President’s Message

Living (Online) With The New Normal

To say the way municipalities operate, conduct meetings, interact with
the public and employees has changed is an understatement. Some of the
changes being implemented may be temporary, but some are here to
stay. How we adapt to these changes and implement these new regulations will separate stations that barely survive to ones that thrive. JAG as an organization will continue to help you be one of those stations that thrives and becomes essential for both the municipality/school and the community.

JAG is working on putting together some special Webinars for our members. These will be free of charge. Currently we are looking to put on a Legislative/FCC update in June.
Please be on the lookout for more details. In addition, I continue to hold impromptu, informal online sessions. The purpose of these is sometimes to talk about a particular subject matter, find out how stations are operating in these new times or just to gather, talk and perhaps have a little social “happy hour” to break things up. These sessions are like our discussion and assistance session at our meetings on steroids. Please check your email for invite, they may pop up on short notice. So far we have held two successful sessions that have been well attended. Please join us for our next one.

Last month we streamlined our meetings, moving the order of discussion items and tried to make this a more enjoyable session for our members. All committee reports were sent out with the Agenda prior to the meetings. This allowed us to get through some of the important things upfront that are beneficial to our members. In addition, I added a discussion topic to the meeting as well. This month our topic will be Enhanced Production Techniques in doing online meetings, productions and talk shows.

JAG will continue to hold monthly meetings virtually for the foreseeable future. We ask that all members be on the lookout for the online meeting agenda, participate online preferably and as a last resort, call in. Should you ever have difficulty trying to get in, please send me an email at bduthaler@jagonline.org or text me at (973) 476-5747. I will do my best to help you get connected. Please understand this is a new situation for all of us, there could be some bumps in the road, but we will do our best to get on track and work through it.

Finally, as I mentioned each month in my article, JAG as an organization is a very social group. Face to face interaction at this point continues to not be possible but there are work arounds. I encourage you to take part in these events, impromptu online gatherings and perhaps an online happy hour! Stay Home, Stay Safe and make the most of this time with your family and loved ones.

Bob Duthaler
President, Jersey Access Group

JAG Online

Jersey Access Group

JAG Hands Out Its Annual Legislator of the Year and Municipal Excellence Awards Annual at Our Conference

Pictured Left to Right:  Bob Duthaler – JAG President 2006-15, Mayor Brian Wahler – Piscataway, NJ, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Mayor Thomas Vahalla – Metuchen, NJ, Steve Traylor – NATOA Executive Director

Remote Video Production Trucks Offer A Unique Perspective

Live or Live to Tape – multi-camera production vehicles record township events for all those in the community to see.