MCA-TV NEWS


PUBLIC AWARENESS WEEKEND - March 24-25

Join MCA-TV this spring for our annual Public Awareness Weekend! PAW is a two-day, 24 hour, live television event featuring interview broadcasts with Pittsburgh area nonprofits. Each nonprofit organization will have the opportunity to speak for 30 minutes to educate others about their cause and encourage the community to take part and volunteer. All interviews will air live during the event and periodically following the event on MCA-TV's cable stations.

INTERESTED IN SHARING YOUR NONPROFIT'S MISSION?

Any nonprofit organization interested in participating in Public Awareness Weekend can contact our director Allison Eastham at aeastham@moontwp.us or call MCA-TV at 412.269.1911. Interview times will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis. We look forward to working with you and your organization!

MCA-TV Internship

Our goal is to provide interns with hands-on experience in a variety of television production scenarios. At the end of this internship, interns will have an improved working knowledge of video production and television production facilities, and will even have finished videos to add to their reel. MCA-TV interns are trained on our gear as they assist in production and television operations. This may include using the studio (studio cameras, lighting, and teleprompter), control room (switcher, character generator, audio mixer), field cameras, tripods, wireless microphones and Avid/Adobe editing suites. Once trained, interns assist MCA-TV volunteer members in the production of their specific programs. Interns will also be responsible for shooting, editing and producing original content for the station. Interns will learn state of the art server based broadcasting technologies and field production equipment and be an integral part of MCA-TV team. Those interested in community technology, broadcast engineering, and community media who are looking for real world experience in a dynamic organization are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the MCA-TV Internship position please click here

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and writing samples to Allison Eastham, MCA-TV Director at aeastham@moontwp.us or 1700 Beaver Grade Rd. Suite 140 Moon Township, PA 15108.

Communications Internship

Moon Township is seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated intern to assist with multi-platform communications for Moon Township and its cable television station Moon Community Access Television. This intern will report to the Communications Director. This internship is unpaid, for course credit and requires at least 10 hours a week.

For more information about the Communications Internship position please click here

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and writing samples to Ashley Bureau, Communications Director at abureau@moontwp.us or 1700 Beaver Grade Rd. Suite 140 Moon Township, PA 15108.

MCA-TV Premieres Two New Shows

April 15, 2015

Tune in for two remarkable new citizen-produced shows airing on MCA-TV this April. The MCA-TV studio is premiering An Evening with Sally Brooks on Sunday, April 19th at 4:00 pm. The latest show by MCA-TV Community Producer Earl Edwards highlights Sally Brooks as she takes a walk down memory lane and shares some of her stories. Moon Community Access Television (MCA-TV) also debuts the series premiere of Veterans Tell Their Stories on Wednesday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m. The series by MCA-TV Community Producer Beth Feather highlights numerous veterans and their stories from their services. This is all made possible by the Veterans Breakfast Club and the Veterans Voices of Pittsburgh contributions.


MCA-TV Premieres La Mia Strada: My Road

March 27, 2014

Tune in to Moon Community Access Television (MCA-TV) on Sunday, April 5th at 4:00 p.m. for the premiere of La Mia Strada: My Road. This documentary by Producer Michael Angelo DiLauro highlights his personal perspective on ethnicity and culture as it links ancient and contemporary Italian culture with its Italian-American counterpart.

Over a period of years, the filmmaker has conducted dozens of interviews, explored historical sites, sifted through archaeological artifacts, dug through family photographs, and immersed himself in the music, poetry, and oral histories of the Abruzzi, Molise and Puglia regions. La Mia Strada links the ancient and contemporary history of families divided by an ocean, yet united by an indelible genetic bond.


MCA-TV Premieres We Built This City: How the Allegheny Conference Remade Pittsburgh and Inside the Humidor

March 27, 2014

Tune in to Moon Community Access Television (MCA-TV) on Tuesday, April 7 at 8:30 p.m. for the premiere of We Built This City: How the Allegheny Conference Remade Pittsburgh. This film by Producer Michael Angelo DiLauro highlights the commemorative 70th anniversary of the Alleghany Conference on Community Development in Pittsburgh and their strives to make Pittsburgh America’s most livable city.

This documentary of the Alleghany Conference on Community Development tells the story of the evolution, the successes, and the struggles that made Pittsburgh the vibrant city it is today. By telling this story with photos, videos, and interviews with key participants, the film is able to present an engaging story of how a public-private partnership is continuously working to improve Pittsburgh.

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Moon Community Access Television is proud to announce the premier of “Inside the Humidor”, April 7th at 10:00PM. Inside the Humidor is hosted by Josh Egal owner of the Smoke Stack in Moon Township. Josh is joined by cigar aficionados Ed Brandyberry and Josh Mills as they discuss everything about cigars.

The premier episode, Josh and his experts talk about types of cigars, ring size, length and types of tobacco. Join Josh, Josh, and Ed on Tuesdays and Thursday evening at 10:00PM on MCA-TV for “Inside the Humidor”


MCA-TV Featured in the Trib

December 6, 2014

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MCA-TV Premieres - Autumn in the Woodlands of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

November 10, 2014

Tour 60 acres of the new Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in nearby North Fayette Township, when Botanic Garden officials Kitty Vagley, director of development, and Chris Massimino, ethno botanist, explain the history of the former Whiskey Rebellion-era farmland and strip mine, the plantings that have survived over the last three centuries, and the recent efforts to remediate the acid mine drainage there. The new Autumn in the Woodlands of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, which premiers Saturday on MCA-TV, gives glimpses of the Botanic Garden's features, more than a decade in the making. They include Farmstead, its Storybook House in Bookworm Glen, the Margaret Lawrence Simon Dogwood Meadow, and the Botanic Gardens' Woodlands of the World, which include Appalachian, Asian, Cove, Eastern European and English woodlands. The show, produced and directed by Moon resident Sandra F. Donovan, with production assistance MCA-TV volunteer Mary Ann Harcha and production assistants Bryan Chemini and Kendall Valan, gives viewers a chance to see autumnal splendor without leaving their living room. Watch Autumn in the Woodlands of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden's premiere at 6 p.m. Saturday Nov. 22.


MCA-TV Premieres D-Day Conneaut Series

September 28, 2014

Tune in to Moon Community Access Television (MCA-TV) on Monday, September 29 at 9:30 a.m. for the series premiere of D-Day Conneaut. The latest series by MCA-TV Community Producer Earl Edwards highlights the commemorative two-day D-Day reenactment that took place in Conneaut, Ohio in August.

The beach along Lake Erie was transformed back in time as more than 800 re-enactors participated in recreating the historic events of the World War II battle that occurred on the Normandy coast in early June of 1944 between the Allied and Axis armies.

The event featured a barrage of military vehicles, two inland combat scenarios, an amphibious landing, and encampments of American, British, Canadian, French, German, and Polish forces. In this first episode, American Navy Veteran Ray Woods shares his story and is awarded the prestigious Legion of Honor Medal.


Practical Solutions for Daily Living - New Series Debuts on MCA-TV

August 26, 2014

A new series premieres today on MCA-TV. Practical Solutions for Daily Living with Dr. Mitch Nickols will air at 4 and 8:30 p.m.

The new citizen-produced show is directed by Kimberly Catlin, and produced by community producer Frank Magnotta. Each episode focuses on topics to empower viewers toward personal growth and development, and taking steps to achieve success in their daily lives.

Show host Dr. Nickols, a professor at Geneva College, shares his 25+ years of experience working with individuals and organizations as a motivational speaker, trainer, facilitator, and consultant.


MCA-TV Premieres New Episode of The Doctor Is In on August 29

Aug 21, 2014

A new episode of the award-winning series The Doctor Is In premieres on MCA-TV on Friday, August 29. The show is hosted by Moon Township resident and community producer Dr. Marc Schneiderman of Sewickley Valley Medical Group.

The informative, one-hour program features interviews with Sewickley psychiatrist Dr. Apolonia Sinu discussing internet addiction; and Heritage Valley Health System doctors Dr. Richard Hogan, speaking about shingles; and Dr. Noah Lubowsky elaborating on new treatments for Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Schneiderman is also joined by Dr. Robert Skovira of Robert Morris University debating the ethical topic of force feeding prisoners on hunger strikes.

Tune in to the new episode premiere of The Doctor Is In on Friday, August 29 at 11 a.m., 4 and 8 p.m. on MCT-TV, Comcast channel 14 & Verizon FiOs channel 35. Check the MCA-TV website, www.mca-tv.org, for additional dates and times.


Two New Shows Debut on MCA-TV

August 18, 2014

Tune in or set your DVR for two terrific new citizen-produced shows airing on MCA-TV.

Tai Chi with David Slaughter is produced by Rose Varsanik and Barb Karp. Tai Chi is a slow motion low-impact form of exercise and self-defense that is based on patience, focus and concentration. All movements in Tai Chi are taught with breathing techniques to create energy and longevity.

The MCA-TV studio gets rocking with the other new debut, The Moon Music Show by community producer Michael Bufalini. Each episode features local bands from a variety of genres.


MCA-TV Premieres Tall Ships Visiting Lake Erie

Jul 2, 2014

Tune in to Moon Community Access Television on Thursday May 15th at 8:00 p.m. for a special on the Tall Ships Festival in Lake Erie. During the War of 1812, Oliver Hazard Perry of the U.S. Navy and his crew prevailed over the British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie. Every year Erie celebrates Perry’s victory, our nation’s sovereignty and the enduring peace between nations at this historical maritime festival. The year 2013 marked the 200th anniversary of the building of Commodore Perry's fleet in Erie, PA and his victory at the Battle of Lake Erie. On September 10th 2013 thousands of people gathered to watch ten visiting tall ships from Sweden, the Caribbean, Canada, the Great Lakes and both coasts of the United States parade into Presque Isle bay. In this show the Moon Township Historical Society President, Producer Earl Edwards, describes this monumental festival and discusses the history of the ships involved. In addition, a local sailor and model ship builder uses table-top models to teach shipping terminology and detail the different types of ships and their riggings. The film is beautifully accompanied by the local Coraopolis United Methodist Church Men’s Chorus’ Sea Shanties. Catch the wind in your sail and enjoy the salt breeze as we venture into Lake Erie's beautiful waters and learn of the wonders of these historic ships.


Love Beyond Measure: Memoirs of a Korean War Bride

Jul 2, 2014

MOON TOWNSHIP, PA- Encounter a breathtaking story about one of the first Korean women to ever live in Moon Township. Author Katie Schell joins Community Producer Earl Edwards to share the story of her book, Love Beyond Measure: Memoirs of a Korean War Bride. This memoir details the amazing life of her mother Ock Soon Lee’s journey as a young Korean peasant who survived unspeakable suffering. Orphaned at age seven and farmed out to households as a slave, Lee experienced near-starvation and capture by the North Korean Army. Yet, incredibly she survived and fell in love with an American G.I. from McKees Rocks. After immigration laws changed in the late 1950’s she became one of a small handful of Korean War brides to make it to the United States. This is a true story of incredible courage that carried Ock Soon Lee from life as a peasant in Korea to that of a proud American. It is a story of strength and love during the Korean War. It is a story you will never forget. Watch Love Beyond Measure: Memoirs of a Korean War Bride on Moon Community Access Television Friday, June 20 at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 and 7 p.m.



NEWS ARCHIVE

MCA-TV 2014 Public Awareness Weekend
Posted: Jan 16, 2014

Moon Community Access Television has set the dates for Public Awareness Weekend 2014, a live television event featuring Pittsburgh-area nonprofits. The program has been extended this year to allow even more organizations to attend. All local nonprofit groups are invited to MCA-TV, located at 1700 Beaver Grade Road, Moon Township, for a half-hour television interview on one of the dates listed below. Interviews will air live on cable stations Comcast channel 14 and Verizon FiOs channel 35 reaching more than 40,000 households in Moon and surrounding communities, including Coraopolis, Crescent, Findlay, Neville and North Fayette.

Public Awareness Weekend interviews are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested participants may contact Communications Director Alexis Sergeant by email at asergeant@moontwp.com or phone at 412-269-1191 to reserve a time. All nonprofit organizations are welcome.


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 Remembers

Several 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 Church

The 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 asergeant@moontwp.com 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)