A production of the Harris County Green Party
- Fortnightly, every other Wednesday from 8:30-9:30 PM. Production
team begins setting up an hour before the show (7:30 PM), guests
should arrive by 8:00 PM.
- The show happens at Houston Media Source located at 410
Roberts St off Harrisburg Blvd. The Houston Media Source
main phone number is 713-524-7700 (713-524-3823 fax). Their
web site is www.hmstv.org
where they give good directions, which we abbreviate below.
transportation - Try using the Metro
Trip Planner (7:30 PM arrival at Roberts and
Harrisburg; final Bus Route 050 or 029
are your likely answers). Now that the rail line along
Harrisburg is finished, that is an option, too.
Directions - This depends upon from whence you come, and
your mode of transportation. Directions given below pretty much
assume you drive an automobile, the Houston default. (Some of
our crew have used bicycles to get to the studio; it is possible,
but not recommended in the dark unless you have good experience
facility is a one-story building with black awnings on the northwest
corner of Roberts Street and Harrisburg Blvd. (It is nearer
downtown than the coffee factory; one block west of the traffic
light at Sampson.) Try using Google-maps "street view"
for a look-see.
from downtown Houston start near the soccer stadium, in the
near NE side. Going east on Texas Avenue from the traffic light
at Dowling, bear left onto Harrisburg. Proceed down under the
railroad bridge and back uphill. Watch for a light with a left
turn signal at Middleton; turn left there, then immediately
turn right onto Hawkins; proceed to the end, and turn left onto
Velasco, quickly turn right onto Preston, right again onto Roberts,
and yet another right into the parking lot. THAT is a lot of
jogging left-right, then left-right-right! But it's the best
way to get to HMS from downtown Houston. (Going home will be
a lot easier, but we hope you'll join us for post-show relaxation.)
of the new light-rail line, you cannot turn left going east
from downtown on Harrisburg onto Roberts. If you're coming into
town on Harrisburg from the east, it's an easy right turn.
Coming from downtown, if you do not take the circuitous route
described above, you will have to go past the building a few
blocks, do a U-turn, come back along Harrisburg, turn right
onto Roberts and immediately left into the parking lot that
has wrought iron fencing. Secure your ride, and look around.
entrance looks obvious, but it is not; the main entrance is
locked at night, so take the obscure door to the left of the
main entrance. Please sign in at the equipment window. We can
help you, look for the jolly crew inside the building!
Info on the way - If while on the way to the show, you get
lost or simply cannot find the building or the entrance to the
parking lot, please call one of these cell phone numbers: 281-635-5286
(Brian) or 281-728-6327 (Art). The HMS phone at night has an
answering machine that often picks up before anyone can get
to it; once you find the station, it's not hard to get to.
Format - Generally one host and 1-4 guests around a table.
Some shows may use 5-15 minutes of prerecorded video. If guests
have video clips to air, we can use miniDV tape or common DVDs;
we would like any video clips at least two hours before
show time, earlier if possible, with time codes. We can
also show still images in either jpg or gif format. (We sometimes
air guests' websites or computer presentations such as powerpoint.)
We open up the show to phone calls from viewers typically after
the first 15 minutes. Viewers can call in at 713-807-1794.
Also, we take a few minutes on each show with announcements
of meetings and events in Houston related either to the Green
Party, our values, or topics presented by the show.
and Video Tapes Not Permitted on the Show - Any solicitation
or appeal for funds. Any advertising or material that promotes
any commercial product or service. Any use of copyrighted material
without permission. We can refer viewers to Houston area phone
numbers for information but not long distance or toll free numbers.
- Available on cable TV, not satellite or airwave transmission.
Comcast cable channel 17 in most of the Houston area. Other
channels can be found at HMSTV.org,
where anyone with broadband internet access can supposedly watch
the show LIVE worldwide on a computer! (However, many of us
have experienced "buffering" interruptions in video
and audio due to our slow internet connections. That is why
you might like to have your friends without cable access or
premium streaming options watch later, after we upload the show
to Vimeo.) Furthermore, cable subscribers can only get these
public access television (PATV) channels if they live inside
Houston city limits.
- Generally casual clothes or comfortable dress clothes. Check
with the host. (White shirts or blouses are generally not recommended
for TV, nor are plaids or checks with bold contrast.)
gathering - After the show, we typically go out for about
an hour or so of conviviality and relaxing at a place where
we can get reasonably priced beverages and food (with vegan-friendly
menu being important), and we hope you can join us! We almost
always go to Chapultepec, on the south side of Richmond Avenue,
a couple of blocks east of Montrose. From the HMS studio, it's
west on Harrisburg, south on Dowling, west on Elgin which becomes
Richmond, go under US59, then a few blocks past Taft watch on
the left for Chapultepec; u-turn and find the parking lot.
- Houston Media Source is a nonprofit 501 (C)(3) organization
and receives funding from the Houston franchise cable companies
through the city of Houston. GreenWatch is a show planned, produced,
and funded by a political party, the Harris County Green Party.
The Harris County Green Party can be reached at 713-866-6285
The mailing address is Harris County Green Party, PO BX 271080,
Houston, TX 77277-1080.
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