Press Releases


May 9, 2013

On Saturday, May 11, Milwaukee Public Television will be turned over to Milwaukee Area Technical College students from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 12. This year marks the 43rd year that MATC students enrolled in its Television and Video Production (TVP) program will have the opportunity to handle the operations of the station for the day, and create and broadcast student-produced programs throughout the day.

Student Operations Day will air on MPTV 36.1 and streamed online at Over 25 programs developed, created and produced by students in MATC's TVP program will be aired on May 11th. There will be live, in-studio segments airing between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Said Kevin Pulz, Program Coordinator of the Television and Video Production/School of Media and Creative Arts at Milwaukee Area Technical College, "Once again our students, who learn hands-on every day at MPTV, will be taking over programming for channel 36.1 for a full broadcast day. The experiences gained at MPTV not only help them showcase their talents during this annual production event, but also help prepare them for their future careers in the industry. The level of creativity and skill exhibited by this group of graduating MATC Advanced TV students is very high and, honestly, quite good!"

Below is a full listing of the programs planned for broadcast for this year's Student Operations Day:

Learning To Stand Up
Produced by Cody Krott
Cody Krott hits up the Milwaukee stand-up comedy scene. He goes to open mics and talks to local comedians, as well as traveling comedians, to see what it takes to be a stand-up comedian.

Hole in One
Produced by Caitlin Sagert
Take a tour with Garrett Grebe as he travels to several metro Milwaukee golf courses.

Easy Fix
Produced by Daniel Fischer
This program will offer viewers advice on how to improve their homes without spending a lot of money. Offers tips on painting your home, installing light fixtures, carpeting, cabinets, etc.

Homeschooling: Exploring the World of Home Education
Produced by Nathan Kuphall
This documentary explores homeschooling as a viable alternative to formal public or private school education. Topics include myths about homeschooling, the options it offers to parents, why parents choose homeschooling, available activities and insights from local homeschool participants.

It's MKE
Produced by Warren Anderson
A talk show that features local organizations, individuals and venues that are furthering the culture of Milwaukee. This episode features local educators who have dedicated their careers to the teaching of the arts to Milwaukee's youth.

The Brew
Produced by Jamie Sodd
Explores the history, chemistry and passion that go into making great beer.

Sweet Water Music Series
Produced by Joshua Hansen
A live performance by an energetic local pop blues band.

Eating Milwaukee
Produced by Jibril Gagale
Go on a unique food tour through some of Milwaukee's top restaurants and see how the Brew City really eats.

LaserTag The New Way
Produced by Steve Moser
Features interviews and commentary from individuals associated with the sport of laser tag.

Wisconsin Beer: Part 1
Produced by Emma Cortes
An examination of Wisconsin beer history and culture.

Wisconsin Beer: Part 2
Produced by David Kaye
A visual tour of local microbreweries.

Homeless Youth in Milwaukee
Produced by Jessica Wilkinson, Ashley Pluger & Terry West
Explore the homeless youth in the Milwaukee area and the programs in the area that offer help.

Otaku: A look into Milwaukee Anime
Produced by Gabriel Lisboa
Explores the history of anime in Milwaukee.

Carrie Rodriguez - Live at Turner Hall
Produced by Ryan Lemire
A live taping of Carrie Rodriguez's April 12, 2013, concert at Turner Hall Ballroom.

A Night On The Town
Produced by Alejandro Santiago
Featuring nightlife hotspots in southeastern Wisconsin.

Theater in Milwaukee
Produced by JR Witt, Miranda Morn, Josh Nylen & Hugh Gallagher
A visit with five theater companies in Milwaukee, including Next Act, Pink Banana, Off The Wall, Smithereen and First Stage. The show will discuss these theater companies and why they are different from other companies in Milwaukee.

The Triumphant Nowhere
Produced by Monte Driscoll
A pleasantly disturbing video collage of images that exemplify the never-say-die attitude of the human spirit and its unquenchable desire to triumph, even in the face of the terrific obstacles that are nature and technology.

Title: Behind the Badge
Produced by Jeff Morris
A segmented show that takes a look inside the inner workings of a police force. You'll learn straight from actual police officers helpful tips that will not only help keep officers safe, but yourself as well. It will also look into the differences between Hollywood and real-life police crime scene investigating. Lastly, meet both members of the K9 unit, Office Turner and his canine partner "Bac".

Beyond The Field
Produced by Dan Vang
Ahman Green and Chris Jacke of the Green Bay Packers were legends in their prime. "Beyond The Field" is a program that highlights who they were, where they are now and what they are aspiring to become.

Certified Hoopz
Produced by James James
A magazine-style sports show for fans of basketball.

The Haunting of Willow Grove
Produced by Matt Hamman
A search for haunted things around Milwaukee.

Yoga: A Relaxing Exercise
Produced by Blake Wieting
An exploration through the basics of yoga.

Girlfriends: Get Fit
Produced by Nesha Scott
This magazine-style show will give you tips on staying fit, eating right and looking your best.

Travel MKE
Produced by Adam Weiner
Must-see tourist destinations around Milwaukee.

Snack Time with Fry & Friends
Produced by Geoffrey Niezgoda
Fry and his friends discuss and demonstrate recipes.

Late Night Sounds
Produced by Jordan Curtain, David White, Ben Hanser, Alex Bauer, Willie Stone & Tim Straszewski
Explore the diverse musicians of Riverwest.

Talkin' Bout It
Produced by Tom Bryde
Host John David examines the tragic events that led to the downfall of MATC student Thomas "TJ" Bryde.

The Shoe Game
Produced by Eli Martinez
A look into the popularity growth of the sneaker shoe, from the development of the early Nike Air Jordan 1 to today's sneaker craze.

Milwaukee Entertainment History
Produced by Austin Hayford
The history of the Pabst Theater and the Oriental Theater, from the past to present day.

Inside Student Ops
Produced by Anna Wilson
A look inside Student Operations. Features interviews with the producers of the shows that will air during the live studio block on May 11, 2013.

Paranormal Milwaukee
Produced by Maureen Dohert & Samantha Gruetzmacher
A look into paranormal activities in Milwaukee including discussions with local paranormal investigators.

MMA Milwaukee
Produced by Kenn Williams
Features local mixed martial artists, including brothers Christian and Kevin Vasquez, highlighting their last two MMA victories.

About MPTV
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