CMAC moves into Fresno's former Met Museum building

FRESNO, Calif.

But, it's serious business in Fresno. Jerry Lee is running the Community Media Access Collaborative or CMAC. It's home will be on the second floor of the old Met Museum in downtown Fresno.

"We're going to have a full, high definition television studio and training facility for community members, people who want to get trained in the use of media." Lee said.

The collaborative will be putting three channels on Comcast and AT & T in Fresno and Clovis. One for government, one for education and one for the public.

The idea is to give everyone who has something to say, a place to say and show it. Randy Reed is chairman of the CMAC board. He told Action News:

"It's going to be a great resource for independent producers, non- profits, other community and public agencies to get their story out like they've never been able to before."

The pattern here isn't Wayne's World, but other community access channels, like CreaTV in San Jose which offers programs by local students, organizations and local government.

Reed says :"We are a hyper-local organization. Everything we do is focused on the local community."

The operation is funded by a fee paid by the local cable providers, the budget is about $ 8 hundred thousand da year. It's costing about half a million to build and equip the studio. About one hundred thousand a year goes back to the city to pay rent on the museum building.

CMAC will soon be accepting membership applications and hopes to start offering training and programming by February.

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