Goffstown public access TV hires full-time manager
GOFFSTOWN – The local access cable station, GTV, has a new full-time coordinator, Adam McCune. McCune assumed the new duties on June 1, filling a position that had been vacant for nearly a year.
He is responsible for the daily operations of the studio and its three part-time employees, along with volunteers.
McCune, who will receive a salary of $44,000, comes to Goffstown from Merrimack TV, having served as an assistant media service coordinator for nearly four years.
A Goffstown resident, McCune lives in the Village with his wife, Robin, and three young sons. The family previously lived in Pinardville for six years. Along with their children’s activities, McCune and his wife tend to their vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes and wine grapes. His hobbies include home brewing as well as video editing.
Born in a small town in northern Wisconsin, McCune attended the Brown Institute in Minnesota, studying radio and TV production. He has a varied media background, having been a Union Leader columnist for five years while serving as an on-air radio personality for WZID and the MILL, as well as currently contributing to NPR’s Word of Mouth program.
His photographs and feature articles have been published in national magazines such as AAA and Beer Magazine.
McCune has been getting familiar with the GTV studio, its programming and equipment. He has been organizing the work spaces as well. Changes were noticeable the first week with a program schedule appearing alongside the bulletin board on Channel 16.
GTV’s public programming is viewed on Comcast cable TV Channel 16, while government meetings air on Channel 22. The studio is located in the back of Goffstown High School and consists of a studio, an office area and editing suites. The studio and video cameras are available to the public for producing television shows.
McCune hopes the public will make use of the studio more often. “We want the content to be relevant and (GTV) to be a presence in the community” he said. “If people want to become involved, it can be as simple as taping their child’s sports game to be aired.”
Local producers prepare programming that includes cooking shows, comedy, political discussions, religious and book readings for public access Channel, 16. Channel 22 airs most town meetings live. Town meetings may also be viewed live and on demand on the www.PegOnDemand.tv website.
The new coordinator believes it is important to provide a quick turnaround time for re-airing of town meetings such as the School Board, the Zoning Board and selectmen’s meeting.
His priority is to go out live with those meetings and then have the video scheduled for rebroadcast on Channel 22 and available for on-demand viewing within 24 hours. Previously, GTV had only part-time employees, making it difficult for such a quick turnaround.
Another change that Adam believes is important is consistent public hours for the studio. It is open Monday through Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. with some overlapping of staff in those hours. As for being in the high school building, he “looks forward to joining forces with students, teachers and staff for content on the public channel.”
“I think there’s a good base of volunteers and producers at GTV,” McCune said, adding “there had been limited time available for the entire GTV organization. This position is full-time now and there will be immediate changes that viewers will notice. We now have an opportunity to improve equipment and the studio meeting space. When that happens, dramatic changes will be visible.”
McCune encourages the public and nonprofit groups to visit the studio and discuss programming they would like to see and produce. McCune and his staff are available to assist residents with their video programs.
“Video production is like digital literacy,” he said.
GTV has cameras and editing equipment available to the public and offers expert instruction and assistance. The GTV studio is located at 27 Wallace Road behind the high school. McCune can be reached at 497-5707 or firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find more info about GTV at www.GoffstownTV.com.