After the parade, the Mobile Studio will be available for tours at the Swift County Fairgrounds from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. as part of the Applefest Sweepstakes and button drawing festivities to be centered around the Chuck Brown building on Sunday afternoon. The event is free to the public and everyone is invited to attend. For more information call Pioneer Public TV at 320-289-2622.
The Mobile Studio is capable of recording concerts, town meetings, plays and sporting events with as many as seven digital cameras that can be linked to the trailer with fiber optic cable. A full video directing suite and separate audio suite are set up inside the climate controlled and soundproofed trailer. The Mobile Studio exterior wrap features photographs from around the Pioneer Public TV region, including images taken by local photographers Kristi Fernholz and Rob Rakow.
To date, Pioneer has used the mobile studio to record episodes of Funtime Polka at the Larry Olsen Farm in Lake Benton and a series of performances at the Minnesota Old Time Music and Bluegrass Festival near Richmond, Minnesota. It is expected that the mobile studio will be used in the first televised Minnesota gubernatorial debate of the 2014 election season tentatively scheduled to be held in Rochester on October 1st.
Funding for the Mobile Studio was raised from a variety of sources, including the USDA’s Rural Utility Service, which helps rural communities to expand and keep their technology up to date. Local Pioneer Public Television members also contributed to the construction and development of the studio through a fundraising drive held last November for “Give to the Max” Day.
Currently, Pioneer Public TV is seeking input from members and nonprofit partners in the viewing area about events that could be documented through the Mobile Studio. For more information or to propose a use for the studio, email the station at firstname.lastname@example.org.