MATV Newsletter, February 2019

The MATV monthly newsletter for February, 2019

Scroll all the way down for new programs from the past month

Statewide Recognition!

Two MATV Shows Nominated for Mass Creator Awards

There is nothing we like better than when our incredible producers get recognition for their hard work and creativity, so we are excited to announce that at this past week’s Mass Creator Awards, episodes of two MATV shows — the “Hauling Valhalla” episode of Talk of the Town with Brian Kelley, and the “Back to School” episode of Actin’ Up with Mel and Gigi Giraffe — were finalists in the “Best Documentary” and “Youth” award categories, respectively.

The Mass Creator Awards recognizes the best productions from public access stations across the Commonwealth during the past year, and with Massachusetts having more stations than any other state in the nation, there is a lot of competition!

There were many amazing entries this year, especially in these two extremely competitive categories. Even though our shows didn’t win the big award, it was an honor just to be selected as finalists from a large field of entrants. It was the first time MATV shows have entered a competition, and we are very proud of how well they performed.

So congratulations to producers Brian Kelley and Mel Gillespie, as well as everyone that participated in creating two truly outstanding programs!

Take a look back at these two episodes while you ponder the question: Will you be the next MATV producer to walk down the red carpet?

We can’t wait to help you put together your own award-worthy show. Have a great month!


Studio Closings

The Milton Access TV studio is closed on Monday, February 18,
in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday.

Creator Spotlight

Check out this month’s MATV Creator Spotlight with “Super Tuesday: Talk TV into Action” host and producer Ron Bell.

Special Town Meeting
LIVE Broadcast

The first night of the February Special Town Meeting will take place on 
Monday, February 25th.

MATV will broadcast Special 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. 


Learn TV Production in 2019!!

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

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

Best of all, it’s all FREE!!

(Want to get a head start? Check out our video tutorial on how to use our video cameras and audio setup.)

Upcoming Class Schedule


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.

Upcoming Orientation Dates:
Wednesday, February 20th, 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!

The next Field Production Class will take place
Thursday, February 21st, 6pm – 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.

The next Studio Production Class will be in March. Stay tuned for dates.

This class is limited to 6 people. Participants must have taken an orientation class. 

This class is open to ages 15+.

Studio Production

Learn about our Newtek Tricaster HD switcher and its functions and features. You will also learn about our studio cameras, teleprompter, lighting, and the basics of our Yamaha sound board.

The next Studio Production Class will be in April. Stay tuned for dates.

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!

Winter Sports Camera Operator

-Camera operator needed to cover MHS winter sports.
-Opportunities for non-sports events coverage also available.
-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 winter sports. 

New Programs in Past 30 Days

“The Price You Pay,” an original, live-action play performed and written by teenagers in the early stages of recovery from drugs and alcohol was recently put on by Drug Story Theater, Inc., and hosted at the MHS auditorium as the latest installment of the Parent Speaker Series. This powerful piece of educational theater features people who have first-hand experience living through substance abuse talking about prevention and ways for parents to talk to their own kids about these issues. It is currently airing daily on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15) at 9 p.m.

Click here to watch it now!

For parents with children who will have turned 5 years old before Sept. 1 of this year, the Milton Public Schools recently held its Kindergarten Information Night where staff and administrators outlined details of the program that will be offered by the district during the 2019-20 school year, as well as important information such as the registration timeline. Tune in for this program when it airs daily at 7 p.m. on the Education channel.

Click here to watch it now!

“Super Tuesday: Talk TV into Action” host and creator Ron Bell steps into the MATV Creator Spotlight this month. A lifelong activist and professional political campaign manager, this MATV producer discusses his background, how he got his show started and what his views are on the role that public access television has to play in society. This brief interview is playing at many times around our schedule of programs.

Click here to watch it now!

The public library has announced that “Hamilton: The Revolution” is the Milton Reads book for the year, and in this month’s library update, you can hear all about the events planned for the next couple of months to celebrate this annual town-wide reading event. Also find out about lots of February events for Black History Month, as well as some new additions to the Children’s Room. Tune in when this program airs Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. as well as Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Click here to watch it now!

The library is looking offload the Kidder branch building on the west side of town, and the school system needs to find space for its expanding student population. Both issues are going to be up for discussion at the upcoming Special Town Meeting, and are also the topics of the day on “My Town Matters,” as Library Trustee Kristine Hodlin and School Committee Chair Kevin Donahue sit down to discuss their space needs with host Frank Schroth. Tune in to the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. to check out this conversation.

Click here to watch it now!

Members of Elders Climate Action were recently at Fuller Village to deliver a talk titled “What Can One Person Do about Climate Change?” This session engaged viewers on the wide-ranging topic of climate change, including causes, possible solutions and ways to get involved and make an impact. Targeted specifically at the senior population, information was shared about specific roles that our most mature citizens can take and advantages they may have over other age groups. Sit in for this lecture when it airs during the Monday Forum at 5 p.m. on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Milton Public Library recently hosted “Armchair Travel to China,” a presentation featuring Chinese calligraphy, costumes, dance, song, instruments and a traditional tea ceremony. Both entertaining and informational, this session packed in lots of education about traditional Chinese culture. It’s currently airing during the Monday Forum at 8 p.m. on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

For parents with children turning ages 3 or 4 before Sept. 1 of this year, the Milton Public Schools recently held its Preschool Information Night where preschool staff and administrators outlined the similarities and differences in the programs offered by the district during the 2019-20 school year. Tune in for this program when it airs at 8 p.m. on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15) seven days a week.

Click here to watch it now!

The Pierce Players put on “High School Musical Jr.” this year, and some of the actors spoke to MATV cameras for a behind-the-scenes preview. Hear about what their favorite parts of the show, as well as what to look for when you attend the show.

Click here to watch it now!

Bestselling and award-winning mystery novel author Hallie Ephron is back on the set of “It’s All Write with Suzette” to talk about her newest book, “You’ll Never Know, Dear.” She chats with host Suzette Martinez Standring about the spooky origins of this latest work, as well as her process for plot and character creation, including shedding some light on how the big secret at the end of the story was something that wasn’t even on her radar when she started writing the book. This episode is currently airing on the Public channel Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

Click here to watch it now!

Curry College professor Grant Burrier was back at Fuller Village to deliver his latest lecture, “Survey of Argentine Politics and Culture Part II: Military Dictatorship through Democratic Period,” where he explores the dynamics of Argentina’s shift from being one of the richest countries in the world at the end of the 19th Century to struggling to keep up with some other South American countries today. This talk is currently airing during the Monday Forum at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

Keep the holidays going for just a bit longer with the Milton High School Small Ensembles Concert, featuring MHS musicians performing in pared down groups. It’s not just holiday music, however, so tune in for some great jazz tunes from a variety of arrangements, as well as chamber orchestras and choruses. 

Click here to watch it now!

Margie Yamamoto was an infant in 1942 when she and her family were forcibly taken by train from their home in Southern California to a Japanese internment camp, along with over 120,000 other Japanese Americans in the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor during WWII. In a recent presentation at Fuller Village, she described her family’s experience from a lived perspective, illustrated with many photos and images.

Click here to watch it now!

Photographer Barry Pell recently stopped by the Milton Public Library to share a visual presentation of his work entitled “Travels at the End of the World,” featuring the landscapes and wildlife of Antarctica which he photographed while living for a year in Chile. Striking images of glaciers, penguins, seals, mountains and much more are shown along with informational narration that includes history, ecology and personal anecdotes in this program.

Click here to watch it now!


MATV Studio Hours 
Monday, 9am-6pm 
Tuesday, 10am-6pm 
Wednesday, 10am-7pm 
Thursday, 9am-7pm 
Friday, 9am-1pm 
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