Manalapan Township Television Network
You can now view Township Committee Meetings, Community Events and Bulletin Board Items on Cablevision Channel 77 and Verizon FIOS Channel 42.
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MTTN provides look at life in Manalapan
Cable television channel relies on dedicated volunteers to shoot and produce programs
MANALAPAN — With volunteers as the cornerstone of its operation, the Manalapan Township Television Network (MTTN) is building a reputation as a place to turn to for community information and entertainment.
MTTN, which is the township’s municipal access channel, airs on Cablevision channel 77 and Verizon FIOS channel 42.
The operation of the municipal access channel is overseen by the Cable Television Advisory Committee, the members of which are appointed by the Township Committee.
Township Committeeman Ryan Green is the liaison to the panel from the governing body.
Several members of the advisory committee gathered recently to discuss the strides the municipal access channel has made in the past few years and where they hope to take it in the future.
Since 2006, MTTN has provided residents with televised coverage of noteworthy events and activities that are informative and beneficial to the community, according to Ray Proietti, who chairs the advisory board.
Chief among the municipal channel’s offerings is the broadcast of Township Committee meetings.
According to the members of the cable TV committee, the broadcast of the municipal meetings in their entirety allows residents the opportunity to be informed about issues and developments affecting their town.
Community events such as “Manalapan Under the Stars,” concerts in the park, performances by the Manalapan symphony orchestra and Cabaret Night have also been featured on the local channel.
“Our volunteer production crew has done an extraordinary job covering township events,” Green said. “We have come a long way through the efforts of our volunteers and through the efforts of our cable television coordinator, Jan Zachary. Producing these programs takes time and effort and if we want to expand our programming we need more volunteers.”
In 2009, MTTN developed and pro- duced its first original program, “School Talk.” Local school officials were interviewed in a talk show format, while also highlighting news and events occurring within their districts.
“Not surprisingly, it remains a popular choice among viewers today,” said Shirley Lew, the show’s host and the face of MTTN.
Green said discussions are ongoing with representatives of the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District and the Freehold Regional High School District that could eventually permit MTTN to tape and broadcast meetings of those two school boards.
Other goals being pursued by the cable TV committee are to establish a television studio for certain productions, to develop a recruiting effort for production volunteers, and to get the word out to the community about what can be seen on MTTN.
The channel’s programming has expanded to include the broadcast of recognized not-for-profit events such as the “Carlee Wines Walk,” the “Walk With Joe” and public school functions like “Van Gogh Week.”
In June the Pine Brook School jazz band’s performance aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City was recorded and televised by MTTN.
Earlier this year an original program, “A Brief History of Manalapan,” was produced and aired with the assistance of Manalapan’s historian, Lydia Wikoff.
The members of the Cable Television Advisory Committee are Ryan Green, Jan Zachary, Ray Proietti, Gwen Tansey, Shirley Lew, George Rothweiler, Anthony Musich, Dock Heath Jr., Ted Lindner and Al Drucker.
Upon written request and approval, MTTN may attend recognized not-for-profit community functions in Manalapan, schedule permitting. Additionally, MTTN offers no-cost bulletin board postings for not-forprofit organizations and government entities that are aired throughout the day.