Lately we’ve been a broken record: Watch our free social media webinar on April 18, and your show will see more success. But what, exactly, does that success look like? We talked to Nelson Torres, producer and host of the live call-in wrestling and entertainment show WTF TV, to find out how his dedication to connecting with viewers online has paid off.
Torres started producing WTF TV in 1994, before social media even existed. But taping a show and taking a call or two just didn’t feel like enough, so he turned to the virtual-networking tools that were available at the time: good old-fashioned voicemail and a P.O. box.
“I wanted to feel like I knew the people who were watching my show, and I wanted them to feel like they were part of the family,” Torres says. “Giving people the opportunity to tell you what they think of the show lets them feel more of a connection to you.”
As the Internet evolved, Torres continued to adopt whatever networks emerged. He now has a ...
Welcome back to Clip of the Week! Ready for something different? In this special segment from MNN producer and editor Gloria Messer, you’ll enjoy music, sketches and other forms of fun entertainment courtesy of actor Danny Darrow. With its weird premises (like a visit to Guru Monte Zuma), lip syncing (to obscure 60s-esque tunes) and strange green-screen motifs (such as the surface of an alien planet), this clip is not likely to mimic anything you’ve seen before. The video also features an interview with “the amazing” Ronda Fowler, a former regular performer on The Apollo Comedy Hour. Fowler talks about working with SNL and 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan, who she “married” in a performance at the Uptown Comedy Club in 1993!
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What should public access TV look like in the future? A lot like MNN. That’s the conclusion that can be drawn from a new article on MediaShift, a PBS website that explores how new media like blogs and citizen journalism are changing our society and culture.
In the article, access-TV veteran and scholar Rob McCausland argues that local community and government programming—“essential pillars for citizen education and civic engagement”—should be prominent in the minds of the academics and legislators who will structure the policy and public funds that make access TV possible as our media landscape evolves in the digital age.
MNN is the home of numerous such programs. We dedicate hundreds of hours of airtime to meetings, events and dialogues hosted by the many community boards serving Manhattan residents, providing a platform for conversations on important public issues like bullying (in a...