Make the Call, Make a Difference

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

It’s that time of year. The tree is set, the phones are connected, and Oak Crest TV and Philanthropy are ready to raise some money. It’s the 8th Annual Benevolent Care Fund Telethon, only on Channel 973!

This year is an exciting telethon for a few reasons. First and foremost, it’s the first telethon for new Philanthropy Manager Stacey Schiano, and new Philanthropy Coordinator Beverly Venedam. They definitely have some big shoes to fill, but if the Benevolent Care Gala in September is any indication, those two will have no problem raising money for those four hours.

While we’ll be welcoming Stacey and Beverly to the telethon excitement, we’ll be saying farewell to a member of the team as well. Television Production Coordinator Chris Taydus will be finishing his time at Oak Crest on the day of the telethon. Chris will be taking over as the Manager of the Television Station at Oak Crest’s sister community Riderwood in Silver Spring, MD. Since things will be hectic in the studio on Chris’s last day, please take an opportunity to stop down to the studio on Monday, November 28th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to say farewell (Click here for more information).

It’s not all Hellos and Goodbyes though as the telethon will be full of fun and excitement. The whole show kicks off with ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with Josh Runkles & Executive Director Mark Roussey. Based on the popular segment created by late night television host, James Corden, Josh and Mark will drive around the Oak Crest campus talking about Benevolent Care and singing their favorite songs. A few special guests may join in as well.

Josh Runkles & Mark Roussey enjoy some 'Carpool Karaoke' with resident Audrey Buchanan.
Josh Runkles & Mark Roussey enjoy some ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with resident Audrey Buchanan.

The telethon will also include performances by the Oak Crest Line Dancers, resident Duke Baugh, and some Oak Crest staff members, Stacey and Chef Joe Bollinger making Christmas cookies, a tribute to the 20th Anniversary of the Oak Crest Treasure Chest, and much much more!

The telethon will air live on Channel 973 from 10 AM till 2 PM on Friday, December 2nd only on Channel 973. If you miss the telethon, the show will be available the following week at http://www.oakcresttv.com, and you can catch highlights from the show at 7 PM, 9 PM, and midnight. Telethon highlights will also air at 10 AM, 2 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, and 12 AM on both Saturday and Sunday on Channel 973.

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RAC the Vote

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

With the national election out of the way, Oak Crest looks toward voting in another one as the community prepares for the Resident Advisory Council election. This nine-member board of residents acts as liaisons between the residents of Oak Crest and the Administration team.

The RAC Elections are held every year with member’s terms being two years long. The election alternates between four and five open positions each year. This year, eight candidates are running to represent the residents. The candidates include Cathy Brodersen, David Cuneo, Harold Forst, Bill Hodges, Charles Jednorski, Bernice Lehr, Bill Litsinger, and Dee Real.

Posters in the community lobbies have the pictures and short biographies for each of the candidates, but sometimes it’s good to hear the words from the candidate’s mouths themselves, and Oak Crest TV is giving you that chance. On Thursday, November 17; Saturday, November 19; Friday, November 25; and Saturday, November 26, Oak Crest TV will air interview done with each of the candidates by resident Jim Wetzel.

Wetzel discusses their past, their hobbies & interests, their qualifications, and what department they’d like to work with if elected to the RAC. Be sure to tune in on each day at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM to see the show and meet the candidates. The show will also be available on Saturday, November 19 at www.oakcresttv.com.

Train Ride to the Past

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by Lauren Costello
lmcostello@erickson.com

If you’ve grown up in Baltimore you are very familiar with the ever popular B&O Railroad. You’ve probably walked past it as a child or maybe even ridden your bike around the neighborhood. Well, all these years later the B&O Railroad you know and love is back…but this time at Oak Crest.

Speaker, Dan Toomey is very familiar with the B&O Railroad having acted as a curator for some of the exhibits. He has written 12 books about various topics involving the war along with many things that have happened in the city of Baltimore. His lecture takes you back to the very beginning of time before the railroad was even established. The pictures he shows you through his presentation really show you how no one had any clues or insight into how to build a railroad. It is amazing to see how they went from having horses pulling cable cars, to actually creating a huge train for this process.

This program airs on Tuesday, October 18th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12AM. You can also watch the program the following day online at www.oakcresttv.com.

Preparing for the Future

blog160923_camerasby Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

For the last three years, OCTV has been filming many of their field productions (TV shoots outside of the TV Studio) using High Definition cameras. Now the studio is getting ready to upgrade it’s studio cameras to High Definition, but how will this affect residents? To better understand the benefits of HDTV, let’s start with the difference between HD and SD TV. Continue reading

The Fun is Popping Up!

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by Mel Tansil
studio@oakcresttv.com 

Robbie Furman, the manager of Erickson Advantage for Charlestown retirement community, is always full of surprises, especially when it comes to his twisting balloons. He constantly delights residents and staff who are “children of all ages” with his balloon creations that depict people – real and fictional – and a wide range of animals and pop culture characters.

He has been working with balloons for over 20 years, and his original designs and techniques have become a mainstay for many balloon designers and artists around the world.

Ever since he was a young boy, Robbie has known that twisting balloons was what he wished to do for the rest of his life. Now he has had the chance to share his love of balloons and knowledge with those around the world; teaching them his deco-twisting style.

His designs have been featured on many popular television shows such as, ABC’s All My Children, One Life to Live, Live with Regis and Kelly, Ugly Betty, and Good Morning America.

Robbie’s amazing balloon designs — from arches to an out-of-this-world life-size car that a person can actually sit in – are now found at Charlestown and other retirement communities nationwide managed by Erickson Living. He often teaches residents and staff the wondrous craft of twisting balloons.

Learn more about Robbie, his ballooning skills, and his dedication to the health and well being of Oak Crest residents when he appears on Oak Crest Now on Wednesday, August 24th at 10:00 AM. You can also catch the rebroadcasts at 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. The show will be available the following day at www.oakcresttv.com.

Oak Crest TV Featuring You!

There are plenty of ways to get involved at Oak Crest TV including coming up with show ideas.
There are plenty of ways to get involved at Oak Crest TV including coming up with show ideas.
By Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

Do you have a special skill or talent? Do you have an interesting story to tell? Are you just looking to advertise a new group? Then Oak Crest TV is the place to do so!

Oak Crest TV is always looking for new and exciting guests to feature on our daily morning show, Oak Crest Now. Whether it be a local author, an Oak Crest Director, a community group leader, or any number of other guests that have appeared on the show, the studio is always glad to welcome interesting people to the show.

The staff of Oak Crest TV Channel 973 is happy to work with residents and other guests to produce outstanding programming to bring to the residents. Whether it’s as the host, the guest, or just a behind the scenes producer, the staff will help guide resident volunteers to help make that show a reality.

The first step in the process of creating a new show (whether it be a recurring show or a one time program) is to contact the Oak Crest TV Staff. The studio can be contacted by calling (410)663-3013, e-mailing the staff at studio@oakcresttv.com, or stopping by the studio in the Town Center building, across from the fitness center.

The next few steps will involve developing the idea. This includes locating and contacting guests, scheduling shoots, and figuring out the flow of the program. Then the production work begins: the show is shot (filmed) then pictures, video clips, and graphics are put into the show to increase the production value of the program.

To get a better idea of the types of programs the studio creates, residents should visit the Oak Crest TV On Demand page at www.oakcresttv.com, but don’t ever get discouraged as the studio staff is ready to help you every step of the way to make your TV dreams a reality.

Walk on the Wild Side

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A fan favorite Good Morning Oak Crest show is Zoomobile Live. We all love seeing  Kathy Hogue talk about many of the animals from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and we are so lucky we get the chance to do that live in our studio on a regular basis. So…we figured why not bring the fun to everyone on campus!

In May we had Zoomobile Live in the Crestview Conference Room as part of the Live the Life event put on by the Sales & Marketing department. It was PACKED. Everyone was so excited to see all the animals from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Current residents and potential residents stopped by to learn about some animal ambassadors from the zoo. Kathy brought a wide array of animals starting with a gator and ending with a Flemish Giant Rabbit! And trust us, this is no ordinary bunny!

Each of the animals were taken around the room so guests had the opportunity to get an up close look at some wild friends from the zoo. It was great to see the interactions between the audience and the animals- it really made for a great show.

There are many upcoming events coming to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore over the next few months that are definitely worth checking out. You can visit www.marylandzoo.org to find out more information.

This program can be viewed on Channel 973 on Wednesday, July 20th at 10:00AM, 2:00PM, 7:00PM, 9:00PM, and 12 midnight. The show is also available right now at www.oakcresttv.com.