Portland's Open Signal welcomes the National Media Market

 The tour started with an explanation of their outdoor mural, which is a visual ode to diversity in a city that was once the home to most of the white supremacists in the Northwest. Today, after 35 years in operation, Open Signal (formerly known as Portland Community Media) is still a force for self-expression by modern means to anyone who wants to learn. 

The tour started with an explanation of their outdoor mural, which is a visual ode to diversity in a city that was once the home to most of the white supremacists in the Northwest. Today, after 35 years in operation, Open Signal (formerly known as Portland Community Media) is still a force for self-expression by modern means to anyone who wants to learn. 

 The class that night was for artistic video work. We walked through on the way to look at other things. We didn't know we were later going to be the subjects of the class. 

The class that night was for artistic video work. We walked through on the way to look at other things. We didn't know we were later going to be the subjects of the class. 

 The Open Signal master control room feeds content to several outlets in the region, including some of the cable companies. This is the master control room. This nice lady who showed us around during the first half of the tour is Development Manager Marina Martinez-Bateman. 

The Open Signal master control room feeds content to several outlets in the region, including some of the cable companies. This is the master control room. This nice lady who showed us around during the first half of the tour is Development Manager Marina Martinez-Bateman. 

 I'm sure a number of TV stations would love to have this production facility. Their production control room is off the the right, where half a dozen people who looked like writers and producers were watching and commenting. I never did listen closely enough to know what this program was about, so agog was I over the lavish digs. 

I'm sure a number of TV stations would love to have this production facility. Their production control room is off the the right, where half a dozen people who looked like writers and producers were watching and commenting. I never did listen closely enough to know what this program was about, so agog was I over the lavish digs. 

When we circled back to the classroom, they were ready for us. The class was being taught pixilization, which you'll see an example of if you click the video link above. I'd tell you we were forced at gunpoint to participate, but it wouldn't hold water. This group was loaded with hams who were eager to perform. 

 The end of the tour was in an Airstream trailer specially modified as an audio studio. Not hi-tech but nicely laid out for atmosphere and comfort. I hope Portland knows how lucky it is to have Open Signal! Thanks to Jon Betz of Creative Eye for setting this up and to Community Engagement Director Lindsay Kaplan for leading the second half of the tour. 

The end of the tour was in an Airstream trailer specially modified as an audio studio. Not hi-tech but nicely laid out for atmosphere and comfort. I hope Portland knows how lucky it is to have Open Signal! Thanks to Jon Betz of Creative Eye for setting this up and to Community Engagement Director Lindsay Kaplan for leading the second half of the tour.