Announcing BlueNCTV! (And an Open Call for Story Ideas)

Welcome to our first production meeting! (I hope you brought your own coffee and donuts...)

OK, so let's kick this idea around a little.

I've laid out a basic outline for operations in the video above. It certainly can work in the way I'm proposing, but it doesn't necessarily have to. It's really up to the group...whoever that may end up comprising.

I'm really hesitant to say too much before gauging everyone's interest. So instead of me pontificating further, let's use this thread for questions and story ideas.

Ideas? Questions?



Thanks, Beth.

Totally off-topic.

But check out how the YouTube image makes Frank look like a Salsa dancer.


Why the hell can't Youtube fix their freeze frames?

Can't they put somebody on that?

When you post to Youtube, you get to choose from three algorithmically chosen stills to represent your video...each of which looks cruddy.

Still, Youtube remains the best place to post video if you want it listed and linked to. Am I correct?




In Asheville, a new Vet's Inn and Quarters opened recently, and Col. Ann Wright said - when she was in town - that this story should get out so that other communities will know about how we are addressing homeless among veterans.



Story idea "culture shock"

The best stories are personal stories.
Being an immigrant myself, I often think about how different my new country is from the old one, especially when it comes to politics.
There seem to be hundreds of "northern Democrats" moving to the southern bible belt on a daily basis. Maybe it would be interesting to interview some of them and see how much of a culture shock they have experienced?

you could also

bring the political into this, which polices are most important to them and why, etc.

This would be an excellent way to dispel some of the myths that the Lou Dobbs of the world like to spread.

School Conditions

How about a review of working/learning conditions in our public schools? From the over-crowded growth meccas to the neglected rural classrooms. And I'm sure a tour of our schools would yield a plethora of other tangential stories, both positive and not so positive.

Ed Ridpath

Ed Ridpath

You know, one of the biggest stories of the power of grassroots

is the story of the OLF Grannies. How their fight became the fight of all North Carolinians. How it took Governor Easley shaming Liddy Dole before she'd attempt to do the right thing by the people of her state. How she held a meeting - in Charlotte - a good 5 hours away from any of the proposed OLF sites - and didn't even show up for the meeting.

And how the NO OLF folks won the first round. And how the battle goes on.

There's a story.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Piedmont Biofuels

They're a coop making biofuel in an old abandoned chemical factory outside of Pittsboro and have tours on Sundays. They even have a Biofuels program, at Central Carolina Community College.

I can't find it right now but remember in one of their articles that they wrote about something like 450 abandoned chemical factories across the state that could be turned into biofuel coops like theirs.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions


Why has no one pointed out the floating cross in Frank's video!?!?!?!? :)

This almost makes me think of current TV or something. I just came from a county Young Dems meeting where the question was asked, "What do you want to see happen on Nov. 4 and what will do to make sure it happens?" Having about 25 people answer that question each was definitely something I wish I could have shared.

If I had doughnuts, I could probably think of more...I'll just call Frank at 3a.m. with my ideas, I'm sure he won't mind...

4th of July itself!

I think you hit on something. There will be a ton of 4th of July parades, picnics, etc. What an interesting way to show how communities celebrate this nation's independence! From a big city shindig to the Dog Parade in Pinehurst. Combine that with some archival photos of past parades and old-timer stories of how it used to be.

Keep thinking!

This thread will stay open. I'll go through it later this weekend and see which of these ideas we can fast-track for the first story.

This has been a very encouraging first day!

Silent Witness

In Indiana I worked at our local women's shelter for years and would like to see Domestic Violence (intervention and prevention) get far more attention from our elected officials and candidates. DV Survivors have a story to tell; they are looking for someone to listen, and to take action.

I've been working on a post for a while, but can't seem to find the time to finish it properly (maybe this weekend?). I'm new to NC so I am still learning about how things are handled here, but from what I can tell there is a lot of work to be done. The statistics are alarming.

Nearly 1/3 of all women murdered in the US in recent years were murdered by a current or former intimate partner. There were 83 DV related homicides in NC last year, and this year there have already been 38 (6 more than this time last year).

A huge systematic problem that goes hand in hand with Domestic Violence Intervention and Preventions is Mental Health Care. Without proper services, community support, well trained law enforcement officers, and judges willing to prosecute then DV will continue.

The story here lies within the survivors that are trying to holding the pieces of their family together, and the professionals that are doing all they can to help within a broken system. Survivors, Social workers,advocates, police officers, schools, judges, and medical professionals would all be good to include in the interviews.

Maybe the better idea is to do a comprehensive story about the state of social services in NC??

I'm an idealist without illusions. JFK

Excellent idea!! It's a hidden issue

that could be very well treated this way. You just have to find the stories. Personal stories specific to domestic violence and how things worked for individuals involved and how they didn't work for others would really shed light. Sometimes it feels like people who have never been directly affected by domestic violence only see the tragedies, when things go horribly wrong and nothing works. I think after seeing/reading those stories hands are thrown up, heads shake, and the feeling that there is nothing anyone could have done settles in, which is not helpful. Maybe exploring where tragedies were avoided and women and kids succeeded -- why and how and who made it happen -- could be very instructive as well.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I am always suprised

by the number of women I speak to who are survivors of domestic violence. From teen girls to senior citizens, I've heard stories that are as familiar to me as my own, because they are so similar to my own. Sort of an "I am Spartacus" feeling comes over me. I'd be willing to tell my story - in horrifying detail - on camera, because although I've been scarred, I've survived. Who else here would speak up?

This is a fabulous idea.

And boilergirl, I think taking on social services might have to be series, not one piece.
Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

I'd be willing to tell the parts of my story

that have not been sealed by the court. That would include the legal battle parts, the economic devastation, and most of a single gay mother's ten year journey out of the emotional/spiritual/economic abyss. If you think that would add anything to the discussion, I'm game.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."