New age of community television begins at former museum

FRESNO, Calif.

Local leaders gathered at the new state-of-the-art facility, which is the first tenant in the building since the Met closed down roughly two years ago.

Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony represented a new age of community television in the Central Valley.

The former Met Museum is now officially home to the cOmmunity Media Access Collaborative, or CMAC.

"The vision is to empower the voices of the people. That's exactly what we want to do. There are so many people that have a story to tell. They're so many non-profits that have a story to tell. Thousands in this area that have never been able to afford to tell their story. Now they can," CMAC director Jerry Lee saud,

What they can do specifically is take something like a musical performance and capture it in sparkling high definition.

There are three HDcameras and a green screen that allows directors to select from hundreds of backgrounds. The combinations are endless.

This five-thousand square foot facility is available to people in Fresno and Clovis, and membership range from $25-$50 per person and $250 per non-profit group.

Junior high and high school students in particular are expected to take full advantage.

"I know for our kids it means just growing their knowledge. They're experience. And something that is top notch. I know me for one I'm excited for my children to be able to utilize this facility," Elizabeth Torres of the Fresno Co. Office of Education said.

People will be able to access what's produced on Comcast and AT&T U-verse systems.

Those cable companies funded the nearly $1 million cost and the budget is roughly $800 thousand a year, but the non-profit says the investment is worth every penny.

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