‘Maine Things Considered’ coming to Millinocket

Posted Sept. 08, 2011, at 3:57 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 08, 2011, at 6:27 p.m.

TOWNSHIP 1 RANGE 8, Maine — The Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s radio news show “Maine Things Considered” will come to the Katahdin region on Sept. 16 for a live broadcast followed by a town meeting, network officials said Thursday.

The half-hour broadcast will occur at 5:30 p.m. at New England Outdoor Center just outside Millinocket at 30 Twin Pines Road. A town meeting-style public forum will follow the broadcast.

“Maine Things Considered” will not focus on any particular topic, said Keith Shortall, MPBN’s director of news and public affairs. “Maine Things Considered” was broadcast from Saint John, New Brunswick, earlier this year. That was the show’s first remote broadcast. More are planned in different towns.

“This series of remotes is really designed to put us in communities that may not get a lot of news attention except when a mill closes or some other sort of thing happens that draws people there,” Shortall said Thursday. “We wanted to go to areas that don’t get that constant attention, like Portland, Lewiston or Augusta, so we could do some stories on the community.”

The public forum that will follow will feature residents telling public broadcasting officials what they want from MPBN.

“It is important to hear what our listeners, viewers and new media visitors in northern Maine want as we plan for the future in these uncertain economic times,” MPBN President Jim Dowe said in a statement. “We want to be sure that in five years, 10 years, MPBN remains as relevant to the lives of Maine people as it is today — ideally even more so.

“These meetings offer the public a chance to tell us what they’re going to want from MPBN, which will assist us in providing a clear signal for the future,” he added.

Public comment from the meetings will be reviewed by MPBN’s staff and board of trustees and will assist MPBN in allocating limited public broadcasting resources to attain the greatest impact with its work, officials said.

“Maine Things Considered” can be heard weekday evenings at 5:30 on MPBN radio. The program also is streamed live and archived at mpbn.net.

Matthew Polstein, owner of New England Outdoor Center, said the radio show will broadcast from the second floor of the new restaurant on the New England Outdoor Center campus without interfering with diners. Public broadcasting officials approached him several weeks ago to discuss hosting the show at his place.

“I don’t know that it will do anything for our business, but if it brings positive attention to the Katahdin region in general, we are all for it,” Polstein said.

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