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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Film & Video, Television

Mission: Access Framingham’s mission is to engage, serve and enrich the community by developing programming by and for the people of Framingham, providing educational opportunities, and facilitating the exchange of ideas and information through traditional and new media.

Programs: Cable, video and broadband programming provided to the residents, institutions and organizations of framingham, massachusetts on public access channels.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Access Framingham is a gem which provides local and community programming that is unavailable anywhere else. In fact, one of the main reasons I don’t give up cable is so that I watch local programming on TV. Access Framingham (AF-TV) programming is also available on line with many programs available on demand. Where else can you hear the Audrey Hall Show interviews with local personalities about local issues or Representative Jack Lewis also talking about local issues or view programming that explains current issues on the ballot? Did you miss the concerts at the library or the Concerts on the Green or the speakers at the Brotherhood Breakfasts, even a Church service? These program and more are all available on demand and through live streaming.

Are you a member of a local service or non profit? AF-TV can be a great partner, as it is to one of my favorite organizations – Rotary Club of Framingham.

Interested in hosting a show or volunteering to record a community program? Interested in recording your own shows? AF-TV provides an avenue for community residents who are members to learn how to use the cameras and other AV equipment to create their own shows.

These are just a few of the reasons why I’m hooked on AF-TV and encourage everyone else to take advantage of the offerings and become involved as well.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Access Framingham is about freedom of expression, education and enrichment accessible to all, through content produced in the community - by the community, in a state-of-the-art production facility, with a welcoming and knowledgeable staff. Watch city council meetings, public hearings, live interviews and demonstrations, talk shows and guests, cooking, writing, sports, concerts and local event coverage. Learn about the local history, technology, gaming, entrepreneurial advice, honoring our veterans and so much more. It’s all about what’s important to the people of Framingham, and our creative power, together with Access Framingham that helps us tell the stories that enhance our daily lives. We are fortunate beyond measure to have such an asset in our community, for the good of all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Speaking as a member of Framingham Rotary Club we have used AFTV to promote our community service activities and PSA's. AFTV has assisted us in promoting and running our annual auction at their station. In addition they broadcast videos of our pancake breakfast and spring craft fair. We use the bulletin board at AFTV to promote our events and we use AFTV to send holiday greetings out to the Framingham community. We plan to increase our use of AFTV by providing Rotary videos on topics of interest like Polio eradication, supporting the environment, and education. We consider AFTV a valued partner of Framingham Rotary Club.

Kelsey R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We, at Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company, have a great relationship with Access Framingham and have worked with them to cover many of the events at the brewery including Demo Tape Fest, Pink Boots Brew Day, Black Ale Project and our Polar Plunge benefitting Special Olympics. Meghan is a true professional and we can't say enough about how great she is to work with. We are always happy with the quality of the final products and look forward to working with them again.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I wanted to create a video on Art of Laughter and Innovation. The staff at AF-TV was extermely supportive and joined in the laughter. It was particularly impressive since the laughter is done without jokes but is based on different situations we all face in life,.
They were creative, innovative and great participants.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

the staff at AF_TV was extremely helpful in helping me produce my 14 episode series "Innovative YOu".
They also helped in marketing the series once it started showing in AF-TV.

Board Member

Rating: 4

AFTV is an excellent resource for the city of Framingham. When I moved to the city a number of years ago, I looked for the public access station to get a sense of the flavor of the city. When my kids were school, I loved looking at the programming coming from the school and about its activities. When I was concerned about issues affecting the city, I turned on AFTV to learn about the issues and watch city government in action. AFTV has been part of my life for many years. For those I n the community, AFTV is part of their lives too. It is a wonderful treasure.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Access Framingham does a lot of good work in supporting the community. Many programs in the community are recorded and broadcast . There are hosts that produce regular programs at the studio. I became a member about 3 years ago and was able to participate in several training programs that the Studio offers. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. As a volunteer and a Board member, I am a regular participant in the production activities in the studio and outdoor coverage of events. I have had people come up to me during an outdoor shoot and express their appreciation for the good programing. Access Framingham is a great organization and I am proud to be part of it.
Mahmood Akhtar
Framingham

Lindsey M.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Framingham Public Access is a non-profit that is committed to serve the community. The employees and volunteers are always available to assist with community activities. As a member and past President of The Rotary Club of Framingham I can personally express my appreciation for the time and effort the staff had provided when filming our community events. The City of Framingham should be proud of their efforts.

Lindsey Morris

5 Marcia S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at the Access Framingham Television Station in 2013 and continue to do so on a regular basis, producing a show three times per week that is aired in the Metro West area.

Because of the training I receive at Access Framingham Television, I am able to volunteer at the Greater Framingham Community Church with video taping. I produce the Greater Framingham Community Church Hour of Blessing and the Greater Framingham Community Church specials. I video tape, edit and publish these shows on a regular basis on social media. Some of my work is aired on the Roxbury Community College website, where I am pursuing my Associate Degree in Media Broadcasting Technology.

On September 21, 2015, I received the first Annual Bill Rabkin – Volunteer of the Year Award, in recognition of my enthusiasm and dedication to learning all aspects of television production. Receiving recognition from editors, viewers, guests, and organizations who appreciated the effort I took to tell a story, tells me that my dream is becoming a reality.

I am happy to give Access Framingham Television (Framingham Public Access Corporation), 5 stars as they continue to engage, serve and enrich the community by developing programming by and for the people of Framingham, providing educational opportunities, and facilitating the exchange of ideas and information through traditional and news media.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a part of the volunteering group with Access Framingham Television station. I remember when I started out I had no idea what to do and where to start. With the instruction of Francesca and the Access team I was able to learn the basic of editing and move from editing one program in 3 weeks to complete the same program in a few hours. Producing the Greater Framingham Community Church each week and helping with local production in the Metro West Community and Boston.

I start school in Media Broadcasting at Roxbury Community College. Recently I graduated with my certificate and at the moment I am pursuing an Associate Degree in Broadcasting.

These achievement I credit to the opportunity that I was given at Access Framingham Television Station. Few years ago, I receive the first annual Bill Rabkin- Volunteer of the year award, in recognition of my enthusiasm and dedication to learning all aspect of television production.

I am happy to give Access Framingham Television (Framingham Public Access Corporation) 5 stars as they continue to engage, serve and enrich the community by developing programming by and for the people of Framingham, providing educational opportunities, and facilitating the exchange of ideas and information through traditional and new media.

1 Audrey M. H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I produce and host The Audrey Hall Show on Access Framingham. So many of my guests on the show are impressed with the state-of-the-art production facilities, the technology, and the finished product they can proudly share far and wide. They welcome the opportunity to have in-depth discussions about topics that rarely get the time or attention on commercial media. For example, complex topics like racism or what it means to be transgender, or what happens to recycled products, and interviews with local people, city officials, and political candidates. Many subjects are better understood with more in-depth knowledge. That's why Access Framingham is so important. It provides a platform for programming like The Audrey Hall Show which takes discussions beyond headlines and soundbites so viewers can learn and experience something new. Access Framingham makes it all possible by providing the platform, the team, technology, training, and the distribution which connects people and the community.

1 Annie M.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Access Framingham is an incredible asset to the Framingham community and our non-profit, the Framingham History Center. We have been members of the organization for years and have utilized their talented staff, volunteers, and interns for hundreds of programs and events. From BYB segments to full length program recordings, we are proud to share their well-produced finished videos with our membership. Throughout the pandemic, AFTV volunteer Bill Rabkin has gone above and beyond recording all our virtual programs which are now shared worldwide. Their work is also crucial to our museum collection - every program video captures another moment in our institutional history that is saved for future generations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Access Framingham is a valuable resource to the citizens of the City of Framingham while also being an untapped resource. Let me elaborate. Access Framingham provides a huge benefit already to the community - as a whole - but, it is still a resource that can offer even more! I believe that most citizens of our community do not even know of Access Framingham's existence even though it has been marketing its services. If more members of our community were to get involved with AF-TV, both those individuals and AF-TV would benefit with the overall benefit to the community in general!

I served for six years as a member of AF-TV's Board of Directors. I have volunteered on many studio productions. Through my involvement with AF-TV, I have seen directly what this organization has provided and continues to provide to the our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning with Access Framingham was an amazing experience and I'd do it all over again if I had the chance. While there I helped create promotional videos for community events, assisted with productions both in studio and on the field, and gained very valuable experience. Everyone at Access Framingham is very welcoming and helpful. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a fun internship or looking to start a show, they truly don't get enough recognition.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my internship at AFTV, I got to create promos for upcoming shows, as well as film in studio and on location. AFTV taught me many things in the field, while at the same time, giving me the freedom to organize and create my own stories. Everyone at Access Framingham is extremely friendly and will help whenever needed. I went into my internship with some experience in public television, but I left with more confidence in my editing, filming, and studio skills. As a communication arts alumni at Framingham State University, I was so happy I had the opportunity to intern at Access Framingham!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a production intern at Access Framingham I filmed community events, assisted staff with studio productions and learned video editing skills. Volunteering at AFTV is a great way to gain production experience outside of the classroom and get involved in your community.



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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Access Framingham (AFTV)) does an incredible job of supporting our community! As a citizen, I feel it is my obligation to vote and to truly understand what our candidates stand for. Our programs with Audrey Hall and Jack Patrick Lewis provide real information on our local politicians.
On a more personal level, I have often felt that Framingham is an unsung hero of a city. For example, we have several dozen outstanding authors, which few know about. Three years a go I proposed a program, Novel Ideas:Chats with local authors to highlight the work of Erica Ferencik, Erin Dionne, Laura Woollett, Carrie H Johnson, Ray Daniel and many others. Although I knew nothing about TV production, the wonderful staff took me under their wing and worked very well with me and my Co-host and mentor, Josh Brogadir.
The relationships they have with Framingham High School and Framingham State have provided students opportunities and inspired many careers. It has changed lives.
Although this is a small non-profit, it serves a huge community in many fantastic ways!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a their spring production and editing intern. I have close connections with the staff. They are very helpful and have taught me a lot about field production/creating content. I would recommend AFTV to anyone looking to gain knowledge about video and editing.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Top 5 spots in Framingham, for sure. I go here a lot and hang with the staff, great people, good times, many laughs. 10/10 would hang again.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization with dedicated employees and lots of opportunities to learn about various aspects of production!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had my summer internship at Access Framingham, and it was an amazing experience. It gave me the opportunity to try all aspects of tv production: everything from recording shows in studio, filming local events, video editing, and planning our own show. It well exceeded all my expectations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did a internship with the last two summers and I enjoyed the people the studio and what I learned

1 Tammy M.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After I graduated as a Digital Media Student at Northeastern University, I was looking for some hands on experience. I assisted with the media on the 2019 Concert on the Green series, and learned so much. I was even able to edit one of the concerts myself, which was exactly the kind of hands on experience I was looking for! I've also volunteered at several community events, and have been able to network with many different people I would not have met without volunteering with Access Framingham.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place gave me so much confidence in the field. From the this internship I was able to secure a job in the film business. I would highly recommend this studio for those looking to intern or even those that are trying to pick up an extra skill or two. They are very hands on and provide a wide variety of tools that allow you to be as ambitious as possible with an project you have in mind. One of the staff members named Jared was especially a huge help and he deserves a lot of praise for his amazing work and high energy everyday in the station.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was an intern at Access Framingham this last summer and what an experience it was! I learned so much about television production both in studio and out in the field and was able to build my portfolio with a variety of projects. I would recommend this location to anyone interested in discovering the ins and outs of television. There is no other way I would have rather spent my summer!

1 Nomar L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing experience interning at AFTV as a high school student it was an awesome opportunity learning different skills and techniques from the crew. Staff was helpful and really friendly would recommend!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ACCESS Framingham TV has been such a strong supporter of the Framingham community! They regularly send volunteer crews to film special events at the Callahan Center. They film all the Concerts on the Common, so people who can't get there have a chance to see how much fun the events are. Their dedication to keeping the community informed with the various regular programming they offer and special interviews of notable people in the community does so much to keep us all connected. What a great community partner they are!

1 Ingrid C.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Access Framingham is a great place to learn about video productions and television. They have a great team of professionals who are very supportive and patient. I have learned a wealth of skillsets at the studio ultimately ended up in creating my own TV Show called Inspiring Careers. With the support of the Access Framingham team, I am able to share Inspiring stories and create documentaries to inspire others in the community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with accessfram for 8 years producing my own Monthly program Veterans Corner TV that is distributed in 10 towns/cities in Metrowest.
Accesfram is my flagship station.
The staff is exceptional in delivering any guidance that is required of me when I seek that guidance.

I am familiar with many local access TV stations and I find that accessfram TV far exceeds all the others in delivering quality service and programs.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Access Framingham is an important organization serving the people of Framingham with needed information not often covered by the Framingham City website. I began as a volunteer about ten years ago and learned much about the process of creating short videos given by Access Framingham. I learned how to video record and edit film. They were like educators. It opened a new door of discovery for me. I will always have fond memories of how this experience has affected my life. Thank you, Access Framingham.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Access Framingham TV is a local treasure giving focus to events in our city.

I joined it as a board member .. treasurer.. I have have expanded my tv knowledge by hosing a local sports interview show,(FRAMINGHAM FAN TO FAN.. see photo of guests from Framingham State Univ field hockey team) taking video editing classes and producing shows for other non profits such as the local history center. I’ve also filmed and hosted short bits for the stations biweekly news show, the Framingham Best.
Yes, Access Framingham TV IS A LOCAL GEM!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Terrific resource for the community, accessible to all. Go make some television!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Framingham Public Access staff and volunteers were extremely helpful this past year with a project by our AmeriCorps member focusing on green nonprofits in Framingham. They went above and beyond in making sure the project was completed successfully. Just one example of how great they are and how hard they work sharing news about the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

So lucky to have learned about them and become a volunteer! They taught me how to use the video gear to successfully shoot all kinds of events. And then they taught me editing, which vastly improved what and how I shot events. It's been fun to learn about the gear and the process, but also very rewarding to see what I shoot go out to the wider community via the station channel and their You tube channel as well. It's a wonderful feeling to have the training under my belt that allows me to then help out other small organizations in town that don't have any PR expertise or PR staff, but want to get out info about their orgs mission or event. I've learned so much about my town because of AF! They are so plugged into all kinds of things going on in town and always trying to get it covered. The staff is incredibly generous with their expertise, time and patience. Stellar organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Framingham Public Access showed a lot of care towards local communities and events. If you want something covered you can guarentee they will be there and unlike many other public access they will go out of their way to make sure you get a copy of the broadcast and are properly represented. The staff here are very close and it shows in their work Frank, Shavarsh, and Jared were extremely helpful if I needed any help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer member of Access Framingham, the Public Access community media center operated by Framingham Public Access Corporation, for more than 10 years. During that time, I've created and contributed hundreds of TV programs that have aired on local cable TV in our community as well as being streamed for on-demand viewing.

Membership in Access Framingham has let me learn new skills, and put these to good use when I record and edit programs. It has also given me the opportunity to work with many other members, together contributing to the enjoyment and sense of community.