Gloria Tristani speaks in Minneapolis

September 13, 2007

Here’s a video of comments from former FCC Commissioner Gloria Tristani at the Alliance for Community Media Conference in Minneapolis in July.   Gloria spoke on spectrum policy, issues before the FCC, and the recent controversy on Ken Burns’ documentary in Latino communities across the U-S:


Protecting Community TV in Illinois

September 13, 2007

One of the great legislative success stories in the fight to preserve community television happened in Illinois this summer. While a statewide cable franchising bill passed, it only did so with major concessions for local regulation, consumer protection and preservation of PEG benefits. Here’s a video of Illinois Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Satter talking about what happened in Illinois.

For more information about the Illinois bill, go to Keep Us Connected.

Hannah Sassaman at ACM National Conference

September 12, 2007

After a summer-long hiatus, it’s the return of Scratch Pad!

To get things started off, here’s video of Hannah Sassaman from the Prometheus Radio Project at the Alliance for Community Media national conference in Minneapolis this summer. She’s introduced by Denis Moynahan from Democracy Now!

How to Cook a Mancini’s Steak

March 20, 2007

Serving Our Troops, a local volunteer group in Saint Paul, has been leading a support effort for troops and Minnesota National Guard stationed overseas in Kosovo and Iraq the last three years. The latest effort will ship over 11,000 steak dinners from the Saint Paul steakhouse Mancini’s to troops in Iraq in April. Then families in Minnesota will join their loved ones via video teleconference for a family meal together. It’s a great community project.

My thanks to John Marshall for asking SPNN to be a part of this project.

All Things Access

March 8, 2007

Hey, here’s our standing access production in Saint Paul, All Things Access.   Other episodes are at our website.   Enjoy!

Conversation with George Stoney

February 25, 2007

Here’s something fun from 2006. George Stoney, NYU professor, filmmaker and community television innovator, came to the Twin Cities as a guest of ACM Midwest and Macalester College. During the week, he met with students at Macalester, and presented a screening of Getting Out, his recent film on incarceration and men’s lives.

In part one, we talk about Challenge for Change, the Alternative Media Center and the development of U-S access centers:

In part two, we talk about creative, structural and political issues affecting community television:

PEG Television in Minnesota

February 9, 2007

Here’s my testimony at the Minnesota State House of Representatives on February 2 about the state of community television in MN. The questions are from Rep. Mike Beard of Shakopee and Rep. Al Juhnke of Willmar.

The no-tie thing is a shameless rip-off of Barack Obama.