Can’t make it to Pumpkin Festival? Don’t want to face the crowds? Want to see how your kids looked in the parade?
This year Pacific Coast TV (PCT), the cable access station on the San Mateo County Coast, is broadcasting events from the festival live.
Coastside Cable access station MCTV recently merged with the Pacifica cable access station to form PCT, which is known for broadcasting events like Pacifica’s FogFest live using a large crew of volunteers as camera people, directors, producers, and engineers.
Although PCT has a dedicated line going from the Ted Adcock Community Senior Center in Half Moon Bay to the PCT studio in Pacifica, the film crew is unable to run a line from the parade grounds to the Senior Center this year.
So the plan is to have PCT volunteers roving through Pumpkin Festival events both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14, filming the action as it happens. Those tapes will be quickly mixed and then carried to the Senior Center for transmission to Pacifica for immediate broadcast.
PCT broadcasts live on Comcast cable TV channels 26 or 27 from Pacifica to Pescadero. Or you can log onto the PCT website at www.PacificCoast.TV to watch a live stream of programming off the Internet.
How much of delay will there be in this programming? Hard to say. This will be the first time we have tried it. Some footage will probably show up within a hour after it is shot. The plan is to edit Saturday footage for Sunday broadcast.
Want more information? Stop by the PCT booth at the Pumpkin Festival in front of Zaballa House on Main Street in Half Moon Bay during the fest or check out the website. PCT is always looking for a few more volunteers to run cameras, and produce new programming.
See you at the Pumpkin Festival.
— Joe Devlin, a volunteer at PCT and the Coastside Film Society