President's Messages

Weekly updates from President & CEO Mike Wassenaar.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel & Upcoming Meetups

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has been named Acting Chairwoman by the new Biden Administration. Rosenworcel has been at the Commission since 2012, and before that served in the US Senate as an advisor for Senators Jay Rockefeller and Daniel In

Copy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day & ACM's Virtual Meetups

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. Y

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day & ACM's Virtual Meetups

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. Y

Supporting Community Media and Our Democracy, US Senators & ACM Virtual Meetups

There are too many things to say about last week’s demonstrations and attack on the US House and Senate – and like a lot of folks I’m still trying to digest everything that’s being reported about the events we witnessed last Wednesday.

Welcome to 2021!

Here are some notes from ACM as we begin January:

ACM Happy New Year And Virtual Meet Ups

Starting in 2021, ACM will be hosting virtual meetups in states around the country as a way to provide support and informal networking for PEG channels. On January 7, there will be a North Carolina meetup and a Virginia meetup.

PEG Stations & COVID-19, 2021 Meetups & New Executive Directors

PEG stations continue to provide vital public health information during the Covid-19 crisis.

Electronic Program Guides, FCC Update & Blaire Erskine

Imagine a library without any card catalog that forces users to dig around the stacks to find individual books. That’s how the Maine Attorney General office described PEG channels that are denied the use of Electronic Program Guides as it defended

Giving Tuesday Recap, Community Media Directory & FCC Update

We had 50 donors step forward last week to support next year’s Community Media Emerging Leaders Institute and other ACM Foundation programs on Giving Tuesday. What an excellent way to kickstart 2021!

#GivingTuesday & FCC Chair Update

Giving Tuesday is tomorrow (December 1) and the Foundation of the ACM is asking you to consider making a gift to build the future of community media – by building better leaders in the coming year.

ACM Thankful

On this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the things I have and mindful of the privilege to work with ACM members.

ACM Workshop on Youth Programs & Public Policy Donations

If you’re thinking about beginning a youth media program or fine-tuning the program you run, I’d like you to join ACM this Wednesday, November 18 as talk about approaches and design for youth media program work. We’ll be joined by folks from Ph

ACM Election Coverage, Bob Devine & Giving Tuesday

I hope you are recovering from this year’s election coverage – and perhaps your organization is doing election analysis programming still.

Copy of Mass Access Recap on Closed Captioning & Cast Away

I caught up with folks at Mass Access this last week to chat about closed captioning rules for PEG channels – so I thought it’s a good opportunity to give you a quick refresher:

Celebrate Community Media Day and Join us Wednesday for Community Partnerships in Times of Trauma

It’s the fifth annual celebration of Community Media across the United States tomorrow, 10/20! Both Minnesota and Massachusetts have issued proclamations celebrating the day in each state.

Community Media Day is Next Week and Don't Forget to Join us on Wednesday for Earned Income Solution

It’s still not too late to organize an activity or promote Community Media Day next Tuesday, October 20.

Earned Income Solutions, Community Media Day & Join Mike at the Water Cooler!

The 2020 edition of the ACM Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Institute led by Paula Manley and Toni Tabora-Roberts kicks off this Friday with an expanded class of 22 students from around the country! My thanks to all the individual donors who helpe

Cablecast's Partner Presentation this Thursday Building Better Boards & Community Media Day!

I’m a diver – I love scuba and try to find an opportunity to get underwater when I can. I’m also a non-profit leader – I work with Boards of Directors in my professional and personal life (as a volunteer on other boards).

Help the ACM Foundation, Small Operations Workshop & Telvue's Partner Presentation

It’s my birthday on Tuesday – and I’m celebrating. I’m taking the day off – I’ll go for a morning swim, maybe go for a hike and later have a nice romantic meal with my wife.

Antoine's reflections on the Community Media Directory Project, ELI & Community Media Day

My thanks to Antoine Haywood and everyone who has helped us put together the Community Media Directory this summer – we have over 1600 organizations listed around the country – including PEG channels in all 50 states. I asked Antoine to put together

The Last Week of Summer, The Community Media Directory Project, Alan Bushong & September's Public Po

This is the last week of the summer – at least for this Minnesotan. We’d always mark the end of the summer with Labor Day and the end of the Minnesota State Fair. I know there will be some among you who will want to claim 9/22 and the Autumnal Equin

Democratic National Convention & The American University Study on Covid-19

I didn’t watch much of the Democratic National Convention last week, but the highlight for many people was the roll call of states from the nomination of Presidential candidates.

American University’s Center for Media and Social Impact Survey Results & IEE Events

American University’s Center for Media and Social Impact has released its survey and study on how PEG community media is responding to the Covid-19 crisis. The report “PEG Access Media: Local Communications Hubs in a Pandemic” is based on surveys an

Lorenzo Milam, IEE Caucus Upcoming Events, The Engaged Journalism Exchange

There are two Friday events I’d like you and other people in your organization to put on your calendars this week and next: The Inclusion Equity and Engagement Caucus of the Alliance will be hosting a virtual event Friday, August 14 at 3 pm ET

Susan Fleischmann, IEE Annual Meeting

I received word last week that Susan Fleischmann, one of the quiet stars in the community media world – is retiring early next year as Executive Director of CCTV in Cambridge, MAtogether for the Hometowns in Chicago, we wanted to bring people togethe