July 29, 2013
By Emily McKellar, MSJC student and Public Information & Marketing intern
Mt. San Jacinto College’s Eagle Vision Studios on the San Jacinto Campus recently launched a cable television talk show to help viewers discover the secrets to success.
“Saturday Morning Talk Show” is a new series starring local radio host Denis Nurmela, associate faculty at MSJC, and television actress Sandra Dee Robinson.
Nurmela and Robinson are both successful entrepreneurs who share their own tips to personal success on the show. They also invite guests to offer advice on relationships, business, fitness, style, and other aspects of life. Guests have included authors, fitness instructors, Fortune 500 consultants, relationship experts, and more.
The show appeals to a broad audience, but both hosts feel that the variety of topics can be especially helpful to the younger generation.
“It’s a multi-faceted show that offers different ways to help students, especially in business,” said Robinson, who has 13 years of experience acting in popular television shows, including CSI Miami, Two and a Half Men and General Hospital. She is also an on-camera coach for her company Charisma On Camera.
Before the cable TV talk show begins, Nurmela is busy at MSJC’s Eagle Radio Network hosting a radio program called “Saturday Morning CEO.” It focuses on success in business. As an author, speaker, business professor, and consultant for multi-million dollar corporations, he provides listeners with sound advice for work and careers.
“This show is about how to build and grow a business in a fun way,” said Nurmela, who invites guests to talk about their own business ventures. “These are corporate tools simplified for people to use for their own lives.”
He discovered the on-campus radio station a year ago when he came across an article on Menifee 24/7, a local news website. Nurmela was looking to share his advice with more people, and the college was open to having another show.
“I’ve been able to reach people I wouldn’t be able to reach,” he said. “It became a mutual benefit for the school and myself.”
Like his cable TV talk show, Nurmela feels that his radio show can also help students who may want to start their own business. He hopes young entrepreneurs will pick up ideas for their own business and tips on marketing.
“We need more entrepreneurs to start businesses and grow them and not be afraid to do that in this economy,” he said. “I want to show students it’s okay to want to run a business, and they’ll feel more comfortable knowing the steps they have to take.”
Both Eagle Vision Studios and Eagle Radio Network help prepare students for jobs in television and radio. Students can audition to be in front of the camera or take classes to work behind it, learning how to compose scenes using lights, sound and more.
“This is real time, real world, hands-on training with real professional equipment,” said studio engineer Bing Bruce. “We train our students as if they’re actually in the business.”
Eagle Vision has been around for two-and-a-half years and reaches 700,000 subscribers across 8,000 square miles. It airs 60-second newsbreaks every hour except on Saturdays, reported by communication students.
“It does go on real television—it’s not just a school thing,” said Bruce, emphasizing that the wide broadcasting range allows them to cover local, national and international news.
“It’s huge that the college is providing this for the entire community,” said Nurmela.
All Eagle Vision cable television programs are aired on Verizon FIOS channel 45, and Time Warner Cable channels 0 and 126. “Saturday Morning Talk Show” airs at 9:30 a.m. every weekend. It also streams live at www.SMTalkShow.com/Youtube.
“Saturday Morning CEO” airs on Eagle Radio Network from 8 to 9 a.m. on AM 1620 in the Hemet/San Jacinto area and online at www.SMRadio.org/audio. It can also be viewed on those television channels or streamed live at www.SMRadio.org/YouTube.
Studio engineer Bing Bruce gives "Saturday Morning Talk Show" hosts Denis Nurmela and Sandra Dee Robinson directions during a photo shoot at Eagle Vision Studios on the San Jacinto Campus July 11.