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Our mission is to empower the local community, through media education 和 technology, to become civically engaged, 表达想法, 和 advocate for causes.

关于

High Five Access Media is a nonprofit, noncommercial, grassroots community organization. We achieve our mission by providing the community coverage of Local Government meetings, free access to Media Education, Facilities 和 Gear, television 和 internet distribution、低成本 production services, 和 unique productions.

HFAM is available on Comcast Channel 5 in the upper Eagle Valley. But we’re more than just a television station. If you cut the cord, subscribe to satellite TV, or live down valley, HFAM programming is simulcast at 生活在五 和 available anytime, 对需求.

We are primarily funded by franchise fees provided to the towns of 维尔 和 雅芳 from Comcast. The towns hold franchise agreements with Comcast. These agreements allow the cable operator to distribute their programming on cables in public-owned rights of way 和 make a profit. In return for using these right of ways, Comcast pays the towns a portion of their profits to the towns, which approve funding for HFAM. The franchise agreements may be found on the 维尔雅芳 网站. We also receive funding through grants, 捐赠s, 承销, 和 production services. If you're interested supporting HFAM, consider making a 捐赠, 承销 程序或 参与.

Thank you to our major funders!

 

历史

Public access television sprouted in 维尔 during the 1970s, when tenacious residents began a quest to push local officials 和 the cable company to create a channel on cable television for locals to express their ideas, 和 talk about issues important to the community.

维尔 Valley Community Television began cablecasting on Channel 5 in 1983 from a studio in the old 韦尔镇 public works shop. With a couple 3/4-inch studio cameras, a field camera 和 some editing equipment, several residents hopped on board the electronic soapbox 和 public access television was born in 维尔.

The station offered the first opportunity for average citizens to produce their own television programs, while the cable channel ensured they could effectively communicate with the community.

Our first program was News 维尔, 一个小时, weekly show that offered insight into issues affecting the valley. The station provided video training for dozens of local residents, who pitched in to produce the program. Many of these community producers went on to careers in media. In 1985, 维尔 Valley Community Television was incorporated as a nonprofit organization.

Over the years, Channel 5 has offered video production workshops, whose participants, along with staff, went on to create several local-centric programs, including Reading of the 维尔 Daily with Josh Hall, Altitude Sickness, Mountain Valley Magazine 和 The Community Project. In the 90's 维尔 Valley Community Television began its coverage of 维尔 Town Council meetings, an effort that has grown to include the 埃文镇 和 several other government entities.

Learn about the history of public access television in the United States on 维基百科.