New Protocols and Programming for our members and supporters during the time of COVID-19

We here at Amherst Media wanted to give you an update on how we are responding to the current Health Emergency, COVID-19 and our philosophy and protocols as we move forward.

First off we encourage everyone to please take the prescribed precautions as outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and your local and State Health Departments. There is a lot we can do to make ourselves and others less vulnerable to the disease. Washing hands with soap and water as well as keeping a safe distance from people are two such examples.

We take our role as providers of transparency into the local government’s procedures very seriously. It is in times like these, where fear can overshadow resolve, that the need for Hyper-local news, updates, and reassurances are paramount. Amherst Media is preparing to provide that service for as long as we can. Here is our most recent government coverage of the Town Council Special Meeting from March 16th which was cablecast and streamed live.

We are working with the Town IT Department and Town leadership in providing remote cablecasting and streaming of essential meetings. This will reduce the amount of time and potential public exposure to our staff. We need them here in our facility to guarantee our ability to transmit the meetings and public service announcements. Additionally, we are encouraging our government and civic leaders to utilize our studio facilities as the nexus for “live” and taped messages to our community residents.

To help us maintain our health, we are restricting use of our facilities to those involved with specific studio productions or Board of Directors activities. All equipment reservations are temporarily suspended as is the use of our editing stations. We apologize to our dedicated member/producers and will let you know once we lift this ban.

We also see the importance of providing good and uplifting programming for our viewers, many at home with their children for at least three weeks. In Amherst check out Comcast Channel 15 where our award winning children’s show The Curious Giraffe Show will be airing daily at 3:30 p.m. as well as during its usual slots on channel 12. For the adults, pertinent discussions on local politics will be held on Byline, hosted by Stan Rosenberg airing Fridays at 8 p.m. on Channel 17. 

Take a moment each day to see what we have planned for programming, you just might be surprised to see Jazz greats performing locally, or speakers on national and international affairs.

Come visit us on or local Comcast channels 12, 15 and 17. 

Not only will you be surprised by what you find but you just might find what you have been looking for -- meaningful programming.  

Be Safe and Be Healthy- Support Your Local Businesses Today!!

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