WYOU still maintains a tiny office in the Social Justice Center on Willy Street, but it now broadcasts its signal from the snazzy new library. WYOU volunteers have access to the Media Lab, which [WYOU volunteer Barbara] Vedder says offers "a beautiful room, all this top-notch equipment, state-of-the-art cameras, computers, editing software, and a green screen… they have everything that's needed."...
Rothschild highlighted the role of the station in the community. "It's where people come together not only to express themselves, but to skill up. And it's open to anyone...."
Vedder notes that WYOU is the only truly independent public access television channel in Wisconsin; many others have had to merge with governments, which can compromise the stations' independence. "That's crucial to our democracy, crucial for voices to be heard by others," says Vedder. "It's not just talk, it's freedom of expression."
February 11, 2014
"It's a public space, like the public library, which Barbara Ehrenreich called socialism at its finest."
So said The Progressive's senior editor Matt Rothschild, about WYOU Community Television, which has entered into a relationship with the Madison Public Library: