Charlotte TV host does her own editing, producing
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Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Charlotte TV host does her own editing, producing

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Cynthia Thompson and Dwayne Woodard tour Fire Station No. 10 on her public access show. She won a 2012 Achievement Award for Best Informational/Educational Field program for this show on the station and its water rescue capabilities.

She’s a Human Resources representative for the City of Charlotte by day, and the host of her own public access show by night.

Cynthia Thompsonhas been hosting, editing, and producing her own award-winning show, “A Better You” for the past four years. The show is on Time Warner Cable Channel 21 on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., and it can be viewed by folks living in Mecklenburg County or Charlotte.

“My show is geared around making people better and how they can be a better person,” Thompson said. “It is always positive because we have enough negative shows on television now.”

Thompson, 52, is a Charlotte native and graduate of South Mecklenburg High School. She works in the Engineering and Property Management Department for the City of Charlotte. A lifelong learner, she is just finishing her doctorate in Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University’s online degree program.

It took a good deal of training to learn how to host, edit, and produce her own show. She started out as the vice president of her Toastmasters chapter, a public speaking organization. One of the members suggested that she go to the Public Access station and take free training so she could film speeches.

She was hooked after the first class, Basic Studio, where she learned how to set up cameras and lighting. A Control Room class taught her about the audio panel and directing, and a Cut Pro class taught students to edit shows and add commercials.

“We are all beginners. The staff at the station is so helpful, and they are awesome,” she said. Thompson has a director, Michael Bizzell, who is also a volunteer. Thompson estimates she puts in 15 hours a week towards the show, which airs every week except the summer months.

She discusses a wide range of topics. Her niece, Kena, helps when she has a group of teenagers on to discuss teen issues.

Thompson said, “My extended family is so supportive.”

During the Democratic National Convention, she had a group of eight year olds on the show, and they discussed what they would talk about with President Obama, if they had lunch with him.

She won a 2011 Achievement Award for the Best in Studio Informational Show on the Charlotte Purple Steppers. Thompson said, “I interviewed the owners for about ten minutes, and then for the next 20 minutes, I danced with them.”

To start out the fall season, she has already had vegetarian chef, Rachel Hamdan, on the show, as well as Zumba instructor Angie Acosta, and Lakisha Harris, a representative from a new parent mentoring program.

A self-motivated person, Thompson loves to educate the public. Check her out, Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Emily Mathias is a freelance writer for South Charlotte News. Have a story idea for Emily? Email her at emilymat@hotmail.com.

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