WMHT’s Our Town Series
The series, Our Town is a video scrapbook of the people, places and happenings of towns across the WMHT-TV viewing area, from the Capital Region and beyond, as seen through the eyes and camera lenses of the people who live there.
Residents use their video cameras to show the heritage, personalities and unique characteristics that make their town distinct. The station will provide a training session and videotape for each volunteer in the format of their choice. There are no restrictions as to age or experience and no cost to participate; just a willingness to be part of this community project. WMHT-TV will solicit the involvement of a wide variety of the town's population, from the mayor to the barber, from the high school student to the fire chief, new residents, old residents, any and all residents.
Participants take up to a week to collect video that answers the question: “What is special about your community?” The resulting footage captures the personalities, businesses, activities, and history of the area; giving viewers a sense of what it truly means to live in the towns they call home. From the parks to the churches to the artists and organizations making a difference, these stories collectively will convey the heart and soul of the community.
WMHT-TV edits the footage and hosts a screening event within the community prior to the broadcast premiere. Several new programs will be produced each year, adding to an archive that captures the spirit and splendor of our region.
Collaboration with local partners (town historian, librarian, community centers, faith-based
organizations, museums) will create an outreach program that is intergenerational, and engages the
community in new ways. The collection of Our Town material may serve as the basis for a variety of
related educational resources, including school curricular materials to ensure awareness and
understanding of local history and civic engagement.
The Our Town series includes a hyper-local online community-building initiative that encourage users to participate in an interactive discussion with the project and others about their cities and towns through user-friendly online feedback forms. This emphasis on engagement will be sustained across a landing page on the WMHT.org site and WMHT’s video player at http://video.wmht.org (where full-length episodes are available on demand alongside area-specific related resource links), as well as across social media outlets such as Facebook and YouTube.
For more information, contact producer Joanne Durfee at (518) 880-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A trusted community resource for over half a century, WMHT Educational Telecommunications uses the power of non-commercial public television, radio, the web and other media to enrich the lives of more than a half million households throughout eastern New York state and portions of western Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Television broadcast channels include WMHT-DT (17.1), WMHT-ThinkBright/Create (17.2) and WMHT-World (17.3). Radio stations operated by WMHT include WMHT-FM 89.1 & WRHV-FM 88.7 (classical) and WEXT 97.7 (alternative rock). WMHT also operates RISE, a radio reading service for the visually and print disabled. In addition, WMHT offers numerous community outreach and family learning initiatives that inspire, educate and entertain for a lifetime.