Marshonn Calvin's Bio

          


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. Conducted daily research and evaluated world issues and journalism programs. While at NBC where I critiqued and performed content analysis of soap opera “Another World” 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 (1997) I also worked in television productions on the set of the soap opera "Another World" at The NBC East Coast Operations Department at Brooklyn Studios in Brooklyn, New York. I did 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.

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, Dave Brown, Joe Birch, Kym Clark, Ursula Madden and 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 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, who is a Television Station Manager for (TBN) Trinity Broadcasting Network's WBUY TV-40 and being 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. 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. 

I am a 2013 Trail-Blazer Award Recipient, for my outstanding career achievements in broadcast journalism, television production, and in education.  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, The Millington Star Newspaper, The Commercial Appeal Newspaper.  I was also nominated as The Hardest Working Teacher by The Tom Joyner Foundation. 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.