of operating and producing Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Access Television representing 50 communities.
The event started Thursday evening with a “Meet and Greet” on the Delta King “Paddlewheel Room” on the hotel anchored at the wharf in Old Sacramento. Access Sacramento Board members welcomed their counterparts to appetizers aboard the historic old riverboat. On Friday and Saturday expert speakers serves as panelists on 20 panels and two opening plenary sessions and two special luncheon events.

Concluding the event Saturday night was the 25th annual WAVE Awards ceremony announcing the winners in 29 different categories and selected from more than 350 entries. Coordinated by Pasadena Community Media, the event was hosted by Matt Schuster, the executive director for public access in Santa Barbara.

A special honor was presented to Access Sacramento’s Director of Operations Dev Singh, for his 23 years serving as a mentor and friend to so many Access Sacramento volunteers. He was awarded the prestigious “Brian Wilson Mentorship Award” for his many years of devoted service to the community.
For more details on conference workshop topics and registration information, go to: www.ACMWest.org