President's Messages

Weekly updates from President & CEO Mike Wassenaar.

Copy of When Free Speech Meets Hate Speech, PEG Meetups & Electronic Frontier Foundation

4/5/2021  
I’m really looking forward to the timely discussion we’ll have on Friday 4/9 at 3pm ET on When Free Speech Meets Hate Speech. The event has been put together by the ACM Inclusion, Equity and Engagement Caucus and will explore how community media navi

When Free Speech Meets Hate Speech, PEG Meetups & Electronic Frontier Foundation

4/5/2021  
I’m really looking forward to the timely discussion we’ll have on Friday 4/9 at 3pm ET on When Free Speech Meets Hate Speech. The event has been put together by the ACM Inclusion, Equity and Engagement Caucus and will explore how community media navi

FCC Update, PEW Research Center, Tech Trends Report, 2021 ACM Awards

3/22/2021  
The 6th Circuit Court has rejected the FCC’s request to delay oral arguments in the City of Eugene OR vs FCC case. The case will be argued on April 15 as scheduled. The Commission had requested a six-month delay to reexamine the Order because of the

Copy of FCC Update & American Rescue Plan

3/15/2021  
The FCC has requested an abeyance of oral arguments in the 6th Circuit Court in City of Eugene OR v FCC – the case ACM and municipalities across the US have brought arguing against the so-called “In-Kind” Order on cable franchising from 2019.

Hometown Media Awards, Community Media of South Central PA& IEE's Upcoming Webinar

3/1/2021  
Hometown Media Award winner Community Media of South Central, PA is putting together an interesting approach to connecting their community around Gettysburg, PA. They are beginning a plan to provide the infrastructure to communicate in mostly rural A

Copy of Hometown Media Awards, Community Media of South Central PA& IEE's Upcoming Webinar

3/1/2021  
Hometown Media Award winner Community Media of South Central, PA is putting together an interesting approach to connecting their community around Gettysburg, PA. They are beginning a plan to provide the infrastructure to communicate in mostly rural A

Vermont, PEG, City of Eugene vs. FCC

2/22/2021  
Some interesting news from Vermont came out a week ago as the State government issued a report looking at the long-term financial health of PEG operations there. Vermont has a system of cable franchising that set up “access management organizations”

The Emergency Broadband Benefit, New Meetups Added, 2020 Election Cycle & Frederick Douglass

2/15/2021  
The FCC is looking for partners to help promote the Emergency Broadband Benefit for low-income residents that they will administer this year.

Super Bowl Ads & ONE Month Count Down for the Hometown Media Awards!

2/8/2021  
The day after the Super Bowl is typically devoted to chatting with friends about a disappointing game (I’m a Vikings fan, OK), what happened at your Super Bowl party (now limited in the 2021 Covid-19 conditions) and what was the best ad you saw (I’m

Copy of Virtual Meetups & Thursday's Public Policy Call

2/1/2021  
It’s been fascinating listening to community television professionals around the country talk about their work the past few weeks as a result of our PEG Meet Up series. In brief, we’ve been gathering people – both ACM members and non-members - in di

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel & Upcoming Meetups

1/25/2021  
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

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

1/18/2021  
“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

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

1/18/2021  
“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

1/11/2021  
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!

1/4/2021  
Here are some notes from ACM as we begin January:

ACM Happy New Year And Virtual Meet Ups

12/28/2020  
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

12/21/2020  
PEG stations continue to provide vital public health information during the Covid-19 crisis.

Electronic Program Guides, FCC Update & Blaire Erskine

12/14/2020  
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

12/7/2020  
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

11/30/2020  
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

11/23/2020  
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

11/16/2020  
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

11/9/2020  
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

10/26/2020  
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

10/19/2020  
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.