This blog will feature highlights of programming by Falls Cable Access, a not-for-profit organization located in Menomonee Falls High School.
On Wednesday the 11th, the high school will be turned over to the construction crews for a mad 10 week dash to complete all of the remaining renovation projects. The CG Schmidt crews have done a great job working around the over 2, 000 daily occupants of the building.
The Cable studio had been operating with a temporary wall since February which is making everything a little tight. Soon the cement floor will be in and the wall will come down. Then the major cleanup starts. A lot of delicate equipment is going to need some tender, loving dusting.
A couple of years ago, we were going through the archive of video tape, cleaning them up and putting them in new protective cases, when we came upon a large box of tapes labeled Little League. Inside were over 100 tapes from 1991 to 1993 during the Menomonee Falls Little Leagues infancy. Some were coaching tapes, others were of special events like Opening Day and the Gala's. But most of them were the games taped during those first few seasons. 72 in all. Seemed a shame that they were sitting there with no useful purpose. The idea to tape the games came in the very first year. We thought it would be fun for every player in the league to be able to see him or herself on cable TV, just like the pro's. With over 300 players it worked out that we could tape all the teams in the league in just 12 games.
It was important to put the scores on the screen, and as long as your doing that, you may as well put the players names in, music, graphics, sponsors credits, and music videos. The games were a big hit and were played several times at the end of the season, usually 2 games each night. All were taped with two cameras and edited, except for T-ball (could have use 9 cameras for those games). The following year the league had doubled to over 600 players and of course that doubled the amount of games that needed to be taped. Couldn't leave anyone out. So in 1992 there were 24 games taped for playing on channel 7 (later moved to channel 14). In 1993... you guessed it, another 500 players and a total of 36 games. The schedule became overwhelming and camera operators were scarce. So before it turned into 50 games, we quietly retired the idea, leaving the preservation of those unforgettable plays to the parents.