Press Releases


May 5, 2010


Milwaukee, WI - The students are going to run the place. All craziness may break loose when more than 20 second year video broadcasting students bring their next generation ideas to the small screen for a full day of creative new television. MPTV STUDENT OPERATIONS 2010 begins 9 a.m., Saturday, May 8, on WMVT-36.1 and wraps up at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

STUDENT OPERATIONS is a joint venture between the students and instructional department at MATC's Television and Video Production Division and Milwaukee Public Television. Each year for the last 42 years, TV students have "taken over" WMVT-Channel 36.1 for a full day of student produced programming. Viewers can watch on MPTV 36.1, SE Wisconsin cable stations, and satellite or dish program. providers. Comcast customers and some Charter customers do not receive MPTV.1. For the third year, programming will be streamed live at The students have created web links at Last year, Ethan Lightener won a Midwest Student Emmy for his student production "Running Free." It will rebroadcast on Saturday also.

The individual program descriptions follow.

9:00 a.m.
Student Operations Day #3501
"WPPN (We Promote Positive News)"
Local businesses and personalities are introduced in a positive and lighthearted way.
Student Producers/Directors: Jordan McCormick, Clifton Wilson, Naythan Schwab, and Dori Klitzka.

9:30 a.m.
Student Operations Day #3502
"TV School: Story of the MATC-MPTV Partnership"
The history of Milwaukee Area Technical College's (MATC) partnership with Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is traced. Staff members from both organizations are interviewed.
Student Producer/Director: Dan Anthony.

10:00 a.m.
Student Operations Day #3528
"Storm Watch"
This magazine-format program looks at the news at MATC and what's hot at Discovery World.
Student Producer/Director: Jonathan Bare

10:30 a.m.
Student Operations Day #3504
"Running Free: An Urban Exploration Documentary" (Re-air of 2009 Student Emmy Winner)
This program explores Parkour, the efficient movement of the body to overcome obstacles. Those that have mastered the art are profiled, including Traceurs Nick Kane of Los Angeles and Brian Rower of
Student Producer/Director: Ethan Lightner

11:00 a.m.
Student Operations Day #3505
"Skate Parks in Milwaukee: Time for a Public Option"
Members of the non-profit organization, Tosa Skateboarders United, talk about efforts to build the first public skate-park in Milwaukee.
Student Producer: Phil Kraus
Associate Producer: Steve Paluch
Student Directors: Taylor Imm, Jerome Kenealy, Phil Kraus and Steve Paluch

11:30 a.m.
Student Operations Day #3506
"Destination 4-1-4"
The many facets that make up Milwaukee's unique character are explored. Popular sites are visited, and new, lesser known gems are introduced.
Student Producers: Jeff Lahti, Patrick Mott, Chris Burton, and Steven Kiefer.
Student Director: Steven Kiefer

12:00 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3507
"Exploring "Your World""
Some of Milwaukee's many entertainment and night-life options are highlighted, including the ever-popular Comedy Sportz.
Student Producer: Katherine Abbott-Ricchio, Trevor Foley, Joe Frost.
Student Director: Kyle Pomfret

12:30 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3508
"Making Pasta with the Piano Man"
The story is told of a young man going down the wrong path, who meets his idol, and changes his mind.
Student Producers/Directors: Gavin Weitzer, Rodrick Grant, Nick Portis, and Lou Burnett

1:00 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3525
"Metamorphosis: Evolution of a Song"
In this rockumentary, Milwaukee-based rock band Heavy Nova offers a behind-the-scenes look at the life cycle of a song, from riff to jam-through the recording process, culminating in a live performance.
Student Producers/Directors: Brian Johnston, Chris Kiefer, and James Zoltak

1:30 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3510
The self-defense programs available at Waukesha Mixed Martial Arts are explored. Guests discuss techniques of ju-jitsu, hapkido, kickboxing and more.
Student Producer/Director: Tonya Billingsley

2:00 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3511
"A Glass of Warm Milk: Message on Climate Change from the Dairyland"
Wisconsin residents talk about putting aside differences and the importance of agreeing to disagree on climate change.
Student Producers/Directors: Antonio Cole, Jacob Fatke and Nathaniel Schardin

2:30 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3512
"Ops off the Air"
Quirky hosts Laura Nemetz is followed, as she goes through the trials, tribulations and feats of creating a Student Operations program.
Student Producer/Director: Laura Nemetz

3:00 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3527
"Ops Live"
Television production students, James Stewart and Stephanie Geisler, visit Discovery World, explore the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, and stop at Turner Hall. In the studio, they interview special guests.

3:30 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3513
"Transient in Transit: Wisconsin"
Phil Knecht tours the state of Wisconsin, along the way, he learns about its history, culture and fun places to visit.
Student Producer/Director: Jonathan Bare.

4:00 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3514
"Organic Influence: The Past & Future Influence of Frank Lloyd Wright"
Frank Lloyd Wright's influence on modern architecture is explored.
Student Producer/Director: Scott Brewer.

4:30 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3528
"Live Interviews"
Current second-year students interview graduates of the video broadcasting program.

5:00 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3515
"Connecting the Dots"
The creative departments and unified goal of Milwaukee Area Technical College programs are explored, including: animation, photography, music, sound engineering, graphics, and culinary arts.
Student Producer/Director: L.C. Satterfield.

6:00 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3516
"Connections: Animation Workshop"
Animation students at Milwaukee Area Technical College are profiled, as they create animated content based on the theme of "connections."
Student Producer: Jonathan Bare

6:30 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3528
"Live Interviews"
Current second-year students interview graduates of the video broadcasting program.

7:00 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3517
"Ok Go-Live"
Alternative rockers OK-Go perform at Milwaukee's Turner Hall on April 16.
Student Producers: Lori Dilaveri and Jasmine Winters
Student Director: Jasmine Winters.

8:00 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3518
"The Prism"
The many small ensembles of South Milwaukee High School's Music Department blend together to create one flowing concert experience.
Student Producer/Director: Nick Koscielniak.

9:00 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3519
"Invade Rome"
The local band "Invade Rome" performs rock 'n' roll music. Behind the scenes footage and interviews are featured. Student Producer/Director: Ross Monagle.

9:30 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3520
"Behind Closed Doors"
A young writer (Anna) embarks on a journey to become a writer. She wants to help people rather than exploit them, but when something happens to the family of her first story, her faith in people is thrown for a loop.
Student Producer/Director: Brad Poglitsch

10:00 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3521
"Poetry Unplugged"
At PLI Tuesday's, local poets hit the microphone, as the audience moves to the groove of the band "Cigarette Break."
Student Producer/Director: Chanel Johnson.

11:00 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3522
Steve Sanders' variety show features his comedy group "Rob's Basement," which reunites after five years.
Student Producer/Director: Steve Sanders.

11:30 p.m.
Student Operations Day #3523
"The Allanah and Phaedra Show"
Two popular drag queens host this variety show with several performers and various skits.
Student Producer/Director: Keith Gaffney

12:00 a.m.
Student Operations Day #3524
"Loyalty, Strength, and Power: Knockout Gym"
The history of Knockout Gym is explored, with a look at mixed martial arts training and fighting, and interviews. Student Producer/Director: Sabrina Jordan

12:30 a.m.
Student Operations Day #3509
"Living with the Stigma"
Young adults talk about growing up with drug addictions, eating disorders, and other mental illness.
Student Producer/Director: Connie Tilot.

1:00 a.m.
Student Operations Day #3526
"T.M.U. (The Midwest Underground)"
Host Molly Stitch explores the Milwaukee music scene with a visit to Points East Pub, for a look at how shows are booked. Guests: Faultline Empires, The Last Rhino, Ikarus Down, Heavy Nova, and Bad Boys.
Student Producers/Directors: Evan Truex, Brandon Hammes, and Jacob Hlaracek.

More information is available by contacting MPTV Executive in Charge of Student Productions, and Instructional Chair of the TVP Program at MATC, Kevin F. Pulz, at 414-271-1036, or emailing Or, contact the students directly at

Since its inception, MPTV has educated, entertained and inspired. Today, MPTV offers viewers a family of nine digital channels to choose from - 10.1 HD, 36.1, 36.2 Vme, 36.3 World, 36.4 Create, 36.5 Classical, 36.6 Jazz, 36.7 Weather, 36.8 Traffic - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College.
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