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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


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Jazz by the DeChamplains
May 23 at Windsor Public Library
Veterans Coffee Hour
May 23 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Asparagus Spring Fest
May 25 at Brown's Harvest
Keney Park PGA jr. League
May 26 at Keney Park Golf Course
Memorial Day Observances and Parade
May 27 at Elm Grove Cemetery/Town Hall
Filming Chargers Spring 2019
May 28 at Windsor Community Television, Inc
Learn to Crochet
May 28 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
All You Can Eat Prime Rib Night
May 29 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Stillness in Motion at Windsor Art
May 30 at Windsor Art Center
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Artist Talk - Windsor Art Center
Jun 1 at Windsor Art Center
Take Apart Workshop
Jun 1 at Windsor Public Library
Bike MS Windsor
Jun 2 at 5&7 Waterside Crossing, Windsor, CT 06095
Keney Park PGA jr. League
Jun 2 at Keney Park Golf Course
Golf Tournament
Jun 3 at Keney Golf Course, Windsor
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Day Hill Deli, 555 Day Hill Rd, Windsor
Windsor Senior Center Variety Show!
Jun 5 at LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium
Better Health Conference
Jun 6 at Connecticut Convention Center
FREE Genealogy Support Group 6.6
Jun 6 at Windsor Historical Society
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jun 6 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Annual Dinner
Jun 7 at Hartford/Windsor Marriott on Day Hill Rd
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Paint Night! at the WAC
Jun 7 at Windsor Art Center
FREE CT Open House Day!
Jun 8 at Windsor Historical Society
Vintage Communications Swap Meet
Jun 8 at 115 Pierson Lane, Windsor, CT at the Vintage Radio & Communications Museum
Writing Workshop at the Art Center
Jun 8 at Windsor Art Center
Keney Park PGA jr. League
Jun 9 at Keney Park Golf Course
Mary's Place Open House
Jun 11 at 6 Poquonock Ave Windsor, CT
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jun 12 at Homewood Suites, 65 Ella Grasso Tpke, Windsor Locks
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jun 12 at Windsor High School J113
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Fathers Day BBQ Brunch
Jun 16 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Keney Park PGA jr. League
Jun 16 at Keney Park Golf Course
Diabetic Support Group
Jun 18 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Kick-Off to Summer Art Week
Jun 18 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jun 20 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Keney Park PGA jr. League
Jun 23 at Keney Park Golf Course
Monday Morning Book Club
Jun 24 at Windsor Public Library
Summer Movie Series - Planet of the
Jun 25 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jun 27 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Young Artist’s Watercolor Day
Jul 1 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movies Series
Jul 2 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Day Hill Deli, 555 Day Hill Rd, Windsor
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jul 4 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Summer Movie Series
Jul 9 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jul 10 at Northwest Park, Lang Rd, Windsor
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.
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Diabetic Support Group
Jul 16 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Summer Movie Series
Jul 16 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jul 17 at Windsor High School J113
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jul 18 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Jul 22 at Windsor Public Library