Here is a plaque for an award the Alliance for Community Media bestowed upon Songs of Freedom Television in 1997. This was for the work done during our first year on TV.
The Alliance for Community Media is a trade group and an organization comprised of public access television professionals. They lobby in Washington DC for your right to create video and have it seen and have it paid for by the commercial corporate entities in your town entering your home and your mind every day. Always an uphill battle. They are also the people who work in access centers. Members also include community access producers like myself. I was honored to receive an award, more so to have the award represent the category of Empowerment, a word that means a lot to me.
I stopped entering the annual competitions a number of years ago, not because I have an attitude about them or because I have “been there and done that.” It is just not where my energy lives now. I seek to do the good work and fight the good fight because it is the right thing to do. I seek to acknowledge others who travel the same road and inspire with creativity and vision. I seek and do that while daring to express myself and have fun along the way.
I am glad you are here to share the journey with me.
Don't forget to laugh as you change the world.
~ Joel ~
This is a plaque of an award Songs of Freedom won in our very first year. It is the prestigious Hometown Video Award in the category of Empowerment.
Thursday 11:00 am Spectrum Channel 56/1996 RCN 84 Fios 36 and
Thursday 8:00 pm Spectrum Channel 79/1998 RCN 83 Fios 35
Thursday, June 3, 10, 17, and 24
[QPTV is currently experiencing technical issues affecting the ability to accept new programming. The show dates listed listed for this month are accurate, but the episodes may not be what has been scheduled.]
~ June 2021 ~
What Is Make Music New York?
" Make Music New York, 'the largest music event ever to grace Gotham' (Metro New York), is a unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 750 cities around the world – a global celebration of music making. Completely different from a typical music festival, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part. "
Celebrated in 80+ U.S. cities and over 120 countries.
Make Music New York is inspired by France’s “Fête de la Musique,” a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982. Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries, including Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Lebanon, Ivory Coast, Australia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, and Japan.
Songs of Freedom Television has been involved promoting this event and participating in it since its inception 15 years ago. Partnering with Rene David Alkalay and the Red Pipe Café in 2018, musicians and pedestrians came to play, sing, and listen outside, in front of the cafe venue on Austin Street, in the heart of Forest Hills, Queens. It was a street scene straight out of a New Yawwk movie and a delightful evening. This month we bring the 2018 Make Music New York into your home as we prepare to bring it to the streets of New York once again in 2021. Now that we will be able to meet and sing together again safely outside, the Red Pipe will once again cohost MMNY from 6:30 to 9:00 pm on June 21st. Stay tuned to the Songs of Freedom TV website for further details. Your invitation to the event with directions can be found below.
Until we meet to sing live together, tune into Songs of Freedom Television online and on your cable tv and sing along. It has been a while since we've gotten together to sing and have a good time. June 21st is our time to do it again. I can’t wait!
Keep singing and I will see you in the streets of our fair city!
~ joel landy ~
The Episodes (see above for details)
Show 1 features:
Rene David Alkalay and Joel Landy, AND a cast of hundreds in Forest Hills, Queens
Show 2 features:
John MacLeod, Joel Landy, Rene David Alkalay, Joey, and friends
Show 3 features:
Jason Murden, Joel Landy, John MacLeod, Joe Silver, Loyd and Joey,
and a very busy Austin Street
Show 4: features:
Jason Murden, John MacLeod, Joel Landy, Rene David Alkalay, and friends
Saturday, June 5, 12, 19, and 26
Thursday, June 3, 10, 17, and 24
[Queens Public Television is currently experiencing technical issues affecting the ability to accept new programming. The show dates listed listed for this month are accurate, but the episodes may not be what has been scheduled.]
Monday and Wednesday:
June 7 & 9, June 14 & 16, June 21 & 23, June 28 & 30
Monday, June 7, 14, 21, 28
Coming up on Songs of Freedom Television
Coming Up In . . .
Make Music New York is a musical celebration in the streets of New York City and cities around the world that takes place annually on June 21, the summer solstice. Songs of Freedom Television has participated every year since the first one in my home town more than a dozen years ago. Last year the celebration was virtual and Songs of Freedom was there. This month we celebrate “Fête de la Musique” in the streets of my fair city as it was recorded in 2018 on the streets of Forest Hills, Queens. Songs of Freedom will be hosting an event safely outside again on the streets of Queens on Solstice Day this year. I hope you can join us then. Stay tuned for details. Until then, tune in and sing along and I will see you on the telly!
This month marks the 25th birthday of
Songs of Freedom Television!
Technology has changed over the years, but not our commitment to bringing you the dignity of human struggle with its many faces and many voices. This month we celebrate by bringing you episodes from the SOF archives of performances from Woody Guthrie Birthday Bashes gone by. Woody, like Songs of Freedom TV, was born in July. What better way to commemorate these auspicious events than to bring you Woody shows from the past featuring Steve Suffet and his annual Woody Bash productions.
Tune in. Sing along. This land is still your land!
Recently Seen on Songs of Freedom Television
"Presente!" Songs of Freedom Television honors those who appeared on the show over the years and have passed on. Their spirit and wisdom remain in their performances. Join us!
Show 1 features: Ray Korona (from 1997)
Show 2 features: Eric Levine (from 1996)
Show 3 features: Jessica Feinbloom
(from 2017's "A Song for Jessica" tribute concert)
Show 4: features: David McReynolds (interview from 2000 when he was running for President of the United States)