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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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Kiwanis Shad Derby Road Race
May 21 at Elm and Broad Street
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 21 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Shad Derby Day
May 21 at Windsor Town Green
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 21 at Stony Hill School
Tickborne Illness Support Group
May 21 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 22 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Hypertension Workshop
May 23 at Video Conference via Zoom
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 23 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Windsor Toastmasters Club
May 23 at Zoom meeting, possible in-person meeting
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
Advanced Adult Art
May 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Book Buzz Event
May 26 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
May 26 at Senior Center Cafe
Yoga Strong
May 26 at Wabi-Sabi Yoga and Wellness Center, 88 Day Hill Road, Suite 203
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 30 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 31 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 2 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Yoga Strong
Jun 2 at Wabi-Sabi Yoga and Wellness Center, 88 Day Hill Road, Suite 203
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 4 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jun 4 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 5 at Windsor Train Station Studios
WAC Portrait Painting Workshop
Jun 5 at WAC Train Station Studios
Gardens in the Hudson Valley
Jun 6 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Hypertension Workshop
Jun 6 at Video Conference via Zoom
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 6 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Join our new Men's Club!
Jun 6 at Windsor Senior Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 7 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 9 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Virtual Book Club
Jun 9 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Yoga Strong
Jun 9 at Wabi-Sabi Yoga and Wellness Center, 88 Day Hill Road, Suite 203
38th Annual Chamber Cares Auction
Jun 10 at Mill Brook Clubhouse, 147 Pigeon Hill Road
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 11 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 12 at Windsor Train Station Studios
WAC Portrait Painting Workshop
Jun 12 at WAC Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 13 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Learn How to Lead Like a Pro
Jun 13 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Windsor Toastmasters Club
Jun 13 at Zoom meeting, possible in-person meeting
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 14 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Board of Directors Mtg
Jun 14 at online
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 16 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Camino de Santiago Lecture
Jun 16 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Yoga Strong
Jun 16 at Wabi-Sabi Yoga and Wellness Center, 88 Day Hill Road, Suite 203
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 18 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jun 18 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Windsor House Tour is Back!
Jun 18 at Windsor Historical Society
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 19 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 20 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Join our new Men's Club!
Jun 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Programs Committee Mtg
Jun 20 at online
Strawberry Festival and Vendor Fair
Jun 20 at Brown's Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
38th Annual Chamber Cares Auction
Jun 10 at Mill Brook Clubhouse, 147 Pigeon Hill Road
Board of Directors Mtg
Jun 14 at online
Programs Committee Mtg
Jun 20 at online
Kiwanis Shad Derby Road Race
May 21 at Elm and Broad Street
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 21 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Shad Derby Day
May 21 at Windsor Town Green
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 21 at Stony Hill School
Tickborne Illness Support Group
May 21 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Kiwanis Shad Derby Road Race
May 21 at Elm and Broad Street
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 21 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Shad Derby Day
May 21 at Windsor Town Green
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 21 at Stony Hill School
Tickborne Illness Support Group
May 21 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 22 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Hypertension Workshop
May 23 at Video Conference via Zoom
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 23 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Windsor Toastmasters Club
May 23 at Zoom meeting, possible in-person meeting
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
Advanced Adult Art
May 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Book Buzz Event
May 26 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
May 26 at Senior Center Cafe
Yoga Strong
May 26 at Wabi-Sabi Yoga and Wellness Center, 88 Day Hill Road, Suite 203
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Kiwanis Shad Derby Road Race
May 21 at Elm and Broad Street
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 21 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Shad Derby Day
May 21 at Windsor Town Green
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 21 at Stony Hill School
Tickborne Illness Support Group
May 21 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 22 at Windsor Train Station Studios