Press Releases


May 10, 2011


Milwaukee, WI (April 25, 2011) -- A takeover is scheduled at MPTV 36.1 on Saturday, May 14, 2011. The station will be in the capable hands of students during the annual MPTV Student Operations Day. This 40-year old spring ritual for MPTV and the MATC students in the Television and Video Production Division will hit a new high note this year as a powerhouse of talent emerges from MATC's newly formed School of Media and Creative Arts, at the downtown campus. The 2011 Student Ops Day will be a true joint effort between all the creative departments of the school. Contributions of animation, photography, music, graphic design, videography, and creative writing promise to put video broadcasting students on the path for a third consecutive Midwest Emmy. The takeover comes the first Saturday after the Great TV Auction concludes. Fans of regularly scheduled programs will have to wait another week for their favorite exercise, cooking, woodworking and entertainment programs to return. This Saturday recognizes the work of MPTV's students.

Nearly 30 new films and live shows will be broadcast between 8:00 a.m. and midnight. Students were challenged to create programs based around this year's theme "Milwaukee Made" and to bring stories of the region to light. Five live shows with guests and entertainment from around the city will broadcast during the schedule block from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Student Ops Day programming will air on MPTV Channel 36.1 (TWC 16, Direct TV 36, AT&T U-verse 36) and streamed online at Additionally, programs will be archived at for future viewing. The program schedule follows.

8 AM The Third Degree
Jake Curtis teaches a local bully how to be nice. (Producer: Dori Klitzka)

8:30 AM Asian Sensation
Easy and delicious Thai recipes are prepared. (Producers: Matt Meier, AJ Panyasopa, Ben Miller, Teiara Aschebrock)

9 AM Milwaukee's Hidden Chapel
A closer look is taken at Milwaukee's Zablocki VA Medical Center chapel. (Producer: James Zoltak)

9:30 AM At the Cinema
Milwaukee's prime movie viewing venues are highlighted. (Producers: Geoffrey Niezgoda, Andre Wehlre, Matt Meier, Teiara Aschebrock and James Gale)

10:15 AM Milwaukee's Professional Sports Teams
Milwaukee's professional sports teams are explored. (Producer: Patt Mott)

10:45 AM Milwaukee Made
This live-feature event explores Milwaukee's creative culture--focusing on art, music, theatre, and food. (Producers: Antonio Cole and Jeff Lahti)

11 AM Off the Eatin' Path
Some of Milwaukee's most popular "local" food and entertainment establishments are visited. Producers: Mike Vernik, Casey Williamson and Morgan Smith.

11:45 AM Milwaukee's Fashion Flava
Milwaukee's hottest fashion designers share their views on fashion and the role fashion plays in their lives. (Producer: Jordan McCormick)

12:45 PM Milwaukee Made
This live-feature event explores Milwaukee's creative culture--focusing on art, music, theatre, and food. (Producers: Antonio Cole and Jeff Lahti)

1 PM Milwaukee Highlights
This film is an insider's guide to Milwaukee's best places to visit featuring museums, breweries, performing venues and sports arenas. (Producers: Kevin Cate, Steven Ball, Luis Delgadillo and Tom Shaver)

1:45 PM The Earth Gives Life
A look is taken at the lives and legacies of both well-known and lesser-known environmentalists and their impact on Wisconsin. (Producer: Jacob Fatke)

2:30 PM American Politics
Progressive Liberals and Tea Party Conservatives share their opinions on the changing political climate. (Producer: Kyle Pomfret)

3 PM Mount Mary Fashion Show
Designers taking part in Mt. Mary College's annual fashion show are followed as they prepare for the event. (Producer: Joe Ponto)

3:30 PM Lightfall
The work of several Milwaukee photographers specializing in urban exploration and light painting photography are highlighted. (Producer: Andrew Ilk)

4 PM Short/Epic
This short looks at Milwaukee's film community and its prominent creative filmmakers and writers. (Producer: Trevor Foley)

4:30 PM Brew City Flood
A look is taken back at the devastating flood that took place in Southeastern Wisconsin and Milwaukee on July 22, 2010. (Producer: Steve Paluch)

5 PM Our Clear Responsibility
The state of Milwaukee's fresh and ground water, its regulation, and possible privatization are examined. (Producer: Phil Kraus)

5:30 PM Perseverance: Climbing The Flatland
When the notoriously harsh winter months roll around in the Midwest, climbers must overcome the cold weather, in addition to the constant obstacle of flat land, to continue to climb - even if that means climbing indoors or on shear walls of ice.

6 PM Let There Be Light
The principles of creationism are discussed, including the belief that the Earth is relatively young rather than millions of year old. (Producer: Antonio Cole)

6:30 PM The End of a Dynasty
The histories of Boys Tech and Milwaukee Trade and Technical High Schools are traced. (Producer: Clifton Wilson)

7 PM First Robotics
A look is taken at the educational program F.I.R.S.T., (For Inspiration, Recognition, Science, and Technology) which helps students prepare for student careers in college. (Producer: Jerome Kenealy)

7:30 PM Dead End
The dramatic story is told of a struggling young teen with a neglectful mother who lost her husband and eldest son to the streets. He is now faced with the decision to do right or wrong. (Producer: Nick Portis)

8 PM Maritime Live at Turner Hall
The Milwaukee band Maritime performs at Turner Hall. This special production was captured on film by MPTV/MATC students live on location. (Recorded: April 9, 2011)

9:30 PM Got It?"
The challenges of suffering from the overwhelming effects of HIV are brought to life in this riveting drama. (Producer: LouRawls Burnett)

10 PM Don't Believe the Lie
This inspirational documentary profiles ex-cons and gang members becoming role models to kids. (Producer: Gavin Weitzer)

10:30 PM The Lonely Man in Darkness
This drama follows a vigilante seeking revenge for the death of his partner. (Producer: Taylor Imm)

11 PM Spring Milwaukee
A lovely music and video montage of Milwaukee during spring season is presented. (Producers: Paul Cotter, Will Picard, AJ Panyasopa, Darrell Holman)

11:30 PM Grand Tour of Milwaukee
Some of Milwaukee's most popular tourist destinations are visited. (Producers: Blake Weiting, Dan Joerres, Brandon Hammes, Maddy Modrinski)

Additional student "workshop" videos are now online at The 2010 Students Ops projects can be seen online at For additional information about the MPTV TV and Video Production Program, contact Kevin F. Pulz, co-chair, Media and Creative Arts Division and program coordinator, Television and Video Production at 414-271-1036 or

MPTV is a community-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College. Since its inception, MPTV has inspired, entertained, and impacted the residents of Southeastern Wisconsin. Today, MPTV offers viewers a family of 10 digital channels, a full-service website, locally produced programming, outreach services for all ages, and numerous support opportunities, including the JOBS Initiative. The MPTV main switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Viewer Services can be reached at 414-297-7520,, and at Twitter and Facebook. Feedback is always welcomed.

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