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Meet Rob & Milford TV

Meet Rob.

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Rob is a movie enthusiast, a hockey/fitness fanatic, a cat dad and the Executive Director of the outstanding Milford TV.

 Rob in the newly opened "Studio B".

Rob in the newly opened "Studio B".

Milford TV is a cable access studio (featuring 2 channels), but really it is so much more than just local town meetings and announcements. It is original programming from an impressive age range of local talent. Rob has been installed as Executive Director since the media center's inception in 2013. Since that time, it has only consistently grown at a steady pace, mostly in part to the hard work that Rob puts in behind the scenes, including remarkably long shifts on a regular basis, sometimes stretching long into the night. He is a hands-on Director truly involved in all aspects of operation, even taking on lone-man camera assignments when his staff cannot fulfill the duty.

 Rob and company preparing to produce a Milford High School basketball game.

Rob and company preparing to produce a Milford High School basketball game.

Rob’s dedication to crafting a top-notch production is a big reason why people in and around town have taken notice in the operation. He is detail-oriented and wants everyone involved to be represented in the best light. Furthermore, he has taken the organization and has made it more than just a TV station, but a creative epicenter for the town of Milford and surrounding towns. From original talk shows to music specials, to telethons benefitting local charities or organizations, to high school sports and town meetings, to arts-based programs, to local politics. Milford TV does it’s best to offer something for everyone, including Milford’s growing youth.

 Mick Lawless playing a live solo set during the "Studio B" expansion opening.

Mick Lawless playing a live solo set during the "Studio B" expansion opening.

 Bad Marriage play a set in studio to close out Milford TV's "Studio B" opening live coverage.

Bad Marriage play a set in studio to close out Milford TV's "Studio B" opening live coverage.

At Milford TV, it isn’t uncommon to see a high schooler (or sometimes someone younger!) running camera on a variety of operations, or even producing a program behind the main board at the studio. Rob empowers anyone interested to come in and learn the ways of TV production and what it takes to put it together professionally. They can even work in a live-broadcast environment, giving eager youngsters an early opportunity and invaluable experience before even becoming a college freshman. For creative kids looking for a career in a myriad of facets within the broadcasting/television field, Rob offers them the chance to get an upper-hand that contemporaries from other communities don’t always get.

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Milford TV is a creative haven and a remarkable resource for the town’s creative-minded and talented, striving artists. It just celebrated it’s 5 year anniversary and recent expansion of the internal infrastructure, including a brand new “studio B”.  Beyond the recognition of the growth of the studio, what really was recognized was the growth of the culture established by Rob, people coming together to make original content and give an outlet to the people of Milford and really anyone willing to make the trip to the studio from whatever surrounding towns/cities.

 The official ribbon-cutting celebrating the opening of Studio B.

The official ribbon-cutting celebrating the opening of Studio B.

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 "Talk Show" Host RJ Sheedy, "That Milford Show" Host Al Correia and volunteer Malcolm Zale share an on-air interaction with Milford TV Producer Mike Spurling and his daughter.

"Talk Show" Host RJ Sheedy, "That Milford Show" Host Al Correia and volunteer Malcolm Zale share an on-air interaction with Milford TV Producer Mike Spurling and his daughter.

The impact Rob has had on the community around him, to bring such attention to the arts - whether it be musical, performance, or visual - has fostered an amazing collection of artists with a full spectrum of talent/skills who regularly associate with the organization because they know Rob will do what he can to help them further their chance at gaining or continuing success. He is a selfless leader, often quick to deflect any praise about him toward his hard working staff. He loves his job so much that sometimes he may not realize how impactful he is, but he has youngsters seeing that if they work hard and pay attention to detail, they can go in whatever direction they want and can even have a step up on some peers as they exit high school and go to the next phase of their lives. He has crafted a community where old and young can come together to interact, get to know each other and learn from one another.

 Show host John Tehan - One of multiple portraits of Milford TV personalities, painted by artist Kerry St. Pierre

Show host John Tehan - One of multiple portraits of Milford TV personalities, painted by artist Kerry St. Pierre

 Host Sheedy (left) on air with brother Matthew (right) and Medway Photographer Tim Rice.

Host Sheedy (left) on air with brother Matthew (right) and Medway Photographer Tim Rice.

 Milford Selectman Mike Walsh shaking the hand of a young Milford TV visitor.

Milford Selectman Mike Walsh shaking the hand of a young Milford TV visitor.

 Bad Marriage guitarist Ian Haggerty playing to an audience of all ages.

Bad Marriage guitarist Ian Haggerty playing to an audience of all ages.

Furthermore, he genuinely gets to know the people that he works with and is a reliable listener, who is open to conversation or giving his own sage advice when needed. These are the immeasurably-important kind of ethics and qualities that get passed down from generation to generation through environments like Milford TV, and we can never have too many of those people or places.

 Rob accepting a citation & congratulations from State House Rep. Brian Murray the Board of Milford TV

Rob accepting a citation & congratulations from State House Rep. Brian Murray the Board of Milford TV

 

Learn more about Milford TV at http://www.milfordtv.net/ and on their Facebook page.

Patrick Garriepy