Brian Wilson Memorial Award for Programming Excellence

The next nomination period for the Brian Wilson Memorial Award for Programming Excellence will open in May 2021.

See a copy of the 2019 nomination form here

This award is presented annually to a programmer for displaying the leadership and values that Brian practiced during his years of dedicated service.

Criteria for the award:

  • Nominee must be an active NATOA member.
  • Member is only eligible to receive award once.
  • Member can be re-nominated if they have not received the award in the past. Submissions from qualified candidates will be rolled over and considered again next year.
  • Member must have made major contributions to government programming through his/her body of work including, but not limited to:
    • Development of community channel
    • Development of outstanding programming
    • Use of unique ideas for programming and/or funding
    • Serving diverse populations
    • Impact on community

Past Recipients:

  • Posthumously, Brian Wilson (2004)
  • Kathy Sherman (2005)
  • Bill Suchy (2006)
  • Jennifer McKinney (2007)
  • Jerry Musial (2008)
  • Kurt Ugland, posthumously (2009)
  • Jeff Lueders (2010)
  • Keith Reeves (2011)
  • Mark Kaufmann (2012)
  • Coralie Wilson (2014)
  • Michael Russo (2015)
  • Dennis Rafftery (2016)
  • Michael Charboneau (2017)
  • Dan Sheffer (2018)
  • Alan Bozeman (2019)

How is the Winner Selected?

The Video Production Committee will make the selection based on submissions received, and present their recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval. The winner will be announced at the Government Programming Awards Gala on Thursday, September 3 at the 40th Annual Conference in Denver, CO.

The Co-Chairs of the Video Production Committee are Rick Assmus and Karen Tolson.