Wednesday, November 30, 2011


January Show "Beyond Marblehead"

This will be our first "themed" show -- "Beyond Marblehead" -- where we'll look at stories beyond our borders. The show will have less of a "news" feel and more of a "Chronicle" feel. I hope that makes sense. Many of these stories were confirmed weeks ago so the options for this month are limited -- but there are some opportunities for kids and as always, we welcome ALL ideas!

One thing we've found: interviews with other kids are great! It broadens our viewership (for obvious reasons) and adds that "no grown-ups" feel of MYN. 

ANCHORS:                                         Rory/Cameron

SPORTS:                                              Kipp & Griffin-- working on a history of the MHD/Lamberts hockey connection; 
                                                                will include an interview
                                                                Other ideas welcome --  can be taped in the studio or on location. 

We will not have a SCHOOLS or ACTIVITIES reporter for this show as these ideas will be folded into features already scheduled. (See below!)

KID ON THE STREET:                      Melina (TBConfirmed)

AL ABOUT TOWN:                             Alex (TBC)


OP-ED:                                                  OPEN


Our Trip to China                    (Lily and Ben)
Lily and Ben will share their experiences in China where they traveled to meet their new sister.  Our show will air  air a few weeks before Chinese New Year, FYI.

Let's ROCK!                                   (Danny)
A musical event featuring our talented kids! 

Music IS not only international, but universal.

Classroom's Eye on the World   
A look at ways that teachers are engaging kids in the classroom with international stories, events and experiences.
                                                             (Revo will report on Yoga in his class.)
                                                             (Students in 2nd grade at Coffin will share news about the Intl Food Festival)

Eating Beyond Borders          
Tasty treats from around the globe -- kid-style! A cooking segment.
                                                             (Elle & Samantha)

An Author Among Us
An interview with 11 year old Ilana about her first book and how she's using it to raise awareness for a cause she cares about.

CAMERA PEOPLE:                       Gus and Sam
TELEPROMPTER:                        1 kid needed

TEASER?                                         Anyone interested in putting together another ad/teaser for our show? 
                                                           This 30-45 second piece will air as promo for MYN.

Remember: MHTV has cameras and mics available to borrow! 

Monday, November 28, 2011

OUR SECOND SHOW (and some inspiration?)

“If you're not nervous, it's not important to you. 
There's a difference between being nervous and being scared. 
Being nervous gives you a little tension and excitement...." - Dick Lee

Don't know who Dick Lee is? Me neither, but I loved the quote and I think it summed up our second show very, very well. Thanks to some Google research, Dick Lee was a coach of women's basketball -- I might have been track -- but it doesn't really matter. The point is that butterflies in the gut or sweaty palms means only that we care intensely about what it is we're doing. And though I'm sure someone said it far better than I am, caring intensely is the absolute key to being successful in nearly everything that matters in life: school, work, love, family.

The secret is to remember that every single one of us has to do a hard thing for the first time -- and even the second or the third or the twentieth time before we figure out how to do it the way we want. The trick is to learn something new along the way and, most importantly, to laugh up a storm while learning it! 

(Laughing, in my opinion, is one of the very best parts about being a human and anyone who's anyone will tell you that the best laughs are the ones you have on yourself.)

I can't wait until our second edition of MYN airs! I will update this post as soon as I have firm dates.

Please be sure to check the STORIES page to read up on and submit ideas for our next show. We have our anchors but will be making assignments this week.

In the meantime, here's some pictures:

Jack and Gabby waiting for their cue...


Tim behind the camera.

Alex (aka: Al About Town)

Ready, set...

Notes from the Producer...

John and Benny behind the scenes.

Revo delivers an update.

Oh, the glamorous life of television...

Sunday, November 20, 2011


We're all super excited for our second Tape Day tomorrow! We know that our on-set, on-location and behind the scenes kids will once again make us all very, very proud. Can't wait!


As we move into the busy holiday season, here's some advance notice about our next show. We are scheduled to tape January 3rd which is the first day back to school for MHD Public Schools. UGH.
(Great planning, Darcy!) (I mentioned this was a "learning experience," right?)

I will be checking on a new date with MHTV -- possibly one week forward (January 10th); please stay tuned.

What we do know is that our January show will have a "Beyond Marblehead" theme. Because we already have so many great ideas for features, we'll be changing the format of the show a bit -- please see the Story Ideas/Confirmed Stories page to see what's happening.

Our January show will have more of a "Chronicle" feel, rather than a Nightly News feel. 

We'll have our two Anchors (already assigned), but will NOT feature a SCHOOLS REPORT or an ACTIVITY REPORT. Instead, these two ideas will be folded into features that have already been pitched and approved: how teachers broaden borders (schools) and how kids' cultural lives are touched by international ideas, events or things (activities).  This does not mean, however, that we won't need kids and their great ideas! Kids are welcome to provide either taped pieces or essays that relate to this theme.

As for the SPORTS REPORT: we would love to see this less as an update on MHD sports but more as an essay about international sports and the ways that kids play sports or a sport around the world. Another great idea would be a in-depth look at MHD Hockey's partnership with Canada's St. Lamberts.

We will, as always, feature MOORE'S MOVIE MINUTE and if a child is interested in an EDITORIAL, bring it on! If possible, please try to keep these two segments within the theme "Beyond Marblehead."

Lastly, because of the holiday season and so that we can all enjoy it fully, due dates may be shifted from our "regularly scheduled program." I'll be in touch as soon as possible with our new tape day, due dates, etc., but in the meantime, thank you for asking your kids to put their "Beyond Marblehead" hats on!

Best wishes to all for healthy and happy Thanksgiving!