INCLUDING AN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING
CONTROL ROOM, CONSTRUCTION OF A
DEDICATED PRODUCTION STUDIO, AND
PURCHASING OF ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT
CCMCommunications, 03 January 2007
RUSSELL “RUSTY” MYERS III
Managed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, the Jesus Christ: Prince of
Peace Chapel and Bishop Frank J. Rodimer Catholic Campus Ministry Center
219 Pompton Road, Haledon, NJ 07508
TELEVISION OPERATIONS CENTER: 973.720.3849
PRODUCTION: 973.720.3524 FAX: 973.595.5312
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ccmcommunications.com
TO: All DATE 03 Jan 07
RE: BROADCAST OPERATIONS CENTER EXPANSION AND STUDIO CONSTRUCTION
This proposal outlines all of the elements, including budgeting and design, of the CCMCommunications Broadcast
Operations Center Project. This project is one that will take the first huge step made in 2003 with the construction on
the Television Operations Center and bring it to completion – taking the Evangelization efforts of
CCMCommunications to a whole new level.
I. OVERVIEW OF CCMCOMMUNICATIONS, AND BASIC
OVERVIEW OF THE PROJECT
CCMCommunications is managed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, and the Bishop Frank J. Rodimer
Catholic Campus Ministry Center. With an owned and operated state-of-the-art broadcast and production facility,
and over 13 years of broadcasting experience, CCMCommunications is at the forefront of Catholic cable access
television and internet broadcasting. With a reach that is far beyond the boundaries of the Diocese,
CCMCommunications produces award winning and nationally recognized religious programming geared towards
Catholics and Non-Catholics alike – providing a quality product with engaging content to living rooms across the
nation and around the globe.
“Evangelization is not just a part of the church, the Church exists to evangelize”. This quote from Bishop Arthur J.
Serratelli’s 2006 Vocations Initiative video produced for the Diocese of Paterson truly puts into context the
importance of the mission of Catholic Campus Ministry Communications (CCMCommunications) and “The Word:
Alive and Well” with Father Lou Scurti”. With the 27th season of production of “The Word: Alive and Well”
completed, the first half of 2006 has proven to be the most active and intense in the 14 years of show. With
production, recording, and syndicating over 140 productions in the 05/06 seasons, “The Word” continues to provide
a vital service to the community and Church reaching an amazing 9 million households on 45 affiliate networks.
This level of productivity, though, pushes or exceeds the limits of the resources – and the facilities – available to us,
and show how truly necessary a facility expansion is needed.
CCMCommunications was founded in 1992 to serve one of the important missions of the Church: Evangelization -
through broadcasting. The award winning half-hour talk show, “The Word: Alive and Well”, is the flagship
production of CCMCommunications and is produced with the assistance of volunteers from the William Paterson
University Communication Department, the Diocese of Paterson, Campus Ministry, and Passaic County.
Since 2004 the television operations center has been housed in the Jesus Christ Prince of Peace Chapel and the
Bishop Frank J. Rodimer Catholic Campus Ministry Center. Due to a tremendous growth in this form of modern
evangelization, the present facilities are now inadequate. That, coupled with the fact that the production center must
share space with the chapel, prompted us in 2006 to undertake a $300,000 fund raising campaign to triple the size of
the current television operations center control room, add a dedicated production studio, a multi-purpose room,
office and storage area.
II. MISSION AND STATEMENT OF EVANGELIZATION
“The new evangelization will be a seed of hope for the new millennium if you, today's Catholics,
make the effort to transmit to future generations the precious legacy of human and Christian values
which have given meaning to your life. As men and women who, with the passing years, have
accumulated valuable lessons of life, it is your role to ensure that the new generations receive a
sound Christian formation during their intellectual and cultural training, to prevent the powerful
progress from closing them to the transcendent. Lastly, always present yourselves as tireless
promoters of dialogue and peace in the face of the predominance of might over right, and of
indifference to the tragedies of hunger and disease afflicting large numbers of the population.
“For your part, young people and children who look to tomorrow with hearts full of hope, you are
called to be the artisans of history and evangelization now and in the future. A sign that you did not
receive this rich Christian and human heritage in vain will be your dedicated striving for holiness,
both in the life of the families that many of you will start in a few years' time, and in the gift of
yourselves to God in the priesthood or the consecrated life, if this is your calling.”
Pope John Paul II, Speech 1/25/1999, § 9 & 10
As part of this New Evangelization initiative, the Holy Father asked us, members of the Catholic Church, to spread
the ‘good news’ in whatever way possible. Since the latter half of the 20th century, this mandate was considerably
easier to accomplish – with the introduction of revolutionary technologies such as radio, television, and the Internet.
These media allowed a select few – the broadcasting community – to reach an extraordinarily large audience. For
this reason, it is important that those few who have access to such powerful broadcasting technologies use that
power to transmit messages of worth … messages that can affect people’s lives for the better.
Unfortunately, over the last 30 years broadcasting as per television has lost much of its magic. Smaller broadcasting
entities became gobbled up by much larger media conglomerates, and those conglomerates used their massive
budgets and resources to turn the medium into a form of entertainment, rather then a tool for primarily disseminating
This closed the doors of access to many of those smaller television entities, many of which were religious or
educational in nature. A wonderful example is Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who appeared in the
1950’s on the DuMont Television Network’s “Life is Worth Living” – a program which wouldn’t last very long on
today’s ratings-driven entertainment-heavy broadcast channels.
Following in Bishop Sheens footsteps, CCMCommunications busted through those doors in 1992 – by using the
under-utilized and overlooked medium of Cable Access and Local Cable. Since then, our flagship production “The
Word: Alive and Well” has brought a message of hope, comfort, inspiration, and joy to our viewers, which now
number in the millions.
That message, motivated by the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church, centers around one main goal –
to touch and change people’s lives. This is the basis of Evangelization and the mission of the Mandate – to
carry out the Word of Christ, to proclaim the Word of Christ, and to most of all to live the Word - to preach
‘evangelium’ - in Latin, literally meaning ‘good news’.
A huge aspect of this is values – both religious and secular alike. Spreading the spirit of the ‘good news’ is not
something that Catholics have a monopoly on, or something that applies to Catholics alone. We at
CCMCommunications have always went above and beyond to show that to our audience, sometimes through our
universal topics and sometimes through our guests – that even though we are Catholics hosting a Catholic talk show,
we are spreading a message and making a product that is applicable to anyone, of any faith. It is in that respect we
are truly fostering the living spirit of Evangelization.
In 2003, we made a huge step to better fulfilling that Mandate. CCMCommunications secured funds from the
Diocese of Paterson and from the State of New Jersey to build an owned-and-operated production facility, which
included a state-of-the-art control room. By using the Chapel, where the Control Room was constructed,
CCMCommunications could better fulfill its Evangelization mission by having a facility readily available at its
fingertips. In the three years since, though, the facility has grown smaller and smaller, as our network of affiliates
has grown larger and larger.
In 2005, CCMCommunications began a campaign of expansion, which includes a fundraising element. The ultimate
goal of the expansion is to build a larger and dedicated production facility, one that is for the soul use of
CCMCommunications. The expansion would also allow us to expand our Evangelization efforts, allowing us to
enlarge the scope and frequency of programming.
The expansion, which is much needed because of the current lack of space, directly impacts the product we
offer our audience. A bigger control room, a better product. A dedicated studio, a more frequently produced
production. More space, the more networks we can syndicate to reaching more people. The more people we
reach, the better we fulfill the Mandate.
Opening peoples hearts and minds to the saving power of Christ, promoting social justice and values, helping those
who need help, educating, and empowering others to be contributing members of their communities further
spreading the ‘good news’ are all elements of evangelization – elements which we at CCMCommunications pride
ourselves on furthering.
Since the 2003 construction of the Television Operations Center, we can evaluate the success of our evangelization
efforts by the amount of feedback we have received. Viewers, broadcasters, and sponsors alike have written to
express thanks for what we have done, and how we have changed their lives or the practice of their faith. With the
construction of the new facility, and the expansion of the current control room, we can offer a better product to more
networks. We saw in the short period between 2003 and 2004 a jump in the number of viewers we had contact us,
because of the increase in the frequency of the product and its quality. The difference this expansion would make
above and beyond this would be huge.
Pope Benedict XVI recently wrote, “we are searching for . . . a new evangelization, capable of being heard by
that world that does not find access to 'classic' evangelization . . . This is why we are obliged to look for new
ways of bringing the Gospel to all.” This expansion of the CCMCommunications Television Operations Center is
that new way – a new way to fulfill not just another aspect of what the Church does, but to fulfill what we as
Catholics are mandated to do by Jesus Christ – “to go forth and preach the gospels.”
“We wish to confirm once more that the task of evangelizing all people constitutes the essential mission of
the Church. It is a task and mission which the vast and profound changes of present-day society make all the
more urgent. Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity.
She exists to evangelize.”
Pope Paul VI, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi
On Evangelization in the Modern World December 8, 1975
III. THE CURRENT FACILITY
(From www.ccmcommunications.com) As of September 2003, production of "The Word: Alive and Well" has been
moved to the brand-new state-of-the-art CCMCommunications Television Operations Center located on-site at the
Jesus Christ: Prince of Peace Chapel. The new facilities include a Control Room, the chapel converted into the
studio, and a transmission center when teamed up with William Paterson University Instruction, Research, and
Technology transmission systems can broadcast live on our parent network, WPBN-TV. The Control Room and
Transmission Center are located on the Lower Level of the Catholic Campus Ministry Center, whereas the studio is
actually the chapel converted into a production area. We also have the capability to shoot "The Word" out front of
the chapel or at the garden behind the chapel
Aside from Control Room 1, the facility also includes a workshop and office, a studio floor, a transmission center,
tape storage and archives, and a state-of-the-art Remote Television Operations Center (RTOC). Though the RTOC is
not housed in the facility, it is an important part of CCMCommunications scope of operations.
The CCMCommunications Television Operations Center is equipped with an integrated Digital - Analog Control
Room, featuring DVCPro playback and record, a Digital to Analog Tape Duplication System, a 24 channel audio
system highlighted by Wireless microphones, a digital Sony switcher, Robotics, Character Generation via a Chyron
LYRIC, Profile playback via an Adobe Premiere system, as well as a very modular routing system that interconnects
cameras, microphone, and other transmission and receiving sources throughout the Catholic Campus Ministry
Center. Other features include a transmission center, which makes it possible to provide William Paterson
University / IRT with a program video and audio feed for live broadcasts, and provides overflow services to
monitors both in and outside the Chapel and Center, including a 52" HDTV Monitor.
The Sony DFS-7000 switcher is a digital 8 bus switcher with both preview and program outputs, a clean feed
output, a Downstream Keyer (DSK), and over 3000 Digital Effects and Transitions. Also, through a LG-1 Logo
Generator, the switcher is provided with a "bug", or our logo in the bottom right of the picture.
Robotics are controlled and operated on a Parkervision CameraMan system, controlling two cameras permanently
mounted in the chapel, used mainly for the recording of Masses and Chapel Events.
Graphics are generated on a Chyron Lyric Digital pcCODI, an industry standard. The LYRIC can provide high
quality lower third graphics, fullscreens, and animations. This system is run off of a Dell Dimension Pentium 4,
using a 17" Flat panel monitor. Also located at the TOC is a state-of-the-art digital editing suite, built off of a
supercharged Dell Dimension 9100 running Adobe Premiere Pro 6.1.
Audio revolves around the Mackie 24-08 Audio Mixer, a low impedance mic and line level mixer with 48 inputs, 24
of them on-line at once. The mixer inputs include both wireless and hardline microphones, two DVCPro playback
decks, a CD-R player, a Mini Disc Recorder and Player, a telephone hybrid (which allows us to incorporate
telephone guests into productions), as well as other routable audio sources. With the CD-R and Mini Disc units, we
can record just an audio feed from the board, which means we can produce audio CD's of our Music Ministry or
choirs and the such.
Playback/VTR operations utilizes DVCPro as its main operating format, a format which is an industry standard used
by broadcasters such as News 12 New Jersey. The VTR system can also double as a duplication system, allowing us
to make 6 copies off a DVCPro tape simultaneously in realtime. Dubbing on such a large scale is necessary as we
syndicate on 4 different formats to over 35 networks.
About an hour before the scheduled shoot time, all of the chairs are removed from the chapel, lights are set up and
focused, chairs and a table for talent are set up, and cameras are powered up.
Cameras used are two Parkervision CameraMan, robotically controlled permanently mounted cameras. We also own
two Panasonic DVCPro ENG Cameras, used when placed on Bogen tripods.
The jewel in our crown, however, is the 12-foot jib crane with a Panasonic Robotically controlled camera. With this
jib, we are able to add camera movements not only on two planes of movement, but all three.
Another interesting aspect of the facility is the fact that the equipment can be relocated outside to the Chapel
Gardens. Due to the modular design of the facility, all of the cameras and lighting can be set outside for a periodic
change of set.
Given all of this technology at the crews’ fingertips, with equipment hopefully to be obtained in the future,
CCMCommunications produces a digital quality production, in a facility no larger then a few rooms.
IV. NEEDS ASSESSMENT
In 2003, when the original CCMCommunications Television Operations Center was constructed, certain elements of
the project were removed or augmented to keep project costs down and to expedite the completion of the project.
These dropped or changed elements were initially not a problem, but as CCMCommunications and Campus
Ministry has grown, they have been more and more difficult to work around.
Among these include:
The use of an existing room to build the Control Room, as opposed to building a separate
room specifically for that use. The room is small and cramped, and as CCMCommunications has
acquired more equipment to keep up with production needs, the room has grown smaller still. This
effects the ability of students to learn equipment, as well as production efficiency as some areas
need to pull ‘double duty’ as space cannot afford two separate stations being built. A prime
example is the editing suite – which occupies the same area as the graphics machine and the
bulletin board system. When one system of the three is being use, the other two cannot – this
directly effects the amount of work that can be done.
The use of the Chapel as a studio, instead of building a dedicated studio. At the time, this was
the only viable option, because building a studio meant major construction. This has created a
scheduling nightmare though – the studio, perhaps the most important component of the
production facility, is the Chapel. To schedule productions, we must close the chapel – and work
around Mass and event schedules. Parishioners cannot use the Chapel to pray, as the chairs must
be removed and stacked. Also, the production schedule must revolve around liturgical events –
since shoots are conducted on Thursdays, shoots need to be cancelled when events like the
Immaculate Conception, Novenas for Saints, and Holy Thursday happen. But perhaps the largest
issue with not having a dedicated production studio is the fact that each time a shoot is conducted,
equipment needs to be set up. It takes a number of hours to move sets (which also do not have a
permanent storage area), set up lights, cameras, and audio equipment. This takes a considerable
toll on the equipment, and leaves a huge gap for error since equipment needs to be plugged and
unplugged in a specific sequence and procedure. A permanent studio would allow equipment to
always remain setup, and with the flip of a switch, accessible and usable.
Editing being incorporated as part of the Control Room due to lack of space, as opposed to
having a dedicated space for editing
Lack of office and Storage Space.
V. COMPONENTS OF THE EXPANSION PLAN
There are two elements of the expansion plan – an expansion of the Television Center and construction of a Studio.
There are specifics that apply to each of these components of the expansion, each a major part of the success of the
Construction of a 12-foot wide extension in the footprint of the current deck off of the CCMCenter,
adjacent to the current Control Room. This extension would run all the way to the rear of the Center.
This construction would double the size of the current control room, allowing the re-orientation and
adjustment of the current setup, allowing for a better traffic pattern and creating new stations to allow
multiple tasks to be simultaneously undertaken.
The addition of an additional room to be used as an audio booth adjacent to the control room. It will be
sound isolated, and will be designed in a manner which will allow for individual voice over recording.
The addition of another room in the basement, adjacent to the office, which will be used for one of three
options: 1) A Radio Recording Booth, which will allow us to record and transit 2) An Editing Suite, for
non-linear editing. This will provide for a dedicated space to be used for editing; or 3) Additional storage.
Above the CCMCommunications Control Room expansion, the construction of a second floor expansion to
benefit Campus Ministry by allowing for a multi-purpose room for holing larger events, as well as
additional office space.
Construction of a fully-dedicated, large television production studio built adjacent to the rear of the Chapel,
with a breezeway attaching the studio to the CCMCenter Atrium.
Purchasing and implementation of some ‘capital’ equipment, including a lighting grid and lighting system,
new camera robotics, pedestals, cabling, and accessories
Purchasing and installation of new robotics, which will be placed in the Chapel.
A great amount of fundraising has been held so far. An itemized sheet has been added as an attachment with
specifics amounts raised since 2005 for the $300,00-plus construction.
VIII. PROJECT BENEFITS
The expansion of the CCMCommunications Television Operations Center and the Campus Ministry Center will
have benefits well beyond our organization. Among them:
The Catholic Church. Through the medium, we will be able to better spread the message of the Church
and the good news of the gospels.
The Diocese of Paterson. Through a better-distributed product, the diocese will receive more exposure as a
leading Catholic organization with a focus on the medium and technology.
Campus Ministry. By better fulfilling its mission of evangelization it established in CCMCommunications
in 1992, we will better serve the faithful and those who need faith.
Our Viewers. By producing a better quality product, our viewers will have a more compelling, better-
produced product to watch. Because of this we sign on more networks, then gain more viewers, right up to
gaining exposure on a national carrier. We will better touch their lives, filling that spiritual void in those
who are members of the Church and, most especially, those who are not.
Our Networks. They will receive a better product, which will receive a larger audience. This translates
into better ratings and viewership for those shows which lead into and follow the program.
Our Student Volunteers. In a more spacious, better laid-out facility, teaching multiple students at a time
will be considerably easier. Students will also work and intern in a facility that is much more like those in
the industry, making that internship much more valuable. The design and construction element will make
for a wonderful learning experience as well.
Our Chapel Community Volunteers. Many of our volunteers come from the Chapel community, and are
there because they enjoy being part of outreach – fulfilling Christ teaching of ‘those who help the least of
my brethren help me’, as a soup-kitchen type of service to the community. The better the product, the
higher profile our guests, and the more fulfilling experience the subject matter is for our volunteers.
Our benefactors. By funding and supporting the program, our supporters gain national exposure as well.
IX. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Father Louis J. Scurti, PhD. Managing Editor, CCMCommunications and Director, Campus Ministry
Russell “Rusty” Myers III, Executive Producer, CCMCommunications
Sr. Jane Feltz, MPF, Religious Teacher Filippini and Associate Campus Minister, Campus Ministry
Matthew Shields, Associate Campus Minister, Campus Ministry
Maggie Molino, Jesus Christ Prince of Peace Chapel
Father Edward G. Lambro, Public Relations, Catholic Charities
Appendix A: Catholic Directory Page
Appendix B: Diocesan Directory Page
Appendix C: NJ-ST-5 Tax Exempt Form
Appendix D: Letter, Sheriff Speziale
Appendix E: Letter, Mayor George
Appendix F: Letter, Dr. Speert
Appendix G: Letter, Communication Office
Appendix H: Letter, Bishop Rodimer
Appendix I: Drawing, Expansion Floorplan
Appendix J: Drawing, Control Room Expansion Floorplan
Appendix K: Shop Drawing, Studio Expansion
Appendix L: Drawing, Studio Expansion
Appendix M: Project Budget
Appendix N: Monies Raised
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GRNAT APPLICATION COMPLETE BUDGET
CCMCOMMUNICATIONS EXPANSION FOR CONTROL ROOM AND STUDIO CONSTRUCTION
LINE DESCRIPTION PRICE
PURCHASING: CHAPEL ROBOTICS $4,544.80
UPGRADE AND RE-INSTALL OF CHAPEL ROBOTIC CAMERAS AND
B AND H PHOTO VIDEO RO 2006 G01
PURHCASING: STUDIO ROBOTICS AND SVO SYSTEM $65,715.00
INSTALL OF ROBOTICS AMD SVO SYSTEM FOR NEW STUDIO
B AND H PHOTO VIDEO RO 2006 G02
PURCHASING: LIGHTING $2,123.30
INSTALL OF LIGHTING EQUIPMENT FOR NEW STUDIO, INCLUDING
LIGHTING BOARD, DIMMER, NEW LIGHTS, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT
B AND H PHOTO VIDEO RO 2006 G03
CONSTRUCTION: STUDIO $44,800.00
CONSTRUCTION OF NEW STUDIO AND BREEZEWAY ATTACHED TO
CHAPEL AND CCM CENTER
FOUR SEASON GREENHOUSES
CONSTRUCTION: BREEEWAY $13,000.00
CONSTRUCTION OF BREEZEWAY CONNECTING CCM ATRIUM AND
FOUR SEASONS GREEHOUSES
CONSTRUCTION: CONTROL ROOM AND CCMC EXPANSION $210,000.00
CONSTRUCTION OF CONTROL 1 EXPANSION (INC. CONTROL, AUDIO ROOM,
STORAGE) AND CCM CENTER (OFFICES, MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM)
PURCHASING: CONTROL ROOM EQUIPMENT $5,000.00
PURCHASING OF FIXTURES, CONSTRUCTION OF COUNTERS, INSTALL
OF MISC ASSOCITAED EQUIPMENT
BUDGET TOTAL $345,183.10
RUSSELL "RUSTY MYERS III DATE
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND CVE,
SUMMARY OF MONIES RAISED FOR CCMCOMMUNICATIONS EXPANSION PROJECT
LINE DESCRIPTION PRICE
ANNUAL COMMUNION BREAKFAST $12,715.00
HELD BY CAMPUS MINISTRY / JESUS CHRIST PRINCE OF PEACE CHAPEL
BEEFSTEAK DINNER AND RAFFLE $10,158.00
HELD BY CAMPUS MINISTRY / JESUS CHRIST PRINCE OF PEACE CHAPEL
CHRISTMAS CONCERT AND RAFFLE $776.00
CHRISTMAS CONCERT 50/50 $790.00
BUDGET TOTAL $24,439.00
PROJECT COST $345,183.10
AMT TO BE RAISED $320,744.10
SUMMARY OF MONIES RAISED FOR CCMCOMMUNICATIONS EXPANSION PROJECTN ALREADY AQUIRED
AND SPENT, NOT PART OF PROJECT TOTAL
LINE DESCRIPTION PRICE
WPUNJ 2005 ALUMNI GRANT $3,500.00
WILLIAM PATERSON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
BUDGET TOTAL $3,500.00