Community Media Center
The UpNorth Media Center is home to UpNorthTV (Charter cable channel 189) and GovernmentTV (Charter cable channel 191). We are northwest Lower Michigan's only public- and government-access television stations and online streaming source. Using state-of-the-art technology, we teach people how to use media to celebrate local culture, share community information, and provide educational content for the world to see.
Through our channels you can find local content that highlights some of northern Michigan's most notable events -- such as the National Cherry Festival and the Traverse City Film Festival -- in addition to viewing local government meetings for several jurisdictions throughout the region. You can search our content via our website if you missed it on-air. We offer classes and equipment for local producers, an in-house studio, video production and editing, live webstreaming capabilities, and hands-on assistance. New producers and partners are always welcome!
Recently UpNorthMedia Center collaborated with Porterhouse Productions, Traverse City Area Public Schools, and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District’s Career Tech Center Film and New Media Program to record a live concert with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. This Grammy award winning musical group uses their music to spread the culture of South Africa all around the world and has worked closely with artists like Paul Simon. Ladysmith Black Mambazo was brought in as part of the kick off to a youth initiative program. Porterhouse Productions used this as the first event of a brand new community program aimed at engaging youth with the arts. UpNorthMedia Center was able to work with several of the local film and video classes to get 6 student volunteers to come out and record the performance. One student directed the live video recording while 3 students worked as camera operators for the event. Several students also shot behind the scenes footage to help try and capture all the efforts and youth engagement of the evening. Since the event a number of the students have remained engaged with live recording projects here at the UpNorthMedia Center and are continuing to help build the volunteer base. Porterhouse Production also recognized UpNorthTV channel 189 as helping to sponsor the event and our efforts to get youth from the community involved. You can watch the program on UpNorthTV channel 189.
Picnic at the Opera, Michigan’s only live TV variety show, is a collaboration between LIAA’s UpNorth Media Center and the iconic 123-year-old City Opera House, a nonprofit performing arts venue in the heart of downtown Traverse City, Michigan. The annual six-week series is the first fundraiser of each year for the Opera House, and it provides an exciting event for Media Center staff and volunteers to practice their craft.
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