Somerville Community Access Television
If you have something you want to get on TV, SCATV is the place to do it. Since 1983, this public access TV station has offered residents the training, tools and TV channel they need to create their own television and videos. Programs are cablecast on Channel 3 to every cable subscriber in Somerville.
For a small membership fee, residents can take very affordable video production and editing classes and learn to use SCATV's fully equipped three-camera studio. The station also has a host-operated studio, where one person can sit down and create a show without the help of crew. Use of all equipment and the facilities is free as long as the project is for SCATV. Others may use SCATV resources for a rental fee.
The nonprofit station also offers youth programs, provides local election coverage and produces public service announcements. Community groups may use the facilities for meetings at no cost. And the station's public areas double as an art gallery.
Also of note, the station is a true community crossroads drawing in a very diverse array of members from across the city. Members often collaborate on projects, which run in a variety of languages. One of those shows, "Dead Air Live" is the longest-running access TV show in the country.
- Hours: Mon - Thu, noon - 10pm; Fri - Sat, 10am - 4pm
- Handicap Accessible: Fully accessble entrance, facilities and restrooms
- Founding Date: 1983
- Parking: On-street: free, On-street: metered
- Target audience: Somerville residents
- Channel number/frequency: Channel 3
- Reach: Cablecast in Somerville
- Scope: Local