An Interview with the New Director of Abington’s Community Access and Media

Mr. Kevin Tocci talks about his career path

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Mr. Kevin Tocci personal photo, with permission

Mr. Kevin Tocci, Director of the Abington CAM assists AHS junior Derek Tirrell with the Weekly Wave program, hosted by Matt Lyons and Aaron Johnson, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, when they had Jerry Thornton of Barstool Sports on as a guest

Vincent Kariuki and Chris Lussier 

Kevin Tocci, also known as the head director of Abington CAM has been working at the Abington Community Access and Media (CAM) studio for nearly six months.

Within this short period of time he has gotten so much done and he makes bonds with students by helping and showing them how the technology in the studio works.

Jobs Mr. Tocci has had in the past compare greatly to the one he has now as the director of CAM. He said, “The position itself is not unique, as I’ve worked in a similar capacity in the past.”

If someone is willing to at least experience all areas of producing television, they won’t regret choosing it as a career path.”

— Mr. Kevin Tocci

Mr. Tocci said he enjoys what he does and that the environment in which he works is great. When asked what is the most enjoyable part he said “There are too many things to list that I like about my position with ACAM; however, the things I enjoy most are planning various field & studio productions, [and] working with students and Abington residents who produce local programs.”

Mr. Tocci helps with productions such as Coffee with Cam and school plays. When asked how many students he works with weekly, he said that the number “varies from week to week. There are some days that the studio will have as many as 7-8 students at one time working.”

When asked what the hardest part of his job is, Mr. Tocci said, “Every job comes with its challenges whether it’s the day-to-day operation of the studio, administrative tasks, or technical issues that may arise. I’m fortunate that any difficulties I may encounter, my past experiences will help me work through most problems not to mention the support systems I can call upon within my industry.”

Not only is he the director of the towns cable studio, but Mr. Tocci has also worked at a radio station. He said, “Working in radio is one of those jobs that was not only a unique experience but rewarding too. Whether it was conducting a live interview with a high ranking government official, getting the scoop for a breaking news story, engineering a live remote broadcast, or anchoring a shift in the newsroom, I was fortunate enough to accomplish these tasks on a regular basis and have fun doing it as well.”

The advice Mr.Tocci gave to those who would want to follow the same path as he has would be to “invest their livelihood in TV production.” If you truly want to pursue a broadcasting or producing career, he said, you should “be willing to learn all aspects of the field. If someone is willing to at least experience all areas of producing television, they won’t regret choosing it as a career path.”

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