New York State Broadcasters Association Honors Mountain Lake PBS’ Productions
PLATTSBURGH, NY – JULY 29, 2011 – Mountain Lake PBS captured two awards at the 45th Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting, an annual contest sponsored by the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) recognizing outstanding achievement in broadcasting among New York’s television and radio stations. The awards were presented at the Sagamore Resort in Lake George, NY.
“Mountain Lake PBS is honored to receive these awards,” said Alice Recore, President and CEO of Mountain Lake PBS. “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.”
“These are two great examples from the many North Country stories that we’ve brought to national and local PBS audiences this year” said Colin Powers, Director of Programming and Production at Mountain Lake PBS.
The “Outstanding Documentary Program” was awarded to Cirque du Soleil ~ Flowers in the Desert, produced by Frank Christopher. Flowers in the Desert is a performance special that showcases six of the Las Vegas spectacles created by Cirque du Soleil. The program includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, and airs as a fundraising special on PBS stations nationwide. More information and a preview of the program can be found at http://www.flowersinthedesert.com.
Art Express, produced by Paul Larson, was awarded the “Outstanding Locally Produced TV Show.” The episode submitted features the Boobie Sisters, a group of breast cancer survivors who combat the disease with humor by singing funny songs about their experiences. The episode also features an interview international opera star Renée Fleming. These two segments can also be seen on Mountain Lake Journal EXTRA. (Boobie Sisters: http://video.mountainlake.org/video/1873116288/. Renée Fleming Interview: http://video.mountainlake.org/video/1743381975/.)
“This award is such an honor. At a time when funding for the arts continues to diminish, this award shows the commitment of Mountain Lake PBS to continue producing high quality programming about local, regional and nationally talented people who excel in the arts,” said Paul Larson. “I'm very excited about the arts-related stories I'm currently producing, and I look forward to sharing them with our viewers.”