MCCC Students, Television Station Win Telly Award
Mercer County Community College Television students won a Telly award for their work on a live cable telecast. Project participants, seated, from left, are Bianca Zuzzio and Zohair Zaidi. Standing, from left, are MCCC Assistant Professor Steve Voorhees, Ben Stentz, David Pitchford, Richard Fofana, Kevin Daniel, Jim Giglio, Sam Han, MCCC Professor Craig Coenen, David Erdely, Katie Bavoso, Ivy Storaci and Moneshe Mann.
Nearly 20 student volunteers from the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Television Program won a national Telly award for their work on the live cable telecast of the Mercer County High School Basketball Finals. Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television, video and film productions.
Held Feb. 24 in the sold-out college gymnasium, the doubleheader featured Trenton Catholic Academy capturing the girls' championship over Trenton Central, and the Ewing boys defeating Trenton Central for the championship. Fans who couldn’t get a seat in the gym were able to watch the games live on MCCC’s cable television station, MCTV. The station is available in nearly 100,000 households county-wide on Comcast and Cablevision Channel 26 and Verizon FiOS Channel 20.
According to Television Program Assistant Professor Steve Voorhees, "The students did a magnificent job. They came up with the game plan and carried it every step of the way. I'm very proud of their professional level of work and the way they handled working in a live environment."
Produced entirely by MCCC students, the award-winning broadcast was directed by Bianca Zuzzio with technical direction by Zohair Zaidi. MCTV’s basketball broadcast featured MCCC Professor Craig Coenen as play-by-play announcer, color analyst Ben Stentz and studio hosts Jim Giglio and Bob Hutchinson.
MCCC’s associate degree program in Television provides students with a fully-equipped studio and state of the art professional equipment. Many graduates continue their education at four-year colleges, while others directly enter the workforce.