Taped from Annapolis . . . it's "Severna Park Live!"
Five Severna Park High School students were out at City Dock yesterday, filming "Severna Park Live," a gonzo journalistic hybrid of "Wayne's World" and "P.M. Magazine." It shows fortnightly on Wednesdays at 2:30 on community access cable.
The on-camera hosts of the show -- juniors Scott Rickard, Suzy Rittmeyer and seniors Kathleen Nuccetelli and Tiffany Piperno -- have taken their cameras to all the major hubs of civilization in the area in search of answers to the eternal questions, like:
"Where does the lady in the Foto-mat go to the bathroom?" Rittmeyer quips. "That was the question of the week for the Christmas special."
Turns out she goes to the restaurant across the street if it's an emergency.
"But not all of the episodes are funny," interjects Rickard, who says his secret desire is to be the next Tom Brokaw.
Other episodes have taken the crew to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to contemplate art, to Fort McHenry in Baltimore to contemplate the gulf war, and to local malls to contemplate fashion.
Rickard and Nuccetelli said they have enjoyed the experience so much that they are seriously considering careers in communications.
Yesterday, co-hosts Piperno and Rittmeyer were asking tourists at City Dock what symbolizesthe first day of spring. And with the light breeze and temperatures in the upper 60s, all agreed it was the perfect day for the question.
The best answer?
One unidentified Cub Scout offered that, "the birds coming back from vacations!" mark the beginning of spring for him.
Other segments for the April 3 episode will be Kathleen Nuccetelli's spring fashion report taped at Macy's in Marley Station and Scott Rickard's Job Outlook 1991, including his Top 10 list of local summer job opportunities.
"Severna Park Live," which was named during the show's first incarnation as a studio talk show, is played during lunch periods at the high school.
Until they took it outside the school and added a touch of whimsy, the program didn't enjoy high ratings from their peers, Nuccetelli said. The reason?
"It was boring," she said, emphatically.
To the rescue came their television production and English teacher Bruce Blackman, who showed them a tape of a successful high school community access programin Nebraska. He persuaded them to loosen up, take the camera to the streets of Anne Arundel and let fly.
That did the trick.
"It improved big time when we brought it out of the studio," Rickard said.