MATV Newsletter, July 2018

The MATV monthly newsletter for July, 2018


In observance of Independence Day,
the MATV studio and office will be closed for the Wednesday,  July 4th holiday.

Expanded Summer Hours


-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 7pm.

Weekly Studio Hours, Summer 2018

Monday 9am – 6pm
Tuesday 9am – 6pm
Wednesday 10am – 7pm
Thursday 10am – 7pm
Friday 9am – 1pm


Ongoing Summer Classes!

There’s still time to enroll in one of our upcoming summer production classes, including this month’s orientation, which is on Wednesday evening, July 18.

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Legislative Update


The following message was sent out on Thursday, June 28, by MassAccess (the Massachusetts association of public media stations, of which MATV is a member) regarding the passage that same day of Massachusetts Senate Bill S. 2257, An Act to Support Community Access Television. The main purpose of the bill is to give public access stations High-Definition channels, as well as to be able to list their individual programs on the electronic program guide that appears on household televisions. The bill must now be passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives and signed by the governor to become law.

UPDATE – June 28, 2018
BOSTON – Community Media Channels in Massachusetts are one step closer to reaching parity with other cable offerings today after the Senate voted in favor of
S. 2257,  An Act to Support Community Access Television. Sponsored by Sen. John Keenan, the bill provides local cable channels the ability to broadcast in high-definition and have individual shows and offerings listed on program guides.
The bill is supported by MassAccess, a membership-based advocacy group representative of community media organizations in Massachusetts. “We are grateful to the Senate for moving this legislation forward that will help preserve and protect our local cable centers in Massachusetts,” said Melinda Garfield, Executive Director of Westwood Media Center and MassAccess President. “In a world where media production has become global, the community media center has stayed true to its local roots…all while continuing to embrace emerging technology. This is what community media centers do.”
Local cable television channels, often called “PEG channels” to correspond with the mission of public, educational or government access, provide a valuable public service to the community. There are over 200 local access cable TV centers in Massachusetts, the highest concentration of media centers in the country.
Local Access TV is the last hyper-local outlet for citizens, providing access to municipal meetings and providing transparency in local government. Channels provide local notices and information for citizens and residents. Additionally, individual centers provide educational and media literacy training, while serving as community hubs and centers and a training ground for students who want to pursue careers in TV and film.
The original bills put forward by Senator John Keenan and Representative Ruth Balser have 80 co-signers in the House and Senate and more than half of Massachusetts Senators signed on to a letter to Ways and Means ChairSenator Karen Spilka earlier this month, asking her to advance the bill.
The bill now goes to the House for consideration. If passed by the Legislature, the bill would be the first of its kind to be successful in the country, positioning Massachusetts as a leader.
Senator Michael J. Barrett of Middlesex County: I want to thank the gentleman for bringing this bill forward. I’m the chair of TUE (Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy). The House chair and I have a common interest because Chelmsford cable came to both of us. We were pleased to get this out of TUE. Here’s what is at stake. My constituents keep their channel guides within high def. We don’t wander any more off the high def menu. So my constituents and I simply never see what community access has to offer. We don’t even get that far. What we’re voting on this afternoon is to ensure that program listings show up. I think community access has dropped from the radar screen when we fail to see it high def. It’s critical that we see it among the other programming choices. 21 co-sponsors of this bill and what is at stake is the very question of access to the programming.

TV Production Classes

We’re offering a whole slew of classes
over the summer months! 

~Studio Production*~
~Field Production~
~Post Production~

Everything you need to be a video pro!

Take our orientation first, and then try out one of our skill-specific classes. 

Best of all, it’s all FREE!!

*Studio Production happened in June. We’ll have more in the future. If you’re interested in learning how the studio equipment works, like the Tricaster and sound board, just ask us, and we’ll work something out!



Want to know how to get started at MATV?
Come learn about all the different opportunities MATV has to offer.
This class is a prerequisite for all MATV classes.

Summer Orientation Dates:
Wednesday July 18th 6pm – 7pm
Wednesday August 15th 6pm – 7pm

Field Production

This workshop will focus on the Canon XA20, learning how to properly set up a tripod and mount the camera, and different audio recording options. Upon completion of this class, you will be able to check out field equipment and volunteer to help cover events!

Thursday, July 26th, 6-7pm. 

This class is limited to 8 people. Participants must have taken an orientation class.
This class is open to ages 15+.

Post Production

Learn the basics of Adobe Premiere, including how to open and save projects, use transitions and effects, mix audio, and create basic graphics. Participants will also learn to cut clips together and learn some editing terminology.

Thursday, August 23rd, 6-7pm. 

This class is limited to 6 people. Participants must have taken an orientation class.
This class is open to ages 15+.

To sign up for any of these classes, please contact Mike at or by calling 617 – 698 – 0814


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

Events Camera Operator

-Camera operators needed to cover events all around town. 
-Sports, lectures, musical performances, town events, and more!
-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 for Milton High fall sports. 

New Programs in Past 30 Days

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Summer reading burst onto the scene at the Milton Public Library with an action-packed kids concert from the Toe Jam Band. Children can learn, get active, have fun and sing along with this high-energy performance that is currently airing during the Library Children’s Hour at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

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Most residents have seen coyotes trotting down their street, but many people do not have the facts about this suburban resident animal. The Friends of South Shore Wildlife recently invited coyote expert Jonathan Way to give a presentation at the Public Library covering important facts about coyotes, including statistics on safety, research on biology and tracking of the animal’s habits. Don’t miss this highly relevant discussion when it airs during the Monday Forum at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel.

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The Dedham Choral Society “Pops” Chorus recently performed at Fuller Village, celebrating American folk, popular and Broadway music with their concert, “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over!” This organization of vocal talent has been around for 63 years, so tune in on Music Thursdays at 6 p.m. on the Public channel to celebrate the dawn of summer with this seasoned group of artists.

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Jeff Stoodt reviews some top picks from the past year in album releases, movies and short stories on the brand new summer episode of “You’ve Got To Have Art.” Randy Newman’s latest record and movies like “Tully” and “The Rider” are among the works of art examined in this program that is currently airing Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at 1 p.m. as well as Thursdays at 4 p.m., all on the Public channel.

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Pearl, Frank and Tara sort through the news and pick out what is most pertinent to local residents on a new episode of “Fuller Talks.” Local issues like the East Milton deck, state-level bills that may soon become law, and trying to find the bright spots in national and global politics are all on the docket this month. Tune in when this program airs at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., all on the Public channel.

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Selectman Mike Zullas, one of the three newly-elected Selectmen, was the guest on “My Town Matters” this past week. He joined host Frank Schroth for a wide-ranging talk covering issues such as cut-through traffic, development, opportunities for youth, capital needs and the structure of the now-five-member board, among others, including the stalled East Milton deck and Hendries building projects. Join this discussion about the future of the town 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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Runners circled the town in the annual Milton Road Race, in both the 5K and the 10K. Elite athletes blazed through the course, while those in it for fun, fitness, charity and to challenge themselves also cruised by the MATV cameras. See if you can find some people you know when this program airs Thursdays at 1 p.m. on the Public channel.


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Alison O’Leary recently spoke at Fuller Village about the book that she co-authored, “Inns and Adventures: A History and Explorer’s Guide to New Hampshire, Vermont and the Berkshires.” She discussed the best tips that she discovered while touring the countryside by foot, bike and car with her co-author Michael Tougias in this lecture that is currently airing at 5 p.m. during the Monday Forum on the Public channel.


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Closing out the year in music at Pierce Middle School, the 7th and 8th Grade Spring Concert showcased the talents of the rising stars in the Milton school system in a performance featuring various instrumental ensembles as well as choruses. Catch this final concert of the school year as it airs seven days a week at 8:30 p.m. on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15).


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The Herbie Ray Quartet was the first act of the summer at the Fuller Village gazebo, and they kicked things off with their renditions of American Songbook favorites. Tune in to this outdoor concert as it airs on Tuesday evenings at 5 p.m. on the Public channel.

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Resident and author Tara Cousineau recently spoke at the Milton Public Library about her book, “The Kindness Cure,” exploring the idea of the power of kindness in our society and lives, the reasons why it may be lacking, and the ways in which it can improve things. Empathy, compassion, and other similar notions are considered in this talk that is airing during the Monday forum at 8 p.m. on the Public channel.

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The Quincy Choral Society recently performed Carl Orff’s scenic cantata “Carmina Burana” at St. Mary of the Hills Church for its spring concert. Featuring the voices of a number of Milton residents, as well as orchestral accompaniment and members of the South Shore Children’s Chorus Intermediate Choir, this QCS show is currently airing Tuesday evenings at 8:30 p.m. on the Public channel.

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A wide-ranging and in-depth look at all of the scams directed at seniors was the theme of the recent presentation at the Council on Aging. This talk from Blue Hills Bank’s Julie Beckham, titled “Protecting Your Money,” covered ideas like what kinds of life events, or even times of the day, may make seniors targets, as well as how to recognize scams and protect against them. This program is currently airing on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on the Public channel.

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The MAC Open Mic rolls into summer with its latest rendition of local acts. Music and poetry are both part of this month’s installment, that is currently airing on Music Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on the Public channel.

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The walk relay, the bike relay and the swim competition together comprise the first annual Fuller Village Triathlon. Five teams of athletes competed for the inaugural crown this spring, zipping around the grounds at Fuller in this friendly and feel-good competition. Tune in to the Public channel Thursdays at 2 p.m. to see all the action.

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Graduation ceremonies for the Milton High School Class of 2018 were recorded on June 3, and the proceedings are currently being broadcast on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15) Monday through Thursday at noon, and Friday through Sunday at 8 a.m.

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Immediately following graduation broadcasts, stay tuned for the MHS Senior Awards, where talent and dedication among this year’s seniors were rewarded and praised. This recognition of Milton’s best and brightest is being aired on the Education channel at 10 a.m. during the week, and at 2 p.m. on the weekends, including Friday.

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Bridget Dujardin is an occupational therapist who set out on her own and launched her own pediatric occupational therapy company based in town. She dropped by the set of “Broad Appeal” as the June guest to talk about her journey to becoming her own boss, insights from her own work as well as tips for anyone who might be caring for a family member. Host Melissa Fassel Dunn also takes a trip to a local restaurant for some original recipes in this new episode that is currently airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. as well as Thursdays at 9 a.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

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The newest “A Fuller Life” is all about glory and sportsmanship in the athletic arena, as host Blossom Glassman interviews the champions of the first annual Fuller Village Triathlon: the Orange Team. Highlights from the competition are also included in this program that is currently airing Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m., as well as Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m., all on the Public channel.

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Faithful “Fuller Talks” panelist Lucille Kelly made what may be her final appearance on the dais in the June episode, as she moves on to other pursuits. But she gets into the fracas one more time, as the Fuller pundits discuss myriad issues including the Curry College graduation speaker, the sale of Fallon Ambulance, rebuilding coastal barriers after storm flooding on the North and South Shores, large proposed wind farms off the coast of the Cape and Islands, local U.S. Congressional races, North Korea and more. 

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The Fuller Village Chorus recently wrapped up its year with the annual Spring Concert, showing off their chops with some challenging new numbers as well as familiar classics and a singalong full of fun and levity. Join in this event from your own living room as it is currently kicking off Music Thursdays at 5 p.m. on the Public channel.

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The town recently held its annual Memorial Day Observance, culminating at the Milton Cemetery. This year’s keynote speaker was Master Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy and Command Master Chief at the U.S. Naval War College, Craig R. Cole. If you were unable to attend the ceremony, or would simply like to view it again, this program is currently airing on the Government channel (Comcast 8/RCN 3) daily at 9 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 6 p.m.

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The Milton High School Small Ensembles Concert featured a number of musical groups with a variety of musical styles, from jazz to classical to choral and more. See the incredible talent that our town’s students have to offer when this showcase airs seven days a week at 7 p.m. on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN15).

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Immediately following the concert, stayed tuned to the Education channel as Milton High School recognizes its student musicians at the annual MHS Music Awards Night ceremony. Top talent as well as great attitude and effort all get their just due, along with trophies, plaques and a lot of fun as well. This broadcast airs seven days a week at 8:30 p.m.

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Movies “The Rider,” “A Quiet Place” and “Deadpool 2“ are all up for review and under the microscope on a new episode of “Reel Talk with Eileen Maher.” Some she and her co-host, Paul Healy, liked, and some they definitely didn’t. Turn your dial to the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to get the scoop.

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As it does every year, the Milton Rotary Club brought the best of Milton High School’s jazz and big band-style musical talent to the residents of Fuller Village for the annual Rotary Pops Concert. The ability of these young artists was on full display for this yearly event, and Miltonians can enjoy it on their own televisions during the Rotary Hour on Monday afternoons at 4 p.m. on the Public channel.

MATV Studio Hours 
Monday, 9am-6pm 
Tuesday, 10am-7pm 
Wednesday, 10am-7pm 
Thursday, 9am-6pm 
Friday, 9am-1pm 
451 Central Ave. (Behind Pierce Middle School)
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