MATV Newsletter, May 2018

The MATV monthly newsletter


Expanded Studio Hours


-Effective June 1, 2018, MATV is happy to be able to offer expanded evening hours two days a week! 

-The MATV Studio at Pierce Middle School will now be open every Wednesday and Thursday night until 8pm.

Weekly Studio Hours

Monday 9am – 6pm
Tuesday 9am – 6pm
Wednesday 11am – 8pm
Thursday 11am – 8pm
Friday 9am – 1pm


Studio Closings

-The MATV Studio will be closed on Friday, May 4, as the staff will be attending the MassAccess Annual Conference in Danvers, Mass.  Learn more about MassAccess and the Spring Conference by clicking here.

-The studio will also be closed in observation of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28. But don’t worry, MATV cameras will be out in town recording the annual Memorial Day Observance and parade to be broadcast later that week. 

Monthly Orientation

-This month’s orientation will take place on Thursday, May 17th, 7-8:30 p.m.

-Learn about your community media center. Drop by the studio for a tour and introduction to getting involved with MATV productions.

-Space is limited to 25 people. Please RSVP to or call 617-698-0814.

Annual Town Meeting
LIVE Broadcast

The first night of the Annual Town Meeting will take place on Monday, May 7th.

MATV will broadcast Town Meeting LIVE from the Milton High School auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the Government channel
(Comcast 8/RCN 3). 

It can also be viewed live online via Video OnDemand at the following URL:

Additional nights of Town Meeting will also be broadcast live on the same channel at the same time, until the completion of Town Meeting. 

Milton High Graduation LIVE Coverage

The Milton High School Class of 2018 will graduate on Sunday, June 3.

MATV will broadcast the 2018 Commencement Exercises LIVE from the Copeland Field House beginning at 2pm on Sunday, June 3, on town-wide cable on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15).

A live stream of the event will also be available via the MATV Video OnDemand website at the following URL:

DVDs of the ceremony will be available through MATV for $15 each. Please contact us at or 617-698-0814 to request DVDs.


Legislative Update


From Michael Lynch, MATV Executive Director
Re: Contract Negotiations between Comcast and the Town of Milton

“The license between Comcast and the Town of Milton is up for renewal in October of this year. This license dictates how Comcast delivers TV programming to its subscribers, how Comcast will handle service calls and complaints, the Institutional Network (INET) which is the lifeline that connects all town buildings including the schools, and PEG (public, education, and government) TV.

The town is in the ascertainment process, and so far has had one public hearing. Many residents attended and voiced their support for the continuation and increase of PEG funding. Requests for High Definition channels and programs appearing in the Electronic Programming Guide were heard. Town Department heads came to request that the INET remain as it is today.

The negotiation process between the Town of Milton and Comcast has been smooth, and both sides are working well together to reach a final agreement. Another hearing may be scheduled in the upcoming months; if so residents will be notified.”


Get involved in media! Crew a show, cover a game, start your own program —  get in touch!

Spring Sports Camera Operator

-Camera operators needed to cover MHS Spring Sports. 
-Boys and girls lacrosse, baseball, softball and rugby.
-Start immediately.
-Great way to get your community service hours or a small stipend. Training is quick and easy.
-Also seeking play-by-play announcers. 

New Programs in Past 30 Days

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Dylan Brody, who has written for Jay Leno’s monologue on “The Tonight Show,” opened for David Sedaris and authored an award-winning play, among other accolades, recently stopped by the set of “It’s All Write with Suzette” for an interview. Along with a brief performance, the humorist discussed thoughts on how to commit to writing on a regular basis, finding comfort on stage without pandering to the audience and the subtle differences between telling jokes and funny stories. This new episode is currently airing on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

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Harold Arlen, the prolific early-20th century composer of many popular favorites including “The Wizard of Oz” theme “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” is the subject of exploration on a new episode of “Great American Songbook.” Host Jeff Stoodt delves into Arlen’s biography and catalogue, which many will find familiar. Tune in when this new episode airs at 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, all on the Public channel.

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Eileen Maher and co-host Paul Healy are back with a slew of movies reviews on a new episode of “Reel Talk.” Going under the microscope this month are blockbusters “Black Panther” and “Rampage,” Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” comedy thriller “Game Night,” and critically-acclaimed biopic “The Disaster Artist.” Catch this new installment Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on the Public channel.


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Residents got another chance to hear from the candidates for town-wide office at the recent Fuller Village Debate. Candidates went head-to-head, answered relevant questions from a moderator in this discussion with an eye toward the April 24 Town-wide Election. It is currently airing at seven days a week at 3 p.m. on the Government channel (Comcast 8/RCN 3).

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And at the final forum featuring candidates for the town-wide office, the East Milton Neighborhood Association’s Candidates Forum featured more of a back-and-forth between audience members and the candidates. Tune in for this candid session that is currently airing at seven days a week at 4 p.m. on the Government channel (Comcast 8/RCN 3).

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In a new episode, “My Town Matters” takes a look at the town-wide Solarize Milton solar energy initiative. Host Frank Schroth sits down to interview Sustainable Milton’s Laurie Macintosh and Henry MacLean about this program that incentivizes property owners to install solar panels, including a financial breakdown and testimonials from those who already have solar cells on their roofs. Catch this program as it airs Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

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The Friends of the Milton Public Library recently hosted Toni Wiley, the executive director of Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester, to talk about the work and history of her organization. This youth-oriented tennis club on Blue Hill Avenue helps local young people develop character and life opportunities through tennis and mentorship. This lecture is currently airing at 6:30 p.m. during the Monday Forum on the Public channel.

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The Nahanton Avenue Band was the featured performer at the April installment of the monthly Open Mic at the Milton Art Center. Catch all your favorite local performers as well, as the Open Mic airs in its usual time slot on Music Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the Public channel.

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March is Music in Our Schools Month in the school district, with a number of concerts being held featuring student musicians. The MIOSM Strings Concert recently took place at MHS, featuring orchestral strings ensembles of varying sizes, compositions and styles. Tune in for this musical showcase seven days a week at 9 p.m. on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15).

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And right on the heels of the strings concert, the MIOSM Band Concert features woodwind, brass, percussion and other types of instruments. Tune in at 7 p.m., seven days a week, on the Education channel for this musical showcase.

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Among the collections of the Wakefield Estate are original early-19th century works by Boston-based master furniture makers John and Thomas Seymour. In the latest of the Estate’s Stone Soup talks, furniture conservator Robert Mussey explores the deeper story behind the Seymour Collection, as well as the craftsmen’s legacy at-large. This lecture is currently airing during the Monday Forum at 5 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

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St. Michael’s Episcopal Church recently held its annual Good Friday Concert, this year featuring a performance of “Annelies,” a full-length choral work based on “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Tune in for this concert that examines the theme of perseverance in the face of adversity, as it airs during Music Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel.

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Residents rights in nursing homes is the topic in a new lecture from the Milton Council on Aging. Learn how nursing homes have changed over the decades, as well as find out how to ask the right questions and protect your own or loved ones’ rights when this informative talk airs on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

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MATV Director of Editing Gerry D’Apollo is the guest chef on a brand new episode of “Meet Me in the Kitchen,” where he and host Connie Spiros prepare a surprisingly easy but delicious dirty rice and kielbasa dish, perfect for weeknight dinner, along with a slightly sweet cast-iron cornbread. Tune in for this latest installment Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. and all weekend long at 7 p.m., both on the Public channel.

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“Broad Appeal” is featuring some very crafty design this month, with guest Allegra Murray who built her own company, The Petal Peddler’s Shop, that makes and sells floral jewelry, decorations and stationary made from the pages of old books. Join her and host Melissa Fassel Dunn for a discussion of how to build an artisan business from scratch on this new episode that is currently airing Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. as well as Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. on the Public channel.

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Resident Jim Dunphy has been refining his hobby of woodworking for years, making all kinds of intricate boxes, clocks, bowls, vessels and even smartphone amplifiers — that you don’t have to plug into anything. Take a tour through this craftsman’s works on a new episode of “A Fuller Life” when it airs Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m., as well as Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m., all on the Public channel.

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The “Fuller Talks” panel is at it again, with their main topics of discussion covering the importance of youth participation in politics as well as privacy and data control on social media. Tune in for this and additional news analysis in a new episode that is airing at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., all on the Public channel.

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Friday, 9am-1pm 
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