Fairfax Public Access

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Public Access Organization
Control Room B at Fairfax Public Access.jpg
Control Room B at FPA after the July 2011 upgrade project
Name Fairfax Public Access
Acronym FPA
Carriers Cox Cable
Verizon Fios
Comcast Cable (Reston)
Channels Channel 10
Channel 30
Channel 36
Channel 37
Radio Fairfax
WRLD International Radio
Charter Type Public
Founded October 1981
High-Definition No
Location 2929-S Eskridge Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
Owner Fairfax Cable Access Corporation
Website www.fcac.org

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[edit]

  • 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.

Awards[edit]

  • 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.

Training[edit]

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.

Policies[edit]

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.

Radio shows[edit]

Name of Show Date First Cablecast Number of
Episodes Produced
Web Site
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.

Television shows[edit]

Name of Show Producer(s) Series/Special Date First Cablecast Number of
Episodes Produced
Web Site
1600 Series
Award-winning talk-music tv show.
Accent Zohreh Rastegar Series www.zoetalk.com
A talk show featuring second-generation Iranians adapting to American culture.
Around Space David Cawood
Donnie Lowther
Series www.AroundSpace.com
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.

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See also[edit]

  • The Chronicle Article: Public Access Television Hidden Treasure in Fairfax County
  • FPA News 16 Member Chinese delegation tours FPA.

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