Q: What is LMCTV?
A: LMCTV is a non-profit corporation that administers the Public, Education and Government access channels on the Optimum & Verizon 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 Optimum & Verizon of Westchester.
Q: What does LMCTV do?
A. LMCTV 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 LMCTV?
A: Cable subscribing residents of the Town and Village of Mamaroneck and the Village of Larchmont.
Q: Who runs LMCTV?
A: LMCTV is run by an Executive Director who acts as station manager and is answerable to the LMCTV Board of Directors which is made up of local citizens. LMCTV 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 LMCTV located?
A: LMCTV has two production facilities: one in the Mamaroneck High School Palmer Unit and a second studio at 740 W. Boston Post Road in Suite #302. LMCTV also has an administrative and playback office in Suite #311 and editing and news offices in Suite #301.
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 LMCTV 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 LMCTV staff?
A: LMCTV 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 therefore the public). LMCTV also produces live community event telecasts (such as Live Election Coverage, the Fireman’s Parade and The Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade) 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 Optimum & Verizon. Optimum & Verizon pay 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 with a program on LMCTV?
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 LMCTV 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 LMCTV?
A. Serve on the board of LMCTV or become a member of the Program Producers Advisory Committee, which was set up for the producers and volunteers of LMCTV to have policy input without necessitating the kind of time commitment required of Board Members.