SCATV celebrates 30 years of service to Somerville

On March 26, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Somerville Community Access Television was incorporated in March 1983 by Mayor Gene Brune. The Mayor recognized the benefits of having a non-profit organization rather than the cable company provide media services to Somerville citizens. He and his Communications Director Howard Horton worked out the details of this new entity, Somerville Community Access Television, which was the first in Massachusetts and served as a model for access centers around the country. The Mayor’s vision was to provide a free-speech platform to Somerville residents, in the hope that it would promote healthy community conversations. Since then, thousands of Somerville residents have come to SCATV to learn video production skills to produce programs for their neighbors.

On March 28 from 6:00 to 9:00pm, SCATV will celebrate its historic beginnings with a party at the station at 90 Union Square. Everyone that participated in projects at SCATV over the last 30 years is invited to come and share their memories, which will be videotaped for posterity. There will be refreshments, music, and reunions with former colleagues. We will also look forward, giving updates on exciting changes in the works for the SCATV studio and website. Former Mayor Gene Brune will be there, along with other people who were instrumental in forming and guiding this well-loved institution.

For more information about the SCATV Anniversary Celebration, call 617-628-8826.








8 Responses to “SCATV celebrates 30 years of service to Somerville”

  1. j. connelly says:

    Meanwhile the men & women fire fighters of Engine Co 3 & Auxiliary Fire next door, have to keep watch for the next impending tidal wave (sunami) to come and flood their station again.

    When in reality the city could put them back in the old Union Sq firehouse (that the politicians said 20+ years ago was going to collapse and now Lego’s drooling to sell to developers).

    The firefighters keep waiting for Lego and his PR sidekick to appear in a rowboat and Lego [wearing Charleton Hestons Robe from the Moses flick]
    will stand in the rowboat & part the flood waters, naturally all possible fees & taxes that can be placed upon the taxpayers shall apply under the Curtatone Plan.

  2. Somerbreeze says:

    Moses, (aka Joey Cakes), was weeping and wailing and gnashing his teeth because the Israelites were worshiping the Golden Calf…

    The Lord saw him, and said “What ails thee, Moses?”

    Moses said, “The Israelites have betrayed me, they worship the Golden Calf, and I have a headache!”

    Sayeth the Lord to Moses, “Take Two Tablets, and see me in the morning….”

  3. Joe Lynch says:

    J.Connelly and Somerbreeze…………I’m still chuckling. “Take two tablets….” As for the status of the old firehouse that now houses SCATV….if it makes anyone feel any better, our facility also floods during heavy rains. From the street AND the tower above. Maybe one day the city will realize what a significant Union Square building this really is and do some badly needed repairs.

  4. j. connelly says:

    ‘Somerbreeze’ are the Two Tablets of back then equal to the two white envelopes of today????

  5. Somerbreeze says:

    j. connelly – The Two White Envelopes of today EASILY outweigh the Two Tablets of yore; the recipients of Two White Envelopes risk a hernia carrying them out of You Know Where…

    Taxpayers to Mayor: Can we count on some tax relief soon?
    The Mayor: Not during this term–I’ve got a headache….

  6. Somerbreeze says:

    …and the providers of the Two White Envelopes include a disability application, just in case any recipient SHOULD get a hernia from carrying off the Two White Envelopes….

  7. Is the SCAT building designated as historic? If not, it should be. If yes, could CPA funds be allocated for the repairs? Also, OSPCD has convened some meetings and is gathering feedback on where HUD dollars can be spent. This would be a good project to suggest.

  8. Doug Holder says:

    I am so glad I joined SCAT 11 years ago, and started my hot set show Poet to Poet. The staff has always been very helpful and having the show has greatly enriched my life and hopefully it provides a service to the literary community and the community at large. Happy Birthday– Doug Holder

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