Viva & Jerry 1000th taping, MTN interns & more...

Viva & Jerry's 1,000th Taping!!!                                                            

Have you ever stayed up too late watching MTN because you couldn’t take your eyes off two fun-loving characters and their amazing collection of toys and knickknacks? If so, you’re not alone. Viva and Jerry Beck are two of the most recognizable faces in public access television in Minnesota. Friends and fans of Viva & Jerry’s Country Videos recently joined the couple and their production crew to celebrate the taping of their 1,000th show at MTN. In the beginning, Viva & Jerry taped their show for a couple weeks, thinking it would be temporary. Before they knew it, those weeks turned into 21 years of programming. Thank you for your continuous dedication, Viva and Jerry, and keep up the great work! Check out their Facebook page Viva & Jerrys Country Music Videos The next time you’re at MTN, be sure to check out the beautiful portrait of Viva and Jerry, now hanging in the Dub Rack area. If the style looks familiar to you, you won’t be surprised to know that it is the work of MTN’s talented mural artist, Mia Malone.

Two Voices' Students Wins Hometown Video Awards

Two MTN/Video Voices projects took top honors at the 2012 Hometown Video Awards. The Hometown Video Awards are handed out by the Alliance for Community Media, and recognize excellence in video work by Community Television Stations around the country. The two award winners were "Art Sled Rally," a documentary by Fintan Lethert, which won in the Community Events - Youth category. The other winner was "As a Teen, Learn to Cook," which won in the PSA - Youth category. This public service announcement was the work of Voices students Joni Phiravanh, Sam Harper, and Rachel Kranz. Video VOICES is a collaboration between South High School and the Minneapolis Television Network . Look at their videos here.


Look for our new ED, Michael Fallon at MT

Michael Fallon is the new executive director of MTN. He hopes to bring his diverse experience to bear on creating a clear and successful future vision for MTN. “Minneapolis Television Network has a strong history in our community. One of my top priorities will be to work with the board, our members and local producers and the community to help create a strong vision for MTN’s future and a strong connection to the city,” said Fallon. If you see him walking around the hallways and studios of MTN, introduce yourself.

Media Camp!

A very busy summer continues in the MTN Youth Department! Since the beginning of June, more than 300 youth grades k-12 have come through Studio A for hands-on training in media production. During the second week of July, the High School Media Camp traveled down the road to visit the Soap Factory and its current “Hedge Magic” exhibit, the subject for their short five-minute documentary projects. To view their final projects, visit KFAI’s Youth News Initiative (YNI) stopped by for a tour of MTN and some hands-on Studio A training. The group of 6 thoughtful teens produced two short talk shows. To find out more about YNI, visit MTN's Animation Camp was underway the last week of July. The youth participants worked hard to complete one-minute animation projects using Flash software, SAM Animation stop-motion, and traditional paper cut-out and Claymation techniques. The camp was led by MTN’s own resident animation expert and enthusiast, John Akre.


Thank You Summer Interns!

We'd like to thank our great interns this summer. Sam Snow and Henry Willette worked on all three of our very successful and ridiculously fun summer camps. They did everything from working in groups and one-on-one with campers to planning activities and teaching sections of the camp. We couldn't have done it without them.  In addition to their work on the camps, Henry is working with MTN's CTEP Americorps worker Alex Betzler to design the new MTN Teen logo. Sam, who is a Step Up intern, also worked on the Turtle Derby and Northeast Parade crews.  We'd also like to thank Step Up Intern Malaika Sanford for her great work on the Turtle Derby and Northeast Parade crews and on the Middle School Camp. She and Sam worked together on a PSA promoting MTN.

George Stoney will be Greatly Missed

George Stoney was known as the Father of Public Access Television. He was 96 years old and served on the Board of Directors for the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) and the Alliance for Community Media (ACM), and continued to team-teach a course at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He will be greatly missed.

photo courtesy of NY Times

Take a Class

Our classes are now scheduled through the end of the year. If you were planning to take a class this fall, now is the time to sign up! Visit and click on "Take a Class." For upcoming August class dates, check the side bar of this email!

REMEMBER: Someone YOU Know Could Take the Free MTN Orientation Upcoming dates for the orientation: August 8th, August 22nd and September 12th. Starts at 7 p.m. Come in, send someone, or come as a GROUP to learn what MTN is all about!

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