Maynard Edwards, KCCH, 2018 Celebrating the Craft Co-host
After over t wenty years be- hind the microphone and in front of the camera, it is rare for my pulse
to quicken when a show is about to go live.
Often it’s another day at the office.
But Celebrating the Craft (CTC), is
an altogether different experience than
other broadcasts. So when our floor director began the count “ 5 … 4 … 3 …
2 …” I could feel a sense of excitement
in the air. Brothers, friends, and family
from all over the country were in the studio and tuned in online around the world
in support of our great fraternity, and as
the red light on the camera blinked on, it
was hard not to feel the electricity that
defines Celebrating the Craft.
In years past, I have handled the “
be-hind-the-scenes” elements of the program by doing live social media videos to
give viewers a peek into how it all comes
together. This year, when I was asked to
co-host I was surprised and very honored
and grateful to be considered.
Having witnessed the show first hand
many times, I knew the production was
and is of the highest caliber. From technical direction to talent to support staff,
everything surrounding CTC is done to
the most professional standards. It would
be easy to take a cheaper way out, fewer
cameras, smaller stage, or a skeleton crew.
But to do so would likely compromise
the quality of the show, and our mantra
inside the House of the Temple is always
to provide the best possible experience
to our brothers.
Perhaps the most fun part of the show
for me personally, was working with the
other two hosts of the program: my dear
friend Rusty Garrett, 33°, and House of
the Temple newcomer Ali Hale. Rusty is
an extremely talented, experienced, and
skilled broadcaster, and working with
him was like getting a private masterclass
in how work on camera. Ali Hale, who
has never worked on camera before, was
nothing short of a natural talent, and her
excitement and enthusiasm was infectious for the entire five-hour broadcast.
Like any radio or TV program, the best
part of the show actually takes place be-
fore the cameras and mics are on. Enjoy-
ing fellowship with Brothers who’d come
from all across the Southern Jurisdiction
was so fun and rewarding. As Masons, we
don’t have many strangers in our fraterni-
ty, merely brothers whom we have yet to
meet. Getting to sit down to dinner with
some of those men, to strum few songs on
the guitar together, or even to just hang
out and shoot the breeze while we were
waiting for show time, was an absolute
blast. I’m so grateful that those men took
an entire weekend away from their lives to
come and support CTC.
What made the evening even more
special to me was getting to bring my son
Griffin to the show to help out. He’s thirteen, an avid Boy Scout, and Senior Deacon of his DeMolay chapter. He’s spent
much of his life hanging out in the studio
with Dad. Kids keep you humble. Whereas most kids would be excited to visit a
radio or TV station, to my kid, it’s a yawn.
He’s also spent many an evening among
Masons, many of whom he addresses as
“uncle.” But that evening, he was all hands-on assisting with lots of production tasks.
To have him with me on such an important evening and knowing that he was
pitching in behind the scenes made me a
very proud and happy Dad.
Finally, I need to mention an issue that
was brought to my attention by several
well-respected brothers including SGIG
Len Proden of the District of Columbia,
my own SGIG Marlin Mills of Maryland,
and even the Grand Commander himself: my purple striped socks. Whether I
am in a top hat and tux, or jeans and a
T-shirt, my sock game is always on point!
It’s important to always dress for success,
but ya gotta have some fun too!
Thanks to everyone who tuned in, and
for the whole cast and crew for making
CTC 2018 such a memorable night for
everyone. See you next year!
CTC FROM THE
I need to mention an issue
that was brought to my
attention by several well-
respected brothers ... my
purple striped socks. Whether
I am in a top hat and tux, or
jeans and a T-shirt, my sock
game is always on point! It’s
important to always dress
for success, but ya gotta have
some fun too!