Farrell & Hill students learn from Harry Connick Jr., Megyn Kelly


By Carol Ann Benanti Staten Island Advence

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It's no secret Monsignor Farrell High School media students have rubbed elbows with some television superstars over the years.

And each trip arranged by WFBN-TV Founder and Executive Producer, Brother Paul Hannon, just keeps getting better and better.

But this time Farrell also invited St. Joseph Hill Academy, their sister school, to accompany them into Manhattan to take in "The Harry Show," as in Harry Connick Jr.

"'The Harry Show' really allowed me to experience life behind the camera and the work that goes into producing and creating a live show," said Christie Chahwan, a junior at Hill. "It was truly an unforgettable experience".
Harry Connick Jr., center, smiles for the camera on the set of

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Harry Connick Jr., center, smiles for the camera on the set of "The Harry Show" with students from Monsignor Farrell and St. Joseph Hill Academy High Schools. (Courtesy/Brother Paul Hannon).

Afterward, big wigs at CBS studio were kind enough to give students a quick tour, where they saw their multi-million-dollar control room and where the local evening news is filmed.

"It was an amazing experience being able to see how professional crews produce, arrange, and air shows on a daily basis with no room for error, perfecting every commercial break, set change, and audience organization," said Kenny Harvey, senior head anchor of WFBN.

An 'Impractical' Run-In

By pure luck, Harry was interviewing the "Impractical Jokers," all Farrell alums.

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Monsignor Farrell and St. Joseph Hill High School students listen to Harry Connick Jr. on the set of "The Harry Show." (Courtesy/Brother Paul Hannon).

"[It] was an unforgettable and informative experience. It was interesting to see how much work goes into taping one episode," said Julia LoCascio, a Hill senior. "And it was absolutely astounding to be in the same room as the 'Impractical Jokers.'"

Being on his very first WFBN trip, Daniel Bilotto, another Farrell senior co-anchor on the morning show, was ecstatic to experience a TV show first hand: "This was my first time being in a major studio and it gave me something to aspire to."

The trip translated into a valuable learning and educational experience for both Hill and Farrell high schools.

And Then There Was Megyn

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Megyn Kelly, fourth from right and Brother Paul Hannon, join students from Monsignor Farrell High School on the set of "The Megyn Kelly Show." (Courtesy/Brother Paul Hannon).

It's always good news when Megyn Kelly, one of the highest paid news anchors, extends an invitation to Farrell's WFBN-TV students, with an opportunity to appear on "Today with Megyn Kelly" live.

"Being able to see what goes on during a major network show was very inspiring," manager of FBN-TV's mobile production unit, Jonathan Gomez, noted, before adding: "It really shows how much effort and hard work is needed, both in front of and behind the camera, for a production to be successful."

Megyn took questions from students and even agreed to pose for photo ops, before inviting Farrell broadcast students to return for another visit.

Senior Head Anchor, Kenny Harvey had this to say about the experience:

Today with Megyn Kelly is a refreshing change from her previous job as a news anchor on FOX. In a mere hour, she was able to showcase her talents, deliver the daily news, and, most importantly, entertain her audience. It was an amazing experience for me and the Farrell broadcasters to witness a show of that caliber."

After speaking with Megyn, the group was given a private tour of the NBC production facilities and studios.

Way to go, guys!

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