We are building from the ground up in our region, having received our first start-up funds. In March 2018 we merged the Central Maine Media Alliance (CMMA) and in doing so created a comprehensive collaborative that fully represents our region and enables Sebasticook Valley Region to have its own broadcast quality Channel and grow to have a Regional Media and Communications Center to serve Sebasticook Valley!
Our goal is to help everyone – the general public, non-profit organizations and public agencies – access PEG media options to share their messages through video, audio, digital and other media.
We offer the community:
• Broadcast and webcast of video programming as well as archives • Training on the skills needed to create video programs including team building, fund generation, marketing, publicity and supporting media and social media skills • Equipment for qualified member use including field cameras, studios and computer editing systems • Professional video production available at very affordable rates • Volunteer opportunities • Networking and collaboration • Franchise fee negotiations with cable companies • Education to town managers and town councils.
This website serves as a placeholder as we begin outreach to the towns in our region.
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Our Core Team:
JP Fortier, Executive Director
“Twinkle” Marie Manning, Director of Development
Vic Cormier, Assistant Director
Time will be dedicated to promoting our collective offerings to the towns within our Central Maine Region, assisting municipalities with franchise fee negotiations and educating town managers, town councils, residents and businesses alike on the importance of supporting PEG media platforms.
Of primary import is to let residents know that they are already paying for a PEG station, whether or not their town has one.
We will continue to live into our vision of empowering people to make media that matters by providing community members with knowledge, resources, and tools to create and distribute their own original programming content as well as supporting and teaching local governments, the general public and community organizations to effectively communicate using electronic media.
Those who have media backgrounds and skills in television production are asked to reach out to us. Also individuals experienced in marketing, grant writing, publicity and public relations will be assets to our advisory board. Additionally, each town we serve may have one of their town councilors on our advisory board, with the express goal of sharing with us what types of programming content and media services are most important to the residents the town council serves.
Our website will soon have information about access and trainings for those wishing to be independent producers and volunteers.
The initial towns to be served under Central Maine Media Alliance’s Sebasticook Valley Region include:
- St. Albans
We look forward to expanding our region from here to include additional surrounding towns who wish to enjoy the economic development benefits of supporting a regional television station for their community.
*Note: Towns without cable access, will be connected via our online access stations.
Should you wish to be part of our advisory board please email:
“Twinkle” Marie Manning, Station Liaison
We will offer the community:
• Webcast (and eventually broadcast) of video programming, as well as archives
• Training on the skills needed to create video programs including team building, fund generation, marketing, publicity and supporting media and social media skills
• Equipment for use including field cameras, studios and computer editing systems
• Professional video production available at very affordable rates
• Volunteer opportunities
Some of our Community goals:
- Cultivating freedom of speech and creative ideas
- Preserving participatory democracy and transparency in government
- Using media as a tool for nonprofit, governmental and other community organizations
- Presenting local, community-relevant stories, forums, events and culture
- Building collaborative relationships among the communities we serve
- Each town we serve automatically receives one qualified membership position on our advisory board.
- Each municipality that supports the station with the franchise fee funds it receives from the cable companies serving its town may have one of its town council members serve on our advisory board.
How to become a member municipality:
- There are several options available to municipalities in our region. Ask us about our various Municipal Member packages. We are also happy to create custom packages.
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