Category Archives: NH/National Series

Season 4 of Midnite Mausoleum begins 5/20

Our friends at Midnite Mausoleum have begun releasing Season 4, and we’ll start running them on Friday May 20.  So far, the first three scheduled movies are:

  • Horror of the Zombies
  • Dementia 13
  • Crypt of the Living Dead

Weather is back!

Manchester TV is offering THE WEATHER WITH AL again for NH Stations

Please note that we are only doing two forecasts a week…MONDAY=3-day forecast for NH and THURSDAY=weekend forecast for NH, Al will do his best to predict the future, and those of you that want to take it can benefit from having to only do the file change twice a week instead of the previous daily forecasts.

We’ll start with Al’s Thursday forecast tomorrow (8/26), and run it a few times each day.


The end of University Channel

After 2+ years of providing University and Graduate School lectures, seminars, and panels to us, University Channel is winding down.  There hasn’t been new content available for a few months, and their server will shut down on November 3rd.  We have started repeating content that previously ran on ACTV20, and will continue showing recent material one time more for each show.   The final show will run on Friday, July 29th 2011.

Midnight Mausoleum goes to Summer Camp July 23

We run late-night horror films twice each week.  We started with Saturday Fright Special, from Cheshire TV out in Keene, at 10PM on Saturday nights.  Then we got access to two other sources: Penny Dreadful Shilling Shockers, from New Bedford, and Midnight Mausoleum, from Iowa (I know… I had to look at a map!  🙂  ).  There were fewer of these available, and they didn’t seem to be produced as regularly as Saturday Fright, so we  put them together in the same time slot at 11PM on Friday, and alternate them as new episodes come in, or we repeat older episodes.  These, and others we now could add, are based on old movies where the copyright has expired, so the creative souls (or soul-less creators, depending on the host) can add their commentary and humor without having to pay royalties.

Our good friends at Midnight Mausoleum have pulled off a major coup — we’re getting a brand-new horror film this summer.  Zombie Abomination will run on ACTV20 on July 23rd.   In their own words:



This film is NOT Public Domain and is shown only by special agreement with the movies producer. part of that agreement includes a limited “window”, stations can run the show as often as they like until August 31st.


First of 2 special summer camp episodes featuring the movie ZOMBIE ABOMINATION (The Italian Zombie Movies part 1). This is the first time this film has been available on Television. The films director / Producer Thom Berdinski is special guest on this episode as well.

Yes, that’s right .. FIRST RUN MOVIES!   So just remember who brought them to You FIRST 🙂

The movie was released in 2009 and has been edited for content and had to have a few words bleeped out.  Compared to most of the older films we show it is a bit more graphic even if it is usually for comedic effect.

Midnight Mausoleum also has stepped up their production schedule from when we first started showing them, so we’re looking forward to a long and enjoyable run of their content.

Not to be outdone, Penny Dreadful made a large chunk of their back catalog available to us, so we have been able to show samples from their Season 2 and 4, as well as all of seasons 5, 6, and 7, which ended for us in January.  We’re looking forward to Penny Dreadful Season 8, in addition to Midnight Mausoleum, for a great year ahead of  Friday night horror.

Al Kaprelian comes to Public Access

Every weekday morning, Al Kaprelian makes his way to the Manchester Community Access studios and records a forecast for the day (they say the target length is 45 seconds, but so far he’s typically well over a minute), which we can download and show.  He also does an extended forecast, which is quite lengthy (typically 6-7 minutes).

IF Al and the producer make it to the studio AND there’s somebody available to download and schedule it, we run the forecast a few times a day, usually after a regularly scheduled program, starting about 11AM.  Late in the day we switch to the extended forecast (since the regular forecast is getting stale by then), and run it through about 8AM the following morning (it all depends on what else is scheduled and where the holes are).

We’ve been doing this for about a week and a half, and so far, so good.  There was one day the forecast wasn’t done, and so far we’ve been here to get and schedule it in a timely fashion.

It does appear that more and more stations are taking the forecast from Manchester, because when we started, it was fast to download; today it was slower than an old dialup modem, which is probably a limitation of the Manchester server’s ability to serve too many stations at once.

NH House of Representatives

The NH Coalition for Community Media is videotaping all of the House sessions and providing them to any NH PEG Access station for viewing.

There will be both a morning session and an afternoon session. The possibility is also there for evening sessions depending upon the House’s scheduling.

The most current is the 1/13 Evening session, which is 1:56 long.  We’ll put it in the schedule someplace as an experiment, and see if we can keep up with the House.

There are two slots in the schedule for this: Thursdays at 7PM (or later, if the Tupelo Live concert runs long), and Tuesdays at 8AM.  As new sessions become available, I’ll just insert them in to the next available slot, making sure each session runs at least once.

Upcoming Specials

We subscribe to a number of sources for our specials (which premier Sundays at 4, repeat Sunday night and once day for the rest of the week).   They arrive at irregular intervals, but for the last year or so they’ve come in regularly enough so that there was always something waiting for broadcast.  Starting just before Christmas, all (but one) of our sources dried up at once. Over the holidays, I put together some repeats that seemed appropriate in some way to the season, including a focus on locally-produced content.  Now that the new year is here, I’m reaching out to some new content to see how it looks.

Over the few months, assuming none of our regular series comes in, you’ll see episodes from a series produced in Bedford about Monarchs Hockey,  episodes of NASA 360 paired with repeats of Eat Right NH (30 minutes each), and a sampling of cooking shows that are available to us (Chef Ed, Oven Luvn with Melisa, and Papa Tuck).

The Deliberative Sessions for Town, School, and Souhegan  are the 3rd-4th-5th of February, and we try to rerun them all frequently between the deliberatives and election day, so unless a hot special comes in, we’ll see them replaced with Deliberative replays from February 14 until March 7.

Upcoming University Channel programming

One of the most variable programs we run is the University Channel: a series of lectures, panels, and seminars from various Universities around the world made available to us through Princeton.  The content ranges all over the map from foreign policy to education.  We run two lectures a week: one premiers on Saturday, the second premiers on Tuesday, and each repeats twice before it’s replaced (see the online schedule for scheduled times).  I try to update the online schedule with the title of each new show, but that sometimes doesn’t happen.  Here’s a quick list of the titles coming up in the next 30 days.

Most University Channel content can also be viewed online… if you miss a program, want to view it again, or see an upcoming title that you can’t wait for us to broadcast, then go to, search for the title, and view it right on your computer.

Next 30 days of University Channel Programming
Premier Date Program Title
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 After Guantanamo: The Way Forward – Dismantling Guantanamo: Facing the Challenges of Continued Detention and Repatriation
Saturday, December 26, 2009 After Guantanamo: The Way Forward – The Appropriate Venues for Trying Terrorist Cases
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 After Guantanamo: The Way Forward – Accountability for the Torture Memos
Saturday, January 02, 2010 The Death Penalty and the Constitution
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 The Indian Road to Copenhagen
Saturday, January 09, 2010 How Small Emergencies Undermine Big Constitutional Principles
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 A Conversation with Lord Nicholas Stern
Saturday, January 16, 2010 Prospects for a Global Climate Treaty in Copenhagen: Will the US Join the Struggle for 21st Century?
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 Building Global Peace: Turkish Regional Foreign Policy
Saturday, January 23, 2010 The Final Hurdle for Mideast Peace?  Negotiating Solutions for the Palestinian Refugee Question

… and PFG TV is Back!

Three new episodes of PFGTV just became available, so it’s back on the schedule.   Since we filled it’s old timeslot with late night horror movies (Penny Dreadful Shilling Shockers and Midnight Mausoleum), Scorch will go in to a new set of timeslots.

If there are new episodes available, they will premier late Friday/early Saturday: between midnight and 1 AM Saturday morning, immediately after the Penny Dreadful/MM movie (Penny Dreadfuls are always 1:58 long; MM runs from 1:20 to 1:55).  Scorch will repeat at midnight for the next two nights (Sat/Sun and Sun/Mon).  If there’s no new episode, the last one we had will run until a new one arrives.

The end of PFG-TV

We will show our last episode of Scorch’s PFG-TV on Friday 11/27 (and then repeat it as usual on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the early AM hours).  There have only been 3 new episodes since the new season began in September, and we’ll have repeated all the old episodes available to us at least once.  Scorch had fans here in Amherst, and had featured groups with Amherst connections, so if the series revives with  new episodes arriving regularly, we’ll place it back on the schedule.

Penny Dreadful Shilling Shockers and Midnight Mausoleum will take the Friday 11PM timeslot (see entry elsewhere for more details).