Sun Prairie Media Center User Guidelines
Use of the Sun Prairie Media Center station and its equipment is limited to Sun Prairie residents and to people who live in the Sun Prairie Area School District.
Any Sun Prairie resident who wishes to record or produce a program for the access channel with the access channel’s equipment must first complete a training course on proper operating of the equipment. A signed Producer’s Agreement must also be on record before the equipment is checked out.
Any producer failing to fulfill the terms of the agreement can be denied further use of the equipment.
A Sun Prairie resident may sponsor a program produced elsewhere for viewing on the access channels.
Use of the edit suite is restricted to Sun Prairie residents who have completed training in the use of the equipment. Use of the editing equipment is on a first come first serve basis on the edit reserve board. The maximum block of time reserved is four hours per production per day. Edit equipment is to be used to complete projects intended for airing on KSUN & KIDS-4, not to be used for personal projects.
KIDS-4 crews have priority over the equipment and edit suite during, immediately before, and immediately after crew times.
Staff members are required to be present whenever the facility is in use.
Sun Prairie Media Center Producer Responsibilities
Sun Prairie Media Center does not assume responsibility for the content of any programs seen on KSUN or KIDS-4. The producer or sponsor is responsible for assuring that the program is suitable to air.
The producer is responsible for making all appropriate arrangements and obtaining all appropriate clearances from broadcast stations, networks, music licensing organizations, performers, performers’ representatives, and without limitation by this list, any and all other persons as may be necessary for authorization to edit and/or cablecast the material in their program on KSUN or KIDS-4.
The producer is responsible for assuring that the program meets federal regulations against obscenity established in the Supreme Court case Miller v. California, using the following three part test:
Whether an average person applying contemporary standards would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest;
Whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conducts specifically defined by applicable state law; and
Whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
The producer is responsible for complying with federal, state, and local law, which states that a program cablecast live or recorded on a public access channel may not contain the following:
Gambling: A program may not promote or conduct any lottery, raffle, contest, or game involving prizes awarded in whole or in part by lot or chance.
Commercial Identification: A program may not promote, or make reference to any product, service, trademark, or brand name in any manner which does not in some way correlate with the message being brought forth in the program being produced for cablecast on the public access channel.
Solicitation: A program may not solicit funds or other property of value from viewers, with the exception of non-profit fund-raisers, which must be approved by the director.
Misrepresentation: A program may not contain material which is intended to defraud the viewer or designed to obtain money by false or fraudulent pretenses, representations or promises.
Advertising: A program may not promote the sale of products or services, including prices, or promote or endorse a trade or business.
Products and Services: A program may not discuss or show products or services made available by persons, corporations, or institutions which have a commercial interest in the subject of the programs.
Illegalities: A program may not contain any material which constitutes libel, slander, incitement to riot, defamation, invasion of privacy or publicity rights, unfair competition or violation of trademark or copyright or which may otherwise violate any local, state, or federal law.