WALLINGFORD — Wallingford Public Access Association TV station will host an annual Community Media Day this weekend to demonstrate the services it offers to the community.
The local public access television station’s third annual free event will be held Saturday from noon until 9 p.m. at the station, 28 South Orchard St. The event will also be on television, and streaming live via the website.
Executive Director Susan Adele Huizenga said the event is a nine-hour experience of everything the group does for the community, from supporting nonprofits to providing access to resources, as well as helping the residents understand how television works.
All of the services WPAA TV gives to the community are free, but the group is a nonprofit organization that depends greatly on funding from donors to operate.
In a ruling decided by the Federal Communications Commission in August, franchise fees for local regulatory authorities were capped at 5 percent. WPAA-TV receives partial funding through financial payments made by cable companies, which means the $80,000 budget the station receives could potentially be in jeopardy. Funding may be eliminated in January.
Door prizes are available to donors who bring non-perishable food for Masters Manna Inc. Food Pantry and pet supplies for Bikers Against Animal Cruelty Inc.