Middlebury Community Television is helping homeless critters new homes right here in Addison County. MCTVis showcasing its very own "Pet of the Week" production - in living, local color on local cable Channels 15 and 16..
MCTV's spring-semester intern Charlie Buckles is the young producer behind this weekly program. The show is aired in conjunction with the Addison County Humane Society (ACHS).
Buckles' program introduces one or two animals from ACHS to the community. Each week's episode airs Tuesday through Monday.
Viewers can also screen the episodes online at: middleburycommunitytv.org/petsoftheweek.php.
Buckles became involved with community television production after first participating in the Teen Video Challenge, through MCTV and Ilsley Public Library. Her talents were visible to everyone involved, so it was a natural step to see her produce a program of her own.
"Although she was the youngest contestant, Charlie's flair for editing was very clear in her entry for the contest as well as in her other work," said Nikki Morse, leader of the internship program at MCTV. "I knew that she would be able to make these portraits of ACHS's animals come alive for the viewer."
The Pet of the Week program had a short life on MCTV a few years ago. It languished with various changes at the Humane Society. The heart was willing but the volunteers to undertake production of the show were hard to come by. But a good idea is hard to die - "Pet of the Week" is back. From all reports, local dogs are barking and cats are purring.
"Pet of the Week was a huge hit many years ago, and I'm really happy to see it back again," said MCTV's Dick Thodal. Thodal is responsible for overseeing MCTV's award-winning lineup of community news and entertainment programming.
According to Buckles, she is looking forward to taking her videomaking to another level. Only an internship at MCTV can offer hands-on learning for a budding television producer.