City begins live streaming council meetings

Alex Doty • Jul 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Grand Haven residents have a new way of watching the goings on of city government, all from the convenience of their digital device.

The city recently launched real-time streaming of all City Council meetings, which air live on Grand Haven’s YouTube channel.

Scott VanderSchel of SVS Productions, the company charged with taping all council meetings, says streaming video is "the future of broadcast."

"Streaming the Grand Haven City Council program allows us to not only present the meetings live, but also in high definition using current technology,” he said. “The quality of our presentation is greatly improved. And if the viewer isn't able to watch the night of the meeting, the program will remain on our YouTube channel for later viewing."

In order to view the live stream, as well as previous recordings, you can visit the city's website at www.grandhaven.org. Then click on the link for the City's YouTube channel toward the bottom of the page. 

Since January 1990, the city has contracted recording services from VanderSchel, and was his very first client.

The past 28 years have brought changes in the way that VanderSchel serves the city. Council meetings were initially recorded using a VHS camcorder and a camera microphone. Prior to the live streaming, meetings were taped and retroactively put online. 

With evolving technology, VanderSchel has now progressed to a multi-camera shooting setup, along with tying into the audio system in the council chambers and allowing graphics and other presentations to be streamed live as they’re seen in the room.

In addition to watching meetings live on YouTube, Grand Haven residents can also listen to the meetings live on the WAWL (103.5 FM) radio station.


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