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Q: WHAT IS LMC-TV?
A: LMC-TV is a non-profit corporation that administers the Public, Education and Government access channels on the Cablevision of Westchester system. These channels are defined in federal law and are made available in our community through the cable franchise agreement between the Town and Village of Mamaroneck, the Village of Larchmont and Cablevision of Westchester.
Q: WHAT DOES LMC-TV DO?
A. LMC-TV aims to heighten community awareness and increase community participation through the making and viewing of locally produced programs. Its "mission" is threefold. 1.) Public access 2.) Education access 3.) Government access.
Q: WHO RECEIVES LMC-TV?
A: Residents of the Town and Village of Mamaroneck, the Village of Larchmont with cable TV.
Q: WHO RUNS LMC-TV?
A: LMC-TV is run by an Executive Director who acts as station manager and is answerable to the LMC-TV Board of Directors which is made up of local citizens. LMC-TV is financially responsible to the Tri-Municipal Cable TV Board of Control, which is composed of one member from each of the three municipal boards.
Q:WHERE IS LMC-TV LOCATED?
A: LMC-TV has two production facilities, one in the Mamaroneck High School Palmer Unit and a second studio at 145 Library Lane, two buildings down from the Emelin Theatre. LMC-TV also has a business and playback office in the Town of Mamaroneck Town Center.
Q:WHO CAN USE THE EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES?
A. Residents of Larchmont and Mamaroneck, including residents of that portion of the Rye Neck school district within the Village of Mamaroneck, who can demonstrate proficiency in using the LMC-TV production equipment, or is willing to be trained to do so. Residents who want to produce a show may also get people who know how to use television production equipment, whether they reside in our service area or not, to help them.
Q: WHAT DETERMINES IF A SHOW IS PRODUCED BY LMC-TV STAFF?
A: LMC-TV produces a limited number of productions (mainly board meetings) for the town, the two villages and the two school districts. Determinations on what events are covered are made by staff with an eye towards balancing budgetary, equipment and staffing limitations with governmental and educational access needs as determined by those institutions (and therefor the public). LMC-TV does also produce live community event telecasts (such as Live Election Coverage, the Fireman’s Carnival and The Emelin Street Fair) with extensive participation from community producers and volunteers.
Q:WHERE DOES THE MONEY FOR THE EQUIPMENT COME FROM?
A: The dollar amount was negotiated by the municipalities and is set out in the Franchise Agreement with CablevisionI. Cablevision pays it to the Board of Control. As stipulated in the Franchise Agreement and the Federal Cable Act, the Board may use the money solely for capital expenses associated with the production of television programming for the access channels.
Q:HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN A PROGRAM ON LMC-TV?
A: You can produce a program of your own, be a guest on someone else’s program or work behind the scenes. Just drop by our studio or administrative office during operating hours and LMC-TV staff will talk with you and determine the best way for you to proceed. You can always call us as well at 914-381-2002.
Q: HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN THE POLICY OF LMC-TV?
A. Serve on the board or an LMC-TV committee. A good start is the Program Producers Advisory Committee, which was set up for the producers and volunteers of LMC-TV to have policy input without necessitating the kind of time commitment required of Board Members.
Have more questions- check out our Polices and Procedures