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How to Get on Public Access Television

Watch more How to Be on TV videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Score a slot on your local public access station, a channel made available to the general public, with these steps. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Have an idea for the kind of program you want to make. Anything goes on public TV, as long as it's not pornographic, offensive, obscene, libelous, or commercial. Step 2: Find a station in your area by typing "Global Village CAT" into a search engine. It will take you to a site that links to about 700 public or community access television sites worldwide. Tip Residency rules vary among stations, so ask about using a station outside your hometown. Step 3: Contact the station for their producer requirements; they all operate a bit differently. In some cases, you'll have to make your show on your own and then apply to air it; other channels have a studio you can use and equipment you can borrow on a first-come, first-served basis. Tip Stations that lend out their equipment usually require that you train on it before you can borrow it. Some offer classes for a small fee. Step 4: Make your program. Most stations want shows that are about 28 minutes long, leaving two minutes for opening and closing credits. Step 5: Submit your show. It will be aired whenever the station has an available time slot, though most stations will try to accommodate you if you have a specific time in mind. It may also air several times over the course of a month. Did You Know? Celebrity chef Dave Lieberman started a public access cooking show during college at Yale University.
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