Herald-Mail is offering more video programing

February 04, 2012|Liz Thompson

Some subjects are so interesting, or so important or so entertaining, that you just want to keep talking about them.

We developed a new program around that concept, and you can get a sneak peek at the show on our website.

We’re introducing the new show on Cable Channel 30 on Friday, Feb. 17. Called HM Newsmakers, the show will air on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day. 

You can see the premier edition of HM Newsmakers on our website now at To see the program, go to “Cool Stuff’ in the primary navigation bar at the top of the page and then click on “Video” in the secondary, gray navigation bar.

For the first program, we sat down with Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, Councilwoman Ashley Haywood and Councilman Lewis Metzner to talk about the future of the city’s minor league baseball team, the Hagerstown Suns.

Winchester, Va., officials it seems would like the team to move there. Hagerstown Suns officials say they need extensive renovations to Municipal Stadium, their home base in Hagerstown, or they might need to go elsewhere.

We’ll be on the lookout for the topics you’re talking about. Those are the issues we want to explore on HM Newsmakers.

If you have an idea for a topic, send me an email at

We’ve been fine-tuning our skills with video, and this year we plan to produce a lot more programming.

We’ve been producing a video newscast for about two years. We turned a small conference room near the newsroom into a studio. Reporters, editors and a couple of volunteers from other departments were our “on-air talent,” each one taking a day to present the news. Other digital and newsroom employees served as the production crew, taping and editing the news.

We posted it to our website and sent it remotely to three large-screen televisions in the Valley Mall food court.

The studio was small, had a low ceiling and got extremely warm when we turned on the spotlights.

Last year, we started renovations for a new studio at the front of the building. We took over the area near the front doors where our telephone operator/receptionist used to sit.

The renovations included pulling down the drop ceiling and putting in a glass wall and door near the main entrance. We have more room for our news set and interview set, and a work area for the production team. Visitors to The Herald-Mail walk past the studio to get to our current reception area.

We hired a news anchor and have added production staff.

Today, we produce a half-hour newscast every morning. It airs on and on the televisions at the mall. Later this year, you’ll be able to watch it on Antietam Cable.

With a heavy focus on Washington County news, the newscast also includes a report from our sports department, segments with columnist Tim Rowland, information about events and activities around the area from our Lifestyle department, and road reports and other news from our mobile journalist.

You can access the news by clicking on the video player on our home page or you can look under “Cool Stuff” in the blue navigation bar at the top of the page and click on “Video” in the secondary navigation bar below.

We also produce Your Health Matters every other week. Your Health Matters is sponsored by Meritus Health and promotes healthy living with segments on cooking, exercise and other lifestyle choices. There is lots of good information about the services available through the Meritus Health system, too.

Your Health Matters airs online on, on the televisions at the mall, and on Antietam Cable Channel 30 on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 10 a.m. and Mondays at 2 p.m.

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