News

Oct 17, 2016
Amherst Media will be broadcasting Democracy Now!'s coverage of the final Presidential Debate! this Wednesday, October 19th! The broadcast starts at 8pm and ends at 11:30pm.  For viewers interested in candidates excluded from the main debates, Democracy Now! will air a special two part episode at 8am on Thursday, October 20th. The first hour will be their regular news program but the second hour will expand the debate to include candidates that were excluded from the debates.  Remember to Vote on November 8th!
Cable Franchise Negotiations Update
Oct 3, 2016
On Monday, September 29, The Amherst Select Board again took up the issue of the 10-year, likely to either accept the currently negotiated draft or issue a preliminary denial. Town Manager Paul Bockelman reported that negotiations with Comcast will continue until the eleventh hour of the current contract–October 13th. At Bockelman's suggestion, the Select Board removed the Cable Advisory Committee from the negotation team and replaced them with two members of the Select Board–Andrew Steinberg and Doug Slaughter.
Action Update
Sep 22, 2016
On Monday, September 26th, the Amherst Select Board will vote to accept or preliminarily reject a cable contract proposal by Comcast for permission to provide cable services to the town. The Amherst Cable Advisory Committee (CAC) has requested the Town Manager and the Select Board reject the current renewal contract proposed by Comcast unless the contract meets two criteria:
Sep 1, 2016
The primary election is right around the corner! Election day is Thursday, September 8th. There are six candidates vying to replace Ellen Story after her announced retirement to serve the 3rd Hampshire District as State Representative. Amherst Media recorded personal statements from each candidate as well as co-hosting a Forum on Eduction with Amherst Educational Foundation. In addition, we have covered a number of other debates.
CAC chair Dee Shabazz reports to the Amherst Select Board
Aug 19, 2016
On Monday, August 15, the Amherst Select Board rejected the Comcast franchise proposal and sent the contract back for further negotiations. 
Classic Stanley team gathers at Amherst Media
Aug 2, 2016
Matt Heron Duranti, Amherst Media board member, and over forty other crew members and actors assembled at Amherst Media on Friday to participated in the 48hour Film Project. They used the station as their home base, studio, and editing rooms over the course of the weekend-long project.
Amherst Media
Jul 30, 2016
The President of the Board of Amherst Media, Steven D. Brewer, speaking for the Executive Committee, has drafted a letter to the Amherst Select Board and Cable Advisory Committee urging them to not accept the tentative agreement with Comcast negotiated by the outgoing temporary town manager and to press Comcast to meet the needs of the community as expressed in the cable reascertainment hearings. Read more for the full letter.
Action Update
Jul 29, 2016
Update update: Temporary Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner will tonight encourage the Select Board sign off on the contract as it currently stands. The Cable Advisory Committee today proposed via consensus that the Select Board hold off at this time to allow for further discussion on the outstanding issues, including Comcast's denial of HD, access to the Electronic Program Guide, capital expenditures, and other items. If you wish to contact the Select Board on this topic, you can send an email to selectboard@amherstma.gov. More information is available in the full article.
Jul 22, 2016
Amherst Media and the Amherst Education Foundation are pleased to announce a co-sponsored Forum on Education featuring the candidates for State Representative, 3rd Hampshire District.  Rebecca Woodland, Chair of the Education Policy, Research and Administration Department at the College of Education at UMass Amherst, will moderate the event. The forum will be broadcast live on July 26th at 7pm on cable channel 17 in Amherst and Pelham and streamed on amherstmedia.org. Repeat broadcasts will be aired on channel 17 and the video will be available online for subsequent viewing.
Jul 7, 2016
Amherst has lost a great figure in our community with the passing of Stan Ziomek. Several years ago, Amherst Media was honored to be involved in paying tribute to Stan's work with Amherst Little League and his involvement in our community.

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