Bentley: CMAC expansion allows for more classes, editing stations

The Fresno BeeJuly 8, 2014 

Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) is expanding.

The Fresno City Council gave a thumbs-up for the local organization that provides public-access TV to lease the Metropolitan Building's third floor. The new space allows for the creation of an editing lab, conference room, private editing bays and offices.

CMAC's government, education and public access channels launched on Comcast and AT&T U-verse in 2012. Programs are produced in the 7,000-square-foot second floor that was converted into a studio, editing stations, control room, learning center and offices.

"We've grown a lot over the last two years and quickly realized we were in need of more space. The extra square footage will help us multi-task more effectively, so we can have classes, production and editing all happening at the same time in different areas," says Bryan Harley, CMAC facilities/operations manager. "Once complete, we'll have an editing lab with 18 computers, which greatly expands the number of people we can teach in a single class. We'll also be able to offer more software-based classes in general.

"Once a month the editing lab will also double as a conference room for the CMAC board of directors."

Construction began July 1 with most of the work taking place in the mornings so as to not disrupt the video projects being done by locals who use the facility. The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of September.

The Fresno and Clovis city councils approved a plan in 2008 for CMAC to manage three channels that would be distributed to cable and video providers. The nearly $1 million cost of the studio was paid for with money provided through the local cable providers as part of the federal Digital Infrastructure & Video Competition Act of 2006.

Neither the city of Fresno nor the city of Clovis provided funding for CMAC. But the city of Fresno owns the building, taking it over in late 2009 after paying off the Met's $15 million city-guaranteed bank loan when the museum went out of business.

Honored

Rick Alan Bubenik has been selected to the Fresno Advertising Federation's "Hall of Fame," the 27th local broadcaster to earn the honor since 1997.

Those selected have produced a lifetime of advertising and business excellence in addition to being very active in community service.

Bubenik has been involved with local media since the age of 10, when he appeared with Al Radka on his daily radio show inside his KFRE remote truck parked outside the Dutch Chandler Chrysler dealership near Sanger. Four years later, Bubenik became "Rick Alan" and the youngest paid disc jockey to broadcast over Central California airwaves. He worked at radio stations KIRV, KRDU, KEAP, KPHD-FM, KMAK, KFYE-FM, KMJ-AM and Boss Radio-13-KYNO over the years. His broadcast résumé also includes work with ABC30 and FOX 26.

He formed Ricana Media Group in early 1997.

Other news:

News news: ABC30 will no longer produce the original 30-minute newscast that has aired at 10 p.m. on KAIL (Channel 4.1) for the past 18 months.

When the joint effort started, Dan Adams, president and general manager of KFSN (Channel 30.1), called the production a great opportunity to "give the community what they want." Adams said at the time there were ABC30 viewers who preferred local news in prime time, and a 10 p.m. newscast at KAIL was a way to give them such a program.

"Despite the outstanding 10 p.m. News team, newscast quality and partnership with KAIL, we made a strategic decision that our priority must be ABC30, and we want to maximize our investment in our core local brand in the digital space," Adams says.

In the running: Clovis East graduate Chris Colfer is a nominee in the 16th annual "Young Hollywood Awards" that will be broadcast July 28 on the CW Network.

Colfer and his "Glee" co-star Darren Criss are in the running for "Best On-Screen Couple." Their competition includes: Mayim Bialik/Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"); Emma Stone/Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2"); Shailene Woodley/Ansel Elgort ("The Fault in Our Stars"); and Shailene Woodley/Theo James ("Divergent").

Star power: Adventurer Bear Grylls and a crew of approximately 50 were in Oakhurst and Yosemite National Park last week filming "Running Wild with Bear Grylls." The program pits celebrities such as Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, Ben Stiller, Tom Arnold, Deion Sanders and Tamron Hall against the wilderness. For the locally produced segment, Grylls and Tatum spent the night camped on top of Fresno Dome in the Sierra National Forest.

The series premieres at 8 p.m. July 28 on KSEE24.

New arrival: Those of you who have been asking why KMPH26 reporter Clayton Clark hasn't been on the air lately, the answer is that he's a new father. Clark should return to the airwaves in the near future.

 

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, rbentley@fresnobee.com or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at www.fresnobeehive.com.

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