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NESCom Works To Record Greenlight Maine TV Series

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Green means go, Green means Husson and this week at the New England School of Communications at Husson University, green also means Greenlight Maine. Faculty, students and alumni are working with the creative and production team of Brian Corcoran, Con Fullam, and Nat Thompson in a venture called Portland Media Group (PMG) on a new show called “Greenlight Maine”.

Greenlight Maine, which is produced by PMG with production management by NESCom, involves Maine entrepreneurs competing for a prize of more than $100,000 to invest in their businesses. Along the way, they’ll receive mentoring from corporate, media and marketing executives.

The production of the show is no small task. Over the course of 7 days, NESCom faculty, students and even a few alumni are working to tape 13 half-hour episodes that feature all 26 semifinalist entrepreneurs of the Greenlight Maine competition that was held earlier this year. Each episode includes interviews with the semifinalists and presenting their “pitch” to a panel of three judges. Each show has a new set of judges, the list of which reads like a “Who’s Who” in Maine.


PMG recruited an impressive group of sponsors which includes:
Bangor Savings Bank
Bernstein Shur Counselors at Law
Central Maine Power
Day’s Jewelers
Finance Authority of Maine
Don Foshay’s Discount Tire & Alignment
Hancock Lumber
Husson University
IDEXX Laboratories
L.L. Bean
Moody’s Collision Centers


The show utilizes 6 cameras, full wireless audio, custom EVS workflows and a completely redesigned and rebuilt TV studio for the Show. The set, which is the creation of NESCom Entertainment Production assistant professor Brave Williams, has an entirely new “look and feel”. It fills the entire television studio at the Wildey Communication Center. Video instructor Kris Bridges is the director with support from faculty John Easton, Ed Goguen, Steve Vachon, Rick Davis, and Eric Ferguson.  1992 NESCom alum Nick Woodward has joined the crew as well as NESCom staffers Matt Bryant and Steve Toothaker. Recent graduate Heather Andrews and current students Cody Chaisson and Nick Evans are also part of the team.

Greenlight Maine will air on WCSH 6 in Portland and WLBZ 2 in Bangor starting September 12th. PMG and NESCom are in considering a follow-on show to be taped within the next 6 months. For more information on the program and the competition, visit

Timelapse Video Shows Work That Goes Into The Nite Show

Students of the New England School of Communications at Husson University handle all production aspects of the Nite Show, which airs nearly statewide on television stations in Portland, Bangor, and Presque Isle, Maine. As the students worked on the set for tonight’s taping at the Gracie Theatre, student Alan Wardwell shot a time-lapse of the 2+ hours it takes to assemble the set.

CSP Donates Mobile Recording Unit to NESCom

The fleet of mobile production units at the New England School of Communications at Husson University grew by leaps and bounds thanks to a generous donation by CSP Mobile Productions. CSP is based in Saco, ME  and is one of the fastest growing mobile HD and digital television production companies in the US.  The company donated their Unit 6 audio truck to NESCom for use as both an experiential learning lab and a mobile recording unit.

Inside the truck is a 2-room recording control room centered around a Yamaha PM-1D 96 input digital console. The racks include processing from TC Electronic, DBX, Eventide, Yamaha, and Lexicon. Genelec and Yamaha monitors as well as a closet of microphones round out this fully operational “studio on wheels”. “We are fortunate to have supporters of the New England School of Communications at Husson University, like CSP Mobile Productions” says Thom Johnston, Dean of NESCom. “The gift of this unique mobile audio studio to Husson, with all of its technology, will give our students the opportunity to take their mixing skills on the road.”

Future use of the unit will include both class room applications, stand along remote recording, as well as coupling with the existing NESCom HD Mobile Productions Unit.

Students Participte In NESN Next Producer Competition


Five Video Production students at the New England School of Communications at Husson University are finalists in the Next Producer competition being held by NESN (New England Sports Network).

Heather Andrews, Dave Roberts, Ryan Carignan, Nick Young & Justin Foster worked as part of a team to tell the story of what it takes to cover a live sporting event. “We push that a broadcast team is just like a football team” says Andrews. “One team, one goal, striving for perfection, and going for the win (or in our case success)”.

NESN’s Next Producer competition is a new series that will officially premier on NESN on April 6th. The seven-episode run will air the student-made short films following Red Sox post-game coverage. The student filmmakers will get access to and input from two Hollywood producers with ties to New England – television Hall of Famer and Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and Co- creator/Executive Producer, Brad Falchuk (Glee, American Horror Story, etc.). Falchuk is a Newton, Massachusetts native and passionate New England sports fan. Werner and Falchuk will coach the finalists to improve their films and pick the winner.

You can view & vote for the NESCom entry into the competition HERE. Help support the great work of NESCom students by sharing the voting link with friends and family.

Entertainment Production to Give Backstage Tours of the Nite Show


The Entertainment Production department at NESCom invites high school students, their families and their educators to a backstage experience of the Nite Show, which now tapes in the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.Tickets for this backstage tour at Husson University in Bangor are free, but limited to 25 people per show. The backstage tour includes a pizza dinner, and an introduction to programs of study at The New England School of Communications (NESCom). Areas of focus related to the show include: Video and audio production, stage management and lighting, scenic design and construction, and other skill sets. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Brave Williams at or call 207-941-7195.

Students set the bar with production of the Nite Show

A note from NESCom President Thom Johnston:

The Nite Show with Danny Cashman has become a cult classic production that airs weekly across Maine, and in parts of New Hampshire and the Canadian Maritimes. In the tradition of Johnny Carson and David Letterman, Danny Cashman and his merry band of sycophants create a half hour broadcast every week that is a smorgasbord of talk and entertainment. The host and his sidekick Joe Kennedy, are a self-effacing duo who are, much like Carson and McMahon, at their best when things go astray. The Jump City Jazz Band, made up of of talented musicians, serves as the house band. That alone is worth the price of admission (which is free). While the Friday and Saturday night broadcasts on WABI, WAGM and WPXT have been polished somewhat in post-production, the best viewing is to attend a live session. Typically, three shows are produced in one session, but not necessarily in seriatim, which makes the live event a most interesting evening. Depending on the location where The Nite Show is recording, you can order a bowl of chili, a glass of wine or a bottle of beer as you play the role of a live audience

Noel Paul Stookey gets ready for his performance with NESCom student Nate Hart


Rustic Overtones on the Nite Show

None of this would be possible without a strong partnership, which includes WABI and the New England School of Communications. WABI is the platform which carries and distributes the Nite Show. The students and faculty of NESCom provide all of the production, which is a great resume builder for them. The most recent session took place at the Penobscot Theater in Bangor this past Wednesday night and was well attended, probably because of the venue and because of appearances by Noel Paul Stookey and The Rustic Overtones. Watching a show under construction adds to the entertainment, and you don’t have to go to New York or LA to see how this is done. You can catch mistakes, watch retakes, see how the present becomes the future and enjoy the band and guests as they offer more to the live audience than you’ll get in a 30 minute episode (distilled to 22 after commercials).

For those who are discerning and interested in video production, I commend watching the NESCom students in action with video cameras, microphones, cables, and consoles. On the audio side, sound is simultaneously being mixed for musician monitors, broadcast mix, house audio and multi-track recording. Regarding video, you’ll see multiple camera positions, a hand-held fig rig, an occasional mini-dolly and a flypack switcher. All of this activity is fascinating dance of technology and talent constrained by the clock.

If you’re interested in attending the next recording session, keep an eye on TheNiteShow website for upcoming tapings.

-Thom Johnston
New England School of Communications

Mobile Productions Unit set to travel to Pinkerton Academy

Friday morning, faculty and staff from the Video Production department will travel to Derry, NH to Pinkerton Academy to work with their students in producing live video coverage of the evening’s basketball games between the Londonderry Lancers and the Pinkerton Academy Astros. The games, which will take place in Pinkerton Academy’s Hackler Gymnasium, is set to start at 6:30 PM.

The event gives Pinkerton students the opportunity to work with the NESCom Mobile Productions Unit, a 4-part remote unit on wheels with HD video, multitrack audio, and EVS instant replay. Chris Lord, Video Production Teacher at Pinkerton Academy, sees the event as a great opportunity, “This experience will be the hands on, live broadcast experience my students have been missing!” He adds, “This opportunity, provided by NESCom, really gives students an understanding professionally of what goes into producing a live broadcast, all of the various roles that need to work together from pre-production through post to pull it all together“.

Students from Lord’s Video Production class will man all the necessary positions in a live broadcast environment, from camera operators and grip to audio and producer. Lord works to train his students in all facets of video but sees this as a chance to do something different. “I am trying my best to prepare students for the media arts workforce, but this is something I just cannot replicate in the classroom.

This isn’t the Mobile Production Unit’s first trip to the area as it has already been used by Londonderry High School students studying video production.

NESCom Mobile Productions to bring The Nite Show to their home turf

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Since its return to the airwaves, The Nite Show has been a staple of the NESCom Mobile Productions team. For 2 upcoming episodes however, the Mobile Productions team will have a much shorter commute as the show will tape two episodes at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28 at the Campus Center at Husson University. This marks only the 2nd time The Nite Show has taken the show on the road.  The shows will air on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 8 respectively.

“We have had such a wonderful partnership with the New England School of Communications and its students, we thought it would be fun to bring the show to them,” said Nite Show host Dan Cashman. “Our plan is to book some Husson-themed guests, and do some Husson- themed skits. I’m also hoping to score an honorary doctorate degree while I’m there, but perhaps that’s too lofty of a goal” says host Danny Cashman.

“The Nite Show with Danny Cashman” can be seen Saturday nights at 11:30 on WABI-TV 5 in Bangor, and Saturday nights at 10 on WPXT-TV 51, The CW, in Portland. The show is a New England Regional Emmy® Award nominee and Fusion:Bangor FLAVA nominee. Just like the classic late-night shows it is modeled after, The Nite Show is taped in front of a live studio audience at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer and is produced by students and faculty from the New England School of Communications in Bangor.

To get free tickets for future live tapings, email

Students & staff document 10/11/12 as “A Day In The Life of NESCom”

On October 11th, the New England School of Communications asks students, staff and faculty to document their day from morning to night in order to capture the NESCom experience. Throughout 10/11/12, cameras could be found all over, carried by shutterbugs left and right. There was however one particular shutterbug who took it one step further.

Spencer Roberts and his GoPro hat

Spencer Roberts, a Video Production student, wore a GoPro camera strapped to his hat the entire day. He set the camera to capture one photo every 30 seconds all day and because he’s a NESCom student, that still wasn’t enough. Spencer took his entire day, set it to music and posted it to YouTube (of course) to share with his friends.

The end result can be viewed here.

Spencer wasn’t the only one taking photos. NESCom President Thom Johnston was even joining in on the fun, visiting classes and helping to show what a day at NESCom is all about.

We invite you to watch the slideshow below assembled all the photos submitted to