There have been a lot of changes at NCTV lately and the staff is no exception! There has been a little shuffling of positions and a brand new addition to the team. I'm very happy to welcome Chris Lawn to the NCTV team and congratulate our own Andrew Barker on his new position. Both Chris and Andrew have roots in Norfolk and backgrounds filled with media production. I couldn't be more thrilled with the team that has been assembled at NCTV and great things are sure to transpire in their capable hands! 



 Production Coordinator, Chris Lawn

Production Coordinator, Chris Lawn

In February 2015, Chris Lawn was hired as NCTV’s Production Coordinator. With 7+ years of experience in community TV and deep rooted knowledge of Norfolk, Chris brings a unique perspective to our local station and we’re lucky to have such an energetic, motivated, and forward thinking addition to our small staff. Let’s get to know Chris a little bit better:

Q: What inspired you to get involved in community media originally?

A: When I first graduated from UMass Amherst with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication, I knew I wanted to work in media, but I wasn't sure how or where to start.  I lived in Plymouth, MA at the time, and I ended up seeing a career counselor who suggested I visit the local public access television station to ask them about potential opportunities.  When I first walked through the doors at PACTV, little did I know what an impact it would have on my life.  After meeting and talking with the absolutely wonderful staff, I ended up working with them as an unpaid intern for a little over a year.  During that time, I had a lot of fun and learned many important professional skills that I carry with me today.  Towards the end of the internship, I felt it was time to spread my wings and find a way to turn my new passion into an actual living.  Shortly after leaving PACTV, I found it in an entry-level position at MCTV in Marshfield, MA, where I worked for almost five years and have remained in community media ever since.  

Q: What brought you to NCTV specifically?

A: At my previous job, I was mainly involved with programming and scheduling and supervising interns.  While I enjoyed the work and continue to be grateful for the experience I gained there, the majority of it was managerial and computer-based, and I felt it was time for a change and time to get back into the studio.  When I saw the Production Coordinator position listing on the MassAccess website, the combination of the job description and the fact that it was in my home town seemed like exactly what I was looking for.  After meeting and interviewing with Katy Woodhams in person, I left with a really positive feeling, and I was delighted when she called to offer me the position.

Q: What is it like working back in your hometown?

A: It definitely feels a little surreal, but it is overall really nice to be back.  I have always appreciated the small-town charm of Norfolk, and I'm excited for the opportunity to give back to the community in any way that I can.  I also appreciate the fact that I know the area so well, and I think that will come in handy for being a part of the station's outreach and growth.

Q: What skills have you gained over the years?

A: My background includes, but is not limited to, working with both Macintosh and Windows platforms and software, pre-recorded and Live studio production, field production, video and audio editing, animated graphics, scheduling and programming, training and overseeing interns and station members, digital and analogue media archiving, marketing and branding, social media, technical troubleshooting, and systems maintenance.

Q: Do you have any specific goals or ambitions for your time at NCTV?

A: I am looking forward to meeting and working with all of the members, and I am currently in the process of organizing and labeling all of the field equipment in an effort to make check-out easier and faster.  I also hope to increase our social media presence and outreach.  Lastly, I would love to create fun and interactive productions using our amazing new studio switcher!

Q: What are your favorite types of media outside of work?

A: I consider myself to be a huge tv nerd in general, and I have a lot of personal favorites that are too many to name here.  In general, when it comes to books and anything video-related, I am a huge fan of horror, dark comedy, and anything that has some form of social commentary or makes you think.  Musically, I love metal, hip-hop, pop, electronica, and anything that has a melody or a good beat that I can dance to or sing along to.

Q: Are there any other activities, aside from media, that you enjoy?

A: I am a social extrovert who loves spending time with friends and loved ones, dancing, hiking, traveling, going to conventions and events, and all types of food.

Q: Do you have any thoughts, advice, or words of encouragement for new and current station members?

A: Don't ever be afraid to learn something new!  We are here to teach, guide, and celebrate NCTV members and Norfolk citizens.  I encourage any and all who are interested to come down to the station, take a tour, participate in the variety of free classes we have to offer, volunteer, and learn how to produce their own program.  I am here to teach you and help you with whatever way you would like to get involved!




 Program Coordinator, Andrew Barker

Program Coordinator, Andrew Barker

Andrew has been involved with NCTV since 2012 as a Meeting Producer but over the past few months, he has been in charge of NCTV’s programming and recently was promoted to Program Coordinator! Andrew is a quick learner with an eye for video and expertly infuses humor and class in to his work. Let’s get to know Andrew a little better:

Q: What brought you to work in community TV?

A: In 2012, my friend and former NCTV Secretary, Mike Davies told me about an opening NCTV had to add another Government meetings producer. I knew I could handle it and figured maybe I could learn something about my town in the process, so I went for it. I filmed my first meeting in August of 2012 and have been here ever since.

Q: What do you find unique about working in the town you grew up in?

A: It's unique because when I was a younger I would see people's names on signs before town elections and then never really think about them again, but now that I'm filming these meetings I'm getting to put faces to the names and see the elected officials at work.

Q: What is your background in media production?

A: My background in media production comes from the King Philip Television program led by the wonderful Mrs. Jodi Greenleaf.

Q: Of all the events you’ve filmed over the years, what has been your favorite and why?

A: My favorite event that I have filmed thus far has been the KP Percussion Night from May, 2014. They had an international theme, so along with the marimbas and xylophones, they had kids on steel drums and maracas etc. They also did some sweet dancing. It was a nice change of pace from my usual government meetings (no offense).

Q: What do you want to accomplish in your time at NCTV?

A:  I know we're all trying to get the look and the feel and the operations of NCTV to be as modern as we can. I hope to help by jazzing up our digital bulletin board.

Q: What are your favorite types of media outside of work?

A: I enjoy watching TV shows that make me laugh. I don't care how old they are. If they can make me laugh, they're good. That's why I enjoy watching Roseanne on TV Land. Anyway, I also watch the news pretty regularly even though it's really not funny most of the time. I like music, too. My favorite band is Rush.

Q: Are there any other activities, aside from media, that you enjoy?

A: I enjoy playing my bass guitar, especially when I get to play in church with all the other musicians who I can learn from. I also enjoy playing various tabletop games that vary from easy to pretty complicated/time-consuming. And I like playing video games.

Q: Do you have any thoughts, advice, or words of encouragement for new and current station members?

A: I know it's easier said than done, but it's still not hard to create your own shows! As the Programming Coordinator, I would love to have more shows by Norfolk residents to program. I know there must be someone out there that wants to have a show. You can do it and we can help!


Welcome and congratulations, Chris and Andrew! 

AuthorKaty Woodhams