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Crew Call November 2012

SCC's Awards...A Great Time For All!

by Ted Arbeiter


Yes, the 2012 SCC Awards program was an exciting, successful event for all! There was even plenty of talk of this year’s awards being the best awards ever….we think it was.


This year’s event was held at the fabulous Vadnais Heights Commons.  This is a one of a kind venue located in our service area and was the perfect setting for the night’s activities. Over 120 persons attended this year’s event which featured great food from Kane’s Catering, a fun, old school photo booth, live musical entertainment, the SCC awards program, various staff video presentations, and a surprise visit from the St. Paul Winter Carnival’s Royal Family and King's Guard. 




Making a return to this year’s event was a special video presentation from RWSCC staff to all SCC producers. This funny video presentation was very well received by all attendees and was especially enjoyed by members of the SCC producer family featured in the video homage. 


Pictures of the event can be found on the SCC Facebook page, always, if you would like more information about SCC, feel free to visit or ask a friendly staff member by calling us at 651.747-3830.



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Live Election Coverage on RWTV Channel 18

by Ted Arbeiter



Tune in to RWTV channel 18 on election night for VOTE 2012 Live and Local – GTN, On Location and SCC’s live election program.  After you vote, see your local race results as they come in, along with analysis, commentary and special guest interviews starting at 8:30 p.m. on RWTV 18.


Join GTN election anchors Mary Kline and Joe Cullen as they keep viewers informed with the latest results from inside the GTN studio along with guest host, Jodi Ritacca. Jodi will be conducting interviews from inside the SCC studio on everything from business to education issues. Your only source for all local election results and commentary brought to you from inside YOUR local SCC Community Media Center in White Bear Lake. 


Live coverage will conclude at 10 p.m. and result updates will continue to be posted on channel 18 through the night. 


For more information please visit

or call Judy Skeie-Voss at 651-747-3803.

And The Winner Is?

by Ryan Hickok


 It has been a banner year for our friends at GTN and On Location TV 19. This year they have received national recognition for multiple programs such as Lake Area Beat, Northeast Journal, and Your Police Report.


The awards started with the Hometown Media Awards sponsored by the Alliance for Community Media where GTN’s Mary Kline and Troy Sepion received their award for “Best of Short Subject.” The winning piece, Memorials for Sgt. Bergeron, also received an Honorable Mention by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).


 In addition, NATOA awarded four other awards to the GTN and On Location staff. Northeast Journal received a Third Place award in the Interview/Talk Show category. In the Children/Young Adults category, staff received an Honorable Mention for a  piece entitled Restoring The Web: Keller Lake Shoreline Restoration. For the Best of Audio/Sound Recording the Laurel and Hardy promo received a first place award, along with a recent Emmy nomination!


And the biggest of all, GTN was awarded first place in the overall Excellence in Government Programming category from NATOA. This a huge win and a great achievement for all the wonderful content that is being produced for the viewers in our area. 



 We would like to congratulate our colleagues at both GTN and On Location for all their great work!

Studio A Control Room: Audio Monitors

by Andrea Paulet



Lately, we’ve noticed several people have had issues hearing their audio in the Studio A control room. This was due to changes made to equipment by producers. We wanted to remind everyone that the areas behind the racks in the control room are off-limits to producers. If someone changes a setting on one of the monitors, the next person who uses the room will be unaware of the change.




If you have an issue with any of the equipment or think something may need adjusting, please notify staff at the front desk.



Thanks for your cooperation!

SCC Grant Program- Coming Soon!

by Ted Arbeiter



As mentioned in last month’s Crew Call, Suburban Community Channel’s 2013 grant program is rolling out soon at your favorite community television facility…SCC! The 2013 grant program will be like previous years’ grant programs….so get ready to bring home the money...up to $1200! 


The SCC grant information application packet will be available Wednesday, January 2, 2013. We’ll keep you posted on all things SCC grants via this newsletter, on SCC public access channels 14 and 15, as well as onsite at the SCC Community Media Center.


As always, if you have any questions regarding the SCC grant program, feel free to contact a friendly SCC staff person at 651.747-3830.

Four Producers Reach 300 Points!

by Andrea Paulet



This month, SCC has FOUR producers that have reached the 300 point milestone in the Volunteer Incentive Program!




 John Wykoff (pictured above) has earned 300 points for the first time! John earns his points by producing  his show Race Night for Channel 15. John also helps out with  other shows, such as Inside Insight and All Around Grant.






Karin Ostrand (pictured above) has earned 300 points for the third time! Karin earns her points by volunteering on truck shoots for On Location TV 19, helping with setup, running cameras and the CG. 





 Barb Britain (pictured above) has earned 300 points for the sixth time! Barb earns her points through camera checkouts and editing time, producing her show Prairie Profiles for Channel 15. 






Tim Kinley (pictured above) has earned 300 points for the sixth time! Tim earns his points producing and hosting his show Speechless, live Thursday nights on Channel 15. Tim also helps out on other shows, such as Inside Insight and Off the Record News.


Congratulations to all!

A Look At Things to Come...

by Ryan Hickok



There are many things to look forward to with the new cameras that will be coming the first of the year, including the ability to shoot in High Definition. But there are things that you should be mindful of with this move.


HD footage is much larger than the footage you are currently working with. Storage is something you will need to keep an eye on. We always encourage producers to purchase their own external hard drives, but we will encourage this even more now with the amount of space needed to edit HD footage.


Your footage will look a lot crisper with these new HD cameras, but we also have to keep in mind that SCC currently still transmits in Standard Definition. This isn’t a bad thing, because your HD footage broadcast in Standard Definition will still look clearer and cleaner than what you're used to. 


This is just a small step in the transition to HD, but it is a first step to many more things to come for your access facility.


If you have any questions, feel free to ask any of your friendly SCC staff.

This month on Local Image...


 Local Image for November welcomes Thanksgiving with a closer look at what it really means to be thankful and how being thankful can help us to better deal with the stress that can come with the upcoming holiday season. Meet the young man making a feature length film who got his start locally - including at SCC. Go inside a local ski jump organization as they prepare for this thrilling winter sport. Hear a special story on illness and healing and take in highlights from the 2012 SCC Excellence in Community Television Awards!


 These stories and more on the

November edition of Local Image!


Catch Local Image Tuesdays at 5pm,

on the weekends at 7pm & 11pm on channel 19

and online anytime!


Check out the latest edition of the show HERE!

In this issue:

SCC's Awards...A Great Time For All!

Live Election Coverage on RWTV Channel 18

And The Winner Is?

Studio A Control Room: Audio Monitors

SCC Grant Program- Coming Soon!

Four Producers Reach 300 Points!

A Look At Things to Come...

This month on Local Image...






November 12

for Veterans Day


Thursday, November 22



November 23

for Thanksgiving

RWSCC Meetings

All meetings start at 5:30pm unless otherwise noted.


Full Commission Meeting:

November 8


Video on Demand Committee Meeting:

November 19 (3pm)



All classes are $10 unless otherwise noted.


Intro to Community TV

Not sure what community television at SCC has to offer?  This FREE class tells all about public access and how you can be involved as a viewer, volunteer or producer!  Classes meet:



December 10


Intro to Mac

Explore the world of Mac. Learn the basics of this very robust & exciting computer platform and see why the world is coming to Mac. Prepare yourself for SCC’s Final Cut Pro classes with a MacOS, desktop & everything overview. This class is FREE! Classes meet:



November 8


Intro to Mini DV Camera

Learn the fundamentals and techniques of operating our professional Mini-DV camcorders - the Panasonic DVX100 & HVX200. These camcorders are easy to learn and available for free to produce community programming!

Classes meet:



November 13


Intro to Studio Production

Got a TV show in mind? SCC has a fully digital five-camera video production studio available.  This class introduces all the video and audio parts of the system and teaches production planning & techniques. This class will also provide training on SCC's new, smaller, easy to use Nano Studio! Ready? Lights, camera, ACTION! 

Classes meet:



November 10


Intro to Final Cut Pro

Explore the world of Non-Linear editing with the Final Cut Pro 6. The future of digital television is here now at SCC. Learn the basics with the best from the best! Classes meet:


7pm - 9pm

November 27 & 29

(2 day class)


Advanced Field Production Tools


Get deeper knowledge of Panasonic’s DVX100/HVX200 MiniDV camcorders. Learn about production tools available at SCC: lighting, audio mics/mixers, & more. Class provides certification for SCC’s camera jib & field teleprompter.

Pre-requisite: Intro to Camera, production experience and staff permission. Classes meet:



November 15



Advanced Studio Production

Dig deeper into the Ross digital switcher and learn about the teleprompter, scan converter and studio graphic capabilities!

Pre-requisite:  Intro to Studio

Class meets:



January 12 


Advanced Final Cut Pro

Further explore the world of non-linear editing on our advanced Final Cut Pro 6. Get a more in-depth knowledge of the system and Mac OS X and  LiveType basics.  

Pre-requisite: Intro to NLE, experience, and staff permission.

Classes meet:


10am - 3pm

November 17



SCC Classes: On-Demand

Mobile Production Truck

Classes are scheduled through the On Location Department.  Prior experience in studio production is helpful. For more info call Arlin Becker at



Can't Make a Scheduled Class?

Any of the SCC classes are available On-Demand to fit into your busy schedule.  If you and your crew can't make it to a monthly class, give us a call!  

SCC staff will set up a special class at a time that works better for you.

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