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Out and About: Jenny Hawran, WIN-TV

Out and About: Jenny Hawran, WIN-TV
WIN-TV is a household name for most Windsor residents. Whether our local public access television station is broadcasting local events, showing meetings at Town Hall, or profiling local authors and shelter animals available for adoption, WIN-TV has been an integral part of the Windsor community since 1982.

Jenny Hawran, WIN-TV’s executive director, describes the station as “Windsor’s community media center. WIN-TV is all about freedom of speech.” The station broadcasts three channels: Access channel 5, Education channel 95 and Government channel 96-WGTV. (The Government channel is part of WIN-TV, but is managed by the Town of Windsor.) Says Jenny, “We are really fortunate to have a great team working together to bring information to the Windsor community.” The station also offers on-demand and live streaming options for viewing.

Access and Education content is primarily created by community volunteers of all ages, with the support of the WIN-TV staff. The current lineup includes shows on healthy living, science, gardening, arts, senior events, local non-profit groups and recent community events such as The Ollies (WIN-TV’s own awards show) and the Windsor Feud. Anyone who wants to create a show can contact the station to discuss an idea. As Jenny puts it, “Our part is to help their vision come to fruition.”

Another part of WIN-TV’s mission is to run programs that teach people, from elementary-school-age to seniors, about video production. During the school year, WIN-TV runs the Filming Chargers Production Club, a free after-school program for middle school students. Summer brings the return of the popular KIDVID one- and two-week workshops for kids ages 8–14. “We’ve offered this program for more than a decade, and it has really grown thanks to community support,” Jenny says.

The origins of WIN-TV lie in the 1980s, when the federal government mandated that cable companies fund public access television stations in the communities where they operated. That financial support, unfortunately, is under increasing stress as more viewers “cut the cord,” which reduces the amount of funding stations like WIN-TV receive. At the same time, cable companies have also been seeking a decrease in the funding levels required by state governments. (While the station is a non-profit organization, it does not receive funding from the Town of Windsor, although the town generously provides space for WIN-TV’s offices and studio in the L.P. Wilson Community Center.)

According to Jenny, another benefit of being in the L.P. Wilson building is the way it allows for frequent connections with the general public. “People just wander down the hallway, poke their heads in and say, ‘Hey, what’s going on down here?’ It’s a great way to build connections with the community.”
WIN-TV frequently partners with the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. Jenny says, “They’ve been huge supporters from the beginning, because whenever we have events, they help us promote it. In the past, we’ve worked together to create commercials for member businesses, we’ve brought Chamber members into our studio when we’ve hosted networking events, and we film and broadcast the Chamber’s annual Windsor Feud game show fundraiser. We’ve always had a really good partnership with the Chamber.”

Jenny, a Windsor native, has been WIN-TV’s executive director since 2010. She studied journalism at Southern Connecticut State University and worked first at WTNH TV-8 in promotions, then at WDRC-FM, where she wrote, produced and scheduled commercials. After her children were born, she did freelance journalism, then studied web design at Manchester Community College, and later operated her own business before joining WIN-TV. Her diverse background and experience in journalism come in handy at the station. “Being at WIN-TV gives me an opportunity to see something different every day!”

Tune into WIN-TV any time, day or night, to see freedom of speech in action and to learn what’s going on in Windsor. You’ll see something different every day, too!

by Aretha Prabawa


Events

Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Diabetic Support Group
Nov 19 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Nutritionist Talk - Supplements
Nov 19 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Stillness in Motion - Art Center
Nov 20 at Windsor Art Center
Burgers and Brews
Thursdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Stillness in Motion - Art Center
Nov 21 at Windsor Art Center
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Nov 21 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
WinTech Showcase
Nov 21 at Hilton Garden Inn, 555 Corporate Dr, Windsor
Kids Movie, Craft, and Pizza Night!
Nov 22 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Lobster Fest
Fridays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Old Fashioned Christmas with Clara
Nov 22 at The Music School at Sound Crossing, 101 Palisado Ave. Windsor, CT
31st Annual "Food For Health" Drive
Nov 23 at Dr. George B. Curry of 15 Central Street
Aladdin Jr.
Nov 23 at LP Wilson Community Center
Artist Talk/Panel Discussion
Nov 23 at Windsor Art Center
Big Steak Dinner
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Holiday Auction & Dinner!
Nov 23 at The Lodge
Aladdin Jr.
Nov 24 at LP Wilson Community Center
Brunch Buffet
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Nov 25 at Windsor Public Library
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Tacos 7 Trivia
Nov 27 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Veterans Coffee Hour
Nov 28 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Lobster Fest
Fridays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Big Steak Dinner
Saturdays at The Tavern at Keney Park
Christmas Sampler
Nov 30 at L.P. Wilson
Shop Small with HBG
Nov 30 at House of Books and Games
Small Business Saturday
Nov 30 at Windsor's Small Businesses
Santa Brunch
Dec 1 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Shop Small with HBG
Dec 1 at House of Books and Games
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
HBG Adult Game Night at LP Wilson
1st Monday at LP Wilson Rec Center
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Dec 3 at Chamber office
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
WCC Holiday Business Breakfast
Dec 4 at Hartford/Windsor Marriott
Block Printed Gift Wrap Workshop
Dec 5 at Windsor Public Library
Festival of Wreaths
Dec 5 at Kimberly Hall North Building 1 Emerson Dr Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Dec 5 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
A Victorian Country Christmas
Dec 6 at 778 Palisado Ave., Windsor CT
Holiday Open House!
Dec 7 at Therapeutic Solutions - 96 Poquonock Ave, Windsor, CT 06095
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Holiday Movie
Dec 9 at Windsor Public Library
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Dec 10 at Chamber Office
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Dec 10 at Chamber office
Ukulele Holiday Benefit Concert
Dec 10 at Windsor High School Auditorium
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Dec 11 at Chamber office
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Card Stamp event to win Gift Cards
Dec 14 at House of Books and Games, Ewe and You, The Bean
Hearth Cooking Class
Dec 14 at Windsor Historical Society
Visit with Santa Claus
Dec 14 at Wilson Fire Department- 50 Pine Lane
Wreath Across America
Dec 14 at Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery
HBG Beth Caruso book signing
Dec 15 at House of Books and Games
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 16 at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 16 at Windsor Public Library
Diabetic Support Group
Dec 17 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Dec 19 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Veterans Coffee Hour
Dec 26 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jan 2, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Jan 4, 2020 at The Bean @ 226
HBG Adult Game Night at LP Wilson
1st Monday at LP Wilson Rec Center
Transportation Committee Meeting
Jan 7, 2020 at Chamber office
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Jan 8, 2020 at Chamber office
Business After Hours
Jan 8, 2020 at Preserve at Great Pond, 2000 Day Hill Rd
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Jan 14, 2020 at Chamber Office
Tourism Committee Meeting
Jan 14, 2020 at Chamber office
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jan 16, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT