Seattle Channel wins National Excellence in Government Programming Award

Municipal TV station recognized with 17 first-place awards in national competition

City of Seattle’s Director of Frontline Digital Services Jim Loter and Cable Franchise Analyst Alice Lawson at the 2019 NATOA Annual Conference in Tampa, Fla.

Seattle Channel was named among the best municipal television stations in the nation Thursday night when it received the prestigious Overall Excellence in Government Programming award at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) annual conference held in Tampa, Fla.

In addition to the
prestigious top award, the city-operated TV station won 24 government programming
awards, including 17 first-place wins.

“For years, Seattle Channel has helped City of Seattle residents better understand
the issues facing our city, see inside our diverse communities, and
get inspired by our City’s incredible creative community,” said Mayor
Jenny Durkan. “We’re so fortunate to have an award-winning resource like
Seattle Channel that offers residents a vibrant mix of programming and a
platform for civic engagement. Congratulations to everyone at the channel for
their hard work and dedication.”

Seattle Channel won first-place
awards in a wide range of categories, including documentary
and community-event coverage; use of humor; arts-and-entertainment and business
profiles; as well as election, ethnic-experience, and sports programming. The station also took top spots in municipal channel
promotion and use of social media and swept craft categories including editing,
innovative use of video, video journalism, videography and visual arts.

“At a time when the broadcasting landscape is
changing like never before, Seattle Channel provides a vital public service
with its transparent and accessible coverage of local government,” said Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell, chair of the Governance, Equity & Technology Committee. “I am proud of what
Seattle Channel does every day to produce informative programming with a diversity of perspectives.”

NATOA is a national association representing the needs and interests of local
governments in the areas of communications, broadband and technology. Its annual Government
Programming Awards
honor excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia
and electronic programming produced by local government agencies.  This
year, NATOA received nearly 1,000 entries in 73 categories submitted by local
governments across the country.   

“Our team works hard to produce programming that deepens
understanding of local issues and reflects the diversity that surrounds us,” said Shannon Gee, Seattle Channel general manager. “I
congratulate the staff on its dedication to the station’s continued excellence.
It’s an honor to receive this recognition from our peers in the field.”

Here is a list of Seattle Channel’s 2019 NATOA awards:

Excellence in Government Programming

First Place

Community Event Coverage (short form): From Hiroshima to Hope

CityStream: Special Olympics USA Games

City Inside/Out: I-940 Police

CityStream: Portraits of Courage

Arts and Entertainment: Art Zone with Nancy Guppy: National Record Store Day

Profile of a Person, Business or Organization: CityStream: Conscious Eatery

Documentary Event Coverage : CityStream: A Final Goodbye to the Viaduct

Public Education: Citizen University TV – Year in Review

Innovative Use of
Art Zone: Something Weird Video

Use of Humor: Art
Zone: Art Break

Channel Promotion:
Channeling Seattle

Event/Program Promotion: Art Zone: That’s Art!

Visual Arts: Art Zone with Nancy Guppy Calendar

Use of Social Media Platforms: Seattle Channel communications and digital media team

Videography: Seattle Channel production staff

Video Journalism: Seattle Channel production staff

Editing: Seattle Channel production staff

Awards of Distinction

Community Event Coverage: The Blue Angels

Profile of
City/County Dept.:
CityStream: Seattle Center Winterfest

Public Safety: City Stream: Ready to Retrofit

Municipal Channel Promotion: Clickdown 21

Seniors: Age-Friendly
Seattle – Living Longer, Living Well

Documentary: Community
Stories – Cyrus Habib: From Braille to Yale

City Inside/Out: Waterfront LID Debate

Awards of Honor
Sports Programming:
CityStream: Roller Derby Trainer

Children/Young Adults: Community Stories – Seattle All-City Band

Public Health: City Inside/Out: I-1631 Carbon Fee Debate

Profile of a Person, Business or Organization: CityStream: Refugee Artisan Initiative

Community Awareness: CityStream: Your Voice, Your Choice

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), Wave (721 HD) and 8003 on
CenturyLink (8503 HD) – and via the internet to help residents connect with
their city. Programming includes series and special features highlighting the
diverse civic and cultural landscape.


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