MATV Newsletter, March 2019

The MATV monthly newsletter for March, 2019

March is all about PARTICIPATION!

Here are just a few of the ways MATV is helping you be an active participant in your community during March (and April) — you can click on each item to learn more:

MATV Milton Candidates Night Debate
Tuesday, March 26th
LIVE Coverage of Townwide Election
Tuesday, April 30th
Sign the petition to STOP the FCC from destroying Public Access TV!
Click here to read the petition.
MATV needs camera operators for Milton High Spring Sports.
(There’s a stipend available, plus you get to learn TV production!)

So this month, get involved, and make a difference.
It must be called “March” for a reason!

Creator Spotlight

Check out this month’s MATV Creator Spotlight with
“Talk of the Town” host and producer Brian Kelley!

MATV Candidates Night Debate

The 2019 MATV Candidates Night will take place on 
Tuesday, March 26th, at the Council on Aging, beginning at 7pm.  

MATV will broadcast the event LIVE 
on the Government channel (Comcast 8/RCN 3).

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

All candidates for Townwide Election office are invited to participate.
(This does not include candidates for Town Meeting Member.)

Participants should come prepared with a two-minute statement. Questions will be asked of the candidates by members of the Milton High Debate Team, the Milton Times and the Milton Scene. 

For information about how to participate or attend, please contact Michael at or 617-698-0814.

Townwide Election
LIVE Broadcast

The annual Townwide Election is on Tuesday, April 30th

MATV will broadcast LIVE election results 
beginning at 8 p.m. on the Government channel 
(Comcast 8/RCN 3). 

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

Save Public Access TV!

Sign the Petition to Congress to Stop the FCC!

For those of you who have been following, PEG center (Milton Access TV!) funding is under threat. The FCC is proposing to redefine what a franchise fee is – and it will radically reduce the level of monetary support available to run PEG access channels across the United States, including us here at Milton Access TV. PEG access channels provide government coverage that allows transparency so citizens can monitor local government actions – something vital to the health of local democracy. PEG access channels also provide local content in communities produced by local residents. PEG channels are vital to a community, and if the FCC is successful in their rule making, PEG stations may no longer be in existence. 

Congress should stop the FCC from trying to re-write the 1984 Cable Act to financially starve local communities and our PEG channels in its rule-making (Docket NR 05-311).

We urge you to please follow the link below to send a petition to your local U.S. Congressional Representative.

Here is an example of what the petition says. (You are, however, allowed to customize it once you follow the link):


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!!


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, March 20th, 6pm  7pm

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 take place
on Thursday, March 28th, 6pm – 7pm

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+.

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 be in May. Stay tuned for dates.

This class is limited to 8 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!

Spring Sports Camera Operator

-Camera operator needed to cover MHS spring 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 spring sports. 

New Programs in Past 30 Days

The John Kordalewski Jazz Quintet recently performed at the public library, offering “A Celebration of African American Composers” that featured a sampling of musicians who made their mark as both composers and improvisers, including Thelonious Monk, Tadd Dameron, Cedar Watson, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Bill Barron and John Stubblefield. by. Piano, trombone, tenor saxophone, bass and drums filled the Keys Room for this program that is currently airing during Music Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

“Underage Drinking Prevention: Practical Parenting Facts and Tips for ‘The Talk’ and Much More” was the title of a talk recently delivered by Tufts University School of Medicine Professor Margie Skeer at a meeting of the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. Parents will learn about a number of common misconceptions regarding underage drinking and talking to their children about alcohol use, as well as many other useful tips and pieces of information. This program is currently airing seven days a week at 5 p.m. on the Education channel.

Click here to watch it now!

A new installment of “The Great American Songbook” takes a look back at a seminal year in music: 1968. Host Jeff Stoodt recalls some of his favorites from that heady time, while he is joined in the studio by local band Lower Falls, comprising Geoff Shaw, Kevin Dambruch, Adam Winkler and Gary Gardiner, along with musicians Franc Graham, Claudia Wellington, Dan Deleo, Jeremy Blanchard and Steve Cousineau. This program is currently airing at 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, all on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

Musician and storyteller Eshu Bumpus brought his magical tales to the library recently, weaving a variety of African, African-American and world folktales with music, humor and mystery. Hear a new take on the Tortoise and the Hare, find out how the cat learned to purr and join in some sing-and-dance-alongs when this program airs during the Library Children’s Hour every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

It’s a “Hamilton” takeover at the Milton Public Library this month, as Milton Reads events fill up the schedule. In the March library update, you can learn the details of these programs inspired by the book that accompanies Lin Manuel Miranda’s smash hit musical, as well as get the the lowdown on everything else going on at the library. The “Page Turner” is currently airing Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. as well as Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., all on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

The February Special Town Meeting was previewed with an article-by-article overview discussion between Town Moderator Bob Hiss and Warrant Committee Chair George Ashur. The two town leaders stopped by the MATV studio to go over the warrant and put into plain English the items that were up for a vote this February 25.  Even though Town Meeting has passed, it’s still a good overview of the issues considered and voted at that Town Meeting.

Click here to watch it now!

The Academy Awards are Feb. 24, but Oscar Night is already here on “Reel Talk with Eileen Maher.” Will “The Favourite” upset “Roma” for Best Picture, or will a dark horse take the prize? What are the politics at play that might determine many of the categories? Hear some interesting angles you may not have thought of from the town’s film buffs, including guest host Matt Bernstein, when this Oscar preview episode airs Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on the Public channel. (And Eileen will soon be back with her Oscars wrap-up show, which should be airing in the same time slot starting Friday, March 8. You’ll still be able to watch the Oscars preview episode OnDemand.)

Click here to watch it now!

The kids are at it again, with the completely student-run Milton High School Cabaret Part II. Jazz ensembles, solo performances, sketches, poetry, duets, trios, quartets and more are all part of this fun, light-hearted concert that is hosted and performed by the talented young artists of MHS. You can catch it seven days a week on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15) at 9 p.m.

Click here to watch it now!

Baby Boomers facing retirement and the important decision of when, if ever, to sell their home will find important and practical insight on the new episode of “It’s All Write with Suzette.” Author and financial planner Penelope Tzougros sits down in the MATV studio to talk about her book, “Your Home Sweet Home: How to Decide Whether You Should Stay or Move in Retirement,” and her process for evaluating if it’s a smart move for retirees to stay in their homes, looking at the question from physical, financial and social perspectives, as well as strategies to make staying put a possibility. This program 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!

The Milton Art Center is back with its monthly Open Mic showcase of local talent. Always a cradle of creativity, this new installment opens with a comedy sketch, followed up with music from local performers. Tune in at 8 p.m. during Music Thursday on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

Jazz legend Sheila Jordan rose to fame in the mid-20th Century putting lyrics to the music of  Charlie Parker, while also pioneering a unique vocal style, gathering commendations from some of the most important names in the genre. In Boston for a recent performance, she stopped by the MATV studio to speak to Jeff Stoodt on the set of “You’ve Got To Have Art,” reflecting on her career, influences and some of the finer points of how she approaches her craft and teaching her students. Hear from one of the past 100 years’ most renowned jazz vocalists when this episode airs Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at 1 p.m. as well as Thursdays at 4 p.m., all on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

Boston Globe film critics Ty Burr and Janice Page return to the Milton Public Library for their annual dissection of the Academy Awards, “Handicapping the Oscars.” These two movie experts give their predictions on who will win and why, along with their takes on who got snubbed, industry subterfuge and all kinds of other insider information. Opinions will fly during this program (that does contain a spoiler or two, so viewer be warned) that is currently airing during the Monday Forum at 8 p.m. on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

Professional photographer Ellen Rogers has been serious about taking photos since high school. As the latest guest on “Broad Appeal,” she shared the winding journey of her career in the medium, from finding the best college to pursue her passion, to pie-in-the-sky post-college years, agency work, covering weddings, working as a location and talent scout for films, to founding her own company, Ellen Rogers Photography, while raising a family. Anyone who has ever picked up a camera will enjoy this conversation that is currently airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m. on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

A chamber trio from the Brockton Symphony Orchestra recently visited Fuller Village to perform “A Taste of Symphony.” This intimate, hour-long program features original compositions as well as some well-known works with regional roots played on piano, flute and clarinet. Brief informational backstories are included along with the music in this concert that is currently airing during Music Thursday at 5 p.m. on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

Curry College professor Grant Burrier closes out his Fuller Village lecture series on Argentina with a survey of the country’s art. Beginning with some of the South American nation’s most prominent cultural symbols and institutions, this talk then moves into various prominent mediums, such as paintings, sculpture, music and dance. Find out why Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of South America when this presentation airs during the Monday Forum at 5 p.m. on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

Fresh off their finalist nomination for Best Youth Program at the Mass Creator Awards, Mel and Gigi are back for 2019 with a sports-themed show, in honor of the Super Bowl and the Patriots’ appearance in the big game. The kid crew chats up Gigi after they get some exercise for their imaginations, and when she hangs out with Mel, everyone’s favorite naughty giraffe takes the idea of a “bowl” a little too literally. This episode is currently airing seven days a week at 3:30 p.m., and Monday through Thursday at 7:30 a.m., all on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

This guest on “It’s All Write with Suzette” is giving the lowdown on a subject that has been getting a lot of attention recently: digestive health and the microbiome. Heather Anne Wise sits down with host Suzette Standring to talk about her new book “A Gut Feeling: Conquer Your Sweet Tooth by Tuning into Your Microbiome” that is all about demystifying the important role played by the beneficial, and sometimes unfriendly, bacteria that help us all digest our food. Head to our OnDemand page to view this program now.

Click here to watch it now!

The health benefits of local raw honey and bee pollen are up for examination on “A Fuller Life” this month. Michelle Wright-Urbano of Milton’s Billion Backyard Bee Project visited Fuller Village to explore “Healing Beverages from the Hive,” presenting smoothies, teas and elixirs that have myriad benefits, from energy boosts to reducing inflammation to being a sleep aid. Learn all about this and more when this episode airs Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m., as well as Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m., all on the Public channel.

Click here to watch it now!

“The Intersectionality of Culture and Health Care” was the topic of a lecture recently delivered at BIDMC Hospital-Milton by Massachusetts General Hospital oncological Nurse Practitioner Leah Gordon. In her talk, the presenter, who has a doctorate in nursing education, examined health care through the lens of cultural competence, exploring the ways in which providers can be sensitive to patients’ diverse backgrounds in order to provide the best care. This talk, which is relevant to a wide variety of professions and interests, is currently airing during the Monday Forum on the Public channel at 6:30 p.m.

Click here to watch it now!


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Tuesday, 10am-6pm 
Wednesday, 10am-7pm 
Thursday, 9am-7pm 
Friday, 9am-1pm 
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