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Seabrook TV shows hit every angle

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August 24th, 2010

The crackling of a record sounds in the background. An orchestra strikes the opening music. The announcer delivers the evening s lineup: Welcome to tonight s presentation of The Legionnaire and the Lady, a 1936 production from Lux Radio Theater. But it s not 1936, and the setting isn t Hollywood. It s 2010 at Seabrook, in Tinton Falls, N.J., where Lindo Meli is hosting Radio Seabrook, the community s newest TV production, featuring collections of radio shows from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.

Radio Seabrook

Meli, who lives atSeabrookand leads theSeabrookPlayers, a theatrical group, has a lifetime of performance and voiceover experience. He lends an air of authenticity to the show s opening. Radio Seabrookhas airedThe Legionnaire and the Lady,Wizard of Oz, and will airStagecoach in September. We play the radio show on TV and incorporate facts and pictures as visuals, says Travis Tanay, community TV specialist. We show one a month, and they air at various times during the day every other week [onSeabrook scommunity TV channel].

Around the Horn

TV hosts aren t the only people needed to runSeabrook sin-house community TV station. Volunteers all of whom live there help with camera and tape deck operation, photography, voiceovers, and even work as talent agents. We have 35 to 40 volunteers, most of which come to us because they want to learn something new, Tanay says. They like it because it s hands-on. They get to experience a lot of new things. For example, a documentary film the studio recently finished, calledAround the Horn, features a local baseball team, the Blue Claws, from Lakewood, N.J. TV studio volunteers attended games and filmed the behind-the-scenes preparation of players before each game. Again, Meli did the voiceover, and many other volunteers were involved in the coordination, filming, and editing of this production.

Seabrook Lives

While some shows feature celebrities,Seabrook Livesfeatures the stories of people who live at thisErickson Living community. Pat Driscoll hosts the half-hour show by interviewingSeabrookneighbors about their life stories. When I retired in 1994, my wife [Louise] and I traveled a lot. In all those venues, we met people who were strangers to us, and they were very forthcoming with their life stories. It was then that I really became interested in people and their stories. By mid-August, Driscoll and Tanay had taped three episodes ofSeabrookLives and were scheduling more through September. I enjoy it a lot, Driscoll says. In addition to learning about people and their unique life experiences, I research the references they make and learn on my own. As for Driscoll, his life story begins in Michigan, takes him to Michigan Tech, then Fort Monmouth, and continues with his wife and their three children while he teaches high school mathematics. Now atSeabrook, he visits with five grandchildren who live nearby, reads on his balcony, plays bridge and poker, and, of course, continues to meet new people and learn their life stories.