cable access provider,
celebrates 25th year
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
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 six channels.
“Now the network has become a
multi-site, multimedia platform and
we’re nowhere near done growing yet,”
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
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 on-air 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
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