Category Archives: Specials

Selectmen Candidates Night, Wednesday 2/29

There was a Candidates Forum for the contested Selectmen seats last night at Town Hall, which was broadcast live.  Replays of the forum will run until  Monday before  Election Day – Tuesday 3/13.  They are scheduled as shown below.  Odd start times are because they immediately follow some other program, and will change each week as the preceding program lengths change.

This is a tough time of year for the program schedule… we are squeezing in special programming (the Deliberative, the Forum), and they cause long cascades of odd start times that vary week to week as individual programs change their run lengths… most noticeable when there’s a board meeting replay that might be 45 minutes one week and  3 hours long the next.

Sunday (after Deliberative Replay) 4:14 AM
Sunday (immediately after Roads Update) 5:30 PM
Monday (immediately after Link Explore) 5:53 AM
Tuesday 8:00 AM
Wednesday (immediately after Selectmen replay) 10:31 AM
Thursday (immediately after Link Explore) 2:49 AM
Thursday (immediately after Roads Update) 4:50 PM
Thursday (immediately after Roads Update) 10:04 PM
Friday 9:00 AM
Friday (immediately after Roads Update) 2:55 PM

Halloween Horror Marathon

In addition to the prime-time Halloween specials from two of our favorite horror hosts, we will also show two local horror films from a local producer, Matt Farley.  They will show back-to-back late at night all three nights of Halloween weekend.

Freaky Farley will show at 1AM Saturday 10/30
Monsters, Murder, and Marriage in Manchvegas will show at 2:30AM Saturday 10/30

Monsters, Murder, and Marriage in Manchvegas will show at Midnight Sunday 10/31
Freaky Farley will show at 1:30AM Sunday 10/31

Freaky Farley will show at Midnight Monday 11/1
Monsters, Murder, and Marriage in Manchvegas will show at 1:30AM Monday 11/1

Local Films come to ACTV20

Matt Farley from Motern Media has made two locally-produced films available to us.

Freaky Farley (2007) (IMDB, Facebook) and Monsters, Marriage, and Murder in Manchvegas (2009) (IMDB, Facebook) will show in our ACTV Presents timeslots (twice on Sunday, once a day thereafter for a week).

Freaky Farley debuts Sunday 8/29.  It will repeat the week of 10/24, and be followed by Monsters, Marriage, and Murder in Manchvegas the week of 10/31.

Thanks to Matt for making his work available to local Public Access TV.

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.

Specials during the week of December 27-January 2

We were planning to run the Navy Band holiday concert next week, but the mid-Atlantic snowstorm wiped out the live concert, so there’s no recording.   Instead, we’ll use a collection of shows:

  • Manchester Magic, starring a local resident
  • The Fate of the Stallion, a documentary
  • Hidden New Hampshire – Purgatory Falls, produced by local residents

Navy Band Season of Magic Concert

We were scheduled to run the US Navy Band’s Season of Magic Concert on Christmas Day and for the week after Christmas.   The concert is recorded live in Washington at DAR Constitution Hall, and then the Navy ships us a DVD very quickly afterwards.

We just received word that the record snowstorm in DC over the weekend caused both scheduled concerts to be cancelled, so there’s no DVD coming, and the concert has to be removed from the schedule.

New series coming: MAKE

We have 10 episodes of MAKE: Television available, and we’ll be adding them to the schedule soon, one per week.

Presenting a new national series from MAKE magazine, Twin Cities Public Television, and American Public Television.

Make: is the DIY series for a new generation! It celebrates “Makers” – the inventors, artists, geeks and just plain everyday folks who mix new and old technology to create new-fangled marvels.

The series encourages everyone to invent, revent, recycle, upcycle, and act up. Based on the popular Make magazine, each half-hour episode hopes to inspire viewers to think, create, and, well, make. Each episode can be viewed or downloaded DRM-free, in HD on – the show is also available on Vimeo, YouTube, and iTunes

Job Show Episode 5

The latest release of  The New England Job Show, #5 in the series, will debut Sunday (6/7/09) in the second half hour of the Specials time slot, right after Episode #7 of Granite State Outdoors (from NH Fish and Game).  Both shows are 30 minutes long.

The New England Job Show

A new show has been getting a lot of local (and some national) attention.

The Job show is a free access television program created by job seekers for job seekers. The program stems out of a not for profit vocational project for the Merrimack Valley Rotary Club in Central Massachusetts.

The show is produced in Chelmsford, MA for their cable access channel, and is made available to others as well.  The premiere episode of the show kicks off tonight (Monday 3/23) in Chelmsford, and new episodes will be available approximately every other week.

We will run the job show as episodes become available in our “ACTV Specials” slot (premieres Sundays at 4PM, repeats 7 more times between then and Saturday).  The first Job Show is scheduled to run on ACTV20 next Sunday, 3/29.

In recognition of the extraordinary timeliness of the show, we’ll be showing the premiere as “sneak preview” episodes this week, at the tail end of the ACTV20 timeslots on Wednesday (1:03PM) and Friday (9:03PM), before it goes into the full special rotation on Sunday.

Read all about the show at


This Thursday (4PM)  and Friday (9PM) only, we’re going to show the Fiddler’s Showcase, a 2 hour long show.   Here’s what we know about it:

Each year Belfast, Maine hosts the “Fiddlers Showcase”. This is an excellent show of local fiddling and musical talent. This show is from the year 2008.