Author: Michael O'Meara
Welcome, Steve Ambra!
More than 20 years ago Doris Ballard and Barry Steelman got Steve Ambra interested in ConcordTV – he appeared on several of Barry’s programs and learned the basics of operating a camera, placement of microphones, etc. and helped with several productions. He is also a founding member of the Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival as well a founding and current member of the NHTI Film Society.
Steve has a long history with New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI is part of the Community College System of NH) having taught at the college since the 90s. He is still an adjunct professor at NHTI in the areas of Film Studies as well as Ethics – and was, until his recent retirement, the Director of the Library. During those fourteen years, Steve was also the first coach of NHTI Women’s Soccer as well as the first NHTI Bowling coach. As a founding member of NHTI’s Wings of Knowledge lecture series at the college, he provided video of presenters and lecturers to Concord TV for broadcast.
In addition to his career in education, Mr. Ambra has served on several boards over the years including: Red River Theatres, Kimball Jenkins Estate, and Concord Express. He believes that serving on a board is an excellent way to give back to the community and is honored and eager to serve on the ConcordTV board. We welcome Steve and hope his many activities will permit him to continue playing tuba in the Hopkinton Town Band.
ConcordTV announces the recipients of their 2019-2020 Annual Appreciation Awards, a list of local volunteers, producers, and community partners who have gone above and beyond with their contributions to the mission of the community media center. A special video featuring many of the Appreciation Award winners will debut on Facebook, YouTube, and ConcordTV Channel 22 on Tuesday, June 23 at 8:00 PM. It will be repeated on the channel in the coming weeks. ConcordTV channels can be streamed on our website, www.yourconcordtv.org.
Peri Ayan and Megan Lorenze, Concord High School students spearheading the live CHS program “CHS Live,” will both receive the Connolly Multimedia Scholarship, named for the late principal, Gene Connolly. Matt Schultz will be receiving the station’s Youth Service Award, for his educational assistance with Youth Video Camps. The recently named Charles Russell Volunteer of the Year award goes to Connor Parzick, for his all- around volunteer service producing many hours of public access content as well as serving on our Capital Improvement Committee.
Station awards include the John J. Hickey Production Crew Award to David McDonald, host of the long-running public access program, “The Sky This Month,” the Eugene Rudolph Technical Award for Clint Klose for his video and technology collaborations with ConcordTV through both Concord Regional Tech Center and CHS Drama Club, and Dr. Frank Bass, Interim Superintendent of Concord School District will receive the Kent Hemingway Education Award for producing and hosting the series “In Depth: School and Community.” The David Murdo Production Excellence Award goes to Concord Food Co-op, for their video/radio simulcast “Community Connections,” and the Rose Marie Lanier Producer Support Award will be presented to Karen Ulmer-Dorsch and NH AARP for their contributions to the long-running series “SeniorSpeak NH.”
The Community Partnership award this year goes to Dawn Triconi and Intown Concord, for their “valuable support of ConcordTV and its mission.” Robin Wirbal of the City of Concord Human Resources department will take home the Government Partner Award for outstanding collaboration with ConcordTV in creating numerous wellness video presentations for City employees.
ConcordTV’s Tyson Award, presented for service to the station and considered one of our organization’s highest honors, will be given to former executive director, Doris Ballard “in appreciation of exceptional and professional service as volunteer, producer, advocate and Executive Director.” Well-known throughout the community for her dedication to community television, Doris was vital in making ConcordTV the community pillar it is today. Much of the organization’s success is due to her years of dedicated service.
ConcordTV congratulates the winners as well as all the community volunteers, supporters and contributors over the past year. The nonprofit organization manages three channels (education, government, public access), offers classes and workshops, provides media resources to nonprofits, media support to schools as well as Youth Video Camps.
ConcordTV is excited to bring you Concord High School’s 2020 Graduation. We are extremely proud of this year’s graduating seniors, who have persevered through a difficult school year unlike any other. Though this year’s ceremony is different, preventing many who would otherwise be there in person to celebrate from doing so, we hope that this stream of the day’s events help all of us near and far to recognize and enjoy our graduates’ accomplishments.
Live streaming an event can be fraught with technical challenges. Please be assured that should a technical issue occur during the event, all 3 graduation ceremonies are being simultaneously recorded, and we will make the videos available as soon as possible.
It was only three months ago that ConcordTV was in full production mode; creating public access programs such as “Community Conversations” and “SeniorSpeak NH” and providing studio facilities for Concord High School’s student-run broadcast “CHS Live.” ConcordTV was also in the final weeks of setting up its annual fundraiser, when the “Easter Eggstravaganza” event suddenly had to be cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Productions were halted and the TV station was closed to the public, including our local producers and valued volunteers.
Instead of going on hiatus, ConcordTV immediately redoubled efforts to serving the City of Concord, providing technical guidance on City Hall’s new video systems, and continuing to broadcast city meetings, now held online. ConcordTV taped a brand new weekly TV series for the Concord School District, connecting school with students and parents during the pandemic. The station even succeeded in having local producers of public access talk shows create fresh content for broadcast via online meetings.
While some aspects of ConcordTV will be evolving to meet changing needs of the community in the coming months, remember that the station remains a valuable communication resource that thrives with your involvement and with your support.
ConcordTV is Your Community Media center! It serves the community with three TV channels (education, government and public access), offers classes and workshops, manages a facility where people create their own programs and podcasts – and offers youth video camps (and a film festival!) for young people.
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Notice of Concord Community TV Live Budget Presentation for Fiscal Year 2020-21, and open Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 12th at 6:30PM to be broadcast live on ConcordTV’s cable channels 6, 17, 22 and streamed live on our Youtube channel. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis this meeting will be held remotely on Zoom.
You can watch the presentation on YouTube here:
ConcordTV, working with the City of Concord, will do its best to provide streaming and broadcast coverage of the April 1st virtual meeting of the Zoning Board.
On March 15th, Governor Sununu issued an order to close all New Hampshire public schools until at least April 3rd, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. On March 26th, the Governor issued an additional “Stay At Home” order, effective until May 4th. ConcordTV is therefore closed to the public until at least May 4, 2020.
ConcordTV will continue to accept producer-created content, cover important Concord-area meetings and events, and broadcast on Channels 6, 17, and 22 during this time. We will also strive to provide official information on the local response to COVID-19 as quickly as possible whenever it is provided from our partners in the city.
We will provide additional information on our continuing operations during this public closure in the days to come.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us should you have any questions or concerns.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and CDC recommendations for group gatherings, Easter Eggstravaganza has been cancelled.
While we are disappointed to not hold the event, public safety is our top priority.
We will update when we determine a fundraising alternative, but right now all our resources will be going into providing the best community media resources we can during these difficult times.
For more information on the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the following resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
State of NH Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/
City of Concord Coronavirus Info Page: http://concordnh.gov/1743/Coronavirus
ConcordTV will be going live at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 11th, to bring you the results from Concord in the 2020 New Hampshire Primary. Catch us on Comcast Channel 22, or streaming live on YouTube:
ConcordTV’s 2018-2019 Annual Report is now available. The report highlights ConcordTV’s many activities throughout the 2018-2019 fiscal year, celebrating the accomplishments of the station, and its friends, with a month-by-month pictorial journey. We think it’s a lot more interesting than your average annual report!