Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Trentonian TV Production Notes: Dish, Contacto, Benci

TRENTON -- Poor Hilary. Poor Kirsten. It's always something with their Trentonian TV show "Weekend Dish." If it's not technical issues, it's Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo and his little $12,400 problem with the feds. Or in this case, it's both. Poor Hilary. Poor Kirsten. Poor Weekend Dish.

So yeah, the whole Benci thing went down about the same time Weekend Dish was supposed to air live. Benci surrendered and had an appearance in federal court at 11:30. We got the list of charges against the 5th-year mayor ahead of time and started to push information on and Facebook and Twitter -- and that meant Weekend Dish was the last thing on our minds at 9:45.

Worse, D'Aquila said tech issues threatened the start of Weekend Dish. Hilary did her segment from Mrs. G's, the first time she broadcast live on location -- and I'm proud of her for branching out and trying new things. Kirsten did her foodie thing at home. I don't know what the issue was, and I didn't really care, but D'Aquila sat about 8 feet from me and I saw the frustration on his face. He started to get super-pissed at 10:15 -- or 15 minutes after the show was supposed to have started. I don't know what he did, but he worked his mojo and rectified the issue by 10:20 or so, and the Dishers began. Hilary interviewed Judith Robinson, manager of the Princeton Farmers Market. I have only one suggestion, Hilary and Kirsten: upgrade your webcams. Go Logitech. Makes all the difference in the world.

The rush to cover Benci consumed us all day, and the last thing on my mind at 7 o'clock was producing Episode 10 of  "En Contacto Con la Comunidad" on El Latino TV en Vivo! I told host Carlos Avila to make the episode short and sweet. Get to the point with each guest and then get them out of there.

That being said, Gerald Truehart was the first guest. He's the newest member of the Trenton Board of Education, and because he does not speak a lick of Spanish, Carlos interviewed him in English. Truehart replaces Don Shelton and begins his term May 15. Truehart said he and Mayor Tony Mack are "good friends." Mack appointed Truehart to the board after what he called a thorough vetting process.

There are no production pictures of Weekend Dish. Here are a few from "Contacto" ...

Gerald Truehart and Carlos

Maria Juega of

Carlos and Miss Costa Rica Daihana Gamboa

Gamboa's accessories

Carlos and a Hightstown High student

Here are this week's episodes of Weekend Dish and En Contacto Con la Comunidad: