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Why I Love CCTV: Michael Koran's Story

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:05pm

Meet Michael Koran, an average individual who strives to become a better person as each day progresses. Among the things he enjoys: becoming acquainted with different types of people. That’s part of the reason he’s been actively involved with Cambridge Community Television for 15 years.

The native New Yorker-turned-Cambridge resident hosts his own weekly show, “A Human Among Humans” (“AHAH” for short), which can be seen at 7 p.m. Sundays on CCTV Channel 9. It’s part of CCTV’s “BeLive” series, which allows any Cambridge resident the chance to speak their mind or move the masses for 27 minutes at a time.

The goal of Koran’s show, he said, is to promote self-improvement and how to have a positive spirit. “I want to learn how to be a better human being. This is what inspired me to do the show."

AHAH comprises various topics centered on enhancing one’s lifestyle and living life to the fullest. He’ll often bring on special guests, all from different and unique backgrounds. Once, he brought on a friend who taught Koran and the audience a few happy dance moves. His guest for April 13 will be a waitress. “I love the freedom to meet different guests and get to know people that I might run into in Cambridge.”

During Koran’s show, the Catholic convert (he was born into a Jewish household) focuses on spirituality and all things positive. He avoids negative or controversial subject matters, and focuses on equality and humanity by being optimistic and giving individuals a chance to be heard and be seen on public TV.

After more than a dozen years at CCTV, Koran still feels inspired to contribute to the program. “I love coming into contact with new people because everyone has a unique experience that allows them to be distinguished from others. I believe anyone can inspire people through their stories and knowledge,” the long-time BeLive host said.

Koran credits his upbringing at an early age as having a profound impact on him being able to play an important role at CCTV and within the Cambridge community. “My daily experience plays a part in trying to learn how to be a human being," he said.

Koran represents a positive light, and he’s able to do so through his involvement at CCTV. He is hard-working and dedicated to being a vital role in the community, as exemplified in his commitment to his BeLive program and the topic which it entails.

Any Cambridge resident can host their own BeLive show, as a matter of fact, about any topic of their choosing! For more information on how to do so, visit http://www.cctvcambridge.org/submit, and to see available timeslots, click on the latest Programming Highlights.

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Public Service Announcement Day

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:24am

Do you want to change the way people think about an issue? Do you want to educate the Cambridge audience about your organization's work? Each year, CCTV's Public Service Announcement (PSA) Day gives local non-profit organizations a chance to create informative PSAs that communicate the services they provide to the community.

PSAs are shown on CCTV's three cable channels, and have the potential of reaching more than 33,000 households! In addition, PSAs can be submitted to other television stations, uploaded to your organization's website, or used for any other public relations projects.

Register for PSA Day!

This year, PSA Day will take place on Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1 from 10 am to 5 pm. To sign up, all you need to do is contact CCTV to schedule a 30-minute taping appointment, prepare a 30-second presentation, and show up for the recording appointment. Please email Susan Fleischmann or call 617-401-4004 to schedule your slot.

The registration fee is $75 for non-CCTV members. A discounted rate of $50 is available to organizations that are CCTV members. Read about the benefits of Organizational Membership here. To become an organizational member, please complete this form.

After the recording appointment, CCTV staff will work on post-production for all PSAs and deliver high definition, broadcast quality copies of your new PSA. We can feature your organization's logo and up to 2 photos in the PSA.

Do You Need Help Preparing your PSA?

Each year, we offer a free one-hour workshop to provide organizations participating in PSA Day with tips about how to develop an effective PSA. We recommend that each participating organization attend one session. This year, the workshop will take place twice on Thursday, April 17 at 10 am and again at 4 pm. Organizations can register for a session when scheduling their PSA Day recording appointment.

Class Schedule for April, May and June is now available!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:41pm

Cambridge Community Television’s Class Schedule for April, May, June 2014 is now available! Please take a moment to check it out online!
There are a lot of exciting classes coming up very soon.

Check them out here!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Allison directly: allison@cctvcambridge.org or 617-401-4009

or call the CCTV front desk at 617-661-6900 or stop on by!

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