Manhattan's Public Access Television Station

December 2011

MNN's FTP File Submission *UPDATE*

By Hector Pena

Greeting to all producers,

On December 19, 2011, MNN launched its FTP file submission (beta) for all its active series producers. MNN is excited to announce that it has been a great success. Producers no longer need to worry about rushing down to MNN to drop off their programming. Now from the comfort of their homes, producers can upload their programming to MNN. This is the first step in moving MNN and its producers into a more tapeless environment.

As always, here are just a few requirements to remember:

1) MNN's FTP file submission is only open for Active Series Producers;

2) Files are still due 4 days in advance; please visit our FAQ at for more information on when your program is due;

3) File size should not exceed 800MB;

4) Files must be either mp4, mov or wmv;

5) The following convention must be used for naming your file: project number_2 digit month 2 digit date. Example: if your project number is 100 and your airdate is December 17, your submission should read or 100_1217.mp4 or 100_1217.wmv;

If you have any questions,...

Official Holiday Closings 2012

By Jeannette Santiago

• Monday, Jan. 2nd – MNN Observed New Year’s Day
• Monday, Jan. 16th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• Monday, Feb. 20th – President’s Day
• Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day
• Wednesday, July 4th - Independence Day
• Monday, Sep. 3rd – Labor Day
• Monday, Oct. 8th – Columbus Day
• Thursday, Nov. 22nd – Thanksgiving Day
• Tuesday, Dec. 25th – Christmas Day
• Tuesday, Jan. 1st 2013 - New Year’s Day

MNN Names Iris Morales Director of El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center

By Jeannette Santiago

Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) has appointed Iris Morales, a long-time educator, producer, attorney, and community activist as Director of El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center, MNN’s newly renovated state-of-the-art facility opening in East Harlem in early 2012.

The five-story center features three new HD broadcast studios, editing facilities, broadband access, training classrooms, and a youth media center. This latest addition to New York City’s expanding community media landscape supplements MNN’s main four-studio production and broadcast facility on Manhattan’s west side.

“MNN is delighted to have appointed someone with the depth of media experience, administrative skills and community stature of Iris Morales,” said MNN Executive Director Dan Coughlin. “Iris brings an expansive vision and a proven commitment to empowering community through media.”

Ms. Morales will be in charge of running...

Happy Uploading

By Hector Pena

Greetings to all MNN Series Producers,

As part of the holiday season and the launch of the new quarter, MNN is excited to announce the beta launch of a digital file submission system to all series producers, starting today, Monday, December 19, 2011. Producers will no longer need to make their way to MNN's 59th Street location to submit their programming.

Instead from the comfort of your homes or even out in the field, you will be able to upload your series episodes through MNN's FTP file submission (beta) system.

Note that this is a beta launch. MNN is still working on making this process as easy and quick as possible but we are aware that hiccups will pop up from time to time. If you experience any hiccups, please feel free to email us at or contact the Broadcast Operation Center at 212-757-2670 x357.

For instructions on how to submit your digital series episode, please visit

Thank you and happy uploading,

Hector Pena
Manager of Broadcast...

Chuck's Picks - "The People's Museum"

By Chuck Stern
Looking for historical artifacts? Then check out "The People's Museum," or the apartment of Mark and April Sepanski. Their museum houses obscure relics from Egypt, Africa and all over the world. They even have dinosaur bones! What's more, they present it in their own, strange fashion, inviting viewers to observe not only their collection, but their private life. A most unusual show: every Monday at 4:30 PM on MNN1!

Youth Channel's New Website

The Youth Channel's new website is currently up and running. We are very happy with it's new look and functionality. We want to thank the Balance Media team for their work and passion in creating our site and Jeannette Santiago, Director of Programming at MNN, for being our liaison with Balance and helping us through this process. Please check out the site at and give us your feedback by e-mailing

2011 Holiday drop off schedule

By Hector Pena

Attention Producers,

Due to the holiday season, the tape drop off schedule will change for the weeks of December 19 and December 26, 2011. The normal drop off schedule will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Please read the following schedule carefully:

Shows that air on Friday, December 23, 2011 and Saturday, December 24, 2011 must submit their programing no later than Monday, December 19, 2011 by 8pm.

Shows that air on Sunday, December 25, 2011 and Monday, December 26, 2011 must submit their programing no later than Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by 8pm.

Shows that air on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 and Wednesday, December 28, 2011 must submit their programing no later than Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by 8pm.

Shows that air on Thursday, December 29, 2011 must submit their programing no later than Thursday, December 22, 2011 by 8pm.

Shows that air on Friday, December 30, 2011 must submit their programing no later than Friday, December 23, 2011 by 8pm.

Shows that air on Saturday, December 31, 2011 must submit their programing no later than Saturday, December 24, 2011 by 4pm.

Shows that air on Sunday, January 1, 2012 an Monday, January 2, 2012 must submit their...

Chuck's Picks - "Roulette TV"

By Chuck Stern

"Roulette TV" is a beacon for both emerging and established avant-garde/experimental musicians. The show is taped at Roulette's performance space in the East Village, itself a staple of New York since the late '70s, and features artists as diverse as Zeena Parkins, David Shea, Ikue Mori, SKELETON$, Seaven Teares and Toby Driver. Tune in every Thursday night at 11:30 PM on MNN3 to explore bold new sonic terrain.

Chuck's Picks - "Minding Your Business"

By Chuck Stern

"Minding Your Business," produced and hosted by June Middleton, is an interview show celebrating NYC entrepreneurs, artists and eccentrics. Middleton is passionate about her guests and topics, people like Thomas Larson, author of The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, and Tommy McInnis, a former homeless man turned EMS technician and author of Last Stop, about his experiences on the street. Tune in every Tuesday at 6:30 PM on MNN2 to see what makes this city tick!