CATONSVILLE, MD (August 29, 2016) – Twenty retirees volunteer to work video cameras and host talk shows at Charlestown retirement community, where state-of-the-art closed circuit Channel 972 is on-the-air 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
They collaborate with a three-person studio staff on a wide spectrum of 'live' and taped human interest, informative and educational programming. And they are having the time of their lives.
They participate in newscasts, help out with the setup of lights/microphones, and they do some video editing. They also record voice-overs.
Programming includes shows about history, weekend whacky weather forecasts, behind-the-scenes tours of residents' apartments, cultural footage documentaries from residents' travels, town hall meetings, resident council meetings, and even on-campus concerts.
Channel 972 makes use of a tricaster video switch that creates virtual studio sets. A drone is used for special exterior video shoots. The in-house-studio has three stationary HD cameras. In addition, three field cameras are used.
Al Medeiros, a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, helps out every morning with the news programs from about 8:45 a.m. until 10 a.m. and also works the cameras. "I have found a wonderful hobby in my involvement with the TV station," he said.
Channel 972 provides technical and A/V support for Charlestown staff and resident events. It has capability to broadcast 'live' outside the studio from the Conference Center.
Station Manager Tom Moore, a Mass Communications graduate of Towson University, has been with the company for 17 years. He enjoys working with residents and watching them become proficient with video technology and television production.
"The residents feel they are playing a key role in creating a sense of community by volunteering in our studio," he said, "and this is exactly what they are doing. They are creative and energetic and they always have fresh ideas."
TV Coordinator Konstantinos Viennas works the control booth and assists the residents with development of each program. "Supporting the residents is our main priority and it is what is most rewarding about our jobs."
TV Coordinator Michael Woodard is responsible for much of the editing projects. "We try to create a cultural environment where residents, engage in all aspects of our programming."
The Channel 972 team is now involved in planning for future equipment and studio design enhancements.