Monday, March 7, 2011

March at CTN

Hello, and welcome once again to CTN’s a2ikog podcast,
Keeping Ann Arbor in the Know on the Go. 
Thank you so much for joining us!
I’m your host, Rebecca Rhodes.
Happy March everyone! Spring is on its way! Though it’s come in a bit like a lion, I know those lamb days can’t be too far off!  Hang in there and enjoy the sun when you can!
Let’s see what’s going on at CTN this month:
CTN will be rolling out a new television production class schedule toward the end of March. 

Ann Arbor residents and representatives of Ann Arbor non-profit organizations are invited to learn more about CTN’s free community media resources by attending our upcoming Preview Session. 
You’ll take a tour of our studios and hear about the origins of CTN, which dates back to 1973 shortly after cable arrived in Ann Arbor.

Our next “Preview Session” will take place Monday March 7th at 6 PM. 
After taking our introductory “Preview Session,” Ann Arbor residents and representatives of non-profit organizations can sign-up for classes in studio, hotline studio, remote camcorders, and editing. 
Why do we offer so many phenomenal classes absolutely free? 
We are here to serve the Ann Arbor community and we want to see you produce TV programs that matter to you! 
Start learning and producing now and it won’t be long before you see the products of your unique creativity telecast on CTN’s Public Access Channel 17.  Learn more by visiting CTN’s website at, and then click the “Classes” link on the left.  Or call us at 734.794.6150, ext. 0.
Speaking of opportunities in television, did you know that CTN has interns and community volunteers just waiting for you to come in and voice your opinion?  That’s right, our interns and community volunteers will assist you in recording your thoughts and opinions on “Access Soapbox.”  This 5 minute platform gives you Ann Arbor residents and representatives from Ann Arbor non-profits the chance to promote an event, give an opinion, and/or inform others about something that is important to you.  Never been in front of a camera before?  That’s ok!  We’ll help you get your non-commercial message on the air.  Can’t memorize your lines?  That’s ok, too!  We have a teleprompter to assist you!  “Access Soapbox” is taped on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.  During the month of March, CTN will be taping Access Soapbox on Thur., March 10 & Thur., March 24 from 3 PM-6 PM.  Call us at 734.794.6150, ext. 0 to sign-up.  Or, email us at Get up on your soapbox and speak out on CTN!  
Attention CTN Citizen producers – Join us at the next Producers Showcase coming up on Thursday, March 31st at 6 PM.  Our special guest speaker will be Brian Kruger, Co-founder of Stunt3 Multimedia in Detroit, and the producer/director of “The Girl in Centerfield –The Summer That Changed Youth Baseball Forever”. 
Brian will be sharing clips and taking questions about what went into the making of this national story which unfolded right next door in Ypsilanti!  Brian, a graduate of Ypsilanti High School also has a special connection with CTN.   Come find out what it is!  As usual, there will be snacks and refreshment and time for networking with your fellow producers. So mark your calendars for March 31st at 6 PM at CTN--you won’t want to miss this event! 
Hey sports fans! Check out the Sunday Game of the Week at 12 noon on CitiTV 19. This month features 
Boys Basketball, including Huron at Skyline, Saline at Pioneer, and Gabriel Richard at Skyline, and 
Girls Water Polo featuring Pioneer at Huron.
Check the CitiTV schedule on our website for specific dates and additional replays.

Elizabeth Riggs of the Huron River Watershed Council visits the Green Room this month.  You can catch the show Sundays at 7 pm, Tuesdays at 5 pm, Thursdays at 11 am,  Fridays at 5:30 pm, and Saturdays at 10:30 am on CitiTV 19

Be sure to tune into CitiTV channel 19 on Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00 PM to see Ward Talk LIVE with 4th Ward Councilmember Marcia Higgins. You can even call in or email questions to be answered on air! Additional replays can be seen on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:30 pm, Wednesdays at 7 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am.

Curious how the city’s decisions are made? Remember to turn to “The Meeting Place,” Channel 16, for live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of City public meetings, and “The Education Station,” Channel 18, for live coverage of the Ann Arbor Board of Education meetings. For times and schedules, visit and click “Program Schedules.”
That’s all for the month of March at CTN! We hope to see you around studio and on the air soon!

Have a safe, fun, and happy St. Patrick’s Day Ann Arbor!
Once again, thank you so much for visiting our blog and listening to CTN’s a2ikog podcast!
I’m your host, Rebecca Rhodes,
Keeping Ann Arbor In the Know, On the Go.

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