The D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) late last month rolled out its programming schedule for the upcoming season, serving up a variety of shows that aim to appeal to the District’s diverse population.
Hosted by Bruce Walker, associate director for the OCTFME’s television and entertainment division, and Karen Tolson, the office’s director of programming, the lineup was presented May 23 at the office studio in an upbeat party setting with previews of upcoming shows and introductions of program hosts. OCTFME shows are broadcasted over the District Council Channel (DCC), the District of Columbia Network (DCN) and the District Knowledge Network (DKN).
The television shows also can be heard on DC Radio 96.3 HD4, the city government’s first radio station launched in collaboration with WHUR-FM.
The DCC channel covers more than routine updates from the Office of the Mayor, the city’s executive branch, the City Council, the Office of the Attorney General, and the State Board of Education. The show “Off the Dais” allows D.C. residents to see what council members are doing outside of their offices, public hearings and community meetings.
DCN carries a daily schedule of programs that showcase the District as an international city with a lot going on in entertainment, cultural arts, dining and family fun. “The 202” is considered DCN’s lead program, hosted by Michel Wright and Ferman Patterson. The Emmy-nominated show, which covers the latest happenings in D.C. in a quick-paced, talk-show format, airs Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“It’s our version of the ‘Today’ show,” Walker said in describing the format of “The 202.”
“We Are Washington” is a magazine-style show in which co-hosts Cicely Fernandez and Matt Granato move around the District in search of news and special events. Their show airs Monday at 6:30 p.m. on DCN.
A first for DCN is Latino programming with “Cambios de Vida” (Changes of Life), which will air Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. The show is hosted by Pedro Biaggi, a well-known D.C. media figure and advocate for Latino issues.
“‘Cambios de Vida’ will have personal stories of people who changed their lives and who are changing the lives of others in this city,” Biaggi said.
DCN also will air a variety of programs focusing on the District’s entertainment scene including “The Sound,” which will spotlight breakout artists on music scene, “Movie Mondays” taking a look at independent films, “Display” a video music block and “The Street Report” featuring interviews with entertainers visiting the city.
District Knowledge Network’s “Sports on the District Knowledge Network” is where viewers will find coverage of District sports beyond the four major pro sports teams. Local players, coaches and teams from city schools will be followed with reports on current rankings.
The DKN channel is also producing a show about millennials, “I Wish You Knew,” hosted by Mahogany Lyles and seen Thursdays at 7 p.m. DKN also is the home of several programs about pets, cooking and the environment.
A handful of shows will also target young children, including “Kiddie Kitchen,” which will review recipes with cooking demonstrations for children. “Lil Bruce Gamer’s Games Review” allows children and their parents to learn about responsible gaming while taking a look at newly released games, and “Learning with GoGo” gives children a fresh approach to education against a go-go beat.
OCTFEM is expanding its programming to produce documentaries. Currently in production is “D.C. Black Pride” an in-depth look at the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic that has severely affected the city’s Black gay community. Also in the works is “Straight Crankin’,” which will cover the history of go-go music and how the D.C.-based genre was put on the global stage.
“Both of these documentaries include important milestones that will give viewers a historical look at our city and the people who live here,” Tolson said.
Programs on DCC, DCN and DKN can be seen through local cable providers Comcast, RCN and Verizon.