Many recognized at MCTV15 awards ceremony

Skye Kinkade
With the equipment manned by COS media broadcasting students, including Mount Shasta’s mayor Michael Murray, center, several people were recognized for their dedication to public broadcasting on Tuesday evening at COS. Murray and his wife, Wendy, were the recipients of the Students Choice Award for their production of the community of McCloud.

During an awards ceremony recorded live, several local producers were recognized for their hard work and dedication to public broadcasting on MCTV15 last Tuesday evening.

With students manning the equipment and a studio full of people, Siskiyou Media Council’s executive director Audra Gibson introduced herself, explaining that this is the second annual awards ceremony MCTV has hosted.

Gibson then handed the stage over to Ron Demele, the College of the Siskiyous’ broadcast media instructor.

Demele commented that this year’s media class was “the best class he’s ever experienced.”

A wide variety of projects, filmed both in and out of the studio, were produced by students over the past year, including features on the Montague Balloon Fair, Mountain Metal Music, the communities of Weed and McCloud, the COS clay club and football team, a piano soloist, the Red Scarf Society and the Laotian culture, Demele said.

The Student’s Choice award went to co-producers Michael and Wendy Murray for their production about the town of McCloud.

The Studio Award was presented to Ryan Taylor and Tanya Duvac, for their scripted costume drama about mountain metal bands.

The Best Student Production Award went to Kirk Cyr, for his feature about the balloon faire.

Cyr’s project was selected for its complexity, concept, content, and overall execution, Demele explained.

Gibson then introduced Siskiyou Media Council president Greg Messer, who explained a little more about MCTV15 and projects that are in the works for 2010.

“In the past year, we’ve been able to convert a few volunteer positions to paid positions,” Messer said. The next position that will hopefully become a compensated position is technical director, he said.

Messer also mentioned Professional Production Services, better known as PROPS, which is a service that provides promotional videos and films for local non profits as a source of revenue. In the past year, Messer said, PROPS was able to complete four such projects.

Also in 2010, Messer said MCTV15 plans to build a stronger online presence.

“We’re looking to expand services, such as video on demand, or download on demand.”

Messer then presented MCTV’s program director Kathy Blevins with the Outstanding Contribution Award.

Local Production Recognition went to a local feature about Mount Shasta snowboard champion Zac Kay, produced by Gibson and John Cumming.

Also recognized were producer Sandra Vaughn, editor Sean Marshall, technical advisor John Cumming, studio techs and support staff Todd Cory and Brendan Butler, board secretary Barbara Dillmann and production coordinators Scott Di Martini, Doug York, Manuel Mora and Dana Stafford.

Regular series producers, including Therese Swenson of About Town; Arthur Aday of Arthur Talks; Mikaleah Cordeo of Treasures of Mt. Shasta; Joe Villasenor of Write Away; the Siskiyou Blues Society; James Hunter of Space Messengers and Audra Gibson of Listen Up! were named and presented with PROPS t-shirts.

Gibson said she’d especially like to thank John Cumming for all his contributions as a volunteer and a professional.

“The technical expertise he brings defines the growth of our organization,” she said.

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Kirk Cyr was presented with the Best Student Production Award at the MCTV15 awards ceremony at COS last Tuesday. Cyr’s production about the Montague Balloon Fair was chosen for it’s complexity, content, concept and overall execution said instructor Ron Demele, left.