PCA Takes Part in a Day of Petaluma Pride

This is part of a new series, Intern Talk, written by our intern Will Hixson.

The Petaluma spirit was alive and well on Sunday when thousands gathered downtown to watch the parade celebrating the achievements of the Petaluma National Little League.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re familiar with the astonishing success of these young ball players, ranked second in the nation and third worldwide. Though losing to a team from Tennessee, in Petaluma’s eyes these 13 boys are nothing short of superstars.

America’s favorite past time and Petaluma’s small town pride drove people to the streets, regardless of the 90 degree weather. Equally proud was PCA, there to capture it all on video.

With multiple cameras on Petaluma Boulevard, we captured the motorcade descending through the vivacious crowd. The hot rods continued, eventually landing at Walnut Park.

While it was questionable how such a mass of people would cram into the petite park, the transition was seemingly flawless as Petalumans gathered to hear comments from the mayor and others.

All fueled up on free hot dogs, the PCA crew secured a spot at the park to film public testimonials to the team. From young to old, the message seemed to be the same… “We are so proud of you!”

It was a poignant moment for Petaluma, whether you were following the Little League World Series or not. It brought the city together like only rare occasions can, and like many people have said, “It put Petaluma on the map.”

Enthusiasm was in the air as myself and the PCA staff lured in the locals to speak to the camera. Though thousands came out to celebrate, it seems many came down with a case of the camera shy.

With a little convincing, we were able to round up a decent number of people to say a few words to the camera. The testimonials are expected to air on one or more of PCA’s three channels.

Though it would be hard to shake the overwhelming positivity, there was one mystery that plagued the day. Where was the guest book?

Finding the guest book was like a never ending game of Where’s Waldo. While the guest book may have not seen a single signature, the Little League stars were working overtime giving out autographs.

Clover was on hand to supply free ice cream to accompany the hot dogs and mini apple pies. It just doesn’t get any more American than that.

A proud moment for Petaluma happily captured through the lens of PCA. For many, a grand day to remember. For me, just another day at the office.

Petaluma’s Got Talent: Second Annual “Lumanarian Awards” to Toast Local PCA Television Producers

Dave Pokorny, 2011 Lumanarian Award Winner for Westside Stories

Petaluma citizens will get the chance to vote for their favorite locally-produced Petaluma Community Access (PCA) television programs during the Second Annual “Lumanarian Awards.”

Anyone can vote with no obligation by visiting www.pca.tv/vote in any or all of these six categories:

·       Religion & Spirituality

·       Local Politics & Social Advocacy

·       Petaluma Color & Culture

·       Cooking, Arts, & Entertainment

·       Education & Schools

·       PCA In House

One vote per person in each category is allowed. Voting is open September 1st and runs through September 30th.

“Voting for your favorite shows is a way of saying thank you for the great television our producers work so hard making for you to watch. You can keep the spirit of PCA alive this way—until you start making some television yourself!” says PCA Executive Director John Bertucci.

The winners will be announced and trophies awarded at the PCA annual members meeting on October 4th at 7:00 pm at the Petaluma Historical Museum, 20 Fourth Street, Petaluma, CA 94952.

“We’re happy to provide the opportunity to all citizens of greater Petaluma to cast their votes for their favorite PCA television shows,” adds PCA Board of Directors Vice-Chair Eric J. Adams. “The awards honor the best of home-grown videos on Petaluma Community Access television.”

PCA is a non-profit public access television station providing community, educational and governmental programming on Comcast cable channels 26, 27, and 28 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.

Annual producer memberships start as low as $30 per year and include access to our video production equipment, editing stations, training and the guaranteed broadcast of your production. PCA is located in downtown Petaluma at 205 Keller Street, Suite 102. Call 707-773-3190 or email info@pca.tv for more information.