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Deutsche Welle European Journal

Starting next week, we will add Deutsche Welle’s European Journal to our lineup.  Initially, it will run immediately after our University Channel programs; when the University Channel series runs out in late July 2011, European Journal will take over the timeslots.

While University Channel starts its weekly cycle on Saturday (repeating a few times during the week until the next Friday), EJ will start its cycles on Thursdays, and repeat until Monday.

Here’s the official Deutsche Welle description:

For nearly 30 years, EUROPEAN JOURNAL has been public television’s main source of in-depth coverage of one of the world’s most dynamic regions. Fifty-two times a year, DW-TV provides viewers worldwide with a fascinating mix of stories exploring the important political, economic and cultural developments in Europe. Each week presenters Cathy Smith and Jim Gibbons provide their unique take on stories unfolding across the Atlantic, telling the story with compelling video, strong reporting, and a good sense of humor. Europe is a diverse part of the globe with many languages and cultures. With Deutsche Welle’s 50-plus years of covering Europe for the world, our producers and journalists know the Continent just a bit better, and European Journal is our showcase of what we do with that knowledge and understanding. The stories in Europe are important ones and deserve more than the occasional 30 seconds on the nightly news. Only one program provides Americans with consistent depth and insight on developments taking place inside Europe on a weekly basis.

We are grateful to Deutsche Welle and its sponsors for making this available to us at no charge (along with our existing DW programs, Arts.21 and Global 3000).

Midnight Mausoleum Summer Camp Special Marathon

This Friday night/Saturday morning AND Saturday night/Sunday morning, we’ll replay the two Midnight Mausoleum Summer Camp Special movies as a Marathon after the regularly scheduled Friday night horror movie (this week it’s Penny Dreadful’s Dust to Dust), and the regularly scheduled Saturday night horror movie (this week it’s Horror Hotel‘s premiere).  So starting at 11PM Friday, it’s 6 straight hours of horror films, and again starting at 10PM on Saturday night.

The two Summer Camp Special movies are Zombie Abomination and Zombie Atrocity. We’ll show them in that order Friday night, and in reverse order Saturday night (in case you can’t keep your eyes open through 4AM!).

Midnight Mausoleum Summer Camp Special #2

Thanks to the fine folks at Midnight Mausoleum, we have an exciting new show this Friday.

MIDNITE MAUSOLEUM Summer Camp Special #2 ZOMBIE ATROCITY (Widescreen 16 x 9)

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This film is NOT Public Domain and is shown only by special agreement with the movies producer.

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second of 2 special summer camp episodes featuring the movie ZOMBIE ATROCITY (The Italian Zombie Movies part 2). 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.

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.

So here’s the schedule for Friday nights at 11 for the next few weeks.  Marlena Midnight and her crew have promised us a whole new season of films coming soon, so I’ve left September 3rd and 24th open for them, and we’ll continue to schedule new ones as they arrive.  If they run in to production delays, we’ll just keep showing repeats of Penny Dreadful Shilling Shockers (PDSS) Season 7 until the new Midnight Mausoleum (MM) shows arrive.  We’re also looking forward to a new season of PDSS.

13-Aug-10 Fri 2300 MM Zombie Atrocity – Summer Camp Special
20-Aug-10 Fri 2300 PDSS Sinister Elixir – The Ghoul
27-Aug-10 Fri 2300 PDSS Blood Relations – Crypt of the Living Dead
3-Sep-10 Fri 2300 MM TBA
10-Sep-10 Fri 2300 PDSS Dust To Dust
17-Sep-10 Fri 2300 PDSS Unusual Suspects – The Bat
24-Sep-10 Fri 2300 MM TBA
1-Oct-10 Fri 2300 PDSS The PGM Tour – The Giant Gila Monster
8-Oct-10 Fri 2300 PDSS Possessions
15-Oct-10 Fri 2300 PDSS Skull Splitting – The Screaming Skull

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:

MIDNITE MAUSOLEUM Summer Camp Special #1 ZOMBIE ABOMINATION

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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.

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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.

University Channel fading out, but slowly

We are almost at the end of new content from the University Channel.  Once we have shown all the new content from the last year, we’ll repeat recent content (starting from back in 9/09) until there’s new content available.  If no new content becomes available (and there’s been nothing new since 2/10), the series will end.  The last new lecture will run the week of 7/17.  Repeating all the recent content, one per week, will take us through the end of July 2011.

University Channel moves to one/week

When we started running University Channel content, there were so many offerings that we could run two new shows each week and it looked like we’d never run out.  This year the content made available to us has been much less than in the past, and we’re running out of fresh material to show.  So, starting next week (Saturday April 10), we’re cutting back to one new show per week.  It will run at the same times, except the 4:30 Friday repeat will be canceled.

Here’s the lineup of shows coming: this exhausts the accumulated backlog of shows.

Premier Date Program Title
Saturday, April 10, 2010 American Nation-State Building and Iraq 0:57:27
Saturday, April 17, 2010 The Challenges of the Saddam Hussein Trial 0:56:58
Saturday, April 24, 2010 Mandatory Employment Arbitration: Keeping It Fair, Keeping It Lawful 1:02:41
Saturday, May 01, 2010 The Yemen Crisis: Some Ground Truths 0:41:58
Saturday, May 08, 2010 The Crisis in Haiti: The economic, health, and stabilization ramifications 1:25:57

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.

MAKE TV ended, LINK Explore and Music ending soon

We had 10 episodes of MAKE TV available to us, and we’ve run through the series twice, so Saturday was the last showing of MAKE.  Perhaps someday in the future we’ll give it another run, but there are no plans right now.

We’ve been running LINK TV’s EXPLORE series since it first became available to us in May of 2008.  New episodes came quickly at first, but have slowed considerably.  We currently have 16 episodes in the series, the latest of which arrived in August 2009.  Since we’ve been continuously repeating the series from the time it started, those early episodes have run a lot, so we’re going to let the current round play out and finish the first week of February.  If more new episodes appear, we’ll insert them in to the LINK TV PRESENTS series.

Similarly, LINK Music also started in May 2008, and we have 14 episodes.  A new episode starts on Saturday morning, and then repeats once a day, every day of the week.  Again, since the early episodes have been running since 2008, and the last new episode became available in February 2009, we’re going to let this one finish its current cycle and end after the second week in February.  Like Explore, if new episodes appear, we’ll insert them in to the LINK TV PRESENTS series.