This past summer, MCA-TV welcomed its new Assistant Director, Matthew Simkovic. Matt had previously worked at the station as a part-time production assistant and was moved to full-time this past July. Matt comes to us from Penn Trafford High School, where his interest in television began. From there, he attended Robert Morris University, where he studied Digital Cinema/Broadcast Production and Documentary Studies.
He first got involved with MCA-TV by volunteering to film a Moon Area School Board meeting. He was also a part of filming live sports productions for Robert Morris, which involves the use of the MCA-TV production trailer. He has experience ranging from running cameras to directing shows and live events.
Matt is very excited about his new role at the station and is looking forward to big things to come. He is thrilled to get back in the studio with volunteers to produce new programming and to continue the success of shows that have been around for years.
When Matt isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with friends, watching sports, and taking in new and exciting films.
The Robert Morris University Department of Athletics honored it’s student-athletes for the 2019-2020 school year Sunday with a virtual Athletics Award Ceremony, which took place on the RMU Athletics official Twitter feed.
Led by master of ceremonies Chris Shovlin, the radio play-by-play voice of RMU Athletics for the last 33 years, Robert Morris presented most valuable player awards to each of its 16 intercollegiate sports, while 12 individuals and one team were honored with major awards.
This year, the RMU Athletic Department Appreciation Award was Jim Koepfinger of Moon Community Access Television (MCA-TV) and Joe Hale and Ray Zaparoni from the RMU Academic Media Center. The RMU Athletic Department Appreciation Award is bestowed annually to an individual or individuals from outside the athletic department that display exemplary service.
Congrats to Jim, Joe, and Ray on this award showcasing their outstanding sports coverage of Robert Morris University!
To watch the virtual award ceremony, visit https://twitter.com/RMUAthletics/status/1267235157167140864.
Here at MCA-TV, we are excited to announce the completion of our studio renovations! In addition to the virtual set added a few years ago in the studio, we have recently completed renovations in our control room. Our new and improved set-up has been flipped sideways to allow even more space for volunteers. With this new layout came new equipment as well. We are officially able to record our programming in HD and have updated our audio board, added new flat screens, expanded countertops to provide more work space, and made sure to include a comfy couch as well! We can't wait to get it up and running to provide some more entertainment for the members of our Township.
Once we are allowed to open following Allegheny County guidelines, we will host an open house with a date TBD, for volunteers to come in and get familiar with the new control room setup. Stay tuned for more information!
Moon Community Access Television, MCA-TV, celebrated its 35th anniversary in January. The station started as "Chanel 14" located in Moon Schools in 1985 and has since grown drastically. MCA-TV is owned and operated by Moon Township and funded by franchise fees.
As one of the most active stations in the area, MCA-TV volunteers produces 700+ hours of programming annually. These programs feature over 45 area nonprofits, local board meetings, sporting events and more. Program lineups can run the gamut from informative to quirky. Meetings, cooking shows, high school and college sports, talk shows, religious programs, fitness classes, and more have filled the schedule over the past 35 years.
Unlike most public access stations, MCA-TV has a production trailer to shoot on location and has offered extensive sports coverage in the area for Moon Area Schools and Robert Morris University. During this time, Robert Morris University has won numerous Mid-Atlantic Student Emmy’s for their sports productions.
The number of programs broadcast by local public access stations is increasing because the shows are free or inexpensive for residents to produce. They also give average people venues to express themselves. Many small towns do not receive regular media coverage, so they offer public, educational, or government, so-called PEG, access channels about activities in the community, like Moon Township.
MCA-TV has a few volunteers who have produced shows since the studio opened 35 years ago. Linda Francis has produced a workout series on the station since 1985. As the times have changed, she has adapted her program to keep up. She started teaching a high intensity workout program and since has altered that to Senior Workout, which is still filmed monthly. She said, “I have been the producer and host of a fitness show since the startup of our station in 1985. Volunteers are a big key to the success of the station so please consider joining us for this great experience.”
To get involved, residents take four 1½-hour training courses that prepare them to volunteer at the station. After the course, they can produce their own shows in the studio or borrow equipment to film a program outside of the studio.
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Tune in for a remarkable new citizen-produced shows airing on MCA-TV this August. The MCA-TV studio is premiering Ink Shrink on Friday, August 31 at 6:30 pm. The latest show by MCA-TV features local artist, James Kanfoush as he draws caricatures of people around the township.
A new episode of the award-winning series “The Doctor Is In” will premiere on MCA-TV on Monday, August 10. The show is hosted by Moon Township resident and community producer Dr. Marc Schneiderman of Heritage Valley Medical Group.
The informative, one-hour program features interviews with Dr. Noah Eger, O.D. discussing macular degeneration; Dr. Gregory Patrick, M.D. speaking about the solitary lung nodule; and Dr. Karen Hacker, M.D. elaborating on ticks and Lyme’s disease. Dr. Schneiderman is also joined by Dr. Robert Skovira, Ph.D of Robert Morris University discussing lowering the legal drinking age.
Tune in to the new episode premiere of “The Doctor Is In” on Friday, August 10 at 8:00 p.m. The program will air regularly on Fridays at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. on MCA-TV, Comcast channel 14 and Verizon FiOs channel 35. Check the MCA-TV website, www.mca-tv.org, for additional dates and times.
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.
Any nonprofit organization interested in participating in Public Awareness Weekend can contact our director Allison Eastham at email@example.com 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!
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.
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.
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.---------------------------------
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.