P ublic E ducation G overnment
Public Access Cable Television is about building and strengthening ties within a community. Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access television channels on cable television systems serve a wide range of community groups, including: The United Way, Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, the League of Women Voters, NAACP, AARP, neighborhood associations, public schools, local Chambers of Commerce, religious institutions, colleges and universities, community theaters, art clubs, labor unions, veterans groups, independent film-makers, the disabled, and cultural groups.
Additionally, PEG channels carry programs that often do not get seen on mainstream media due to many reasons, such as the decisions of network executives, advertising, program length, and “ratings”. These include programs produced by NASA, the U.S. Department of Education, national health organizations, and independent filmmakers, among many others. PEG access centers exist because cable operators provide channel capacity, services, facilities and equipment as partial compensation to communities for their use of public rights-of-way (streets, highways, parks and other government-owned property). This compensation provides access to media for local residents.
We are fortunate, in this community, to have two cable operators, Wood County Telephone Company and Charter Communications . Thousands of community groups and over one million volunteer producers, directors, presenters and technical staff participate in PEG access productions annually. These volunteers produce more than 20,000 hours of new local programming each week.
Our PEG Channel
Two Cable providers, Wood County Telephone Co. and Charter Communications , broadcast River Cities Community Access TV. We operate 24 hours per day, Sunday through Saturday. Not only do we serve the residents of Wisconsin Rapids; our coverage includes five surrounding communities. Here’s a list of some, but not all, of what we do.
S ports broadcasts of football, basketball, hockey, and wrestling from four different High Schools.
R eligious services from six different churches each week.
O ver eight government meetings each month from Wisconsin Rapids and Nekoosa, WI.
S tudent musical productions and graduations.
I nterview notables in our studio.
P roduce over four programs per week in house.
T rain and educate volunteers in equipment and programming.
The Wisconsin Rapids Telecommunications Advisory Commission
River Cities Community Access TV is controlled by a board of nine citizens. The current members are to be found on the city’s website. Click below for details.