Abby La Bianca
With the spring semester now underway, MC-77, the on-campus TV station that airs two shows every Monday night, has returned after a long hiatus during winter break and J-term.
MC-77 consists of two separate shows – Falcon Update and MC-Live. Falcon Update airs from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and consists of Messiah’s sports updates and Campus Calendar, a segment that highlights events around campus. The second show, MC-Live, airs from 7:35 to 8 p.m. MC Live features interviews with different clubs and campus organizations and performances from special musical talent from around campus.
The station’s content is produced entirely by students. E.J. Inscho, station manager and broadcast engineer, estimated that a large portion of crew members each put in close to ten hours of work throughout the week by creating packages and promos for the show.
Curtis Seaman, associate producer of Falcon Update, said, “I think students would be interested in watching the show because it talks a lot about what’s happening on campus, and a lot of the time people from around campus are on there being interviewed or performing a song, and it’s always fun to see your friends on TV.”
The show is specially tailored for different types of students all over campus. People from groups such as the Black Student Union, the Multicultural Council and the Worship Community are interviewed each week, and viewers can often listen to popular Coffeehouse performers on MC-Live.
The shows have made substantial progress since the station’s original airings in September of 2015. During the presidential election season, the shows produced a mock debate featuring members from the MC Democrats and the MC Republicans. MC-Live also hosted Student Body President, Jake Edmunds and other members of SGA in an SGA Town Hall event where students could tweet or Facebook message their questions to the show for live discussion.
Inscho expects to have more SGA Town Hall events in future semesters. With a new logo and hopes to start streaming online over the next year or so, there is much in store for MC-77.
“We’re starting to brand ourselves over campus,” Inscho explained.
Tune into Channel 77 on Monday nights at 7 p.m. for Falcon Update and MC-Live—the shows made for students, by students.