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County Cable Montgomery’s Show Expands Beyond County Borders Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice Talks With Prince George’s Council Chair Mel Franklin on Newest Edition of ‘No Boundaries’ on CCM
  • Release ID: 14-229
  • Release Date: 7/30/2014
  • Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939 or Delphine Harriston240-777-7931
  • From: Council Office
Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice and Prince George’s Council Chair Mel Franklin talked about being leaders of their respective legislative branches of government—and about their lives that the public would not normally see—in the newest edition of County Cable Montgomery’s television show, “No Boundaries.” The show is now running on the cable channel, is viewable on demand and can be seen on YouTube.

Council President Rice and Council Chair Franklin met at the historic ballroom of the restored National Park Seminary in Silver Spring, which is now under the management of the Alexander Company.

Council President Rice and Council Chair Franklin talked about similarities that have shaped their lives, including each having parents who were teachers, about having family roots from the South and learning through the stories of family members who grew up during the era of evolving civil rights. They discussed the need to balance the time demands of being elected officials with each having young children at home.

The leaders also talked about their devotion to making sure small business owners have access to what they need to succeed. Economic development issues—which sometimes put their counties in competition with each other—also were show topics.

The half-hour show can be viewed at numerous times on CCM (Montgomery Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon) in August. Upcoming viewing times include Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Mondays at 6 p.m.; Wednesdays at 10 p.m.; Fridays at 11:30 a.m.; and Saturdays at 6 p.m.

The show is available for viewing on demand from the Montgomery County web site at:

It also available on YouTube at:

Striving to go beyond the way residents normally hear views of local leaders, “No Boundaries” aims to show not only the views of local leaders on certain issues, but also what has led them to take these positions. Future shows will feature discussions between Montgomery Councilmembers and decision makers from other jurisdictions in the Washington region and from major businesses located in the region.

Previous episodes of “No Boundaries” featured conversations between Montgomery Councilmembers and guests including Congresswoman Donna Edwards; Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker; Howard County Executive Ken Ulman; Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova; Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown; Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz; former Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio; D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson; D.C. Councilmembers Muriel Bowser and Mary Cheh; Prince George’s Councilmember Andrea Harrison; and judges Karla Smith and Joseph Quirk.

County Cable Montgomery created the show to allow local leaders to express their views in an informal atmosphere. New episodes will bring together leaders from around the area as they look for common ground on current and long-term issues that will have impact beyond the geographic boundaries of Montgomery County.

“No Boundaries” producer Barbara Grunbaum said the series strives to offer viewers much more than most discussion shows. It is unique among programs offered on local government cable channels in the Washington region.

“We created ‘No Boundaries’ to be a format where our local leaders would be able to go beyond the press release,” she said. “It is a forum for leaders to discuss not only the issues, but also their personal experiences that have driven them to take positions. We feel we more than accomplished that in the episodes we have done over the past four years, and we are enthusiastically looking forward to the lineup of leaders and guests from around the region who have agreed to participate in future shows.”

The video editor for “No Boundaries” is Loren Olson. Mike Springirth is the chief videographer on this show. Terry Weisz is the program announcer.

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