Carpe Diem

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CARPE DIEM is an award-winning, weekly half-hour magazine show aired on Comcast and Cablevision in northern New Jersey. Awarded the CTN CAPE Award for Best Series and three Gracie Awards for student productions, among others over the years, Carpe Diem has covered a wide range of subjects of interest to New Jersey citizens as well as topics featuring campus activities. The show has also featured celebrity guests such as Ernestine Schlant Bradley, former governor Christine Todd Whitman, anchor Steve Adubato, jazz singer Ruth Brown, and Tony award-winner and University alumna Melba Moore.

In addition to providing programming for the northern New Jersey television community, Carpe Diem provides Television majors with rigorous weekly production assignments that simulate those of the broadcasting profession. Over the semester, students produce a minimum of fifteen programs. Apart from producing their own works, it is not uncommon for students to have acquired production credits for as many as 20-30 additional programs by the time they graduate.

Carpe Diem reaches about a half-million households in New Jersey and is produced at the DuMont Television Center.

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Before I Go: Living With Dying - This week on Carpe Diem

Airing on CARPE DIEM September 26th – 30th, 2016

On this episode of Carpe Diem, host Jon Vazquez, a TVDM major in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University, discusses living with dying, the difficult task of knowing you have terminal illness, while still maintaining a normal lifestyle. This episode focuses on one woman, Lisa Larusso MacGowan, who was once given an initial life expectancy of five years when she was first diagnosed with scleroderma, but since then turned it into thirteen years of positivity and growth.

Jon is also joined by Danielle Lutz, a nurse who works with terminally ill patients, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, to speak about the importance of support, options, and the best way to open a line of communication between you and a loved one in a similar situation.

This episode was produced by JANK Productions, a student-based production company from Television and Digital Media’s TPC course.  This episode was produced by hosted by TVDM major Jon Vazquez and directed by TVDM major, Amanda Accardo.

Barring pre-emption, CARPE DIEM airs on the following stations

CABLEVISION  Bergen Channel 77:    Mondays at 5:00 PM
COMCAST Union Channel  26:    Tuesdays at 9:00 PM
CABLEVISION Morris  Channel  21:   Wednesdays at 5:00 PM
CABLEVISION Paterson Channel 75:   Fridays at 6:00 PM  
EDISON CABLE Channel 15:
MONTCLAIR Channel 34:

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