Fairfax Public Access
|Public Access Organization|
Control Room B at FPA after the July 2011 upgrade project
|Name||Fairfax Public Access|
Comcast Cable (Reston)
WRLD International Radio
|Location||2929-S Eskridge Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
|Owner||Fairfax Cable Access Corporation|
Fairfax Public Access (FPA) is a trade name for a Virginia non-stock corporation, Fairfax Cable Access Corporation, that was incorporated in October 1981 as a non-profit Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable tv station based in Fairfax, Virginia, and operates four cable TV channels.
In 1984, FPA operations came under the Cable Communications Act of 1984, that permitted US cable companies to fund local organizations to provide training and access to media technology to the general public. That Act facilitated cable companies' carriage of programming created by those local organizations.
Fairfax Cable Access Corporation was formed in 1981 to maintain ownership for the public.
FPA operates Channel 10 for general purpose television shows in English, Channel 30 for general purpose television shows in languages other than English, Channel 36 for spiritual and religious programming and Channel 37 for cable-cast radio. In addition, FPA provides Internet-streaming for its radio broadcasting.
Equipment and facilities
- Three television studios, each with three studio cameras and a control room.
- Studio C is a "Virtual studio" setup, all green-screen, robotic cameras, and state-of-the-art equipment finalized in September 2008
- Two radio production suites.
- 2006 Telly Award for John Buckreis' program "Gardening News and Views"
- 2006 Telly Award for the program "1600", produced by Jerry Ferguson and Steve Ruddell, and co-hosted by Bob Giarrusso.
Following its chartered mandate, FPA offers inexpensive, intensive, hands-on training on both studio and field cameras, tape-to-tape editing, non-linear editing, writing for television, makeup for television, newscasting, acting, audio engineering, and all control-room equipment.
Producer-Ownership: One of FPA's most popular policies establishes producer-ownership of television shows produced there, even when their productions use FPA equipment and facilities. For shows supported by free FPA equipment and facility, FPA requires exclusive distribution rights for the first year. Nevertheless, FPA has frequently issued waivers to allow producers to distribute shows to other non-profit public-access stations during the first year. After the first year, the producer may sell or distribute their production in any way they wish.
Certification: FPA-provided training or a competency test must be passed before anyone may use FPA equipment.
|Name of Show||Date First Cablecast||Number of
|2 Guys & A Mic||www.2guysradio.com|
|Two regular guys look at everyday life, news, Hollywood and sports.|
|4 Real Radio|
|Music: Yesterday and today's leading Rhythm and Blues (R&B) artists|
|The Afternoon Groove||www.afternoongrooveradio.com|
|Modern soul music from known and unknown artists from around the world.|
|The Mimi Geerges Show||www.mgshow.com|
|A talk show (not a shout-show) for inquisitive minded listeners. Syndicated on XM Satellite Radio and public radio stations.|
|Name of Show||Producer(s)||Series/Special||Date First Cablecast||Number of
|Award-winning talk-music tv show.|
|A talk show featuring second-generation Iranians adapting to American culture.|
|Around Space||David Cawood
|A talk show focused on space issues, under the auspices of a local chapter of the National Space Society.|
|Backstage Pass||Hugh Staples||Series|
|A performing-arts TV show, featuring music, dance, theatre, poetry, comedy, and the visual arts from around the DC/Baltimore area.|
|Bannister Banter||Craig Bannister||Series||100+|
|A pun-filled comedy spoof of television talk shows, interviewing very off-beat celebrities.|
|Capital Pets||Deanna Lewis||Series||www.capitalpets.com|
|Educating pet owners and the public about animal health, pet education, pet services, animal law, and animal rescue organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.|
|Catholic Life||John Buckreis||Series|
|How Catholicism is practiced by local groups & individuals.|
|Capital Cooking||Lauren DeSantis||Series||www.capitalcookingshow.com|
|Attorney and chef Lauren DeSantis presents an evolving cooking style by incorporating dishes from the many cultures represented in Washington, D.C.|
|Fairfax Sports Report||Brian Nern||Series||www.fairfaxsportsnetwork.com|
|Providing in-depth news coverage of many high school sports in Northern Virginia for over 15 years.|
|Telepathic TV||R. Neville Johnston and Mary Phelan||Series||500+||www.telepathictv.com|
|A live call-in show empowering the viewer with techniques from the metaphysical world.|
|Potluck: the anything & everything talk & entertainment TV show||Gayle Yiotis||Series||July 2008||88||http://www.potluck-online.org|
|, Potluck is a talk show that interviews interesting people from all walks of life in the DC Metropolitan area and beyond.|
|Monster Madhouse||Jerry Moore||Series||2006||200+||http://www.monstermadhouse.com|
|Karlos Borloff and his madcap crew of Monsterminators host public domain horror movies and generally run amuck on screen.
- The Chronicle Article: Public Access Television Hidden Treasure in Fairfax County
- FPA News 16 Member Chinese delegation tours FPA.