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Carpe Diem

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

Spring 2020 Season

Carpe Diem Producer: Patricia Piroh (973) 655-5158

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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.

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Master's in Public Health 10th Anniversary

February 9, 2020

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Master of Public Health program at Montclair State University recently invited alumni back to campus to talk about their work making communities healthier and safer. The conversations were recorded by media students for a special edition of Montclair State’s Carpe Diem, the award-winning magazine show aired on Comcast and Cablevision in northern New Jersey.

Hosted by Kurt Conklin, instructional specialist in the Department of Public Health, the guests shared their experiences on a wide range of important public health issues and concerns, including immunizations, nicotine and tobacco treatment, vaping, women’s health and contraception, and language barriers to access to health care.

Unique Student Jobs at Brighton Asylum

November 15, 2019

This edition of Carpe Diem features students whose part time job may not be what you expect. From Bergen County Community College to the ATC Acting School, these students perform nightly in front of a live interactive audience at a local haunted house called Brighton Asylum.

Host Christian Curatola is joined by the owner and creative director of Brighton Asylum Rich Gonci, and acting coach Connor Lenahan to discuss what goes into training these students to pull off their scares and the risks they face in such a unique acting environment

This episode was produced TVDM majors Elena Plumbers and Mary Alex and hosted by TVDM major Christian Curatola.

Life with Layla

November 1, 2019

This edition of Carpe Diem focuses on the documentary, Life with Layla, taking a deeper look at New Jersey’s opioid epidemic on a first hand basis.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, in 2012 there were 38 deaths related to opioid overdose. In 2017, that number increased to 1,376.

Life with Layla spends two years following one family in New Jersey caught in the tough world of heroin addiction after losing a family member to a fatal overdose.

Carpe Diem host Jacquie Moore sits down with the producers of Life with Layla, Ken Spooner and Steve McCarthy to find out more about the documentary as well as get a sneak peek.

Outpost in the Burbs – Part 2

November 1, 2019

On this edition of Carpe Diem, we head to Outpost in the Burbs and welcome UK band Strawbs.

Outpost in The Burbs is a non-profit organization focused on bringing the community together through music and volunteer work. Located in the heart of Montclair, NJ, Outpost in The Burbs hosts many musical guests, including the UK band Strawbs.

Strawbs started as a bluegrass group in the early 1960s. Their progressive folk rock songs give them a sound that has kept them revitalized for over fifty years. This episode features a performance from the Strawbs and reflections from the five members of the band.

Carpe Diem host Amanda Eustice also interviews another artist performing at Outpost in the Burbs, singer and songwriter Amy Rigby

Outpost in the Burbs – Part 1

October 8, 2019

Outpost in The Burbs is a non-profit organization focused on bringing the community together through music and volunteer work. Located in the heart of Montclair, NJ, Outpost in The Burbs hosts many musical guests, including David Bromberg.

David Bromberg is an eclectic singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has been playing bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, and country-western music since the 1960s. The show features Bromberg’s performance at Outpost, as well as an interview about his life and music.

Carpe Diem host Jennifer Wagner also interviews Matthew Davis and Ed Seifert from the band, “The Campfire Flies”. Seifert and Davis perform “If Your Eyes Are Closed” and “Lost My Place In A Small Town”, two songs off of their newest album “Sparks Like Little Stars”

Reportando las Noticias

September 5, 2019

On this edition of Carpe Diem, host Carina Garcia, talks to Thomas Franklin, Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Media here at Montclair State and several bilingual students about a ground-breaking new class in the School of Communication and Media – Reportando las Noticias.

With almost 20 years in the news and television industry Reporter and MSU Alum Carina Garcia has seen changes in way stories are told. But it’s not how they deliver the news that has evolved, its how we receive our information through the internet, via our mobile devices and even through social media.

Students here at Montclair have access the best resources, Instructors with real world experience that get students ready for what the industry wants and needs. However, something was missing. In 2017, 29% of the student population at MSU was Latino. That’s the second biggest ethnic group on campus. Bilingual students in the School of Communications and Media were eager to have their stories and views heard. After the Mission to Puerto Rico trip , that covered the destruction left on the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria by our students, an idea was born.

Broadway and Beyond

April 23, 2019

From performing arts students to starring on and off Broadway and all around the world, Montclair State students are thriving in the world of show business and theatre. With MSU’s musical theatre programs preparing students for that hectic and busy lifestyle, as well as being just a short train ride away from the city, it is no surprise that these students are able to find success with so much opportunity.

On this edition of Carpe Diem, host and TVDM major Amanda Eustice sits down with Adriana Negron, who just came off a tour of “A Chorus Line in Shanghai, and Phil Sloves, who recently made his Broadway Debut in “Spongebob Squarepants the Musical”. They are also joined by one of MSU’s Theatre and Dance Associate professors, Mark Hardy to talk about how the department helps shapes its stars into the roles they play today on the big stage.


March 28, 2019

Host, Jacquie Moore is joined by two young immigrants, Oleksandr Podolyanchuk and Octavio Cadenas, both currently enrolled in the School of Communication and Media, who share their experiences of starting a new life in the United States.

Podolyanchuk shares home footage from family back home in the Ukraine, during moments of war and turmoil and also opens up about his experience of living in the United States illegally for 12 years before being granted citizenship.

Cadenas talks about the current situation back home in Venezuela and shares a phone call with a friend still living there and how humanitarian aid efforts are being blocked and destroyed.

Chasing your Story

March 8, 2019

Narrative storytelling is one of the greatest languages of television, giving birth to huge shows like Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, and Friends. The average individual could never be aware of how much work it takes and the requirements of production that go into producing shows like these.

To prepare prospective students for life in the industry, professors in our TV program here at MSU who have spent countless years working on television and film and offer their services to give students a real taste of what that work lifestyle consists of with real experience.

On this edition of Carpe Diem, TVDM major Amanda Eustice sits down with TVDM professor Stuart MacLelland as well as three other students, seniors Mike Natoli and Julia Pagano and junior Nicole Appel to discuss different ways on how to produce a chase scene.

Spotlight on Primitive Lips

February 28, 2019

The local independent music scene is and always will be the hidden gem of music culture. Especially here in North Jersey, where the diversity of our music genres reflects the diversity of our culture as a whole. Here is where you can find passionate and talented musicians who are just dying to get up on stage and show the world what they’re made of. Today we’ll be talking about the paths these artists are willing to take and the methods they use in order to get that opportunity.

On this edition of Carpe Diem, TVDM major Melissa Cheeseman is joined by Shane Furst, member of his local band, Primitive Lips, to perform their song “Into Nothing”, as well as a few other artists who performed at WMSC’s College Radio Day.

The Heroes behind Animal Rescue

February 21, 2019

It’s raining cats and dogs out and they’re all entering loving homes.

Each year, 3.2 million animals from shelters are successfully adopted. But what steps were taken beforehand to get each of those animals successfully adopted? Different animal adoption organizations put themselves in the position to save these innocent animals from their potentially tragic and dangerous circumstances to ensure that they wind up in healthy and nurturing hands.

On this edition of Carpe Diem, host and TVDM major Collin Delade sits down with Grant Director Mark Westenhiser from Eleventh Hour Rescue and Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer McMillan from the Montclair Animal Shelter to talk about everything involving animal adoption.

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