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Back Issues of Videosyncrasies Now Available Online!

We've opened the ETC History Box and scanned all of the past issues of Videosynrasies we had and posted them for your enjoyment.  Checkout the Willies, the Bloodmobile, who got elected to the ETC board, and much, much more.  A great record of ETC history AS IT HAPPENED!  Click here and read all about it!

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
-The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Freedom of Speech

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects several essential rights, against congressional infringements: freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, and the right of assembly and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. 

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The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.
Adlai E. Stevenson 1900-1965, American Lawyer, Politician

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead 1901-1978, anthropologist

Preserve Community Access Now!

Pass the Community Access Preservation Act - HR 3745, Tammy Baldwin (WI-D), sponsor.

Write to your elected representatives in Washington D. C.

Remember ETC 12, the first public access channel in Minnesota?  Channel 12 is back.  Our librarian, The Unknown DJ, and Hutch have brought the channel back to the ETC website.  Click on the link, sit back and watch the programs of CHANNEL 12.

Check back we will keep adding those shows you loved from the Channel 12 archives.

A Voice From ETC's Past

To whomever Vidiot, Plumbicon, or Fridley Communications Workshop Alumni this may reach-
My name is David St. John. From ages 10 to 12 (1979-81), I lived for ETC 12. Through some good fortune, my friend Mike and I found ourselves a great creative outlet in a basement TV studio called Everyone's Television Channel.
People like Mark Scott, John King, Mike Bednarchuk, and Terry Lovaas were on-site...Will Loew-Blosser stands out as the one who would show us how to use cameras, character generators...let us experiment for hours with props, matte key effects, or take a porta-pak for days...
His encouragement (and tolerance) helped us with some shows that were aired often, primarily something called The Frank and St. John Show...something I haven't seen since our family moved to Las Vegas in 1982. It was about 20 minutes of my pal Mike and myself doing silly skits (Traveler's Check ad parody, Short People music video, Six Million Dollar Man parody) in Studio B.
It even earned us a "Willy Award", bestowed to us by the same adults that helped facilitate our show in the first place. Very cool.

We also had a call-in show we did live a few times on Saturday mornings called Everyone's Vote...
We were on the ETC 12 float in the parade...Plumbicons, Hellbound Train, Innertube (Nugent interview by Brian, my cousins boyfriend), Air Guitar Contest, Under 16, Telethon, Willy Awards, I was in studio for much of it.
I sure hope this reaches someone who remembers this stuff so I can thank them personally. A huge bonus would be to connect with the keeper of this large underground tape library (Unknown DJ?) because I would ABSOLUTELY TREASURE any material from that era of ETC 12...the experience taught me a lot and stuck with me forever (I now perform, write and produce large-scale stage shows in Las Vegas).
David St. John
The Communications Workshop - past, present and future …

You have been lucky enough to stumble across the Communications Workshop web site.  We know ourselves as ETC 33, Everyone's Television Channel.  Back in 1975 through 2001 we operated public access in the city of Fridley, Minnesota.  Fridley, a sleepy bedroom community of Minneapolis, the home of Medtronics and the first public access center in Minnesota.  But you can find out more about our history by clicking ABOUT ETC 33.

We have had some weird things happen in our thirty plus years in public access arena.  But, this is the welcome part.  So, welcome.  Welcome to ETC 33, our new home in cyber space.  We still live by our original beliefs: freedom of speech, educating, presenting ideas and having fun.  Poke around the site find out what we have to offer.  After over twenty-five years of operating an access facility and a national award along the way, we are reinventing our public access roots.  This site is our baby and it is kicking and screaming its way through the twenty-first century.

Don’t be shy, start surfing!  And, be an activist!
Don't Let Google Be Evil
It’s up to the FCC — not Google and Verizon — to save the Internet. 


Comcast has given us a glimpse of a world without Net Neutrality, and it's a chilling sight.

An investigation by the Associated Press caught the cable giant secretly inspecting online communications and crippling users' ability to share information with one another.

Check out the ETC NEWS page.

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Stop Big Media

Corporate media giants are silencing diverse voices, abandoning quality journalism and eliminating local content (we've got evidence).  Our democracy needs better media - but the FCC wants to expand the power of America's largest media companies.  -- Get the facts!

Freedom of speech is protected in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights and is guaranteed to all Americans.  Be an activist.  Protect your right to Freedom of Speech.

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