Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Volunteers Help Keep Mca-TV Station Humming Community Access Channel Reaches 45k

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Volunteers Help Keep Mca-TV Station Humming Community Access Channel Reaches 45k

Article excerpt

John Kasing remembers the first time he walked into the Moon Community Access Television studio.

"I looked at the studio, and it was all cameras and wires," he said.

MCA-TV is a community-based network of public access, educational and governmental programming owned and operated by the township.

The station is shown locally on cable stations Comcast channel 14 and Verizon Fios channel 35, reaching more than 45,000 households in Moon, Crescent, Findlay, Neville, North Fayette and Coraopolis, as well as communities north and west of Pittsburgh on Verizon. It also can be viewed online at www.mca-tv.org.

A year ago, Mr. Kasing, a retired railroad engineer, took a class for prospective volunteers at the station. Since then he has moved on from working with the cameras to directing and producing several of the station's most popular programs.

"They broke it down, one thing at a time, and it made a lot of sense," he said. "People say 'that's not what you did [for a career],' but I like it."

MCA-TV offers a hands-on training course four times a year with the next session being offered beginning Feb. 21. Classes run from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays for four weeks at the studio inside the municipal building on Beaver Grade Road.

The course is divided into sessions dealing with running the camera at the studio and on location, audio, production and directing and editing, explained Allison Eastham, station director.

The station also plans to offer a second-level course focusing on graphics.

To register or for more information, residents can contact Ms. Eastham at aeastham@moontwp.us or 412-269-1191.

Residents who complete the production training course can become volunteers and community producers at the station.

Along with Ms. Eastham, there are three employees, so much of the work on the wide variety of programming is done by volunteers.

The station airs many government meetings, including the live monthly meeting of the Moon supervisors, and taped versions of municipal meetings from Coraopolis, Crescent and Neville. …

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