Seattle Channel wins national Excellence in Government Programming award, Tony Perez wins Member of the Year




Seattle Channel was named among the best municipal television stations in the nation when it received the prestigious Excellence in Government Programming award last night from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), which held its annual national conference in Seattle this week.

Additionally, the city-operated TV station won nine government programming awards, including five first-place wins for programming.

NATOA is a national association representing the needs and interests of local governments in the areas of communications, broadband and technology. NATOA’s annual government programming awards honor excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. This year, NATOA received more than 900 entries submitted in 65 categories by local governments across the country.

“I congratulate the Seattle Channel staff on its dedication to the station’s continued excellence. Everyone on our talented team shares in these awards,” said Shannon Gee, Seattle Channel interim general manager. “Through in-depth programming we strive to provide transparency in city government and deepen understanding of local issues, our changing city and its diverse communities.”

This is Seattle Channel’s eighth NATOA win in the past decade for programming excellence. Seattle Channel competed against other government-access TV stations in large U.S. cities. The station was recognized with the top government-programming award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Seattle Channel won first-place awards for CityStream, a feature magazine show; a special on aging in Seattle; and a story about a Boy Scout troop for youth with special needs. The station also took the top spot in the video journalism category and won in the public health category for a CityStream show with a focus on health resources, from fighting the opioid epidemic to extreme sports therapy.

In July, NATOA also recognized the Seattle Information Technology department (of which Seattle Channel is a part) with two national awards for digital equity. Seattle IT’s Strategic Plan for Facilitating Equitable Access to Wireless Broadband was awarded the 2017 Community Broadband Strategic Plan of the Year. The Technology Matching Fund was awarded the 2017 Community Broadband Digital Equity Project of the Year. The Community Broadband Awards recognize and highlight the efforts to bring the benefits of technology to communities across the country.

“Our staff is committed to making Seattle a more digitally equitable community and to building strong, engaged and inspired communities through compelling programming,” said Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller. “It’s an honor to receive this recognition from our national peers in local government.”

Also recognized at the NATOA conference was Tony Perez, director of Seattle’s Office of Cable Communications. Perez, immediate past president and longtime member of NATOA’s Board of Directors, received NATOA’s 2017 Member of the Year award for his contributions to the field, including his leadership, policy development and strategic advice to ensure that communities benefit from the transformational nature of broadband technology.

Ed Escalona, Seattle Channel’s production manager, received a 2017 Ovation Award for his production contributions to NATOA’s annual meeting held in Seattle.

Here is a listing of Seattle Channel’s 2017 NATOA awards:

Excellence in Government Programming

First Place Seniors: Living Longer, Living Well special

http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos?videoid=x69826

Special Audience: CityStreamTroop 419 http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/?videoid=x70831

Public Health: CityStreamRecovery and Discovery

http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos?videoid=x64297

Magazine Format Series: CityStream program

http://www.seattlechannel.org/feature-shows/citystream

Video Journalism: Seattle Channel production staff

Second Place Interview/Talk Show: Art Zone with Nancy Guppy interview with Mike McCready http://www.seattlechannel.org/artZone?videoid=x71432

Third Place Election Coverage: City Inside/Out – Restroom Rights

http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos?videoid=x64763

Public Education: Community Stories – An American Hero: Frank Nishimura

Government Access Station Website: http://www.seattlechannel.org/

Honorable Mention Arts and Entertainment: Art Zone with Nancy Guppy – Benaroya Hall

http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos?videoid=x64300

Partnership Production: Community Stories – An American Hero: Frank Nishimura

http://www.seattlechannel.org/CommunityStories?videoid=x68582

Use of Social Media: Seattle Channel

Seattle Channel wins national Excellence in Government Programming award, Tony Perez wins Member of the Year




Seattle Channel was named among the best municipal television stations in the nation when it received the prestigious Excellence in Government Programming award last night from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), which held its annual national conference in Seattle this week.

Additionally, the city-operated TV station won nine government programming awards, including five first-place wins for programming.

NATOA is a national association representing the needs and interests of local governments in the areas of communications, broadband and technology. NATOA’s annual government programming awards honor excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. This year, NATOA received more than 900 entries submitted in 65 categories by local governments across the country.

“I congratulate the Seattle Channel staff on its dedication to the station’s continued excellence. Everyone on our talented team shares in these awards,” said Shannon Gee, Seattle Channel interim general manager. “Through in-depth programming we strive to provide transparency in city government and deepen understanding of local issues, our changing city and its diverse communities.”

This is Seattle Channel’s eighth NATOA win in the past decade for programming excellence. Seattle Channel competed against other government-access TV stations in large U.S. cities. The station was recognized with the top government-programming award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Seattle Channel won first-place awards for CityStream, a feature magazine show; a special on aging in Seattle; and a story about a Boy Scout troop for youth with special needs. The station also took the top spot in the video journalism category and won in the public health category for a CityStream show with a focus on health resources, from fighting the opioid epidemic to extreme sports therapy.

In July, NATOA also recognized the Seattle Information Technology department (of which Seattle Channel is a part) with two national awards for digital equity. Seattle IT’s Strategic Plan for Facilitating Equitable Access to Wireless Broadband was awarded the 2017 Community Broadband Strategic Plan of the Year. The Technology Matching Fund was awarded the 2017 Community Broadband Digital Equity Project of the Year. The Community Broadband Awards recognize and highlight the efforts to bring the benefits of technology to communities across the country.

“Our staff is committed to making Seattle a more digitally equitable community and to building strong, engaged and inspired communities through compelling programming,” said Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller. “It’s an honor to receive this recognition from our national peers in local government.”

Also recognized at the NATOA conference was Tony Perez, director of Seattle’s Office of Cable Communications. Perez, immediate past president and longtime member of NATOA’s Board of Directors, received NATOA’s 2017 Member of the Year award for his contributions to the field, including his leadership, policy development and strategic advice to ensure that communities benefit from the transformational nature of broadband technology.

Ed Escalona, Seattle Channel’s production manager, received a 2017 Ovation Award for his production contributions to NATOA’s annual meeting held in Seattle.

Here is a listing of Seattle Channel’s 2017 NATOA awards:

Excellence in Government Programming

First Place Seniors: Living Longer, Living Well special

http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos?videoid=x69826

Special Audience: CityStreamTroop 419 http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/?videoid=x70831

Public Health: CityStreamRecovery and Discovery

http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos?videoid=x64297

Magazine Format Series: CityStream program

http://www.seattlechannel.org/feature-shows/citystream

Video Journalism: Seattle Channel production staff

Second Place Interview/Talk Show: Art Zone with Nancy Guppy interview with Mike McCready http://www.seattlechannel.org/artZone?videoid=x71432

Third Place Election Coverage: City Inside/Out – Restroom Rights

http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos?videoid=x64763

Public Education: Community Stories – An American Hero: Frank Nishimura

Government Access Station Website: http://www.seattlechannel.org/

Honorable Mention Arts and Entertainment: Art Zone with Nancy Guppy – Benaroya Hall

http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos?videoid=x64300

Partnership Production: Community Stories – An American Hero: Frank Nishimura

http://www.seattlechannel.org/CommunityStories?videoid=x68582

Use of Social Media: Seattle Channel

Seattle Channel Wins Emmy Award

Randy Eng, Natalie Eng, Kai Pacifico Eng, Ian Devier, Shannon Gee

The Seattle Channel won a Northwest Regional Emmy Award for the animated short An American Hero: Frank Nishimura. The feature tells the story of Nishimura, a Japanese-America World War II veteran, who grew up in Seattle. He had a happy life growing up in the Pacific Northwest right up until the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Life changed dramatically for Nishimura and his family. The Nishimura’s moved to Eastern Washington to avoid imprisonment and Frank volunteered to join the U.S. Army. He fought with the 442nd/100th Battalion and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star among others. The movie short, winner in the Historic Cultural feature category, was produced, directed, shot, animated and edited by Seattle Channel staff members Shannon Gee, Randy Eng and Ian Devier. Natalie Eng and Kai Pacifico Eng also contributed to the project.

Watch An American Hero: Frank Nishimura

 

Seattle Channel Wins Two Regional Emmy Awards

SEATTLE CHANNEL, Cable 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2016

Contact: Lori Patrick, (206) 733-9764
lori.patrick@seattle.gov

               

Station recognized for historic/cultural programming

SEATTLE – Seattle Channel is the recipient of two Northwest Regional Emmy Awards for historic/cultural programming, one for a segment about the Georgetown Steam Plant and another for an animated short film about a local World War II veteran.

 

The city-operated station was recognized Saturday, June 4 at the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences’ (NATAS) Emmy Awards ceremony.

 

“Seattle Channel’s in-depth coverage of City Hall and Seattle’s diverse communities helps residents stay informed, engaged and connected with their city,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “I congratulate the station on its work and its commitment to inspiring civic engagement.”

 

A CityStream story about the Georgetown Steam Plant, now the Georgetown PowerPlant Museum, won in the historic/cultural segment category. A blast from Seattle’s past, the plant was built in 1906 mostly to power the city’s electric streetcar system. The segment was produced, photographed and edited by Ralph Bevins. Watch the winning segment: http://www.seattlechannel.org/explore-videos?videoid=x57291.

 

Shiro Kashino, a World War II veteran who grew up in Seattle’s Central District, is the subject of an animated short film, An American Hero: Shiro Kashino, which won in the historic/cultural program category. The feature, part of Seattle Channel’s Community Stories series, draws from the graphic novel Fighting for America: Nisei Soldiers, written by Lawrence Matsuda and illustrated by Matt Sasaki. The piece was produced and directed by Shannon Gee, animated by Randy Eng, with audio engineering and sound design by Thomas Cavit and writing by Lawrence Matsuda. Watch the winning feature: http://seattlechannel.org/CommunityStories?videoid=x59988.

 

“Seattle Channel is a catalyst that helps bring people together and develop a better understanding of our changing city,” said Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Education, Equity and Governance Committee. “The station’s inclusive programming features a variety of voices on subjects ranging from public policy to the people and cultural traditions that comprise Seattle.”

 

In the 53rd annual Northwest Emmy Awards, Seattle Channel competed against commercial and public television stations in the Northwest NATAS five-state region which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. This year, the station received 17 Emmy nominations in program categories including overall station excellence, arts/entertainment, health/science, politics/government, interview/discussion, promotion/program campaign as well as photography and editing.

 

“Seattle Channel is committed to producing quality content with depth and impact,” said John Giamberso, Seattle Channel general manager. “Our public-affairs programs spark informed civic dialogue and our arts features and documentaries entertain and inspire. I applaud our talented team for its dedication to excellence in local programming.”

 

Seattle Channel is a local TV station that reflects, informs and inspires the community it serves. Seattle Channel presents programs on cable television – channel 21 on Comcast (321 HD) and Wave (721 HD) – and via the Internet at seattlechannel.org to help residents connect with their city. Programming includes series and special features highlighting the diverse civic and cultural landscape of the Pacific Northwest’s premier city.

Creative Advantage on Seattle Channel

 

The Creative Advantage initiative continues the hard work of integrating arts education back into Seattle Public Schools. Seattle Channel host Brian Callanan talks to experts about why an arts education is important and how this new initiative is creating the conditions for all young people to be more creative, innovative and imaginative.

http://www.seattlechannel.org/explore-videos?videoid=x60663