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Notable Member News - August 2014

2014 Hometown Media Award Winners
Awards presented at the 2014 ACM & NAMAC National Conference in Philadelphia on Aug. 7, 2014

Access Center Professional Level Awards

Community Events

World’s Longest Ice Cream Sundae
On Location TV – Scott Jenson, Judy Skeie-Voss, Lue Lee

Entertainment & Arts
Sportsnight
CTN Studios

Spiritual/Inspirational
James Mengel – Delivering Good News

On Location TV – Judy Skeie-Voss, Scott Jenson

Sports Coverage
Live Prep Football: Blaine at Coon Rapids

CTN Studios

Independent Producer Level Awards

Government Activities
WPA Golf Courses in Minnesota

Randy LaFoy (Ramsey-Washington Suburban Cable Commission)

Student Level Awards

Cultural Perspectives

From the Roots: How Hair Ties to Culture – A segment from the Set It Up 2012-2013 Season

SPNN Youth Producers - Destiny Roberts, Darartu Tashoma, Michaela Huberty

2014 Upper Midwest Emmy Nominations
Awards to be presented on Saturday, Sept. 13

13B: Politics/Government – Program
Agenda: Edina - City of Edina/Edina Community Channel 16

  • Jennifer Bennerotte, Executive Producer
  • Scott Denfeld, Producer
  • Dorothea Martti, Host
  • Dietrich Nissen, Reporter
  • Nathalie Gage, Production Staff
  • Aaron Klein, Production Staff
  • Dena Pech, Production Staff

Capitol Close-Up - NDC4

  • Dennis Rafftery, Producer/Photographer/Editor
  • Carmen Hauck, Photographer/Editor
  • Katherine Curtis, Photographer/Editor
  • Mark DeJoy, Voice-over talent

15A: Sporting Event/Game – Live/Unedited – Program/Special
Prep Football: Blaine at Coon Rapids - CTN Studios

  • Eric Strouse, Coordinating Producer
  • Josh Udvig, Producer/Lead Replay
  • Neil Hennen, Director
  • Joe Yund, Play by Play Announcer
  • Howie Shapiro, Color Commentator

20: Education/Schools
A Day in the Life of a 3rd Grader - South Washington County Telecommunications Commission

  • Ann Simpson, Editor/Producer/Videographer
  • Fran Hemmesch, Executive Producer

22B: Historic/Cultural/Nostalgic – Program
Aviation Storytellers: The Liberators - North Metro TV

  • Damian Kussian, Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Supervising Editor
  • Olga Lezhepekova, Editor/Cinematographer
  • Brian Bradbury, Cinematographer
  • Paul Dan Moon, Motion Graphics
  • Ariana Nyman, Cinematographer
  • Josh Sudby, Cinematographer
  • Maiwenn Kussian, Creative Consultant
  • Dale DiMassi, Cinematographer
  • Travis Hottinger, Creative Consultant
  • Matt Waldron, Motion Graphics

25A: Interview/Discussion – Single Story
Women of White Bear Lake Police Department - Ramsey/Washington Counties Cable Commission

  • Tim Finnerty, Executive Director
  • Mary Kline, Writer/Producer
  • Jeff Melcoch, Photographer/Editor
  • Judy Skeie-Voss, Director of Production Services
  • Ramsey/Washington Counties Suburban Cable Communications Commission, Producing Organization

28: Special Event Coverage (other than News or Sports)
White Bear Lake Makes World’s Longest Ice Cream Sundae - Ramsey/Washington Counties Cable Commission

  • Tim Finnerty, Executive Director
  • Judy Skeie-Voss, Director of Production Services
  • Scott Jenson, Photographer/Editor
  • Lue Lee, Photographer/Editor

29: Interstitial
Public Art Profiles - Edina Community Channel 16

  • Nathalie Gage, Producer
  • Jennifer Bennerotte, Executive Producer
  • Scott Denfeld, Producer

We Are The Burnsville Police Department - Burnsville Community Television

  • Marty Doll, Executive Producer
  • Kristin Thomas, Writer/Producer
  • Jeffrey Wilson, Videographer/Editor
  • Dane Whitehead, Videographer/Editor

31A: Community/Public Service (PSA) – Single Spot
PSA-Harry the Hydrant - E-TV Eagan Television

  • Jeff Ongstad, Writer/Producer/Editor

40C: Director – Sports
Section 5AAAA Boys Hockey - Northwest Community Television

  • Steve Brockhaus, Director

45E: On-Camera Talent – Performer/Narrator
Jim Schiffman Composite - Lakeville Government Channel 16

45F: On-Camera Talent – Program Host/Moderator
RR the Raccoon – Program Host - Lakeville Government Channel 16

  • Jim Schiffman, Host/Puppeeteer

47: Video Journalist
A gift to honor a sacrifice - 12 News/Northwest Community Television

  • Delane Cleveland, Photographer/Reporter/Editor

 

Notable Member News - July 2014

MACTA’s newest board member, Karen George is a communications professional with 30 years of experience in California and Minnesota, ranging from television reporter, communications director for city government, communications and marketing professional for a school district, and currently as an executive director.

 

In Karen’s current leadership role at Quad Cities Cable Communications Commission and QCTV, she is responsible for representing the cities of Andover, Anoka, Champlin and Ramsey in telecommunications policy and regulation, overseeing the programming of seven local cable channels and managing a video production facility.
 

She holds a B.A. degree in communications from Concordia College, Moorhead, a Masters of Business Communications graduate certificate from the University of St. Thomas and a Minnesota Community Education Director license. Karen has held various leadership positions with professional associations and her work has been recognized with numerous state and national awards, including the prestigious Paul B. Clark Award for leadership from CAPIO and both Bronze Quill and Silver Quill awards from IABC. She is a past president of the Minnesota School Public Relations Association (MinnSPRA), the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) and has been active in state and regional activities of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
 

Karen currently serves as secretary of the Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) and is Congregation President at Peace Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids. She is proud of your community volunteerism throughout the years and has just completed serving as the Minneapolis Aquatennial Captain for the 75th anniversary celebration.
 

 

Karen is the proud aunt of Kristen (Steve) Jacobson, Jim Snartland, Logan George, and Hailey George.  (As of this writing she is excitedly awaiting the birth of her first grandniece!)

 

Notable Member News - May 2014

Awards

MACTA members received a number of awards for their videos at this year’s Minnesota Association of Government Communicator’s Northern Lights Awards Contest.

 

Minnesota Association of Government Communicators
2014 Northern Lights Awards Contest

 

VIDEO – PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Award of Excellence
"Dig Me Out"
City of Saint Paul
Mike Reardon, mike.reardon@ci.stpaul.mn.us

 

Saint Paul has more than 7,000 hydrants and the Saint Paul Fire Department regularly asks for the public’s help in digging a clear path around hydrants after each snowfall. I was familiar with other PSAs that conveyed this message is a more straightforward manner with firefighters or officials making a direct plea to the audience, but I wanted to make something that was eye-catching and memorable. Along with the firefighters, why not have the hydrant itself ask for help? That idea led to the development of the hydrant costume and the talking hydrant – the “star” of “Dig Me Out.”

https://vimeo.com/59571123

 

Award of Merit
Harry the Hydrant
Eagan Television
Jeff Ongstad, jongstad@eagan-tv.com

 

This is a PSA for the Eagan Fire Department showcasing the need to keep fire hydrants clear of snow in the winter. We wanted a way to get people's attention and tried to use humor to bring that attention to this serious issue.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bnv3Y5eG6k

 

Award of Merit
QCTV PSA - Texting and Driving
QCTV
Matt Perkins, matt.perkins@QCTV.org

 

This is a texting/distracted driving video that was made to show real-life consequences of distracted driving.

http://youtu.be/h_LlnM3moFc

 

VIDEO - INTERNAL VIDEO

 

Award of Merit
What do snowplow operators do in the summer?
City of Bloomington
Janine Hill, jhill@BloomingtonMN.gov

 

Bloomington’s Public Works Department holds an annual snow meeting each fall. This meeting is mandatory for all City employees who operate snow and sidewalk plows. The Street Maintenance supervisor calls the meeting to review new procedures, but he also wants to use the opportunity to motivate staff before the upcoming winter. The supervisor contacted Communications to create a humorous video that would resonate with snow plow operators and also build morale.

http://youtu.be/58VpbRLz22U

 

VIDEO – NEWS OR TALK SHOW

 

Award of Excellence (Nominated for Best of Show)
"Enterprise Edina"
City of Edina
Scott Denfeld, sdenfeld@edinamn.gov

 

The new Edina Chamber of Commerce President, Lori Syverson, was interested in collaborating on a program that introduces businesses in the community. We decided to develop the program as a talk show with some practical demonstrations, allowing us the flexibility to spotlight different businesses in a unique way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzAJ4-Af7-A

 

Award of Merit
Park Update
City of St. Louis Park
ParkTV, npribbenow@stlouispark.org

 

Informative, fast moving, current events video package.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufd5iS5dtP8&list=PLFEF25183C4292FD8&feature=share&index=35

 

VIDEO – INFORMATIONAL

 

Award of Excellence (Nominated for Best of Show)
Saint Paul EMS Academy
City of Saint Paul
Mike Reardon, mike.reardon@ci.stpaul.mn.us

 

The EMS Academy is a free course that trains eligible young men and women for careers in Emergency Medical Services. This video is a promotional tool to encourage low-income and minority youth from Saint Paul to apply for the classes. Testimonials from the Mayor, the instructor and several graduates of the course accompany scenes of students getting “hands-on” training in classrooms, ambulances and at the St. Paul Fire Department training grounds.

http://vimeo.com/76720461

 

Award of Excellence
Surviving Domestic Violence
City of Saint Paul
Mike Reardon, mike.reardon@ci.stpaul.mn.us

 

Our office was asked to produce a video roll-in for the St. Paul Police Ball/Fundraiser. This year’s topic or theme was Domestic Violence. While I worked with the police department and Saint Paul Intervention to produce a video for the event I also wanted one for the general public. The video for the event had to be shorter than the one for the public and it also had the Police Chief asking for donations, i.e., thus the fundraiser portion of the event. I produced a second, slightly longer version and without the Chief’s solicitation, which is the one being submitted. The purpose of the video is to bring awareness of domestic violence and the role the Saint Paul Police Department plays as well as other agencies.

http://vimeo.com/88388664

 

Award of Merit
Bloomington Firefighters Make Dreams Come True
City of Bloomington
Janine Hill, jhill@BloomingtonMN.gov

 

Bloomington’s fire team got together to help make a sick child’s dream come true. At just four years old, Brady Nelson dreams of one day being a firefighter, saving lives, driving a fire truck and battling blazes. But before all that happens, Brady is fighting a battle of his own. He suffers from a rare form of cancer. In the midst of several days of ongoing treatments in May 2013, Brady got to be an honorary member of the Bloomington Fire Department for a day.

http://youtu.be/a6BMhUh9eyk

 

Award of Merit
Trails by Candlelight at Lebanon Hills
City of Eagan, Eagan Television
Jeff Ongstad, jongstad@eagan-tv.com

 

Every winter, Lebanon Hills Regional Park holds an event called “Trails by Candlelight”. Trails in the park are lit by candles in white paper bags, so that skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking can continue past sunset. The park allowed E-TV to come gather video and interviews during the event, which was edited into a short feature story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DiahJxawbw

 

Award of Merit
We are the Burnsville Police Department: Core Values
Burnsville Community Television/ city of Burnsville
Marty Doll, marty.doll@ci.burnsville.mn.us

 

“We are the Burnsville Police Department: Core Values” was produced by Burnsville Community Television (BCTV).The video highlights the Burnsville Police Department (BVPD) by explaining the values by which they protect and serve the people of Burnsville. The Burnsville Police Department is proud to work under its "Core Values" of Knowledge, Integrity, Honor, Courage and Excellence, and this video demonstrates their commitment to providing the highest quality service.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI5ZZg5HTTE

 

Award of Merit
All Aboard! Studying Streetcars in Saint Paul
City of Saint Paul
Sara Swenson, sara.swenson@ci.stpaul.mn.us

 

During 2013, the City of Saint Paul’s Planning & Economic Development department was leading a feasibility study to determine what corridors might be able to support the addition of modern day streetcar service. Streetcars have a rich history in cities across the country, but were removed when bus service became the popular mode of transportation. Now, cities are looking at bringing the service back to catalyze economic development and provide another option for public transportation. “All Aboard! Studying Streetcars in Saint Paul” was a video that was produced as part of the public education plan for the study.

http://youtu.be/26emIUCSxvs

 

VIDEO – INSTRUCTIONAL

 

Award of Merit
MNDOT Sign Measuring
Eagan Television/City of Eagan
Jeff Ongstad, jongstad@eagan-tv.com

 

Minnesota is determining how long the reflective coating on street signs generally lasts in our climate. MNDOT asked us to create an instructional video showing workers how they should gather the data using a special device.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=592bs8uW9D4

 

VIDEO – PROMOTIONAL VIDEO OR COMMERCIAL

 

Award of Excellence (Nominated for Best of Show)
Saint Paul Is…
City of Saint Paul
Mike Reardon, mike.reardon@ci.stpaul.mn.us

 

Annually, the Mayor of Saint Paul holds a State of the City address. This and the budget address are the two biggest public speeches by the Mayor. The State of the City outlines goals for the next year and highlights successes from the previous year. This video was shown prior to the Mayor’s speech and showcased businesses and people who are part of Saint Paul’s story. It captured the emotion and excitement of a city that has a lot to be proud of in a variety of areas. Each interview asked everyone to complete the sentence, “Saint Paul is ___”

http://vimeo.com/88388175

 

Award of Merit
"Honey, I Bought a Fire Truck" - Profile of a City Auction
City of Saint Paul
Mike Reardon, mike.reardon@ci.stpaul.mn.us

 

City of Saint Paul departments use and maintain a wide variety of vehicles and equipment. Occasionally, because they are no longer wanted or needed, departments will sell these cars, trucks, etc. This video introduces the viewer to the municipal equipment auction, and encourages them to attend an upcoming sale. “Honey, I Bought a Fire Truck” captures the fun and excitement of the auction experience and introduces you to some of the bidders who, yes, sometimes buy fire trucks.

http://vimeo.com/76543569

 

VIDEO – CAMPAIGN/SERIES

 

Award of Merit
Saint Paul Construction Update
City of Saint Paul
Sara Swenson, sara.swenson@ci.stpaul.mn.us

 

With a lot of construction activity happening around Saint Paul, the city’s Department of Planning & Economic Development launched a new video series in 2013 called “Saint Paul Construction Update” to provide the public with an up close look at major construction projects. The first two videos showcased The Penfield, a market rate housing development in downtown and the Schmidt Artist Lofts, a historic renovation project at the former site of the Schmidt Brewery on West Seventh Street.

 

Saint Paul Construction Update - The Penfield: http://youtu.be/M0n-M-HTiww
Saint Paul Construction Update - Schmidt Artist Lofts: http://youtu.be/8OTSJhueydw

 

VIDEO – LIVE OR LIVE-TO-TAPE SPORTS COVERAGE

 

Award of Excellence
BCTV Sports: Girls Hockey - Lakeville South vs. Burnsville - 12-7-13
City of Burnsville/Burnsville Community Television
Marty Doll, marty.doll@ci.burnsville.mn.us

 

The Girls hockey game played on Dec. 7, 2013, is a part of Burnsville Community Television’s community sports coverage. BCTV covers approximately 55 sporting events per year, which makes up 90 percent of community coverage programming. Three to four staff members take part in the various aspects of covering sports including: producing, creating an athlete interview package for insertion into the production, creating graphics, site set-up, volunteer training, directing, running graphics, running slow-motion replay and audio.

http://youtu.be/7z1WAUhsPDk
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCujqBntGNsAaRO1tWlcnZlMQWZX5DuJh

 

Award of Merit
Edina vs. St. Louis Park Men's Class A Baseball 7/30/13
City of St. Louis Park
ParkTV, npribbenow@stlouispark.org

 

A Men's Class A baseball game between Edina and St. Louis Park. Played on July 30, 2013.

http://youtu.be/B9_MUc7J8Us

 

VIDEO – LIVE OR LIVE-TO-TAPE COMMUNITY COVERAGE

 

Award of Excellence
A Salute to the Music of Bob Dylan 7/27/13
City of St. Louis Park
ParkTV, npribbenow@stlouispark.org

 

This video is a 20-minute clip of "A Salute to the Music of Bob Dylan" performed at Wolfe Park in St. Louis Park on July 27, 2013. Featuring many special guests! Taped by ParkTV.

http://youtu.be/wCV5SpkfnT0

 

Notable Member News - April 2014

The 2014 Best of the Midwest Video Fest award winners have been announced and MACTA members again took home some hardware!  Award winners will be honored at an awards banquet on April 25 in Madison, Wis. Winners from this year’s contest include:

 

Excellence Awards (top scoring entries):

  • CTV North Suburbs Website & Social Media – CTV North Suburbs, Roseville
  • New Brighton Exchange Marketing Video – CTV North Suburbs, Roseville
  • Six Million Stars (Winner: Best Program Produced by Youth – Amateur) – CTV North Suburbs, Roseville

Achievement Awards (second level):

  • Get It Local – Northwest Community Television, Brooklyn Park
  • Give to the Max Day 2014 – CTV North Suburbs, Roseville
  • MVCT Les Miserables 2013 – CTV North Suburbs, Roseville

Merit Awards (third level):

  • Access to the Future – Northwest Community Television, Brooklyn Park

 

Notable Member News - November 2013

mike johnson
Mike Johnson

MACTA is proud to announce two returning members, and one new member (Mike Johnson from Northwest Community Television) to the Board of Directors in January.


Mike Reardon with the City of St. Paul, and Toby Keeler from the City of St. Louis Park were re-elected to the board at the Oct. 29 annual Conference.


No stranger to the MACTA board, Mike Johnson is the newest addition. (include photo) Mike began his career on March 17, 1980, in Fridley, producing and directing local origination programming for Storer Cable Television while attending college.


He has held management and leadership positions at Northwest Community Television (NWCT) and the Northwest Suburbs Cable Communications Commission since October 1982 – serving as General Manager, Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director over the organization’s history. NWCT serves the cities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth and Robbinsdale.

 

Mike is no stranger to public service, having previously served as a city council and school board member. He has also served on both the Quad Cities and Lake Minnetonka Cable Commissions and -- previously as a MACTA board member!

 

Other MACTA Board Members include Laura Cook, South Washington County Telecommunications Commission; Janine Hill, City of Bloomington; Marty Doll, City of Burnsville; and Lori Pulkrabek, North Suburban Communications Commission.


MACTA also offers a huge thank you to outgoing board member Mark Moore, Apple Valley-Farmington-Rosemount Cable Commission, for his years of service!


Notable Member News - October 2013

Awards
Congratulations to MACTA members whose videos were recognized at the annual National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) conference, and at the 2013 Upper Midwest Emmys.


2013 Upper Midwest Emmy Winner

Category: Historic/Cultural/Nostalgic – Program


Aviation Storytellers-The Tail Gunner and the Navigator - North Metro TV

» Damian Kussian, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor
» Olga Lezhepekova, Editor, Cinematographer
» Ariana Nyman, Cinematographer, Editor
» Dale DiMassi, Additional Camera Operator
» Matt Waldron, Graphics/Special FX
» Brian Bradbury, Assistant Editor


2013 NATOA Government Programming Award Winners and Honorable Mentions

Category 2 - Community Event Coverage (Operating Budget Under $300,000)

» Third Place "Holiday Train 2012" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN


Category 3 - Community Event Coverage (Operating Budget Over $300,000)
» Second Place "Coon Rapids Summer Concert featuring Rockie Lynne" CTN Studios, MN


Category 4 - Public Affairs (Operating Budget Under $300,000)
» First Place "Cottage Grove Spotlight on Senator Sieben" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN


Category 5 - Public Affairs (Operating Budget Over $300,000)

» Third Place "Public Safety Talk" Quad Cities Cable Communications Commission - QCTV, MN

 

Category 6 - Live Sports Event
» First Place "Volleyball Section Championship: Osseo v. Blaine" North Metro Telecommunications Commission, MN
» First Place "CTN Sports Prep Football: Andover vs Coon Rapids" CTN Studios, MN
» Second Place "BACB Sports: Girls Basketball - Seaholm VS. Groves" Bloomfield Township, MI
» Honorable Mention "QCTV Sports - Girls Hockey" Quad Cities Cable Communications Commission - QCTV, MN


Category 7 - Sports Programming
» First Place "Sportsnight" CTN Studios, MN
» Second Place "Sports Den Season 10: Episode 1" North Metro Telecommunications Commission, MN
» Third Place "Woodbury Citystyle: The Cold Catfish Cup Winter Bike Race" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN


Category 9 - Children/Young Adults (Operating Budget Over $300,000)
» First Place "Mock Crash" Ramsey/Washington Suburban Cable Commission, MN


Category 11 - Interview/Talk Show (Operating Budget Under $200,000)
» Second Place "GIRL TALK" Northern Dakota County Cable Communications Commission (NDC4), MN


Category 12 - Interview/Talk Show (Operating Budget $200,000 - $400,000)
» Second Place "Northeast Journal" Ramsey/Washington Suburban Cable Commission, MN
» Third Place "Interview with Gerry Herringer" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN


Category 14 - Election Coverage
» Honorable Mention "CTN News: 2012 Election Coverage" CTN Studios, MN


Category 17 - Seniors
» Third Place "Woodbury Citystyle: Pickleball" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN


Category 18 - Special Audience
» Third Place "Woodbury Citystyle: My Dream to play Baseball, Alexander's Miracle" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN
» Honorable Mention "Yarn Dolls" Ramsey/Washington Suburban Cable Commission, MN


Category 19 - Arts and Entertainment (Operating Budget Under $300,000)
» Second Place "Back to the 50's Night" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN
» Honorable Mention "Amp It Up" Northern Dakota County Cable Communications Commission (NDC4), MN


Category 21 - Public Health
» Third Place "Judy & Dave Bork 3-Day Walk" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN


Category 23 - Profile of a City/County Dept. (Operating Budget $200,000 - $400,000)
» First Place "Helicopter Rescue Training " City of Saint Paul, MN
» Third Place "Cottage Grove Rec Connection" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN
» Honorable Mention "Host Profile" Ramsey/Washington Suburban Cable Commission, MN


Category 26 - Public Safety (Operating Budget $200,000 - $400,000)
» Second Place "Ice Rescue Training Exercise" Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission, MN


Category 28 - Visual Arts (Operating Budget Under $300,000)
» Honorable Mention "South St. Paul State of the City Intro" Northern Dakota County Cable Communications Commission (NDC4), MN


Category 31 - Documentary - Event Coverage
» First Place "Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial Dedication" City of Saint Paul, MN


Category 32 - Documentary - Profile (Operating Budget Under $300,000)
» Third Place "Judy & Dave Bork 3-Day Walk" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN
» Honorable Mention "Honor & Remember" Northern Dakota County Cable Communications Commission (NDC4), MN


Category 40 - Community Awareness (Operating Budget $200,000 - $400,000)
» Second Place "Green Roof Harvest at St. Paul Fire Dept. HQ" City of Saint Paul, MN
» Third Place "SPUT: Saint Paul Urban Tennis" North Suburban Access Corporation, MN
» Honorable Mention "Do the Summer Countdown" City of Saint Paul, MN


Category 45 - Use of Social Media
» Honorable Mention "QCTV Social Media" Quad Cities Cable Communications Commission - QCTV, MN


Category 47 - Use of Humor
» Second Place "Cottage Grove Splash Pad" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN
» Third Place "Freckles Style" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN


Category 49 - News Series (Operating Budget Under $300,000)
» Second Place "INSIGHT 7" Northern Dakota County Cable Communications Commission (NDC4), MN


Category 50 - News Series (Operating Budget Over $300,000)
» Third Place "CTN News" CTN Studios, MN


Category 52 - Magazine Format Series (Operating Budget $200,000 - $400,000)
» First Place "Local Image" Ramsey/Washington Suburban Cable Commission, MN
» Second Place "Woodbury Citystyle" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN
» Third Place "Cottage Grove Spotlight" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN


Category 54 - Municipal Channel Promotion
» Honorable Mention "UVS: Uninformed Voters Syndrome" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN


Category 55 - Event/Program Promotion (Operating Budget Under $300,000)
» Second Place "Freckles Style" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN
» Honorable Mention "Victoria Classic Car Night Promo" Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission, MN


Category 58 - Public Service Announcement (Operating Budget $200,000 - $400,000)
» Third Place "Hire Today's Veteran" Ramsey/Washington Suburban Cable Commission, MN


Category 65 - Programming Excellence (Operating Budget $200,000 - $400,000)
» Third Place "City of Saint Paul - Programming Excellence" City of Saint Paul, MN
» Honorable Mention "SWCTC" South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, MN


Category 66 - Programming Excellence (Operating Budget $400,000 - $1,000,000)
» Honorable Mention "CTN Studios Original Programming" CTN Studios, MN


Notable Member News - September 2013

Awards
Congratulations to MACTA members whose videos recently picked up some prestigious national awards at the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) conference in Scottsdale, AZ. More kudos to those members who have been nominated for the 2013 Upper Midwest Emmy’s.


City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) Savvy Awards


TV and Video – Interview/Talk Show/News Programming


Savvy Bloomington Today, Bloomington, MN
Silver Circle Enterprise Edina, Edina, MN


2013 Upper Midwest Emmy Nominations


Category: Historic/Cultural/Nostalgic – Program
» Aviation Storytellers-The Tail Gunner and the Navigator - North Metro TV

Damian Kussian, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Olga Lezhepekova, Editor, Cinematographer
Ariana Nyman, Cinematographer, Editor
Dale DiMassi, Additional Camera Operator
Matt Waldron, Graphics/Special FX
Brian Bradbury, Assistant Editor


Category: Director - Sports
» Steve Brockhaus - NWCT/Channel 12

Steve Brockhaus, Director


Category: Community/Public Service (PSA) – Single Spot
» The Detective - Edina Community Channel 16

Jennifer Bennerotte, Executive Producer
Scott Denfeld, Producer
Emilie Kastner, Writer
Noah Denfeld, Actor


Category: Community/Public Service (PSAs) – Campaign
» Go Green, Edina - Edina Community Channel 16

Jennifer Bennerotte, Writer
Steve Christiansen, Producer
Kaylin Martin, Actress
Scott Denfeld, Producer
Kara Denfeld, Actress


A full list of Emmy-nominees is available at http://midwestemmys.org/20130823/2013nominees.


Notable Member News - June 2013

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Awards

MACTA members recently won big with their videos at this year’s Minnesota Association of Government Communicator’s Northern Lights Awards Contest and the Alliance For Community Media’s Hometown Media Awards. Congratulations to these award-winning videos!


Minnesota Association of Government Communicators
2013 Northern Lights Awards Contest

VIDEO PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Award of Merit

The School Buses are Here!
Burnsville Community Television; Kristin Thomas

NEWS OR TALK SHOW

Award of Excellence

"Beyond the Badge"
City of Edina – Edina Channel 16
Communications & Technology Services Department

Award of Excellence

"Agenda: Edina"
City of Edina - Edina Channel 16
Communications & Technology Services Department

Award of Merit

"Park Update" - May 24, 2012
Scott Smith; ParkTV; City of St. Louis Park

INFORMATIONAL OR INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO

Award of Excellence

Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial Dedication
City of Saint Paul
OTC - Communications Services
Mike Popadiuk – Producer

Award of Merit

What Public Works Crews Do For You
Tim Pratt, City of Roseville
Kevin Schmitz, CTV North Suburbs

Award of Merit

From Farm to Market
E-TV Eagan Television

PROMOTIONAL VIDEO OR COMMERCIAL

Award of Merit

Cornerstone Promotional Video
Misty Lewis; City of St. Louis Park and Cornerstone

Award of Merit

Support a Lowertown Ballpark
City of Saint Paul
OTC - Communications Services
Nick Nelson – Producer

Award of Merit

Hopkins Homecoming Video
Micah Terpstra

OTHER VIDEOS

Award of Merit

Sustainability Man
Burnsville Community Television
Jeffrey Wilson and Marty Doll

Award of Merit

Judy & Dave Bork 3-Day Walk DVD
City of Cottage Grove/South Washington County Telecommunications Commission

Alliance for Community Media
2013 Hometown Media Awards

STUDENT CATEGORIES

Music Video

Lemonade
CTV North Suburbs

INDEPENDENT PRODUCER CATEGORIES

Local Performances

2012 RAHS Spring Jazz Showcase
CTV North Suburbs

ACCESS CENTER PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES

Access-Able

Disability Viewpoints: ADA Celebration
CTV North Suburbs

Magazine Shows

Local Image – August 2012
RWSCC – Government Television Network/On Location TV

Original Teleplay

The Ghosts of CTV
CTV North Suburbs

Spiritual/Inspirational

"We are the Children” Local Image May 2012
RWSCC – Government Television Network/On Location TV

Sports Coverage

Prep Football: Andover at Coon Rapids
CTN Studios

Web Based Program

QC Tech News
Quad Cities Community Television

WEBSITES

Website for Access Centers $650K>

qctv.org
Quad Cities Community Television


Notable Member News - April 2013

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In Memorium

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge that the Ramsey-Washington Suburban Cable Commission lost one of its long-time commissioners when George Rouse passed away earlier this year. George represented White Bear Lake Township and had served on the commission since its early days of operation. MACTA extends to the Rouse family and George’s friends and colleagues our deepest sympathy of his passing.

Retirements

Terry O’Connell, Quad Cities TV’s only executive director since its establishment in 1984, retired last year and is now enjoying himself playing golf in sunny Arizona during the winter months and in his home in St. Cloud during the summer. Quad Cities TV serves the communities of Andover, Anoka, Champlin and Ramsey.


Greg Moore, Executive Director for the Northwest Community TV (NWCT) retired at the end of 2012, after being the only executive director NWCC experienced since its inception in 1983. Like many other retired folks, Greg is now working part-time as a consultant and enjoying his time with family and grandchildren. NWCT serves nine northwest Twin Cities communities.


Ann Higgins, who was with the League of MN Cities for 32 years, and who served as its liaison with MACTA on all matters pertaining to cable, telecom and broadband since MACTA’s inception retired in January of this year. View her announcement from LMC.

New Hires

Karen George, with the communications department at Anoka-Hennepin County School District since 1995, replaced Terry O’Connell at QCTV as its new director. If the name sounds familiar, Karen served as SPNN’s executive director prior to going to the school district and has been in the "cable biz” since the mid-80’s.


Mike Johnson, who served as Greg Moore’s right hand as NWCT’s assistant executive director since 1985, took over the reins at NWCT upon Moore’s retirement.


Laura Ziegler has taken on Ann Higgins’ responsibilities in the matters of cable, etc., and will be working closely with MACTA as both organizations move forward on legislative issues. It should be noted that Laura is one of three recent hires by LMC to replace Ann. Just shows how much she was doing all those years.


Chad Johnston started on March 25th, as Saint Paul Neighborhood Network’s (SPNN) new executive director. Chad replaces Mike Wassenaar, who left SPNN and Minnesota for new opportunities in Washington D.C. early this year. Chad comes to us from The People’s Channel in Durham N.C. where he has served as its director since 2004. Wassenaar, was hired by the Free Press and will be overseeing fundraising for the organization.
Congratulations to the retired and the newly hired!

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