53 Central Street • Stoneham MA 02180 • 781-438-8340 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Brough Palmerino- Executive Director
Hello! My name is Amy Brough Palmerino and I love teaching the Stoneham community how to make “TV Created By You!” I am privileged to be the Executive Director of Stoneham TV and I really take pride in our mission of helping you create community spirit through video production.
We have come a long way since I started at Stoneham TV in June of 2003. As a new startup non profit PEG (Public, Educational, Governmental) Television Station, I was given the challenge of finding a space for our station, purchasing equipment that is professional, yet easy to use for community members, and hiring staff members to help me in this goal. Achieving this goal has been an exciting adventure! I started out in my Toyota Corolla for the first 6 months, traveling to different locations that might work out to house a television studio, while at the same time trying to find some video cameras that could replace the SVHS cameras we had acquired. Finally in December 2003 it was time to add to our staff and we were so very lucky to hire George as our Operations Manager! While I love my Toyota Corolla, it just wasn’t suited as an office for two people, so we were able to have a temporary office in the basement of Stoneham Town Hall. We stayed in the Town Hall until June 2004 when we moved to our current space at 53 Central Street. We taught classes in field production, editing, and studio from this space for over a year until we started the renovation process of turning a church into a television studio. On Thursday, May 25, 2006 we celebrated the Grand Opening of Stoneham TV with the entire community gathering for a night of tours, food, and fun!
I graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts with my bachelors of arts in English/Communications and my bachelor of science in Education. For all four years I worked as a work study at the college’s television studio and got a wonderful foundation on all facets of television production! A month after I graduated, I was so fortunate to be hired at Wilmington Community Television as their Training and Production Coordinator. I couldn’t believe that I could actually use my college degrees and “teach television!” How exciting! I learned so much about helping a community come together through the art of television and after two years, while I was sad to leave, I was hired as the Executive Director of Reading Community Television! I loved Reading and was so happy to work with the community. In my spare time while working at WCTV and RCTV I somehow found time to get my master of arts in broadcast journalism from Emerson College. I didn't get a lot of sleep during that time, but I did it! Then in 2003 when all of my studies were complete I made the move to Stoneham TV! It was very exciting to find a building and help start this non profit organization! I am very fortunate to work here and enjoy working with the individuals and organizations of this great town!
Now in my spare time I enjoy spending it with my husband and three sons. (I still don't get as much sleep as I should...but I wouldn't have it any other way!)
George Manfra- Operations Manager
Hello. I’m George Manfra and I have a great job. Great, because as Operations’ Manager of Stoneham Community Access my job involves a combination of both people and communications equipment. I enjoy meeting new people of many different backgrounds, learning about their loves and their passions. I enjoy the part when we discover that despite what differences there may exist between us, we also usually share very much in common. I’ve also always enjoyed learning all I could about new advances in audio and video equipment technologies. I remember, as a child, the first stereo (or so I thought it was at the time) I wired together out of found, discarded pieces of audio equipment. In my spare time I like to keep abreast of my fascination with audio and video equipment by reading the latest audio/video magazines, surfing the web and attending trade shows. A large part of my job consists of researching and installing new equipment, learning how it all works and maintaining it. Which brings me to the reasons about why my job is so great. Great, because I get to combine my love of people with my fascination of communications equipment. I’m able to share the knowledge I learn of communications equipment as I train community members of many different backgrounds and age groups how to produce community programming. I think I must have inherited this love of sharing knowledge trait from my father, who’s a retired teacher.
I’ve been involved in Public Access Television since 1990. I also enjoy spending time with my family (my wife and two sons), especially when all four of us can coordinate trying to be together in the same place at the same time. I like working on and riding old motorcycles, sleeping under the stars and trying to mix stones and water (mosaics). So, what are your interests? Why not drop by sometime. I look forward to our meeting.
Brian Albertson -Program and Training Coordinator
Hello! I’m Brian Albertson and I’m thrilled to be a part of Stoneham TV. As Program and Training Coordinator of Stoneham TV, it is my privilege to guide you on your journey in the production of your ideas to make them become a reality. I consider myself an expert with Final Cut Pro® Legacy, which is the editing system that we use here at Stoneham TV. In addition, I am a Level One Certified Pro in Final Cut Pro X. With Final Cut, there are just so many possibilities, and I continue to learn more all the time! I understand how difficult editing can be when you’re first learning, and I’ll make it my goal to give you the tools you need and make it an enjoyable experience. I also enjoy working with motion graphics, and I'm still improving my skill. If you're interested, let me know, and maybe I can show you a few tricks. Once your program is done, it's my pleasure to ensure you get the time slots that you want.
A little background on me: I’m a Marine Corps Veteran. I spent 1999 - 2004 as a avionics technician, serving in the U.S. as well as tours of duty in the Far East and the Persian Gulf. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, I attended the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, where I majored in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, graduating at the top of my class. While in college, I produced and edited a documentary called Smashed. I worked for Vital Pictures during post-production of a health disparities series called "Unnatural Causes" which aired on WGBH, and was an assistant director on Life of Lemon: a feature film shot in and around Los Angeles (now available on DVD), as well as other projects. I also freelance as a videographer, editor, and audio/visual technician. No stranger to public access television, I was employed at WCAC-TV in Wellesley (now The Wellesley Media Corporation) for two and a half years, where I produced a series of packages telling residents what they could do to "go green" and not drastically change their lifestyle, among many other contributions. I have also worked at NPA-TV in Norwood where I was the Government Access Coordinator and was responsible for coordinating the coverage of all local government programming, as well as producing an award-winning program for veterans called Now Hear This!
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, whom I met in college and also works in public access television, and playing with our very fluffy cat, Marilyn. I enjoy watching hockey, keeping an eye on the sky, and self-deprecating humor. My guilty pleasure is watching professional wrestling. I consider myself a connoisseur of hotdogs and large breakfasts and never met a pork product I didn't like.
Our staff is always here to help you make your program the best it can be!