The Conference is Waiting for You

By Don Smith, Vice Chair, Conference Committee

We are only 2 weeks away from the JAG Conference!  The conference committee has been working hard to bring an informative, networking, and fun conference to the members and supporters of JAG.  Tell all your members to mark down May 18th  and we will see you there.  For details and to register visit our website

Conference Schedule

  • 8:00 am – 8:50 am- TelVue User Group Breakfast – Ultra-affordable All-in-One Playout, Integrated Streaming, Editing, and CBB, Live Caption Translation, New Viewer Analytics, and more!
  • 9:00 am – 11:30 pm-  Exhibitors Meet and Greet Visit the Exhibitors supporting JAG

TelVue/ Varto Technologies/ Cologna Productions/ DeSisti Lighting/ de Wolfe Music/ NewTek/ LiveU

MyCaseBuilder, NJ Film Commission, US Broadcast Distribution

  • 9:00 am – 9:50 am- Varto User Group Breakfast – TriCaster & NDI User Group: NAB Highlights & Interactive Forum
  • 10:00 am – 11:15 am-Workshop: News from Capitol Hill and Around the Country, and What It Means to New Jersey PEG Stations
  • 11:30 am – 1:20 pm- Keynote Lunch Sponsored by Planet Networks

Presentation: Community Recognition Award

The Jersey Access Group is pleased to present the West Milford Town Council, and in particular Mayor Michele Dale and Council liaisons Ada Erik and Marilyn Lichtenberg for their continued support of their municipal channel WM77. 

Presentation: Vendor Appreciation Award– Launch- JAG Streaming Channel: Rushworks streaming equipment and TelVue streaming service.

The Jersey Access Group recognizes the support of Rushworks for their donation of the Streamster a hardware/software combination for managing and streaming JAG’s own Internet TV channel.

The Jersey Access Group recognizes the support of TelVue in providing the streaming service that makes it possible for the JAG Internet TV channel to be seen on a number of different social media platforms.

Discussion: Where’s The Money? — From Washington to Trenton, Accessing Broadband Money from the American Infrastructure Bill  Over a year ago the federal government approved 65 billion dollars to improve broadband deployment. That money flows from the Federal Government to the states for distribution.  Where are we now? How can municipalities have access to funds?  What are broadband and cable companies doing to help deployment of broadband?  Our panel will talk about this and other issues, plus answer your questions.  Panelists: Robert Boyle, CEO Planet Networks, Marilyn Davis, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Altice, Mike Wassenaar, President & CEO, Alliance for Community Media and Mike Lynch, Legislative Director, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, (NATOA)

  • 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm- Workshop: Is A PEG Cable Channel All You Need?
  • 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm- Workshop: Innovative Technology Tools – Revolutionizing the Broadcast Industry– Sponsored by Varto Technologies
  • 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm- Workshop: DAMN…… I need a little SOMETHING. How to light properly when you have almost NOTHING! Sponsored by DeSisti
  • 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm- Workshop: Using Video to Enhance your Municipality’s Social Media Presence – Sponsored by TelVue
  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm- Cocktail Social with Exhibitors– Sponsored by DeSisti

Closing event with networking opportunities and providing time to thank the vendors that have supported the conference.

  • 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm- JAG Banquet –  sponsored by Varto Technologies

A celebration of all that JAG has accomplished to advocate, promote, and preserve the right to media production, distribution, civic engagement, and education in support of diverse community voices, through Public, Educational and Government access facilities and other forms of media.

JAG Recognition Awards: Lee Beckerman is one of the founding members of JAG from its first meeting to serving on the executive board for over 18 years.  Lee was involved with the writing of JAG’s first mission statement, goals and policies and procedures. Lee served as the 2nd president of JAG and has been on the production committee from the beginning.  Lee has dedicated thousands of hours in the last 30+ years, serving to the betterment of this organization and the PEG TV industry. Lee is the Station Manager of the Woodbridge Channels that is one of the first municipal stations in New Jersey.

Entertainment: Entertainment sponsored by Cologna Productions

Simon Mandel returns to JAG’s Banquet. Simon Mandal is one of the most in demand illusionists in the world today. Simon combines incredible feats of skill with hilarious interactive routines that bring the house down, and make the volunteers he brings on stage look like and feel like stars.

JAG Awards: The JAG Awards are annual awards, facilitated by the Jersey Access Group, that honor excellence in local & regional Public Education Government (PEG) programming. Categories cover a variety of programming including, among others, community events, documentaries, talk shows, sports, and entertainment. The Jersey Access Group is very proud of the programming all PEG Stations produce and is honored to host the JAG Awards each year.President’s Ovation Awards: Bob Duthaler, the President of The Jersey Access Group will present the President’s Ovation Award to a member and/or board member of JAG in acknowledgement of their unrelenting commitment to the members of the Jersey Access Group, and the operation of public, education, and government communication facilities.