In October, I was hired as the Executive Director of WestCAT after serving three years prior as the Director of Operations at Dedham Television and Media Engagement Center in Dedham, MA. I had helped construct and design a 14,000 square foot state-of-the-art television studio, and I bring that same vision to Westwood, hoping to construct a unique studio that fits the specific needs of our residents.
First, I'd like to welcome all new members that have joined since my hiring in late October of 2013. We've made tremendous progress since then, making several changes and improvements to our website and social media outlets to better serve the residents of our Westwood Community, providing more information and allowing for more immediate contact to be made in case of questions. Beginning shortly, we will be offering serveral new programs for the consideration of our audience, and will be asking for membership input as we move forward with potential new studio plans.
In addition, we will be hiring a new Production Assistant and Engineering & Technology Assistant to our team, strengthening our level of service to the Town of Westwood. Currently, it takes us more than a full eight hour work day to shoot, edit, render, convert, and upload ONE program for broascasting. We expect within the year that we will be able to cut that time in half with more help and increased computing power.
During the Town Elections, WestCAT was able to cover the LWV Candidate Forum, and produce our own voluntary candidate spotlight at no cost to any candidate for any elected office in the Town of Westwood. We also covered several Selectman meetings, including the last meeting for outgoing Selectman Phil Shapiro and several Planning Board meetings, including Department of Transportation Forums at the Downey and Thurston Middle School.
Since then, we have been busy cleaning three year's worth of programming from our virtual hard drives and uploading newer programming. It is crutial to the health of each drive to continually take measures to ensure proper operation by suspending programming schedules and checking system functionality. This process is long and involved. We appreciate your understanding while we improve your local television network.
The past has allowed us to cover over 20 Westwood Basketball Association Games, with the assistance of several local sponsors. We would like to thank Michael Gay of Westwood and outgoing Director of Operations Adam K. Long for all of thier hard work on this important local project. We hope to re-engage in this type of television programming in the future with the participation of High School Level Athletics with similar foundation sponsorship. On average, it costs us over $450.00 to cover each event, and greatly appreciate any and all financial assistance to better cover local events.
In the future, we will be covering Town Meeting on May 5th. This event will not be live, considering that residential participation is crutial to the voting success and progression of our Town Government.
We welcome any and all input from Residents, Boards, Committees, and Business Owners as we move forward. Contact me, and I'd be happy to entertain any questions or comments you may have. My cell phone is: 774-538-WEST, and my email is: email@example.com.
I thank you for watching our Local TV Network, and look forward to meeting more residents as time moves forward.
Greg Agnew, Executive Director of WestCAT