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March 13, 2014

Dedication brings TV station 25 years of growth


There’s never a dull moment inside the studio. On any given day, you’ll find Bob McConihe putting on a show called “Matters of the Heart” dealing with medical issues.

Attorney Jay Cleary has three shows, including the long-running “When I’m 64,” which interviews local elders about events from years past. Cleary has been around for 14 years, two fewer than Frank Novak with his “Point of Reference” show and four less than Gail Heney with her “Write Now” show featuring authors. Another favorite is “Somebody Cares,” produced by the Rev. Marlene Yeo, with a spiritual twist.

Anyone who knew the late Harold Nelson would appreciate the 20 years he spent behind a camera and his days as a Mark Twain impresario.

“He was a poster child for his generation,” Belfiore described. “Even when Harold took ill at the end, he never relinquished his responsibilities.”

Mary O’Neil started as a volunteer at the studio 10 years ago. Today, she’s director of media production and public relations after securing a master’s degree from Emerson College. No doubt, HCTV was the pot of gold at the end of her rainbow.

“I get to work with smart, talented, creative and fun people every day,” she said. “It doesn’t get much better than that.”

As one of nine siblings in her family, O’Neil knows the meaning of resilience in the working world and she’s thankful for the opportunities through HCTV. Like Belfiore, she was born and raised in Haverhill, and continues to stake her claim here.

It’s a big tribute to Executive Director Darlene Beal, who’s been leading the charge since 1994, having secured degrees from Boston University and Northern Essex, which serves as a partner with HCTV.

The number of accolades along the way has been well deserved for Beal, including last year’s Distinguished Citizens honor from the Boy Scouts.

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