The final episode of the MBTV show “Talkin' Maine” will air on Sunday, June 23

FARMINGTON – After nearly two decades, Mount Blue Community Access TV's popular show “Talkin' Maine” will air the series' final episode on Sunday, June 23 at 6 p.m.

In the final episode, host Tom Saviello is joined by special guest Chandler Woodcock, his co-host on the show's debut.

Talkin' Maine began in early 2007 and was called “Talkin' Maine with the Bowtie Boys.” Saviello and Woodcock filmed over 100 episodes together.

Tom Saviello and Chandler Woodcock discuss life in the final episode of the show “Talkin' Maine.”

Over the years, more than 520 episodes have aired, focusing on the Franklin County community and beyond. The show has toured a few times, including at the Statehouse in Augusta.

When asked why the show was created, Saviello said, “In my opinion, it was about informing people about things that are happening in the community.”

As an example, he cited a series of episodes that focused on nearby Franklin Memorial Hospital, examining various health programs, departments and capabilities at the facility.

Another aspect of the show was to interview politicians who were in office, talk to them and give the public a chance to get to know their representatives a little better. “We never made it a political show,” Saviello said. “We stayed away from that.”

The show covers an extraordinary range of topics, from highlighting community events and organizations to fun stuff like having a magician on the show or meeting Father Paul, a tour of the Lumberjack Museum in Rangeley, mushroom cooking with Cynthia Stancioff, and public safety topics like an interview with members of the Farmington Fire Department on home fire safety.

Over the years, more than 520 episodes were filmed; some of the early episodes were lost before the switch to digital storage and backups. With 520 episodes available, Saviello says you could watch one episode a week for ten years.

“I’m always surprised at how many people say they watch the show,” Saviello said.

One of the people who saw the show was artist Nancy Teel. Saviello remembers that the background used to be a photograph of the Capitol, and she came in to say she hated the background and wanted to paint a new background for the show, which has been used ever since.

In an interesting “full circle” twist, Saviello and Chandler Woodcock first met in Parliament over 25 years ago. Saviello decided he wanted to wear a bow tie, similar to Woodcock. He asked Woodcock to teach him how to tie one. Both continued to wear bow ties throughout their careers and incorporated that into the show. Woodcock, now retired, doesn't wear bow ties as often anymore. When he arrived at the MBTV studios this week to film the final episode, he had to get help from Saviello to tie his bow tie before they started filming.

In the final episode, Saviello and Woodcock touch on a number of topics, including retirement, risk-taking, beginnings and endings, leadership and legacy.

“It was a great run,” said Saviello. “It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it, but it's just time. You know when it's time.”

The final episode will air on Sunday, June 23rd at 6pm and can be streamed on the MBTV website.

Andre Cormier, Executive Director of MBTV, said, “For nearly two decades, Talkin' Maine was part of MBTV's schedule and part of the pulse of our week as a production team. Most Thursday mornings, the set was lit up, guests arrived, and Tom walked in the door after his radio show at WKTJ.”

Cormier said his first involvement with the network was volunteering on an episode of Talkin' Maine, where he was invited to be the cameraman. “When I became general manager, I was fortunate enough to have the responsibility and fun of helping to shape the show,” he added.

“Tom is a really curious person and so it was natural for him to ask questions and learn more about just about anything. He was always a generous host and willing to give many people who do great work in our community the opportunity to have an audience. It's a part of our Thursday mornings at the station that we will miss, but we are grateful for all the work Tom put into producing the show. We handled the technical side and Tom is a great collaborator, but the Bow Tie Boy was the person who found guests and ran the show,” Cormier continued. “It was a privilege to be a part of this project. I want to sincerely thank Tom on behalf of the MBTV staff, past and present. It has been a pleasure to be a part of this journey.”

“Thanks, Tom.”

The empty set for Talkin' Maine after the final episode was filmed.
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