Manhattan's Public Access Television Station

May 2012

MNN Closed May 28, 2012

By Jeannette Santiago

In observance of Memorial Day, MNN will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2012.

Below is an excerpt of a New York Times article detailing how Memorial Day was first celebrated. Click here for the full article which describes how thousands of newly liberated slaves in Charleston, SC, commemorated the war including staging a large parade on May 1, 1865:

During the final year of the war, the Confederates had converted the city’s Washington Race Course and Jockey Club into an outdoor prison. Union captives were kept in horrible conditions in the interior of the track; at least 257 died of disease and were hastily buried in a mass grave behind the grandstand.

After the Confederate evacuation of Charleston black workmen went to the site, reburied the Union dead properly, and built a high fence around the cemetery. They whitewashed the fence and built an archway over an entrance on which they inscribed the words, “Martyrs of the Race Course.”

The symbolic power of this Low Country planter aristocracy’s bastion was not lost on the freedpeople, who then, in cooperation with...

Go Ahead, Send Your Gigantuous File

By Dan Coughlin


Last year, MNN launched its FTP digital file submission (beta) for all active series producers.

Producers no longer need to worry about rushing down to MNN on West 59th St. to drop off programming. Now, from the comfort of home, you can upload programs to MNN digitally. 

MNN is excited to announce that the 800Mb file size limit for submitting your show via FTP has been increased to 1.5Gb.

This larger file size will allow MNN producers to submit a digital file without sacrificing the overall quality of their program.

Click here for detailed instructions on submitting your show.

To recap the requirements for file submission are:

  1. MNN's FTP file submission is only open to Active Series Producers; 
  2. Files are 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 1.5Gb; 
  4. Files must be either mp4, mov or wmv; 
  5. The following convention must be used for naming your file: project number_2...

Chicago Inks New Cable Deal

By Dan Coughlin

Momentum Builds for Community Media Nationally

Following historic public access television deals in New York City last year, the City of Chicago ratified a renewal agreement with cable operator RCN on April 24, 2012, dramatically expanding local community access to new media technologies.

Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) will roll out Video on Demand (VOD) services and High Definition (HD) channels during a ten-year renewal term for RCN. “RCN’s support means CAN TV will stay current as technology evolves, expanding its position as a bridge between cable and Internet viewers,” said CAN TV Executive Director Barbara Popovic. “Funding will grow as RCN grows, increasing CAN TV’s future stability.”

New York City set a high standard with its 2011 cable renewals. They included significant funding increases to support public access centers, an increase in the number of community channels, HD and VOD functionality for those channels, and live transmission capabilities from remote locations...

Chuck's Picks - "The Keith Faison Show"

By Chuck Stern

For over 10 years, "The Keith Faison Show" has delighted New Yorkers with its odd mix of dance, monologue and interview. Faison, "NYC's first Black late night TV talk" host, is a compelling character who knows how to entertain, provoke and engage his viewers. Check it out, every Wednesday night at 11:30 PM on MNN2! Next air dates: 5/16 and 5/23.

MNN Web Streams

By Jeannette Santiago

MNN is pleased to introduce a new look and new functionality for our web streams.

Visit to see the new stream 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Chat live and embed MNN live web streams -- and your show -- on any web site and also on Twitter and Facebook.

Like the web stream on Facebook. MNN's stream will also support thousands of simultaneous viewers.

This MNN 4 stream is a beta version, so there may be some bugs. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what you think. Email us at

Visit today.

You can also view MNN 4, the Cultural Channel, on TWC/67, RCN/85 and FiOS/36.

Thanks. The MNN Team

Chuck's Picks - "Carol & Joe's Xtra Ordinary Life"

By Chuck Stern

"Carol & Joe's Xtra Ordinary Life" addresses family challenges, disabilities and the triumph of art and achievement. Hosted by a mother and son, this quirky show is both informative and inspiring. Tune in the last Monday of each month at 7:30 PM on MNN2! Next airings: 5/28 and 6/25.