Philadelphia’s public-access cable channel has been on the air for just over year, and it’s already set to expand. PhillyCAM is preparing a studio at Seventh and Ranstead streets for a summer move.
In a cultural age where posting videos online has become second nature, PhillyCAM has been training people how to properly use cameras, lights and microphones — and then broadcasting the results on TV. Since October 2009, it has been doing so without the benefit of a control room, acoustic paneling or proper lighting gear.
Director Gretjen Clausing said the new space will have all that to keep public-access cable going.
“For me, there’s still something incredibly powerful to be able to say, ‘I’m going to be on TV tonight,’ as opposed to saying, ‘I’m going to be on the Internet,'” said Clausing. “To be able to truly create a space on the dial that is dedicated to thoughts and opinions of Philadelphians, and where people can tune in and see their neighbors and representatives, is incredibly important.”
PhillyCAM now rents space inside the Painted Bride Art Center on Third and Vine streets. The upgraded studios at the new location, just a block from Independence Mall, will be complete with windows facing the sidewalk, so passers-by can watch a TV crew at work.
The public-access station is no stranger to new media. Clausing said PhillyCAM’s website will soon be able to stream most of its programming over the Internet.