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My Life is Not a Show

Matt Siegel has hosted Boston's #1 morning radio show for nearly 40 years. In this short documentary, we will explore what makes "Matty in the Morning" so unique and why his brash persona continues to resonate with generations of Bostonians.

  • Hailey Millar
  • Sally Rubin
  • Jeff Swimmer
  • James Millar
  • Matt Siegel
    Key Cast
  • Maryann Siegel
    Key Cast
  • Billy Costa
    Key Cast
  • Lisa Donovan
    Key Cast
  • Dylan Sprauge
    Key Cast
  • Alexandra Siegel
    Key Cast
  • Chloe Siegel
    Key Cast
  • Lily Siegel
    Key Cast
  • Olivia Siegel
    Key Cast
  • Medhai Ghandi
    Key Cast
  • Meg Flaherty
    Key Cast
  • Hailey Millar
  • Hailey Millar
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama, Radio
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 26, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Hailey Millar

Hailey is a filmmaker with a passion for telling stories through visual media. She is exceptionally skilled in shooting and editing, though she finds editing to be most rewarding. Hailey was born and raised in a small town outside of Boston, Massachusetts and made the move cross country in 2013 when she began her first year at Chapman University in Orange County, California. She is a recent graduate of the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University with a BFA in News and Documentary Film. Hailey launched her company, Millar Media, in 2014 and has created a number of original short films since then. She hopes to one day evolve Millar Media into a larger documentary production company and travel the world telling impactful stories that will help shape future generations.

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Director Statement

Flashback to 2006. It's 7:30am and I'm sitting in the back seat of my mom's black Dodge Minivan on my way to middle school. I'm 11 years old and KISS 108 is playing on the radio. I hear the classic "Matty in the Morning" jingle and I am immediately immersed in Matt, Billy and Lisa's world. Up until 2013, when I graduated high school, you could find me listening to "Matty in the Morning" daily on my drive to school.

Like many Bostonians, I have found "Matty in the Morning" to be a source of constant laughter and entertainment on my drives to and from school, work, etc. Matt Siegel has been on the air for almost 40 years now and as his co-host Billy Costa said, "It's unique to be in the same market for so long - it's almost unheard of." Siegel is a one-of-a-kind, on air personality that can bring humor and in effortlessly to his listeners everyday. He has acquired a massive following in Boston and as Meg Flaherty, a long time listener of the show, said, "People say you act like you know him like you're really his friend. And I'm like in a way I kind of am - he's kind of my friend."

Contrary to his on-air persona, Matt Siegel leads a fairly private life in a city right outside Boston, Massachusetts. He lives with his wife and his black lab, Romo. His four daughters are all grown and have moved to Los Angeles, but they still find Matty in the Morning to be a part of their lives, even 3,000 miles away from home. I found Matt's story to be one I had to tell. His humble and private facade made me think there had to be more.

Siegel told me "My life is not a show. It's not the same." With that statement, I set out to create a film: one that not only shows the impact that Matt Siegel has had on Boston, but also one that shows who he is as a husband and father when he's off the air. I hope that everyone who watches this film is entertained as they celebrate the remarkable career of a radio legend.

- Hailey Millar, Director