Although the variety of programs you can produce and broadcast on RCTV is endless, there are basically two options for producing a show and two options for airing it.
Ways to Produce a Show
- Independently, without using RCTV equipment – If you have the equipment to film and edit a program without using RCTV equipment, we are happy to air your program! All you need to do is decide which option below best fits your needs, fill out a producers’ form, and submit it to RCTV to the attention of our programming manager, Rick Osborne. There is no cost to air any program on RCTV.
- With the use of RCTV equipment – Another option to produce your program is to use the RCTV studio, to borrow its cameras and/or to use its editing equipment to produce your show. Those who produce shows using RCTV equipment must be RCTV Members and must have completed the appropriate classes to become certified to use its equipment. Once you are certified, if you wish to block time in the RCTV studio, simply check our real-time Studio Availability Schedule then call (585) 325-1238 to block your time or come in to reserve it. If you wish to borrow a camera and/or lights, call (585) 325-1238 to make a reservation to use RCTV’s equipment. Please note that a refundable $50 deposit is required to borrow equipment. Once the equipment is returned in its original condition, your deposit will be returned. There is no charge to use the editing lab, but you will need your own MAC-friendly hard drive on which to save your work. When your work is complete, simply decide which option below best fits your needs, fill out a producers’ form, and submit it to RCTV to the attention of our programming manager, Rick Osborne.
Many producers come to RCTV with aspirations of producing a regular weekly show. Most are surprised by the intensive time commitment and organization needed to produce a regularly scheduled show. For this reason, we suggest that new producers begin with producing Specials.
- Specials – Specials are individual programs (or even a series) that does not require the commitment of having a program in every week or every two weeks. The producer has the leisure to drop off the program when it is ready to be aired. If, after six months or a year, the producer discovers that a regular program will not be a problem to produce, at that time, s/he can approach RCTV’s Program Manager to discuss getting a regular time slot.
- Scheduled Program – Twice per year (December and June) the Program Manager puts out a notice that he will be scheduling programming for the next six months. He meets with Producers who wish to broadcast a regular show and works with them to help them select the schedule of the two times per week the show will be aired. The producer must commit to submitting a minimum of two shows per month. If a producer is unable to fulfill his or her commitment, the show may be cancelled or run as a special.
For more information on broadcasting your program, please contact RCTV’s Program Manager, Rick Osborne, at (585) 325-1238.