WVPT - Virginia’s Public Television Wins Three Awards for Second Consecutive Year

Harrisonburg, Va., June 29, 2009 – WVPT – Virginia’s Public Television won three awards at the 72nd  annual Virginia Broadcasting Awards held on June 26, 2009. The honors were Best Public Service/Community Event, for WVPT’s Kids’ Book Festival; Outstanding Website, for wvpt.net; and Outstanding News Series, for “Virginia Farming.” This is the second consecutive year that WVPT has won these three awards. Awards are based on projects aired between January 1st and December 31, 2008.

Non-commercial and commercial television stations are judged separately, but no other station achieved more awards than WVPT. The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters judged all of the entries.

“WVPT is honored and very proud to receive these awards. They are indicative of the types of quality projects that WVPT produces…They are each a product of our mission to make a difference in the lives of our audience…” said WVPT President and General Manager David Mullins.

WVPT Kids’ Book Festival is held annually to promote childhood literacy. Area business and community sponsors provide literacy activities for children and their families for an entire day and each child receives a free book during the event.

“Virginia Farming” is the Commonwealth’s only locally produced, weekly, televised farm series. During the program, host Jeff Ishee reports on Virginia’s raised commodities, such as beef, dairy, wine, seafood, and so on. The series features interviews with guests, news, statistics and music.

WVPT.net is WVPT’s official website. Revisions to the site have been made to include more seamless transition between pages and overall navigation for visitors. Other updates include a pledge premium store and online membership acquisition. The site offers online purchasing and streaming video of both local and national programming.

For more information on WVPT – Virginia’s Public Television visit wvpt.net or wvpt4learning.org.

According to their website, The Virginia Association of Broadcasters has been helping broadcasting progress since 1937. The VAB provides services for its members, including news and production educational seminars, and government relation assistance. The VAB annual awards program recognizes superiority in broadcasting among member stations. For more information on the VAB, visit vabonline.com.

View a list of WVPT's recent awards