How West Oak Lane Shows its Love! || Live TV Broadcast Recap at West Oak Lane
On Tuesday, September 12th, the People’s Media Collection hosted its second live TV broadcast! The broadcast was held at the West Oak Lane Library in Northwest Philadelphia. Many different guests were introduced during the show including local political representatives, authors, musicians, project coordinators, and more! The guests were all very engaging and informative. Representatives from local politicians interacted with the audience as well as answered questions involving upcoming projects and goals for the community. Project coordinators from Awbury Arboretum, Let’s Go Outdoors, and True Way YEF informed the audience of their work in the community and what their programs have to offer. They also gave out information on how to learn more about upcoming events and how to get involved. The local authors read excerpts from their books to give the audience a familiarity with their writing. They followed up with information about themselves and the work that went into creating their work. Continuing with the show, long-time community members of West Oak Lane took the mic. They told stories about their past and how the community was always changing. They laughed and reminisced about long lost stores and trolley lines. Some even brought documentation and books from long, long ago. To close out the show, local family musicians came to the stage. The audience’s enthusiasm for the performances was obvious as they clapped and cheered to the music.
During the whole process of the show, a sense of community bonding was felt throughout the West Oak Lane Library. Many members of the neighborhood stopped by to watch the broadcast and listen to the stories their neighbors. The audience was interactive and reacted kindly to the guests. The overall feeling was warm and exciting. With a variety of guests and videos shown, the show was engaging and kept the interest of a large audience. After the show, many of the audience members decided to stick around and talk amongst each other about the things discussed during the show. Everyone socialized with each other and told their own stories. Eventually, they made their way to the library’s meeting room where catering from a local restaurant, Victoria’s Kitchen, was served. Many of the guests and audience members sat together and talked while enjoying delicious food. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, including the behind the scenes crew of PhillyCAM. They decided to sit outside in the library’s garden and eat together, relaxing a bit after their strenuous hours of work putting on the show.
The event was a wonderful way to show the bonds that hold the community of Northwest Philadelphia together. The warmth and compassion for one another was easily felt throughout the audience and the guests. When the show was over, everyone was thanking and congratulating each other on a job well done. This is just one example of a way that a community can show their strength and uniqueness to others. All throughout Philadelphia, we have neighborhoods just like West Oak Lane, whose spirit runs throughout the community. Events like these are ways that the community can portray their personalities to the whole city. We thank everyone for coming out and showing us what Northwest Philadelphia is made of.