Offbeat access TV

“Ask Mr. Traffic” (produced in Los Angeles)

Featuring Kenny Morse, this call-in show covers the rules of the road, as the host answers questions about driving and brings viewers up to speed on local legislation. A must for locals, Mr. Traffic can be found on Century Cable or via his Web site (www.mrtraffic.com).

“DeAundra Peek” (produced in Palmetto, Ga.)

Broadcasting from Odum’s All Double-Wide Mobile Home Courts, just outside of Atlanta, DeAundra’s variety show includes her self-titled Teenage Music Club, which features the host singing covers of pop classics.

DeAundra is joined by other colorful Odum’s residents. Samples from her favorite band, the Pop Tarts, can be found on her Web site, along with DeAundra’s tasty Southern recipes, and photos of friend RuPaul (www.mindspring.com/~searchie/odmsindx.html).

Deep Dish TV (produced in New York)

Though not a public-access show per se, this national satellite network links access producers and programmers, as well as independent media makers and activists, forming a progressive television network. Deep Dish assembles producers from around the world and transmits programming to community television stations and home dish owners across the nation. Past series have tackled labor issues, housing, racism, farming, national identity and access itself (www.igc.apc.org/deepdish).

Free Speech TV (produced in Boulder, Colo.)

Free Speech TV operates as a part-time cable network, providing four hours of progressive programming every week on stations across the country. Free Speech TV acquires work from activist organizations, independent media artists and community media groups for cable broadcast. The first two programming hours include weekly series, with the remainder offering special features. Series shows carried by Free Speech TV include “Progressive TV,” a media commentary produced by the Progressive magazine; “America’s Defense Monitor,” a military watchdog program produced by the Center for Defense Information; “Rights and Wrongs” (Human Rights Television), a program that reports on global human rights issues; “Dyke TV,” a lesbian news and entertainment magazine; “AIDS Community TV,” a half-hour show produced by Diva TV, devoted to work covering AIDS; “CamNet,” an alternative news program featuring footage from amateur video jockeys throughout the country; and “Unquote TV,” which showcases East Coast independent film and video (www.freespeech.org).

“The Hedda Lettuce Show” (produced in New York)

This New York-based program has evolved from “Drag Talk,” a talkshow featuring local drag queens, into a club act centered on the life stories of its host, Hedda Lettuce. Hedda performs live at the Crowbar in New York City and can be seen at 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays on Channel 35 in New York (www.hedda.com).

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