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GCTV opens new facility

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community Television’s new facility will be unveiled to the public on the first floor of 393 Main St. on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

GCTV will maintain two spaces in the Masonic building. The new facility, located on the first floor, will house GCTV’s community radio station WMCB-lp 107.9, as well as an audio production suite, meeting space and offices. This new space will also act as the primary point for interaction with the public, including equipment check-out and return, submitting public service announcements or programming, and field equipment training.

The third-floor space will continue to house the station’s live HD production studio, which plays host to many local productions as well as meetings of the Greenfield Town Council, School Committee and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, whose meetings are cablecast. The third floor will also have areas for group editing and training, and private editing suites.

GCTV board member Terry Ruggles led the effort to make contact with New England Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the former Town Crier when it first became known the space may be available, and handled the negotiations with local Realtor Robert Cohn and the owners.

Board member Ralph E. Gordon Sr. said that “This will give us a window on Main Street, where the public can make easy contact with our staff and with our productions. It is something we have talked about for some time, and when the opportunity came, we proceeded to purchase the condominium there.”

“I’m really excited about this,” said GCTV station manager Scott MacPherson. “We have been looking to expand for a long time and now we have the space we need to best fit our operations, and make GCTV an even more user-friendly experience for the community, as well as our producers and DJs.”

GCTV board president Garry Longe noted the opening of this new space will be the culmination of many years of planning focused on providing GCTV with a stronger “Main Street” presence.

Greenfield Community Television has operated since 1987, offering access to video and audio production equipment and training for individuals and organizations that live or do business in Greenfield, as well as covering events of interest to the Greenfield community for broadcast on both cable channel 15 and GCTV.org. For more information call 774-4288.

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