Monthly Archives: May 2011

New Shows Summer 2011 on CATV

Cape Ann Television is excited to announce four new series that will become a part of our programming line-up. We hope you can tune in for these shows that will be coming your way in the near future:

Local Music Seen (Produced by: Allen Estes and Peter Van Ness)
For those of you in the Cape Ann area who are interested in local bands and musicians, then this is a must watch program! The show is an exciting venue for fans of all types of music. Hosted by local artist/songwriter Allen Estes, the show serves as a forum for all local musicians to show off their talents and recording in our studio. Allen often plays his own musical compositions, chosen from the dozen CD’s that he has released over his career. Estes has opened for stars such as Bonnie Raitt, J. Geils, Reba McEntire, Waylon Jennings, Kenny Chesney, Tricia Yearwood, Livingston Taylor and Robert Palmer. Allen is also a past winner of the “Independent Music World Series of New England.”

Program Times: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., Fridays at 1:30 p.m., Sundays at 6 p.m.

Cape Ann Profiles (Produced by: Rich Sagall)
This show is an interview program based on, but not limited to the Cape Ann Community. You will enjoy this intellectual show where host Rich Sagall interviews interesting people in the community pertaining to many diverse local and international subjects of interests. Recently, Rich and his guests have covered the NOAA and the fishing industry here locally on Cape Ann. Worldwide topics have included the recent Egyptian Revolution and the social impact it has had on the rest of the world.

Program times: Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

Artistry of the Guitar (Producer: Ken Bonfield)
This show is giving you a behind the scenes look at the making, shape and magic of the guitar. Host Ken Bonfield provides a history of his fascination with the instrument, along with teaching viewers about various guitar and music techniques. The show will often feature guests who are also involved in either crafting or playing the guitar. Bonfield has been playing the guitar for 37 years and describes himself as a “American Fingerstyle” self-taught guitarist. Bonfield has been touring the country playing the guitar since 1994 and shared the stage with such prominent artists as John Mayer, Arlo Guthrie, and Larry Coryell. He has released six solo CD’s and two duo CD’s with two of these albums reaching the Top 10 on acoustic instrumental radio charts.

Program Times: To Be Announced

Through the Garden Gate (Producer: Kim Smith)
This is an educational program focusing on planting a garden that can attract specific fauna such as butterflies and other plant inhabitants. Host Kim Smith, who owns her own interior and garden design firm, uses her expertise to explain and demonstrate how residents of Cape Ann can add dimension to and beautify their gardens. Her ideas for local gardens are intended for both people and “pollinators” such as songbirds, bees and butterflies. Kim is excited to showcase her knowledge of gardens and hopes viewers enjoy her insights into the adventurous realm of gardening. You can also read more about Kim in her book, “Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden.”

Program Times: To Be Announced

We hope you join us, and follow us on for more updates

Becoming a Member of Cape Ann TV

What does being a member mean?

Becoming a member of Cape Ann TV means that you are not only getting involved with the station but also the Cape Ann community. We are a non-profit corporation, so the donations of residents and businesses may be tax-deductible. When you join, you are helping us and your community by assisting in covering events and activities for our three access channels:

Public– Free exchange of information and ideas that reflect the talents, skills, interests concerns and diversity of the Cape Ann Community
Education– Supporting our schools with school-related meetings and news
Government– Municipal and town meetings, public hearings, boards and commissions, local elections

What does it take?

To become a member, you can join each year at various levels:

Individuals  – $20
Families – $50
Tax-Exempt Nonprofits – $100
Businesses and other Organizations – $150

What can you do?

There are many things you can do with a CATV membership:

  • Take pride in supporting CATV’s mission
  • Receive training in television production
  • Use television field production, studio and editing equipment to produce your own shows for cablecast on Community Access Channels 12, 20 and 67
  • Network and share creative ideas with others
  • Engage in community service by videotaping municipal or school meeting
  • Enjoy a wide variety of special events

Internship Programs and Opportunities at Cape Ann Television

Internships for High School and College Aged Students

Cape Ann Television is always looking for interns who are interested in internships or fulfilling community service hours for either their high school or college internship programs. We also invite anyone looking to build knowledge and understanding of television production to join us. If you are accepted as an intern, we can give you an opportunity to develop real world job skills and potential portfolio pieces as well as the ability to offer nonprofit access centers persons assistance in developing projects. Internships are a pre-requisite for many students who are pursuing a college degree and for others who are interested in taking their skills into the work world after graduation.

Skills can be developed

These are some of the skills that can be developed through an internship with us:

  • Creating portfolio pieces for prospective employers
  • Getting hands-on real world television experience
  • Attending Cape Ann TV’s production courses and training
  • Having access to the equipment, facility and resources
  • Learning television production skills and television techniques
  • Working in a friendly business environment

Remember that an internship with us is a great way for students to fulfill their community service hours!

Anyone interested in an internship at Cape Ann Television can call us or find out more info on our website:

Cape Ann TV’s Summer Video Vacation

Cape Ann Television is now offering another exciting opportunity for students to get involved in making a short television program. Students can learn to write a script, act in the program and be part of the crew for a special production.

The club meets for one week in July and August – Dates TBD

To join, you must be a Cape Ann resident. The fee is $20 and includes a year membership to Cape Ann TV.

If you are interested in signing up your child for this exciting opportunity, call:

Lisa Smith, Production Coordinator, Cape Ann Television

978.281.2443 or

Cape Ann TV’s After-the-Beach Video Club

Staff person Andrew Love demonstrates Final Cut Pro to middle school students

Cape Ann Television is offering another exciting opportunity for young children to get involved in television production this summer. A new video production club will tape “on location” at various venues throughout Cape Ann. Students can learn how to use the professional field cameras and microphones. They will gain knowledge of interviewing, producing and lighting techniques.

The Club meets on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. starting on June 28.

To join, you must be a Cape Ann resident. The fee is $20 and includes a year membership to Cape Ann TV.

If you are interested in signing up your child to this exciting opportunity to gain real hands on experience in an exciting field, call:

Lisa Smith, Production Coordinator, Cape Ann Television

978.281.2443 or

Keep it Local!

Massachusetts Senate Bill 1687 is currently scheduled for a hearing at the Statehouse on Wednesday, May 18. This bill could cripple the ability of our community to effectively support and sustain our local public access cable television studio and all of the wonderful resources it offers to the community.
Some 16,000 Cape Ann households rely on their local access channels to view city and town meetings, Board of Selectman meetings, local events and news about the nonprofit service organizations. We are a training and educational facility teaching people from senior citizens to students to create programs that communicate their messages and give them a local voice in their community using their local access channels.
The legal structure in Massachusetts that currently exists – the Massachusetts Cable Act (M.G.L.166A) – has allowed, and continues to allow, successful and effective negotiations between communities and cable providers. This law, as it currently exists, accomplishes its purpose to provide a means to establish and comply with the communications needs of each community. It provides support that maintains the existence of these vital community resources.
The proposed Senate Bill 1687 only serves to undermine that support. Community needs assessment and research is typically done by a cable advisory task force established in each community prior to the license negotiations. Imposing a 90-day time frame on cable license negotiations makes this Bill unrealistic and weakens the ability of individual communities to identify and properly ascertain each community’s individual telecommunication needs.
Severely reducing the time that communities can spend to determine their needs and conduct adequate and timely research would in no way benefit the community but only the cable service provider. For example, Verizon has had no difficulty in acquiring cable licenses in the communities they identified as “desirable” in Massachusetts – they have successfully negotiated over 110 licenses throughout the state. This bill does not encourage competition between cable service providers; it handicaps the local negotiating position and weakens the community rights the Cable Act is intended to protect. These channels were established years ago in the public interest and the best idea is to keep it local!
To show support of your local public access community television channels and station, I ask you to appeal to legislators to oppose Massachusetts Senate Bill 1687. Contact information is available on the website. Thank you.