This blog will feature highlights of programming by Falls Cable Access, a not-for-profit organization located in Menomonee Falls High School.
Where do I start? First of all, congratulations to the Menomonee Falls Boys Basketball team on their Conference Championship. Although it is tough for the crew to actually watch a game when we are covering it, one thing was apparent, everyone on the team plays all-out all the time. It was most enjoyable. Secondly, thanks to all the viewers on Channel 14 and on our Streaming Website that sent us emails and phone messages commenting on the game coverage. And lastly, thanks to our volunteer announcers who took their job seriously and added not only in-depth information but exuberance and levity. It was truly a team effort and the public was certainly entertained.
Now for the bad news. It's hard to be objective on this issue because I myself, along with other cable access volunteers and board members have always provided taped coverage of youth sports. It is always special when a youngster gets to see himself performing his favorite sport on TV and his name is on the lower third of the screen. I have been personally involved with hundreds of games over the years strictly as a service to the community. (sorry, there is no way to say that without sounding self-serving). However, we will not be taping the Falls Playoff game at the high school this weekend because the WIAA signed an agreement with a company that gives them exclusive rights. Even though they don't have a crew to cover the game, they are not allowing anyone to tape or rebroadcast unless you pay a fee totaling $300 and turn the DVD over to them for sale on their website. Part of the charge for the DVD goes to the school but that is minimal. Part goes to the WIAA as does 85% of the gate receipts for the game Saturday. And based on my knowledge of duplication costs, the lions share goes to the company running the website selling the DVD's.
Last September, Falls Cable Access in cooperation with the Menomonee Falls Scholarship Foundation hosted the first ever Incredible Trivia Contest. It was meant as a trial run so that the foundation board could see how much fun it was and raise some money for the Scholarship Foundation. Immediately afterward most of the teams wanted to know if and when we were going to do it again. Then I started getting calls from people who said they didn't know anything about it and wished they had entered a team. Well now is your chance. The Incredible Trivia Contest is being held once again at the Channel 14 studio on March 27th from 4 till 9 pm. It is our plan to make March the home of this annual event.
Teams are forming right now and rivalries and traditions are already taking on the spirit of the competition. Having been involved in the Stevens Point Trivia contest for 25 years (Incredible Trivia is modeled after that event) I can tell you the fun is infectious and the competition is for everyone. A good team needs the following...1. Channel 14 on Time Warner 2. 1 if not 2 computers on the INTERNET 3. A couple of cell phones and land lines 4. Players of all ages 5. At least 3 or 4 players 6. A sense of humor. There is no limit to the size of the team and the registration cost is per team not per player. Kind of like loading up the car for the drive in on carload night. Hhmmm...note to self...Drive in theater question.
It's a very busy week at Falls Cable Access this week. In addition to the Emergency Management Drill that was taped Tuesday at the high school, the crew is busy putting together all the finishing touches on the Incredible Trivia Contest.
The contest starts on Saturday night at 4:00 and all are welcome to tune in and play along. If you haven't registered I am afraid you won't be able to partake in all the fun, but you can try to keep score yourself and find the answers to the questions. The last round ends at 9:00 and the winners announced in the studio shortly after. There is plenty of surprises and a lot of old music that you won't hear on the radio. Next year we expect the number of teams to triple and the competition to be even tougher. All proceeds from the contest go to the Menomonee Falls Scholarship Foundation.