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, July 8, 15, 22, and 29
[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.]
~ July 2021 ~
Songs of Freedom Television!
On July 11, 1996, the first episode of Songs of Freedom Television was seen in New York City. It was a live one camera shoot recorded on ¾ inch tape. I remember sitting in a chair presenting myself and playing guitar trying to stay in a frame, but often forgetting not to move too much. The episode featured many closeups of my neck, something I am not proud of. To this day viewing that episode remains a painful experience. From such humble beginnings SOF TV was born.
Three quarter inch tape and machines gave way to VHS, Super VHS and other analog formats before being replaced by digital technology. Large recording devices were replaced by smaller and more efficient ones. Now, the idea of digital cartridges is a quaint notion as chips and digital files are the way things are done. No longer do Community Access producers need to visit public access media centers, as digital transfer of programming takes place from home. Something is lost in not creating and nurturing relationships with people face-to-face as we experience this process, but such is life in the 21st century. Convenience always comes with a cost.
So, now Songs of Freedom TV is 25 years old.
So, what have we learned and what remains true?
Struggles continue and Songs of Freedom remains dedicated to celebrating the humanity and dignity of human struggle with its many faces and its many voices. One of the aspects of the show I am aware of, and something I could not have predicted when the show began, was SOF being an acknowledgement of and to artists and activists who are no longer with us. The voices of Faith Petric, David McReynolds, Eric Levine, Jolie Rickman, Ray Korona and others live on in the video archives of this program. It is a pleasure to bring these programs to you. It is something of which I am most proud.
This month we feature the work and life of America’s original troubadour, Woody Guthrie. Since 2001, Steve Suffet has organized Woody Guthrie tribute shows in New York City, featuring top notch talent singing Woody’s songs before and with live audiences. Exactly one week before the Covid lockdown in NYC, on Sunday, March 8, 2020, Steve and The Good Coffee House hosted the annual Woody Guthrie Hoot at Old Stone House in Brooklyn. This month we pay tribute to Woody, the artists who performed that day, the audience who showed up to participate and enjoy, the organizations making that day possible, and you . . . survivors of a pandemic determined to sing again with friends, both old and new.
I hope I get to sing again with you soon.
Peace, Music, and Faith,
~ joel landy ~
The Episodes (see above for details)
Shows 1 through 4 feature the 2020 Woody Brooklyn Hoot crew:
Steve Suffet, Anne Price, Mike Lee, Pinetree, and Joel Landy
Saturday, July 10, 17, 24, and 31
Thursday, July 8, 15, 22, and 29
[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:
July 5 & 7, July 12 & 14, July 19 & 21, July 26 & 28
Monday, July 5, 12, 19, 26
Coming up on Songs of Freedom Television
Coming Up In . . .
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
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!
Show 1: https://youtu.be/Cm7aqMlrcv8
Show 2: https://youtu.be/yVN6i2Yg8UY
Show 3: https://youtu.be/mLtBmSNfH2w
Show 4: https://youtu.be/8xa2cJZOpsQ
"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)