Marshonn Calvin's Bio


National Life Group


I am a 1998 graduate of Rust College located in Holly Springs, Mississippi where I majored in Broadcast Journalism/Mass Communications. I began my television career while in college at Rust College's public radio station WURC 88.1 FM, and the television station RC-TV2. I did my internship in (1997) at NBC News World Headquarters at Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York. The program I was involved in was The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and General Electric (G.E.) Internship Program. Conducted daily research and evaluated world issues and journalism programs. While at NBC where I critiqued and performed content analysis of "The Cosby Show" , "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and various other programs on the NBC News Television Network.

I performed television production responsibilities for the Staff and Network Executives of The NBC Broadcast & Network Operations Department at Rockefeller Plaza in Room 525 West. In 
(1997) I also worked in television productions on the set of the soap opera "Another World" at The NBC East Coast Operations Department Office at Brooklyn Studios in Brooklyn, New York.

During my career I have done various freelancing jobs
for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Broadcasting Union,  ESPN, Fox Sports, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), Church of God In Christ, BET Sports, TV ONE Network Sports (The Southern Heritage Classic Jackson State University VS. Tennessee State University HBCU Football Games).

 I then went on to work at (NBC) WTVA News Channel 9, in Tupelo, Mississippi where I Floor Managed Newscast Operations, Studio Lighting, Audio Engineering, and Engineering Operations, 
until my graduation from Rust College in 1998. Shortly after that, I was promoted on to Floor Manager and Engineering Operator at (CBS) WREG News Channel 3 where I worked in television production doing Studio Camera Operations, Grips, Editing, and Cable Wrangling (Newscast Operations, Midnight Madness Basketball Programs with The University of Memphis, Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Program for two years and then headed to the number one news leader in the Mid-South Emmy Award Winning (NBC)WMC Action News 5 (WMC TV-5) for 10 years of dedicated service.

At WMC Action News 5 (WMC TV-5)  I excelled in every area of television productions by: Managing Production Crews, Floor Managing Newscast Operations, Master Control Operations, Performed Audio Engineering, Studio and Field Lighting, Power Pro Wrestling, The Memphis Tigers Midnight Madness, Memphis Redbirds, The Memphis Grizzlies, Tuned in Live Remote Shots for newscast, and Supervised Station Tours. The mentoring and valuable lessons learned at WMC Action News 5 (WMC TV-5 Action News 5) and throughout my career prepared me for becoming a teacher so after consulting my wife Tamela, mentors Lamont Matthews AKA (The Shadow), Dave Brown, Joe Birch, Kym Clark, Ursula Madden, Frank Reynolds, Maurice Crook, Craten Armmer, my family members Mom Joyce and Grandparents Alfred and Ruthie and close friends. I then made the choice to give back the skills I had acquired in broadcast journalism to the younger generation.

In 2003 I was hired by Ms. Nancy Norwood to establish The Broadcast and Media Technology Program on the campus of Millington Central High School. I instituted all of the floor plans, designed the layout of broadcasting studio lab facility, and editing suites. I instituted all of the broadcasting books, learning materials, field production equipment, studio equipment, and worked with various vendors to acquire industry standard editing turnkeys for the students learning. I mentor, instruct, and motivate students in Broadcast Journalism, Television Production, Career Management, Resume' Writing and Job Interviewing Techniques. In 2009 I helped my broadcasting students launch the award winning"Trojan TV" newscast program on the campus of Millington Central High School.

Although I am grateful for my awesome career in broadcast journalism and television production, I am most grateful for being married to my college sweetheart Tamela Woods-Calvin for the last 20 years, who also works in the field of Broadcast Journalism and to be a father of three wonderful children Marshonn Jr., Micah, and Matthew Calvin who are my everything. My family is the most important thing in the world to me and I love them dearly. Being a parent helps to guide my steps as a teacher because I believe in every student who enters my broadcasting facility.

I have truly been blessed
to mentor and educate the students of MCHS. The students have went above and beyond to learn the craft of broadcasting which has been a challenging task to many of them their first year in Audio Video Production I but by the end of their third year in Audio Video Production III they have mastered all areas of production and are managing the program. The students feel they are ready to embark on a career in the media industry by the time they are ready to graduate from MCHS. 

In July of 2019 Broadcasting Student: Ryan Garcia competed in Detroit, Michigan in The 2019 National NAACP ACT-SO for Filmmaking and ranked in The Top 5 in the national competition out 17 contestants.  In June of 2019 my Broadcasting Students and I won The People's Choice Silver National Telly Award for a newscast we did on The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 Years Later After His Death. The project is called "The Trojan TV MLK 50 Show". In March of 2019 my broadcasting students won 1st (Ryan Garcia), 2nd (Maurice Wooten) and 3rd (Maryam Alexander) in The 2019 Regional NAACP ACT-SO for Filmmaking.

I was nominated in 2018 for The National Life Group Life Changer of The Year Award by my former broadcasting student Jessica Tackett for my years of service in the education field. In 2017 I was awarded The 
2017 Torch Award Presented By: Omicron Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated for grateful recognition of selfless commitment to improving the lives of young people. Acknowledgment of my role in the accomplishment of my broadcasting students winning in The Memphis Regional NAACP ACT-SO Filmmaking Competition the last 14 years.

I am a 2013 Trail-Blazer Award Recipient, for my outstanding career achievements in broadcast journalism, television production, and in education by my Alma Mater Rust College.  I was nominated in 2012 for The Tom Joyner Foundations "Hardest Working Teacher Award". I am also a 2011 and 2007 winner of "The Tennessee Lottery's Educator of The Week", and my broadcasting program has won numerous national and regional awards for film and video production including : The Telly Awards, The Communicators Awards, and The NAACP ACT-SO for Filmmaking
. My broadcasting students have been featured on WMC Action News 5, WREG News Channel 3, The Millington Star Newspaper, The Commercial Appeal Newspaper. I am also a proud member of  Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Tennessee Free and Accepted Masons Prince Hall Affiliated

My favorite scripture is: Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths”.

My favorite quote is: 
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


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