MI News 26 is a new local cable news channel in northern Michigan, and we're working with the community to launch new shows.
MI News 26 (www.minews26.com) is a unique TV station based in Cadillac, Michigan. We're a cross between community television and broadcast news; a developing station run by a group of young entrepreneurs. Our crew has a passion for bringing a new look at local news to our community, and we all have a background in broadcast.
MI News 26 is a small TV station that started with a big vision: to launch the region's first 24/7 local cable news channel. We were able to bring that channel to the airwaves in February 2011, and we gained coverage to all of northern Michigan on Charter cable earlier this year. That means our local news broadcasts now reach nearly 200,000 viewers spread over a massive coverage area. In addition to our cable news channel, we operate two digital sub-channels (TV26 and 26 Cinema) on antenna, bringing classic and independent TV shows and movies to viewers in the Cadillac area.
We have a great on-air presence already, and our goal is to expand our coverage of your community with more unique local programming. This is where you come in. We need to raise funding will cover the cost of the additional cameras, control room equipment and edit bays necessary to expand our programming. Our goal is to build a new, HD control room and upgrade our dated mobile production van to allow for the production of live, local programming to compliment our current local news coverage.
Traditionally, this sort of expansion would be paid for through corporate funding or advertising dollars, but as a community-oriented TV station, we wanted to get YOU involved. So, we're using Kickstarter to give everyone a chance to support and be a part of northern Michigan television... and that support won't go unrewarded. Every contributor will get something in return, ranging from recognition on our web site to your very own TV show!
Kickstarter's rules require that we meet or exceed our $5,000 goal within 30 days, or we'll receive nothing and your pledge won't be processed. If we meet our goal, it will allow us to purchase the equipment necessary to significantly expand our coverage of the news in northern Michigan, and if we exceed it, we hope to use the additional funding to send more reporters to more communities more often.
This is your chance to be a part of the biggest new addition to northern Michigan television in over 20 years, enjoy a unique look behind the scenes of how TV is made, and maybe even get on TV yourself. We appreciate your involvement in our work to cover northern Michigan's many communities!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on July 6, 2012.
Jun 6, 2012 - Jul 6, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
You'll be listed as a supporter of MI News 26 on our web site (MINews26.com)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $10 or more
You'll be listed a supporter of MI News 26 on MINews26.com, we'll send you a MI News 26 bumper sticker, and we'll include your name in a list of supporters displayed on-air on our news ticker.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $25 or more
You'll receive the above, and we'll send you a MI News 26 t-shirt, designed and printed specially for our supporters.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $50 or more
You'll receive the above, plus we'll send you a second MI News 26 t-shirt for a friend, and you'll get a MI News 26 coffee mug!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $100 or more
You'll get everything listed above, AND you'll get your very own 5-second "MI News 26 is Supported in Part By" slide, aired once daily for one month! PLUS you'll get to attend a special open house at our studio -- an event exclusively for our Kickstarter supporters, which will include a tour of the station (including a look at the new control room YOU helped create), and, of course, free food!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $250 or more
You'll get all of the above, PLUS, you'll get a chance to come to our studio and film your own five-minute "mini-show." You'll have an hour in our studio to produce a brief show live-to-tape with a full crew, including a director and studio camera operator. We'll provide you with 2 DVD copies of all your show and all the mini-shows produced by our Kickstarter supporters. We'll even air your show once a week for four weeks on MI News 26. (Subject to content approval.)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $500 or more
You get everything included in the rewards up to $100 AND you get the chance to produce YOUR OWN, FULL-LENGTH TV SHOW! You'll get four hours in our studio to produce a half-hour show live-to-tape with a full crew, including a director and studio camera operator. We'll provide you with 2 DVD copies of the finished show, and we'll even air it once a week for four weeks on MI News 26. (Subject to content approval.)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
You get everything included in the rewards up to $100, AND we'll roll out our newly upgraded mobile studio to film an event YOU organized (within 100 miles of Cadillac, MI)! You'll have a full crew -- including a director and two camera operators -- on site for up to six hours (including equipment setup and breakdown) to produce live-to-tape coverage of your event (up to 2 hours long). Whether it's a concert, arts event, sports game, or something else entirely, we'll provide you with 2 DVD copies of the finished show, and we'll even air it once a week for four weeks on MI News 26. (subject to content approval)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012