Urbana Public Television (UPTV) has won two national awards at the Alliance for Community Media’s annual conference in Philadelphia, PA. Each year the Alliance’s Hometown Media Awards competition recognizes and honors the best community-access television programs in the United States.
UPTV won Best in Radio Programming for their partnership with community radio station WEFT (90.1FM) in producing a television version of the weekly radio show WEFT Sessions. UPTV volunteer Diamond Robinson was recognized for her camera work on this project, and UPTV intern Caleb Seripinas for his video post-production work. Each week a local musician or group is featured in live performance on WEFT Sessions, which airs as a radio program on WEFT Monday evenings at 10pm. The video edition of the show airs Saturdays at 9pm on UPTV, and is repeated the following Thursday evening at 11 pm. The winning program can also be seen on UPTV’s YouTube channel.
UPTV member Raymond Morales also won the award for Best Music Video for his ILL Poets Society: Chi City Youth. This project was also partially funded the Urbana Public Arts Program.