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NATOA Celebrates 2012 Government Programming Award Winners

September 29, 2012 11:32 PM

September 29, 2012

Contact: Steve Traylor, (703) 519-8035

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (September 29, 2012) – The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) honored the winners of the 27th Annual Government Programming Awards (GPA) tonight at The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, LA.  The awards program honors excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies.  This year, NATOA received more than 650 entries submitted by local governments across the country and Canada.   “Our GPA winners continue to demonstrate excellence in programming and we are thrilled to honor and celebrate their achievements,” commented NATOA President Joanne Hovis.  “We congratulate these winners for actively supporting community programming’s role in building stronger, more connected communities.”  

Entries in the 66 categories cover a variety of programming including, among others, community events, documentary, public affairs and public service, interview/talk show, performing arts, sports, election coverage and children’ s issues.  Among the awards with special significance are the “Excellence in Programming” awards which are judged on the agency’s variety of programming quality throughout the year.  This year’s Excellence awards were presented to the following outstanding NATOA communities: 

  • “LMCC: Excellence in Public Access Programming” Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission, MNExcellence in Public Access Programming
  • “MCPS TV” Montgomery County Public Schools, MDExcellence in Educational Institution/District Programming
  • “CTV - The Calabasas Channel” City of Calabasas, CAExcellence in Government Programming Operating Budget to $200,000
  • “Government Television Network - RWSCC” Ramsey/Washington Suburban Cable Commission, MNExcellence in Government Programming Operating Budget $200,000 - $400,000
  • “Austin Programming Highlights” City of Austin, TX – Excellence in Government Programming Operating Budget $400,000 - $1,000,000
  • “The Seattle Channel” The Seattle Channel, WAExcellence in Government Programming Operating Budget over $1,000,000

Click here for a complete list of 2012 GPA Winners and Honorable Mentions.