NYSBA AwardsMountain Lake PBS award winners pictured with NYSBA Awards special guest, Rachel Ray. From left: Paul Larson, Rachel Ray, Jane Owens, Stan Ransom.
New York State Broadcasters Association Honors Mountain Lake PBS
PLATTSBURGH, NY - July 2012 - Mountain Lake PBS captured two awards for Excellence in Production and Community Engagement. The awards were handed out at the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) 50th annual Executive Conference, held at The Sagamore Resort Hotel.
A collaborative program between Mountain Lake PBS and the Plattsburgh Public Library designed to encourage young children and their parents to become interested in science and the language of problem solving has earned a prestigious NYSBA "Community Engagement Award."
Through the free initiative, which featured Mountain Lake PBS' "Sid the Science Kid," more than 100 parents and their children viewed an episode of the show that focused on growing things and reading an interactive story. They then participated in numerous science- and literacy-focused activities and projects. Children also took their projects home and received a free book to practice their literacy skills.
"This outreach program to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics is a perfect example of how local stations can work with the community to help educate tomorrow's leaders," said NYSBA President David Donovan, noting that the association launched the Community Engagement Awards to recognize the critical relationship between local stations and organizations that work to improve their communities. "Congratulations to Mountain Lake PBS and the Plattsburgh Public Library for serving the public's interest and improving the lives of viewers in Plattsburgh."
"Mountain Lake PBS and the Plattsburgh Public Library are honored to accept this award for our education outreach efforts," added Jane Owens, Director of Outreach and Education at Mountain Lake PBS. "Both organizations are committed to bringing the highest quality educational programs and resources to our community and this award recognizes the success of our partnership."
"These projects do not go unnoticed in our community," maintained Plattsburgh Public Library Director Stanley Ransom. "Parents tell us they are great for connecting TV with 'real life' and learning."
Celebrating the visual and performing arts, Art Express, produced, written, and edited by Paul Larson was awarded "Outstanding Locally Produced TV Show." The program features people in the Mountain Lake PBS region, such as a Montreal-area sculptor who deals with the pain of a family loss through her work. It also highlights talented people of international significance who inhabit the PBS landscape, such as violin virtuoso Joshua Bell.
"Awards such as this motivate our station to continue to provide high quality arts coverage. The landscape of arts on PBS and in our own region is vast, and I look forward to exploring it more with our viewers," said Paul Larson. "I'm very excited about the arts-related stories I'm currently producing, and I look forward to sharing them."
"Our staff works diligently to create programs that highlight the best of our region while meeting our mission to inform, educate, involve and entertain, and we're proud to be recognized for doing it well," said Alice Recore, President and CEO of Mountain Lake PBS.
About NYSBA – Founded in 1955, the New York State Broadcasters Association represents the interests of over 1000 television and radio station in the New York State Senate and Assembly, the United States Congress, and various other legislative bodies. NYSBA also offers a variety of services to help the broadcasters of the New York State better serve their communities.
About Mountain Lake PBS – Mountain Lake PBS produces high quality programs for local and worldwide audiences, reaching over 3.9 million viewers in New York, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario. The station also provides a host of education and outreach services for learners of all ages and devotes at least eight hours a day to programming for children.
Mountain Lake PBS’ mission is to celebrate and strengthen the civic and cultural life of the Mountain Lake region by providing distinctive telecommunications programs and services that inform, educate, involve and entertain.