The stage and production staff of the Miami Valley Cable Council talk show,
Historic Miamisburg: Memories of the Star City, has been awarded a MVCC Arnie
Award. Producer, Aldona Ryan, accepted the award at the Volunteer Recognition
Dinner held May 13, 1998, at the Dayton Mall Holiday Inn.
"Its really a great honor," said Ryan who chose and submitted the interview from
the archive of 15 Historic Miamisburg tapings. She also added that future shows
will include an 'Award Winning Series of MVCC' notation within the closing
According to Chuck Jones, MVCC Community Production Coordinator, volunteers
choose and submit tapes of their best productions to a panel of independent
judges who rate the shows according to a point system. Overall, 100 tapes were
submitted for award consideration in one of eight community production
categories and two school production categories.
The award winning show, titled Genealogy and Oral History was hosted by Bobbye
Sweny and features an interview with Connie Kline, chairperson for the
Miamisburg Historical Society Oral History and Genealogy Committees.
The stage and production staff for the Kline interview included: Host-Bobbye
Sweny, Guest-Connie Kline, Producer-Aldona Ryan, Director-Chuck Jones, Technical
Director-Ellis Williams, Camera 1-Bill Gray, Camera 2-Mary Rabold, Camera 3-Dick
Gleadell, Audio/Graphics-Kitty Lemarr, Lighting-Mike Hagan, Set Design-Matt
Hermetz, Still Photography-Everett Sweny, Theme Music-Lee Ann Kinner and
Production Assistants-Mike Hagan, Sid Hagan and Ross Morris.
Kline, who volunteers each month as a production assistant for the show, was
surprised when a friend from the show called to congratulate her Wednesday
evening after the banquet. "I was surprised over the news because I didn't even
know that the show was nominated, let alone my interview," she said. "It makes
me feel good because the show is a good opportunity for the society to share our
[city's] history and the various programs that our membership is involved in."
"We were surprised," said Mrs. Sweny, "And absolutely delighted to receive an
Arnie for our show. We're relatively new at this and working every month to
improve the content and our presentation. We owe a lot to our Producer, Aldona
Ryan for her guidance and encouragement."
Bobbye Sweny hosted the first Historic Miamisburg in September of 1996. The show
featured Hank Schneider who shared his memories of the old swimming pool
downtown. Bobbye continued to host the show throughout its first year on the
This year additional hosts will be interviewing guest. This month guest host,
Ray Roberts, interviewed Daphne Armstrong and Marge Judd who are members of the
Senior Center's Writers Club. The club was started in 1989 and has grown to a
membership of twenty. The group meets twice a month to read original poems and
prose, and to enjoy good conversation and good food. The host and guests closed
the interview by reading poems that they had written.
Historic Miamisburg can be seen on MVCC Channel 10 the first Tuesday of each
month and at additional dates and times throughout the month. Check local
listings for specific dates and times.
The show committee welcomes interview topic and guest suggestion and encourage
those who are interested in helping with the production of the show to contact
the historical society.