Moon Community Access Television is the public, educational and government access television station owned and operated by the Township of Moon. Moon Township is one of the few Western Pennsylvania municipalities to give township residents the opportunity to produce original television programs.
For more than 25 years, MCA-TV has aired locally-produced programming designed to keep Moon Township residents tuned in to their community. In turn, Moon Township residents also play an active part in MCA-TV’s programming lineup.
As a public access television station, MCA-TV is designed to give residents the opportunity to communicate via television. MCA-TV airs a full lineup of locally-produced programs, the majority of which are produced by Moon Township residents with the help of volunteers from any community.
MCA-TV airs locally on Comcast channel 14 and Verizon FiOS channel 35, and reaches more than 20,000 households in Moon Township and surrounding communities. The station is primarily funded by the cable television franchise fees that cable carriers Comcast and Verizon pay to Moon Township each year. The franchise agreements for each cable provider can be found here: Comcast (PDF) or Verizon (PDF).
As a volunteer-driven television station, MCA-TV relies on community members to produce, tape and star in its locally-produced programming. Whether you prefer to work behind the scenes or on-camera, MCA-TV has a role for you.
That’s what makes you the key to MCA-TV.
Become MCA-TV’s Next Community Producer
Posted: Sep 17, 2013
Do you dream of having your own cooking show but the only people who see you cook are your kids, spouse or family pet? Are your friends and neighbors constantly asking you for advice about gardening or DIY crafts around the house? If you answered yes to any of these questions or have had something similar happen to you then MCA-TV has what you are looking for! It’s time to show what you’re passionate about and become a community producer for MCA-TV. By becoming a community producer at MCA-TV you will be responsible for providing the original and entertaining productions MCA-TV adds to its programming schedule. MCA-TV is one of the most active volunteer organizations in the township and is looking for new and creative ideas to add to its schedule. It’s never too late to make an impact within the community and not only encourage other members of the community to try something new, but also show what you love to do.
These are just a few ideas to encourage residents to take advantage of all MCA-TV has to offer. Choose an idea that fits you or create your own. Now is the perfect time to step outside and produce a new series! Call MCA-TV today at 412-269-1191 to get your TV show idea on air. The staff will gladly assist aspiring community producers throughout the process.
MCA-TV Produces Live Coverage of Moon High School Varsity Football
Posted: Sep 11, 2013
Moon Community Access Television is producing its twenty-eighth consecutive season of Moon Area High School varsity football. The production has evolved since the station’s first football broadcast in 1985 into a five-camera production featuring high-quality graphics including a scoreboard, countdown clock and downs and yardage displays; slow-motion instant replay; sideline and play-by-play reporting. Moon resident Dave Merison and MCA-TV volunteer Pete Cepulis will provide commentary and analysis from the press box while a crew of MCA-TV volunteers handles the technical aspects of production. Call MCA-TV at 412-269-1191 for a DVD or Blu-Ray of this high-quality sports coverage.
Moon Township 225th Anniversary History Series
Posted: Sep 11, 2013
Moon Community Access Television Community Producer and Old Moon Township Historical Society President, Earl Edwards, produced a four part history series in celebration of Moon Township’s 225th Anniversary. Three episodes of the series were created by the Old Moon Township Historical Society and one by Sharon Community Presbyterian Church. The four part history series begins with very old history of the township and its surrounding areas then progresses to more recent times.
Travel Journals“Travel Journals” starts with the earliest records of human occupation of the area then moves to the adventures of five individuals who penned travel journals when they passed through Moon Township prior to 1760.The earliest journals are written by archaeologists as no writing survives. Edwards’ program begins with the archaeology of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter located in Avella, Pennsylvania. A farmer noticed artifacts associated with rockfalls along a creek and correctly guessed it had been a rockshelter that was now covered by fallen rocks. The University of Pittsburgh became interested and hired a young archeologist, James Adovasio, to supervise the excavation. Results showed sporadic occupation for over 16,000 years making it, at that time, the oldest evidence of human occupation in North America. Humans in Avella, 35 miles away, would also have travelled here long before the pyramids of Egypt.
The next segment of “Travel Journals” covers the McKees Rocks Mound, within the boundaries of Old Moon Township in 1788, 225 years ago. The 15 feet high, 85 feet long mound was built by the Adena people between 200 BC and 100 AD. The mound was later used by the Hopewell and Monongahela people and sometimes served as a burial site. 700 years later Andrew Carnegie hired someone to excavate the mound; today the mound is completely destroyed. Excavations in the late nineteenth century revealed 33 skeletons and numerous artifacts made of copper and shells. “Travel Journals” then moves on to the Monongahela culture of the Native American Woodland people who lived in western Pennsylvania, western Maryland, eastern Ohio and West Virginia from 1050 to 1635 AD. The Monongahela culture was gone before the Europeans arrived. The program concludes with the written journals of five individuals: Conrad Weiser, a negotiator for Pennsylvania and Virginia travelled through Moon to make Indian alliances against the French; Father Bonnecamps, a Jesuit from Montreal who was part of a French expedition; George Washington, then a major in the militia who came representing the Governor of Virginia in an attempt to kick out the French; the final journal is the tales of two young girls who were taken captive by the Delaware Indians and drug back and forth across western Pennsylvania and Ohio until their escape three years later. Edwards researched the stories for this program through a book titled “Pen Pictures of Early Pennsylvania” written by University of Pittsburgh Press and first published in 1938. The book is one of a series relating western Pennsylvania History written under the direction of the Western Pennsylvania Historical Society.
The Great Estates“The Great Estates”, written by Debby Kennedy of the Old Moon Township Historical Society, showcases the old estates of Moon Township and Coraopolis Heights. During the industrial days of Pittsburgh, the heavy pollution in the city caused many wealthy families to build homes in suburban areas like Moon Township and Sewickley. Wealthy businessmen bought land in the area and built summer mansions or permanent homes. Three of the well-known mansions are Robin Hill, the Hyeholde and Flaugherty House. In the program Kennedy shows pictures of these estates and shares stories of the families who built them, some of these homes are gone today. This program was originally prepared as a slideshow at a combined meeting of both the Sewickley Valley Historical Society and Old Moon Township Historical Society.
Moon Township RemembersSeveral Moon Township residents, both past and present, reminisce of their memories of the township discussing how it used to be and how it has changed through the years. Edwards shares photos with the residents to trigger memories and spark conversation.
History of Sharon Community Presbyterian ChurchThe ladies of Sharon Community Presbyterian Church share a detailed history of the ministry dating back to the 1700s. Sharon Church is the oldest church in the township and holds a lot of history of early families including those who have burial plots in the church’s cemetery.
MCA-TV Announces Premiere of Award-Winning Show; “The Doctor Is In” Airs This September
Posted: Sep 11, 2013
MCA-TV premieres a new episode of “The Doctor Is In” on Friday, September 13, 2013. This award-winning show spotlights Moon Township resident and community producer, Dr. Marc Schneiderman of Sewickley Valley Medical Group an his co-host, Dr. Robert Skovira of Robert Morris University.
This one-hour program will feature interviews with pulmonologist, Dr. Gregory B. Patrick of Heritage Valley Medical Group - Pulmonology on asthma; orthopaedic surgeon and past President of Endowment for the American Association for Hand Surgery, Dr. Ronald Palmer on carpal tunnel syndrome; and urologist Dr. Ashutosh V. Kshirsagar of Potomac Urology Center on low testosterone. The episode concludes with Dr. Robert Skovira and Dr. Schneiderman discussing the ethics of nurses and medical personnel being required to receive an annual flu shot.
Tune in to the new episode of “The Doctor Is In” on Friday at 11 a.m., 4 p.m., and 9 p.m. on Comcast channel 14 and Verizon FiOs channel 35 in Moon Township, Coraopolis Borough, Crescent Township, Findlay Township, North Fayette Township and Neville Township.
MCA-TV Offers Television Production Training Course
Posted: July 17, 2013
Moon Community Access Television is offering a free four week television production training course. Classes begin Wednesday, July 31, 2013 and will continue on Wednesdays, August 7, 14, 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the MCA-TV studio located at 1700 Beaver Grade Road, suite 140. Participants must complete all four classes to become a volunteer. The class is open to Moon Township residents and residents of surrounding communities looking to advance their knowledge of studio, camera, audio and technical training. Successful completion of the four week course provides the opportunity to be an official MCA-TV volunteer. Active MCA-TV volunteers are provided with access to camera and studio equipment as well as the opportunity to be a part of shows produced for and aired on MCA-TV. Moon Township residents who successfully complete the course have the option of becoming a community producer. Community producers are responsible for providing the original and entertaining productions for MCA-TV to add to its programming schedule.
Anyone interested in participating in MCA-TV’s television production course should contact Communications Director, Alexis Sergeant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-269-1191. Limited spaces are available.
MCA-TV Volunteer Classes
Posted: April 17, 2012
Do you know someone who wants to become an MCA-TV volunteer? Or are you a volunteer who would like to advance your skills in the studio? Join Us!
-Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the MCA-TV studio (4 week course)
-Contact us at (412) 269-1191 for more information and to sign up!
SHINE — First Episode!
Posted: March 14, 2012
Community Producer, Frank Magnotta, introduces “SHINE”. SHINE will feature how couponing can be used as not only a way to save money but as a way to raise money for the military and local schools.
MCA-TV Airs Live with Pittsburgh-Area Nonprofits during March Event
Posted: March 14, 2012
Tune into Moon Community Access Television Comcast Channel 14 and Verizon FiOs Channel 35 on March 23rd and 24th to watch live interviews from Pittsburgh-area nonprofits. MCA-TV is hosting their 14th Public Awareness Weekend giving local service organizations the opportunity to educate viewers about their mission, services, and volunteer opportunities. (Read More)
MCA-TV Offers Free Television Production Training Classes
Posted: January 11, 2012
Moon Community Access Television is offering a free training session this winter for anyone interested in learning the basics of television production and volunteering at the station. (Read More)
MCA-TV to Open Studio to Nonprofits in March
Posted: January 11, 2012
For the 14th year, Moon Community Access Television is inviting Pittsburgh-area nonprofits into the studio to promote their cause during a two-day marathon of live television interviews. (Read More)
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