Frequently Asked Questions
What is public access television?
Public access programming is community programming on cable TV. It gives you the opportunity to write, produce, direct, and perform in your own programs. People who normally are not allowed easy access to the mass media find a powerful resource for local expression through public access. A majority of public access programs are produced locally by non-professionals.
Who is public access for?
Anyone with a non-commercial message or idea can present it on the public access channel.
How can I get a copy of an WBCAT program?
We for a $5 donation and we can make a DVD copy, Please note that some special programs are $25. For more info please click on our DVD Copies Page.
What are your Hours of Operation?
Since WBCAT is located within the West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School, it’s an active classroom from 7:30am-2:30pm Monday – Friday. Afterward til 8pm the studio is open to the public. It’s best to call ahead at 508-408-6954 to make sure we’ll be in the office.
Can I produce my own show?
Yes, you can! Members of the community are welcome to help and allow the station to grow and flourish in the town. Your show can be about anything you want as long as you believe the town can benefit from what you have to offer and as long as it is appropriate for all viewing audiences.
What does it cost to produce a public access show?
The costs to produce a public access show are minimal. Instruction is free and the use of facilities and equipment is free. Any additional costs are up to you – if you wish to invest your money into the production value of your show, you are free to do so.
Can I make money off of my show?
No, you cannot make a profit from your public access show. You are also prohibited from using public access equipment and facilities on other projects which can generate revenue.
Can I use my own equipment to produce my show?
Yes, you may use your own equipment to produce your show. But the final production must be in a format which is acceptable for playback on the access channel.
Can I have others help me with my show?
You may have other people help set up furniture, act/perform in front of the camera, help you paint a backdrop for your set pieces, and do any hair and make-up or wardrobe for your on-camera talent (if necessary). Basically, other people can help you with anything except assume a crew or technical position involving the use of our equipment or facilities until they have been properly trained.
How long can my show be?
There is no definitive time requirement for programming. However, we strongly suggest that your show or visual piece does exceed two hours in order to preserve air time for other community shows and the town bulletin.
Can I pick the timeslot when my show will play?
While we will try to accommodate your requests, there are many factors that will determine when your show will play. Timeslot availability, deck availability, and show content are a few factors that affect when we can play your show. Some programming will require a later timeslot based on content. However, there are no guarantees and we will make the final determination on your timeslot.
How can I get a notice on the electronic community bulletin board?
You can email us at WBCableAccessTV@gmail.com. Please keep notices short and direct. I.E Name of event, location, date & times as well as contact info.
How can I get more information about WBCAT?