This week Gwyn is joined by:
- Jeff Robbins – Director of Sun Prairie Media Center
- Ryan VanLanduyt – Director of Rice Lake Community Media
- Mary Cardona – Executive Director of Wisconsin Community Media
The three start off the podcast with an explanation of what Community Media is, where it started, and where it is going in the future.
All three guests emphasized the importance of Community media. They highlighted how community TV broadcasts local government meetings, including: town boards, city councils, county boards, and school boards. Community TV covers local school events, including concerts and sporting events. They also discussed how grandparents and family not living in the area are now able to watch school and community events from a distance – as long as they have access.
Ryan discusses the importance of having local media to bring news, weather, and local events when your community is on a border with another state and your TV is coming from Minnesota.
At one point in the podcast the fire alarm went off all everyone had to go outside and stand in the bitterly cold. When the group returned, they were able to spend some time discussing content sharing. Jeff references this article by the New York Times on Community Radio, “As Low-Power Local Radio Rises, Tiny Voices Become a Collective Shout.“
Thanks to our guests for braving the cold to come record the show. Thanks to Wisconsin Counties Association and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities for their partnership on the podcast.
Huge shout-out to Jackie Johnson for doing the sound editing – especially with a fire alarm in the middle of the recording.