Somerville Media Center operates SCATV Channel 3 in Somerville and is the oldest media access center in Massachusetts (since 1983) and boasts the longest running access program in the world (since 1972), “Dead Air Live.” Besides providing a TV channel for Somerville residents, SMC operates an Internet radio station called Boston Free Radio, and serves the community through production of PSA’s, various staff-facilitated programs, including the community journalism program, Somerville Neighborhood News, and coverage of community events, meetings, and political forums. We provide free meeting space for community groups, post messages on our bulletin board, provide video training and mentoring, offer access to high quality digital equipment and facilities, and operate an art gallery for local artists. The channel is well stocked with a wide variety of member-produced programs in many languages, and we cablecast Free Speech TV programs including Democracy Now.
The SMC Mission & Vision
Somerville Media Center (SMC) is a vibrant electronic media maker-space that exists to foster creativity, innovation and community expression through training, production resources and global distribution.
SMC is home to Somerville Community Access TV (SCATV) Channel 3, Boston Free Radio (BFR), Somerville Neighborhood News (SNN) and SMC Youth Media and fosters numerous collaborations with community partners.
SMC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization overseen by a volunteer board of directors and run by a staff of four media professionals. We are proud to receive support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
We are also the winner of the Alliance for Community Media Award for Overall Excellence in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015.
In January 2011, SMC launched Boston Free Radio, an Internet radio station that is member-run. It is broadcasting at www.bostonfreeradio.com. In 2013 SMC launched Somerville Neighborhood News, a community journalism program about Somerville issues, events, and people.
Contact Information and Inquiry
Somerville Media Center
90 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143