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What’s New on MATV, Sept. 14, 2017

By Michael Lynch
MATV Executive Director

Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:

Milton High SportsMilton High sports are back in action for the fall, and MATV will be recording and rebroadcasting many of the home games on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15), with set times for specific teams.

For boys soccer, tune in at noon Monday through Thursday and at 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; girls soccer at 2 p.m. during the week and 4 p.m. on the weekends; field hockey at 4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. weekends; volleyball at 10 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m. on the weekends; and football at 7 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.

This week watch field hockey and boys soccer take on the Natick Redhawks, while volleyball goes up against the Tiger of Newton North, and football faces off against the Belmont Marauders.

 

New original programs:

HydrangeasHydrangeas are one of New England’s favorite flowers, and they are the focus of this month’s episode of “The Milton Garden Path.” Host Christine Paxhia takes viewers on an educational and technicolor tour of the many different varieties; far beyond just blue, pink and white. Learn what you can do to make your hydrangeas pop and be ready for next season, as this episode airs Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 11 a.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Jazz Classics, Ethan StoneJazz pianist Ethan Stone has been playing around New England for years, and he recently brought his talents back to Fuller Village for a lively concert featuring many familiar and fun favorites. Combined with his entertaining and always pleasant sense of humor, this performance is one that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face and get their feet tapping. Take a look and a listen when this concert kicks off Music Thursdays at 5 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

The street and sidewalk in front of the Collicot and Cunningham elementary schools has recently been undergoing a lot of construction, and MATV cameras were on-hand to cover a public meeting with town officials covering all the details. This program is currently airing on the Education channel (Comcast 22/RCN 15) Monday through Thursday at 10 a.m., as well as Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Most MATV programs are also available OnDemand, 24 hours a day, via the www.miltonaccesstv.org website.

If you are interested in learning TV production, filming events and shows, or want to explore creating your own show, please send an email to info@miltonaccesstv.org, or call us at 617-698-0814.

Sign up for the monthly MATV newsletter by emailing info@miltonaccesstv.org with the subject line “Newsletter.”

What’s New on MATV, Sept. 7, 2017

By Michael Lynch
MATV Executive Director

Starting this September, MATV is launching a brand new monthly e-newsletter: Milton Connected. It’ll keep you informed about things like opportunities to help on production crews, innovative new equipment and things we’re doing at the station, behind-the-scenes content as well as keep you up to date on the shows your neighbors are creating. It’s a great way to keep up with what your local media center is up to. Just send an email to info@miltonaccesstv.org to sign up.

Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:

With everyone back in town for the fall, the public library has packed its schedule with events for kids, teens and adults. In this look forward to September’s offerings, library Director Will Adamczyk also interviews Kathy Fagan of the Friends of the Milton Public Library about the upcoming library gala. See what’s in store at your own town’s library when this program airs Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

“My Town Matters” is new this week, with Town Moderator Bob Hiss coming to the set to discuss the outlook for October’s Special Town Meeting, including the issues that the Warrant Committee will be tackling as well as the large number of new faces on that committee. Join host Frank Schroth as this program airs Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Labor Day has just passed, but you can still watch and listen to a recent musical lecture about the connection between folk music and the American labor movement. Stonehill College professor and folk musician Corey Dolgon entertains and educates the audience at Fuller Village, as well as at home, when this program airs during Forum Night on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

All MATV programs are also available OnDemand, 24 hours a day, via the www.miltonaccesstv.org website.

If you are interested in learning TV production, filming events and shows, or want to explore creating your own show, please send an email to info@miltonaccesstv.org, or call us at 617-698-0814.

Weekly Update for August 31, 2017

Residents and talented classical musicians Rose Moerchsel, violin, and Rita Moerschel, piano, recently played a concert together at Fuller Village, performing a number of double concertos by composers such as Beethoven and Edward Elgar. This intimate presentation airs on Music Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

The state-run deer hunt in the Blue Hills will occur for the third year this November, and Department of Conservation and Recreation officials recently held a public meeting in the MHS auditorium. The session included a presentation about the hunt and DCR’s deer population management program, as well as comments and questions from community members. A full recording of the meeting is currently airing on the Government channel (Comcast 8/RCN 3) at 10 a.m. daily.

 

“Fuller Talks” is new this week, as host Pearl Wachman is back in the captain’s chair leading a wide-ranging discussion that covers topics including the new residential/commercial building proposal in East Milton, the Blue Hills deer hunt and the countless items of national and international news from the past month. Get a local perspective from the Fuller pundits as this program airs at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Report from the national community media conference

MATV staff attended the annual Alliance for Community Media conference in Minneapolis earlier this summer. The event brings together public television stations and local community media centers from across the country to share knowledge, discuss common issues and share ways of bringing better services to their communities.

The theme of this year’s event was “Rivers To Cross,” a reference to the fast-changing landscape of what the terms “community media” and “public access” mean today, as well as how they are governed.

A major topic of discussion was the future of funding for community media, in the face of “cord-cutting” as well as regional consolidation, trends which are both undercutting support for local stations and centers. Much more information, including strategies to address these issues, can be found on the ACM’s policy page by clicking here.

The good news is that Massachusetts has done perhaps the best job in the country as far as protecting its community media outlets and keeping them local, so you, the citizens, can continue to have a voice. But that can only stay that way if you stay involved!

Aside from that, we learned a lot about new technology that is becoming ever cheaper and faster, 360-degree video and virtual reality, partnering with community organizations, and a whole lot more…and we’re eager to share it with you so you can use it for your own projects!

Get in touch with us!

Why can’t I see MATV’s schedule on my TV’s guide???

Have you ever wondered why you can’t set your DVR device to record something on the Milton Access TV channels? Or you can’t easily see what programs are coming up next via the electronic programming guide?

Well that is because cable companies are not required to give local public, education, and government access stations access to the electronic programming guide.

Mass Access, an organization that we belong to that advocates for community media in Massachusetts, is pursuing legislation to make this a requirement. But they need your help!

There is a rumor that no one watches public access TV, which we know is not true! Therefore, we are asking that you write letters of support for public access stations, and the need for public access stations to appear in the electronic programming guide.

Please submit your letters to info@miltonaccesstv.org, or mail them to Milton Access TV, P.O. Box 362, Milton, MA 02186 so that we may send these letters of support to the local legislators working tirelessly to get this legislation passed.

You can learn more about Mass Access by clicking here.

Weekly Update for August 24, 2017

A vigil was held August 17 on the Town Green in response to the recent events in Charlottesville, Va. The Board of Selectmen partnered with the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, Milton Persists and other community organizations to host this event. Part of a statement released by the town announcing the vigil stated, “No demonstration should involve violence and there is no place in our country for the kind of hate we saw in Virginia.” A recording of the proceedings is currently airing at 8 p.m. on Monday evenings, as well as at noon on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

Showmanship and harmony were both on display at the town gazebo concert this past week, as Riverside Theatre Works’ performance groups Mixed Emotions and Sweet Harmony brought their choreographed snazzy style of show tunes and pop favorites to the Summer Concert Series. There aren’t many of these left, so tune in on Thursday evenings at 5 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

“You’ve Got To Have Art” is rerunning host Jeff Stoodt’s interview with the late musician Michael Johnson, who recently passed away. Tune in for a performance from this exceptional singer-songwriter and a look back at his legacy when this program airs on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) Thursdays at 4 p.m., Mondays at 1 p.m. and all weekend long, also at 1 p.m.

Weekly Update for August 17, 2017

Gigi is back from summer camp and ready for more fun with her buddy Mel and the whole Kid Crew. In this new episode of “Acting Up with Mel and Gigi Giraffe,” Gigi learns all about China and its culture, while the kids get a crash-course in how to make hats, animals and more out of balloons. Get in on all the fun when this program airs seven days a week at 3:30 p.m., and Monday through Thursday in the morning at 7:30 a.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

It’s hosta time on “The Garden Path.” The hardy, green, low-lying hosta plant is a staple in many backyard gardens. In this episode, Christine Paxhia is joined by a former president of the New England Hosta Society to discuss the many varieties of this species, as well as a local gardening pro who shows how to transplant a hosta safely. Take a look at this useful and interesting episode Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 11 a.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

The Sciencetellers are the latest act to come to the stage of the Library Children’s Hour. These wacky performers take the stuff that’s in the textbooks and bring it to life in front of a live audience with hands-on demonstrations and all kinds of surprising miracles of science. Take a look when this program airs at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

Qigong is the focus of a new episode of “It’s All Write with Suzette,” as author and doctor of traditional Chinese medicine Steven Cardoza comes to the studio to talk about holistic healing techniques, as well as provide some hands-on demonstrations to practice at home. Take a look when this program airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and all weekend long at 8:30 p.m, all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

The Milton Art Center is back with its Open Mic for August with local acts as well as featured headlining performer. Catch it on Music Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

The three minstrels of Curragh’s Fancy returned to the Town Hall gazebo stage this past week with folks classics for everyone. If you couldn’t make it out to the lawn, have a look and a listen from your own home as this new installment of the Summer Concert Series airs at 5 p.m., starting off Music Thursdays, on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Upcoming Crew Calls

MATV needs volunteers from the community to help crew live events and taped shows.
Here are some upcoming opportunities.
No experience necessary!
  • MHS Sports – Cameraperson to record MHS sports. May indicate preference for a particular sport. Also interested in play-by-play announcers.
  • October 23, Milton High School Auditorium:
    Special Town Meeting – Looking for crew members to volunteer to run a camera. May have opportunity for additional nights if Town Meeting extends beyond Monday.

 

We have many more opportunities that come up as shoots are scheduled by show producers. To be notified about these additional opportunities, sign up for our Crew Call list.

Weekly Update for August 10, 2017

It’s hosta time on “The Garden Path.” The hardy, green, low-lying hosta plant is a staple in many backyard gardens. In this episode, Christine Paxhia is joined by a former president of the New England Hosta Society to discuss the many varieties of this species, as well as a local gardening pro who shows how to transplant a hosta safely. Take a look at this useful and interesting episode Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 11 a.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

In a new episode of “Super Tuesday: Talk TV into Action,” host Ron Bell’s guests are entrepreneurs Antoine Stewart, Giordanio Nevil and Kenny Ramos, the three founders behind their company, Perseverance: Moving Forward. They will talk about how their business came together, as well as some upcoming local events. Tune in on the weekends to catch this program Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m., and catch new episodes every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

The Sciencetellers are the latest act to come to the stage of the Library Children’s Hour. These wacky performers take the stuff that’s in the textbooks and bring it to life in front of a live audience with hands-on demonstrations and all kinds of surprising miracles of science. Take a look when this program airs at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on the Public channel (Comcast 11/RCN 13).

 

Gigi is back from summer camp and ready for more fun with her buddy Mel and the whole Kid Crew. In this new episode of “Acting Up with Mel and Gigi Giraffe,” Gigi learns all about China and its culture, while the kids get a crash-course in how to make hats, animals and more out of balloons. Get in on all the fun when this program airs seven days a week at 3:30 p.m., and Monday through Thursday in the morning at 7:30 a.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

Weekly Update for August 3, 2017

Since 1971, the Gloucester Clog and Hornpipe Society has been a staple among folk music in New England. The group’s co-founder Owen Hartford, who is a Milton resident, recently created a feature-length documentary chronicling the life of this band whose myriad members play instruments as distinctive as bones, spoons, bodhran, washtub bass and pogocello. MATV is pleased to air this look back at a part of New England’s musical legacy on Tuesday evenings at 8:30 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

Fuller Talks is new this week, and the roundtable takes a look at a number of issues across the political spectrum, on scales ranging from global to municipal. Raising the alcohol tax in town, what the state recreational marijuana tax will be and the fate of the United States’ nuclear treaty with Iran are all on the table, along with a number of other topics. Take a look as this program airs at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

The “Page Turner” Milton Public Library update has a lot to offer this month, with stop-motion animation from the Teen Room, a look forward to the next Wotiz Gallery artist, and an interview with the newest addition to the library’s administration. Take a look when this program airs Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., all on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).

 

Perennial summer outdoor concert performer Erin’s Melody was at the Town Hall gazebo concert this past week, with warm-weather favorites, Irish classics and family-friendly tunes for all ages to enjoy. Take a look at this week’s Summer Concert Series installment as it kicks off Music Thursdays at 5 p.m. on the Public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13).