Q: What is LMC Media?
A: LMC Media is a non-profit corporation that administers the Public, Education and Government access channels on the Optimum & Verizon of Westchester system. These channels are defined in federal law and are made available in our community through the cable franchise agreement between the Town and Village of Mamaroneck, the Village of Larchmont and Optimum & Verizon of Westchester.
Q: What does LMC Media do?
A: LMC Media’s mission – to connect, create, and inform the community through the use of digital media – is realized by putting media tools in the hands of our residents to support self-expression, free speech, and community building. LMC Media’s expansive programming reflects its multi-faceted role in the Larchmont-Mamaroneck community. It is a vital source for municipal and community news, a valued educational resource for media training and literacy, and a powerful platform for self-expression, storytelling, and community building. LMC Media creates a public square where residents can be heard – and can hear each other.
Q: Who can access LMC Media programming?
A: Cable subscribing residents of the Town and Village of Mamaroneck and the Village of Larchmont. You can also view all programming streaming online at www.lmcmedia.org/watch.
Q: Who runs LMC Media?
A: LMC Media is run by an Executive Director who acts as station manager and is answerable to the LMC Media Board of Directors which is made up of local citizens. LMC Media is financially responsible to the Tri-Municipal Cable TV Board of Control, which is composed of one member from each of the three municipal boards.
Q: Where is LMC Media located?
A: LMC Media is located on the 3rd floor of the Town of Mamaroneck Town Center Building, 740 W. Boston Post Road. LMC Media also has an administrative and playback office in Suite #311, editing stations in suite #301, and television and podcast studios in suite #302.
Q: Who can use the equipment and facilities?
A: Residents of Larchmont and Mamaroneck, including residents of the Rye Neck school district within the Village of Mamaroneck, who can demonstrate proficiency in using the LMC Media production equipment, or is willing to be trained to do so. Residents who want to produce a show may also get people who know how to use television production equipment, whether they reside in our service area or not, to help them. You must be a member in good standing to use equipment and facilities.
Q: What determines if a show is produced by LMC Media staff?
A: LMC Media produces a limited number of productions (mainly board meetings) for the town, the two villages and the two school districts. Determinations on what events are covered are made by staff with an eye towards balancing budgetary, equipment and staffing limitations with governmental and educational access needs as determined by those institutions (and therefore the public). LMC Media also produces live community event telecasts (such as Live Election Coverage, the Fireman’s Parade and The Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade) with extensive participation from community producers, volunteers, and sponsors.
Q: Where does the money for the equipment come from?
A: The dollar amount was negotiated by the municipalities and is set out in the Franchise Agreement with Optimum & Verizon. Optimum & Verizon pay it to the Board of Control. As stipulated in the Franchise Agreement and the Federal Cable Act, the Board may use the money solely for capital expenses associated with the production of television programming for the access channels.
Q: How can I get involved with a program on LMC Media?
A: You can produce a program of your own, be a guest on someone else’s program or work behind the scenes. You can also become a member, volunteer, or take advantage of our internship programs. Just check out the Get Involved section of our website or drop by our studio/administrative office during operating hours and LMC Media staff will talk with you and determine the best way for you to proceed. You can always call us as well at 914-381-2002.
Q: How can I get involved in the policy of LMC Media?
A. Serve on the Board of LMC Media or become a member of the Program Producers Advisory Committee, which was set up for the producers and volunteers of LMC Media to have policy input without necessitating the kind of time commitment required of Board Members.