Monday, August 8, 2016

Equipment Upgrade at City Hall

A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director

Big changes are coming to the Oceanside Council Chambers when the council returns from summer break for their August 10th, 5 pm meeting. The City’s IT Department has added new equipment and technology.  Back in 1981, Oceanside was one of the first cities in San Diego County to videotape their meetings and in the beginning it was accomplished by volunteers and City Staff members working together in the old City Council chambers. 
Here’s a picture of how KOCT used to cover the meetings—three camera operators, a floor director in the Council Chambers and a Director and Audio member out in the City AV trailer—which was towed to and  parked outside the old City Council chambers  for each meeting.

All of the TV monitors were in black and white, and no matter how we tried the Hitachi camera pictures had a slight green tinge to them. In the early days the cable company would only give KOCT 2 hours of air time-- so the floor director’s job was to take notes so that the Editor could select the most popular or important agenda items and edit the 4 hour meeting down to two hours. We then had to drive the ¾” U-Matic tape to the cable company for airing!

In the late 80’s the cable company provided a channel for us to share with MiraCosta College and we were able to air the entire council meetings—first as tape delayed and later ‘live’ as the meetings happened.

In 1989 Bob Bowditch, the founder of KOCT, and Chief Engineer William ‘Mr. Bill’ Sinatra were excited about the new Civic Center being built with plans that included a new larger room for City Council meetings. However, they were aghast to discover that no plans had been included to upgrade, improve or change how the council meetings were to be videotaped. Anyone who knew Bob knows what happened next. Bob and Mr. Bill sat down over many hurried weeks and designed the basic AV system structure of robotic cameras, projector, audio and director’s console. Here is the last picture I have of Bob Bowditch and Mr. Bill working on Chamber drawings at Bob’s Fire Mt. home. Bob died from brain cancer before he was able to see his final work in the new civic center.

The cameras have been repaired and modified many times since then, but starting in August all of the Robotics, Cameras and Directing equipment will be replaced with new high-definition cameras and all digital equipment.

KOCT is working with the City’s outstanding IT department who oversaw and implemented this improvement to the City Council chambers. A big shout out of thanks to the City’s Information Technology Department Manager Yukari Brown and IT Specialist Dave Riha for their leadership on this project.  
A look at the new system                            KOCT crew on site for training session

Check out the new look by watching the next meeting ‘live’, via replay or on the City’s YouTube channel. Joint meetings of the Oceanside City Council, Community Development Commission (CDC), and Harbor Board of Directors are typically held on two Wednesdays of each month at 5:00 pm and are broadcast live at KOCT-North County’s Channel  19 through Cox Cable or on AT&T’’s U-Verse channel 99 channel. Replays can be viewed the following Thursday at 2:00 pm, Saturday at 11:00 am, and Sunday at 5:00 pm

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Random Pixels

A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director

A good way to find out what is happening in the city is to check out this months  July Oceanside Update. This program is a co-production between the City of Oceanside and KOCT.  You’ll find out about art events, what’s going on at the Sunset Market and a variety of events and programs hosted by our Parks and Recreation department. Check it out!
What is a ‘zero waste city’ and why is Oceanside one? To find out click on: “Oceanside is a Zero Waste City”.   This television program  is one in a series of new North County Voice programs. Our guest for this informative program was Colleen Foster, who has been a advocate and leading expert in our region on recycling.  Each year the state demands more of communities to try and divert waste from landfills, and Colleen explains how Oceanside is adapting to the new requirements.

Each year Eternal Hills Memorial Park on El Camino Real features a special Memorial Day ceremony.  They honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and if you missed this moving event, click here.  

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Random Pixels

A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director
·       The Alliance for Community Media is a national organization of community television station members similar to KOCT.  They are currently having their annual conference in Boston and we received news from the conference that   KOCT won a Hometown Media Video Award.  KOCT’s talented Jon Beltz shot and edited some of the innovative footage and KOCT’s Micheyl Steinway polished the promo video for KOCT’s Journalist Roundtable. Congratulations team.  Watch the promo now!

·       Speaking of Journalist Roundtable, I hope you caught last weeks ‘live’ television show.  If not, click here.  We had a diverse guest list and our three journalists honed in on important north county topics.  Viewers who want to be informed about local issues should watch—and share with your neighbors who may not be aware of KOCT’s informative, award-winning monthly program.
JRT Host Kent Davy is joined each month by Journalist Alison St. John & Logan Jenkins
Mark Jackson was our first guest. He and some local community groups, ( ), are opposed to the proposed Lilac Hills development planned for northern Escondido/Valley Center. (The developer, Randy Goodson, appeared on JRT in May to present his perspective.)
Max Disposti, the Executive Director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside discussed recent vandalism at their facility that was deemed a hate crime by OPD. In light of the tragedy in Orlando, we asked Max to discuss the progress and peril facing the LGBTQ community.
Linda Culp is the Principle Planner for SANDAG. She discussed the planned expansion and improvement of the Oceanside Transit Center-- a busy southern California mass transportation hub. 
Pastor Steve Bassett was our final guest. He operates the Bread of Life Rescue Mission in Oceanside. The non-profit was formed in 1999 and serves the poor, hungry, and homeless in six North County cities; Pastor Bassett gave a first-hand perspective of their services, his organization, and their future plans.

Journalist Roundtable will go dark in August in anticipation of a busy Election 2016 season of programs.  If you want to be an informed voter for this election you’ll want to watch KOCT-North County’s Channel! Set your DVR for September 1st at 6pm for programming for, by, and about our community.



Thursday, July 7, 2016

Random Pixels

A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director

·         Special thanks to the Editor of OsideNews, Steve Marcotte, for his series on this year's Oceanside parade.  Steve was a guest on KOCT’s Journalist Roundtable during his start-up phase and the paper has been very successful and is widely read.  Steve arrived early on Saturday, July 2nd,  to watch the KOCT crew set-up , record, and air the parade ‘live’ on KOCT’s channel 19. KOCT has covered Oceanside parades since the early 1980’s. Thanks to our two volunteer Hosts Kristi Hawthorne and Jim Schroder for once again providing color commentary.  AND thanks to Main Street Oceanside  for Underwriting the parade coverage for this very popular program.   KOCT appreciates the photos and press provided by the OsideNews.  KOCT is in support and solidarity with another local media resource. A great way to stay in tune with your community is to read the AND watch KOCT-Your North County Channel.

BREAKING NEWS:   Congratulations to Editor Miguel Blanco and the entire KOCT crew for winning a Hometown Media Award at the annual Alliance for Community Media in Boston this past weekend. This is a national competition and we won the award for the colorful Journalist Roundtable Promo that Miguel produced.  Great job team!!
Miguel Blanco, Lead KOCT Editor and KOCT Production Supervisor, Angela Miranda

Thursday, June 30, 2016

KOCT Open House

A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director

What a delight to welcome so many residents to KOCT’s annual Open House on Tuesday, June 28th!
KOCT Open House visitors
Visitors had an opportunity to be Directors, Camera Operators and even Candidates for public office (& read TelePrompTer lines from San Diego news anchor, Ron Burgundy.)
Eileen Turks new job

& now she's running for office!
Visitors sampled delicious desserts courtesy of Petite Madeline (thanks Christine!), root beer from the new brewing company, Midnight Jack and nutrition bars from KOCT’s neighbor Nii bars.
New Brewery!
MiraCosta College’s Jazz Quartet performed in the KOCT studio and visitors were encouraged to operate and record the concert on professional studio cameras. 
jazz band 
MCC Jazz Quartet
KOCT’s Board of Directors were on hand to answer questions and lead guests on tours of the station.  KOCT’s Station Manager Jacob Rush did a great job leading KOCT’s production team, interns and volunteers on the elaborate set-up of the studio, mobile studio and edit bays.   Mark your calendar for this annual event next April and thanks to everyone who attended. 
Gwen, Liz & Kellie

Ward O Doherty (L) and KOCT Executive Director

Bill, Kellie, Jon & Jake

KOCT IT Specialist Phoenix Von Hendy (L) & visitors

Bill Peters Engineer Lab
More photos to follow but thanks to Eileen Turk, Division Manager/Parks & Rec at City of Oceanside for taking & sharing these ‘first look’ photos.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Random Pixels

A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director

KOCT has a wealth of programs to keep you informed about civic issues. We provide ‘live’ coverage of every Oceanside City Council meetings and numerous replays. We replay every Tri-City Medical Center Board meeting and air the California Channel and San Diego’s County News Center (CNCTV) on a daily basis.

But we also have a lot of new programs that are very brief and informative too—Click on the links below for a sample of recent community events: 

Cal State San Marcos University Lacrosse- This new Newsbrief features an overview of our local university’s women’s Lacrosse team.  There is so much happening at Cal State University San Marcos academically and in their growing sports programs - check it out.

The new El Corazon Trail is another milestone in the development of our ‘great park’.  The volunteers and city staff who made this possible have given a great gift to those who love exercise, the wilderness and to our high school athletes. If you would like to volunteer or contribute to this non-profit, go to their El Corazon website.

Neighborhoods: Manufactured Homes   KOCT once produced a series called ‘The Neighborhoods of Oceanside’ and we are glad to finally add a new segment about ManufacturedHomes.  In this program we not only look at some of Oceanside’s unique neighborhoods but at Carlsbad’s manufactured neighborhoods too. 

Datron provides support for KOCT. This brief program thanks Vista’s Datron Corporation for their recent donation provided to help preserve KOCT vast videotape archive. You’ll learn about the dilemma KOCT faces with aging tape stock and the need to preserve ‘the life and times’ record of North County for future generations.  

Volunteer for Oceanside boards & commissions  Would you like to help our City by volunteering on a board or commission? You’ll meet interesting community volunteers, help city staff with important projects and make a difference in your community.

Community Media has been under assault by a perfect storm of economic, social media and media law changes. Our nation continues to lose newspapers and newspaper jobs on a daily basis. Consumers have more media choices than at any time in history but less about our hometown than 10 years ago. Cable networks do not provide the same level of functionality, service or support for PEG community channels like KOCT as they do for commercial channels. Yet KOCT continues to seek grants, production work and community support so that we can meet our Mission: “KOCT, North San Diego County’s Community Public, Education & Government Channel, is an exclusive, independent, non-profit, educational media conduit.  KOCT’s focus is on the topics and issues of importance to the people of North San Diego County.”

You can help KOCT and our Mission:  Become a Friend & support quality community television

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Random Pixels

A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director

On June 1st the City Clerk’s office and KOCT premiered a new spot at the Oceanside City Council meeting.
Oceanside’s City Clerk, Zack Beck explained that his office wanted to encourage citizens to volunteer for city commissions and boards.
Oceanside City Clerk, Zack Beck

Retired Assistant City Clerk Holly Trobaugh wrote a script that was brought to life by KOCT’s Production Supervisor Angela Miranda.
KOCT Production Supervisor Angela Miranda
Fellow KOCT employee, Kellie Davis, helped Angela recruit volunteers, KOCT employees and the Oceanside Police & Fire to come to the KOCT studio on Industry Street to shoot the new promo.  (She also made sure to include her very cute niece too [twice]!)
In addition to producing the spot, Angela edited it as well. Thanks to our City Clerk, Zack Beck for acknowledging Angela’s artistic endeavor. You can make the spot even more successful by becoming a City of Oceanside volunteer!  Click here to find out how and to watch this collaborative production. 

·               Hey recent graduates from Oceanside High School:  Congratulations!  If you’d like to relive your graduation, share the moment with distant relatives or analyze your hat throwing skills, Click here. KOCT rolled its Mobile Studio to the Junior Seau Beach Amphitheater to capture the pomp and circumstances. The graduation will replay on KOCT’s channel 19 all month. You can also access this program under KOCT Specials on Video on Demand.

·           We have a lot of new Newsbriefs you’ll want to check out too—because a great way to stay connected with your community is to stay tuned to KOCT.