Methuen Community Television is a local, non-profit television station dedicated to covering the community of Methuen. Our goal is to give the people of Methuen an opportunity to use the media effectively to inform their neighbors about the issues affecting our community. We also strive to provide a venue for local sports, the arts, religious and non-profit organizations and business leaders’ expertise to be shared.
MCTV was founded in 1996 when citizens and members of the Cable Advisory Board decided that the cable television operator was not enthusiastic about providing local programming. They petitioned the Mayor of the City to amend the Cable Television license and create an independent corporation. The station would be funded by a fee, paid by the city’s cable subscribers as well as sponsorships from local businesses. The Board of Directors would be selected by the Mayor of the City.
From its origins at Methuen High School, MCTV moved and opened its doors at its current location, in a professional office park. The new facility was custom designed and built to meet the needs of the organization as it grew to serve the community. We currently have a three camera studio, three editing facilities, eight field cameras, and a portable studio.
With its state of the art facilities, MCTV also revamped its training program to better serve our members. Over 225 people have taken workshops within the last seven years. They have been trained in producing, directing, hosting, studio operations and field equipment operations. We have also supported our membership through “Member’s Nights”, led by staff and members. Past topics have included Copyright Issues, Promoting Your Program, and The Life of a Professional Cameraman.
In the last few years, MCTV staff and MCTV members have won two national HOMETOWN awards, two Honorable Mentions at the National level, four regional first place awards and nine other regional awards for its programming. In addition, two programs, “Call to Serve” and “The Empty Chair: Exposing Addiction” have been recognized with the Northeast region Alliance for Community Media’s RIKA WELSH COMMUNITY IMPACT award.
We have also been on the scene of local events including the Santa Parade, State of the City Address, Person of the Year Dinner, and many more. MCTV has also provided complete and comprehensive election coverage. Every election season since 2003, MCTV produced candidate debates as well as live election night coverage.
All citizens of Methuen, 16 years of age or older, are encouraged to become members of MCTV. Junior memberships are open to those 13-16 with a parent or guardian supervising their participation. Training classes are at no cost and there is no minimum time commitment. Don’t just watch television, be a part of it, and learn more about what makes television, what makes Methuen, and more about yourself in the process.
Karen has over 20 years of studio management experience and over 30 years of production and training creation. After graduating Fitchburg State College, Karen worked in corporate media for Filene’s and DMA Inc. before moving into local access television. She spent 13 years in Andover, MA and one and a half years in Reading, MA before coming to Methuen in 2002. She serves as the Chair of Alliance for Community Media Northeast Regional board.
Michelle was a member of the production team for the Lowell (MA) Cable News for seven years serving as camera operator, segment producer, director, and editor. A graduate of Bridgewater State College, Michelle has over 20 years experience in production and training. She came to MCTV as the volunteer host of Methuen Now in 2003, and was hired as Membership Coordinator in 2004. She was promoted to her new position in February 2017.
Operational Services Manager
Eric started as the Equipment and Facilities Manager at Lowell (MA) public access station in 2006, and was promoted to Director of Technologistics in 2011. His role involved developing technology plans and alternative strategies then executing them for this large facility. Eric was the Co-founder and Vice President of “Lowell Makes”, a hands on creative space. “Lowell Train”, a program featuring local bands, is his production. A graduate of University of Lowell, he became our Operational Services Manager in February 2017.
Board of Directors
John Hollins, Jr.
Members Vice President
Pamela Manzi Healy