Henry Ford village elders run high-tech production television studio for hundreds of residents


(TBEN DETROIT)-For Chuck Hiller and about a handful of other seniors in Henry Ford Village in Dearborn, they live out their golden years providing entertainment to, among other things, the more than 700 residents of the village.

“It’s the icing on the cake of everything we’ve got,” said Hiller, television host and cameraman for Community TV at the Henry Ford Village.

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What Cherry Hiller is talking about isn’t that small, in fact the seniors are running a pretty big TV production there.

“We have a sports program called ‘The Sports Guys’ which includes a roundtable of residents discussing our local sports teams, we cover the many concerts and conferences that take place here,” says Ann Diaz-Perry, community television coordinator at the village.

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Diaz-Perry says there are a total of six monthly and weekly shows run only by senior residents who create, host and produce a full TV production for the village’s in-house TV studio. She helps train volunteers on everything from using high-tech equipment to working on the camera.

“Our residents are always learning and it helps them stay active and active,” Diaz-Perry said in an interview Tuesday.

Hiller says everyone brings their own unique talents to each production, he has broadcast experience, taking classes in the ’80s, however, his “Sports Guys” co-host came with no broadcast experience but an athletic passion. .

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“And I trained ASAP to work on TV and it’s almost rediscovering you,” said Brian Rodgers, sports talk show host at Henry Ford Village.

During the pandemic, the production team came up with fun and interactive ways for residents to get involved, such as a live cooking demonstration with their chef on site.

“In doing so, it explains the nutritional value of everything,” Hiller said.

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Residents also receive a bag of ingredients so they can cook with the chef. As for the production team, well, they don’t slow down to put together good content.

“With a wonderful set of people from all different walks of life, but when we come here we focus on one thing and that’s putting on the best show possible,” Hiller said.

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