October 28, 2011 – Kansas City, MO –The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) honored 23 public broadcasters with awards on stage at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center hotel. In all, twenty-eight trophies in content production, promotion, community engagement, and instructional media were awarded. The presentation was part of NETA’s annual conference, held this year in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mountain Lake PBS won two awards in the Content Production category for Cirque du Soleil: Flowers in the Desert and for Mountain Lake Journal EXTRA.
The award winning Cirque du Soleil: Flowers in the Desert is a two-hour 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.
Mountain Lake PBS Director of Production and Programming Colin Powers says “Teaming up with a world-class organization like Cirque du Soleil on Flowers in the Desert demonstrated that our relatively small PBS station can deliver world-class programming. On top of that, this incredible performance piece is helping PBS stations nationwide raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. I’m really proud of that.”
More information and a preview of Flowers in the Desert can be found at http://www.flowersinthedesert.com.
The Mountain Lake Journal EXTRA “Spotlight” segment that won the award featured the Boobie Sisters -- twelve breast cancer survivors from the Plattsburgh area who give humorous musical performances to entertain people who are facing the disease.
"Spotlight" producer Paul Larson says "The Boobie Sisters told a very funny, very moving story about the power of humor as a weapon against breast cancer. It's just one of the many great stories we feature every week on Mountain Lake Journal Extra. The 'Spotlight' segments aim to illuminate our audience about people who brighten the community, and the Boobie Sisters do that every time they perform for cancer patients and audiences seeking health care information."
The Mountain Lake Journal EXTRA episode featuring the Boobie Sisters can be viewed online at http://video.mountainlake.org/video/1873116288.
The NETA Awards are annual recognition of member-produced excellence in public broadcasting, a tradition established more than forty years ago by the pioneering Southern Educational Communications Association.
NETA is a professional association founded in 1997 to serve public television licensees and affiliated educational organizations. The organization has members in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands. NETA is headquartered in Columbia, SC.
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.