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BRONX TIMES REPORTER, SEPTEMBER 2 22 7-OCTOBER 3, 2019 BTR
cable access provider,
celebrates 25th year
Promotional graphics for BronxNet’s 25th
anniversary. BronxNet TV
BY ALEX MITCHELL
One of the nation’s fi nest public access
television turns 25 this year!
BronxNet TV will be celebrating
the big 2-5 with a bang at the Marina
del Rey on Thursday, October 17.
The soon-to-be three studio network
will be honoring Borough President
Ruben Diaz, Jr., former borough president
Fernando Ferrer, and BronxNet
board member Madaha Kinsey-Lamb
who is the executive director of the
Mindbuilders Creative Arts Center.
Diaz, who’s no stranger to BronxNet
will be receiving the ‘Quarter Century
Award’ for his pressing work with and
appearances on the television station.
BronxNet provides the studio space
at Lehman and Mercy colleges and
soon will provide an additional studio
with podcasting capabilities on 149th
Street in the hub of the south Bronx.
The network also provides camera
equipment that can be taken into
the fi eld, editing suites and training
classes, providing Bronx residents opportunities
few could afford.
In its 25-year time, BronxNet’s executive
director Michael Max Knobbe
has watched fi rsthand the growth of
the network along with the borough.
“We’ve seen the Bronx become
a symbol of urban renewal in these
years,” Knobbe said, mentioning how
BronxNet has expanded from one to
“Now the network has become a
multi-site, multimedia platform and
we’re nowhere near done growing
yet,” he continued.
During his tenure, Knobbe has also
seen many BronxNet alum move on to
pursue broadcast journalism in New
He listed the many BronxNet success
stories both current and in the
past 25 years starting with the very
popular Darlene Rodriguez , a reporter
for NBC 4.
Currently Yeila Lluberres is doing
outstanding work for Spectrum
News 1 as a weekend anchor in addition
to her other reporter duties. She
came from the Dominican Republic to
the Bronx, becoming a BronxNet producer
and attending Lehman College.
Dean Meminger followed a similar
path, starting at BronxNet to fi nd success
at Spectrum New 1 as well.
Michael Thrower is currently in the
cutting room for FOX, handling much
of its content, while Jeremy Hutchens
has given MTV, VICE, and BET some
of its most unique stories as well.
Jhelsy Paula has commanded the
news ‘en Espanol’ for Telemundo after
coming from BronxNet. Another success
story is the Emmy Award winning
news director Michael Leon of
BronxNet and later News 12.
If interested in attending the 25th
anniversary, why not do it in style?
Anchor sponsors are awarded a table
for twelve guests with VIP seating
and a full-page ad in the event journal.
BronxNet will produce a video vignette
spotlighting the organization to
air on BronxNet channels and an onair
support message will be included in
the broadcast and webcast of the event.
Your organization logo will be included
prominently in our digital logo
display during the event and on a website
banner as well along with promotional
items in gift bags.
Tickets and packages can be purchased
Now the network has
become a multi-site,
and we’re nowhere near
done growing yet.
Michael Max Knobbe