|The Monitor spoke with Homer Giles in the Pluto edit room recently. Homer and his wife Margie produce the show, Praise and Power Hour, which is on Saturdays at 7 p.m. on Channel 75.
Tell me about the show you make at MTN.
The Praise and Power Hour is inspirational; it promotes Christianity with a positive message. I've been around here, for goodness sakes, for 14 years, maybe 15. Right now our show is on six public access stations. This is not work; this is fun. I'm not a video production expert, and I've come to the conclusion that there's no such thing as a dumb question when you're trying to edit and produce a show. I may ask the dumbest questions but the staff here is so pleasant and gracious, and that makes it a pleasure to come to MTN. Of all the six stations that our show is on, MTN is my home. Someone said it's like a family, and I do love every one of the producers and staff here. They are loving and kind and it's a pleasure to come down here.
MTN is so special because there are many different producers and views here. There is also a relaxed atmosphere and I like that. I'm not a highly organized person myself, so I fit in with a relaxed atmosphere. It's kind of come as you are, do your own thing, and learn along with everyone else. At MTN you feel like you're on the same level as everybody else and that makes me feel good. I appreciate all these producers who are dedicated and work hard, and I try to work hard, but this is also a great place to have fun.
As a veteran producer, what advice do you have for people just starting out making shows?
One of the things that I've learned is that you need to experiment with different ways of producing your program. When I first started out I thought that you had to stick with one particular thing, like taping only the evangelistic meetings that Margie and I are involved in. Now I realize that I need more variety in my show, like scenery, music, and life stories. I found out that I like to photograph old dilapidated barns and bridges that are off the beaten path, and rivers that nobody sees, and animals too. I'm always looking for someone who has a story to tell about his or her life. I'm not looking for someone who's perfect; I'm looking for someone who's even struck out in life, someone who's had problems and can talk about them. That is how the Bible tells history; it includes both the highs and the lows. Life has all these ups and downs and I think that makes a good story.
How do you think your program affects viewers?
I've heard stories that people who are in prison have seen our program, in the jail in Minneapolis, for example. One time we were on Lake Street and a stranger came up to my wife and said, "Margie, I saw you on television." People have said that they like the program, that they memorized the songs. Occasionally, people will tell us that they don't like our program.
Is there anything else you'd like to say?
This is what makes American great, the fact that anyone and everyone can do something that they feel is important, and put it on television. Public access is one of the greatest inventions that I know of and I'm very proud to be a part of it.