Wallingford Public Access

Wallingford, CT   |  www.wpaa.tv

Mission

More.Than.TV A Community Access TV Station with community space for meetings, theater, art exhibits and special programs such as film initiatives and internships of various kinds.  To empower the people of Wallingford to meet their own communication needs, as they define them, by facilitating digital media creation and managing its public distributionUse of WPAA-TV digital media tools and studioW stage can help inform, connect and build community through the production of ideas, opinions, stories, news, information and/or performance.  WPAA-TV facilitates production of digital media and distributes community access and public service information prioritizing support for Wallingford developed media. WPAA-TV provides its users with the tools and the stage. WPAA-TV operates as “Your Town, Your Station, Your Voice” distributing programs by the community, for the community.  WPAA-TV is the provider of government or education programming that Town Government and/or Board of Education chooses not to support or fails in their obligation to provide as Government and Educational Access TV.  

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

Susan Adele Huizenga

Main address

28 South Orchard St

Wallingford, CT 06492 USA

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EIN

06-1378847

NTEE code info

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Make TV

Our core program is creation of citizen media from idea to execution as TV content. Everyone who walks through the door has different levels of prior training in video production and storytelling ranging from none to some college credit and aspiring filmmakers. Staff schedules one-on-one time to help each prospective producer reach some level of confidence with the tools and execution of their individual plan. More information can be found here: http://wpaa.tv/make-tv/  

Population(s) Served

Administration of a 24 x7 play schedule with content ranging in length from 10 seconds to a few hours could keep someone employed full-time. The contracting and curation and schedule plan is handled by volunteers. Underwriting critical data entry support frees up administration to support community programming. We support timely and daily TV program updates with a collaboration with the Record-Journal and agreement with Democracy Now.  Twelve hours a week of predictable data entry ca help immensely. Deploying resources to local gather stories is highly dependent on this core operations function.  

Population(s) Served

Believing that 'Performance Speech' and 'SocialActionArt' the richest kind, WPAA-TV engages artists and filmmakers with the goal of making WPAA-TV a destination for film production, small performances, and interactive arts. Guidelines for film production was adopted in the summer of 2017.  A collaboration with ConcertsWithCauses, now in its 4th year welcomes an audience to experience original music and Connecticut Compass Theater provides thespian skills training and improv interactives. A permanent photography exhibit, StreetshotZ was installed with support from FrameItEasy.com It features photographs by Wallingford resident Charles Buzinsky. It was selected because the theme aligns with the #wpaatv mission to represent and serve underserved voices. The exhibit is free. However, donations such as nonperishable food are encouraged. Masters’ Manna Food Pantry receives the majority of the donations. 100% of the proceeds from the StreetshotZ book sales are used to fund programs helping with housing and food insecurity.

Population(s) Served

Tell Your Neighbors about It has been expanded and re-branded as Good Enough To Share.Local nonprofits identify video content that aligns with their mission or residents 'guarantee' video content which they do not produce with information they are passionate about. Examples: Spanish language news programs are represented by the Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW), In the Fight soldier's stories are represented by VFW #591. Those participating enter agreements with WPAA as Guarantors.  Organizations or residents work with WPAA-TV to acquire programs at no or low cost for redistribution. This very successful program has programs and participants listed here: http://wpaa.tv/good-enough-to-share/ 

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Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization 2000

Financials

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Wallingford Public Access

Board of directors
as of 12/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Herb Jackson

Real Estate Agent - Local Business Owner

Term: 2019 - 2020

Curt Huizenga

Community Volunteer

Jared Marmitt

Community Volunteer

Cassandra Allen

YMCA

Helen Hoelck

Artist

Linda Colon

Public Relations Professional

Riyad Lahnin

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