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Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting Ramps Up Program With Boot Camp

Photos courtesy of Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District.

Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting students returned to the studio early in August for
its first BMB Boot Camp.

Students were reintroduced to each other and to the equipment that they use to
produce their weekly broadcasts that will air throughout the year. The week was filled with team building activities and new technologies as BMB faculty Stu Stein, Lisa Kalish and Matt Russell rolled out some of the new equipment being brought online this year for the returning students and welcomed the incoming BMB class of 2026 to the program.

“It was great to be back in the studio with my friends and making new friends doing
what we all love to do,” said senior and incoming BMB News Director Sean McQuillan. “Boot Camp will really help us hit the ground running this year because we really want to build on the success we all had last year.”

Last year, BMB received national recognition winning a Student Television Network
Broadcast Excellence Award along with sweeping the regional Broadcast Awards for Senior High at Stony Brook.

“This year, we are expecting a lot from our seniors,” Kalish explained.  “For the first
time ever each of our seniors will be responsible to produce their own live event. Being a part of Boot Camp gave them the opportunity to start practicing some of the leadership skills they’ll need to be successful throughout the year.”

Sophomore Matthew Natof said he enjoyed the opportunity to get back to the studio
and get reacquainted with the equipment and with friends he made last year.

“I got to be a part of the STN team to work with the upperclassmen last year as a
freshman, so I was excited to get back into the studio with everyone and to start sharing some of the things I learned last year with the new freshmen,” he added.

Many rising freshmen including Emma Santiago were part of BMB’s mock broadcast of a Mepham football practice.

“The upperclassmen made me feel so welcome and I couldn’t believe I got the
chance to be on camera for a few minutes on my first day,” Santiago said.

One of the highlights of the week for all the students was creating “BMB Goes Back
to School,” a 20-minute special featuring many of BMB’s familiar faces highlighting the new things that people can expect when they return to school this week. The show can be viewed on the BMB YouTube channel,

“This has been a great week for all of us,” said McQuillan. “People are going to have
to tune in all year to keep track of all the great things we’re going to be creating.” The first BMB Morning Announcements will air on Sept. 9 and BMB will launch its Fall Sports season by covering the Mepham Boys varsity soccer match versus Wantagh on Sept. 14.

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