TWO MPTV PRODUCTIONS WIN FIRST PLACE AT THE WBA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
May 15, 2013
Two MPTV productions took top honors at the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Awards Gala on May 4, 2013. RETURN TO PEARL and FIELD OF HONOR both won first place in their categories.
RETURN TO PEARL was named first place in the category of Large Market Television Series/Documentary. This one-hour documentary chronicles 19 Wisconsin World War II veterans' return trip to Pearl Harbor. Host Mark Siegrist traveled with veterans who were stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the day the Japanese air force attacked this naval base. These Old Glory Honor Flight veterans returned to Pearl Harbor in June 2012 and for many, it was the first time they shared their memories, stories, thoughts and feelings about this unforgettable event.
FIELD OF HONOR won first place in the category of Large Market Television Specialty Programming. In August 2012, thousands of World War II veterans from Wisconsin were honored at Miller Park and MPTV covered this spectacular event, both inside and outside the stadium. The program featured veterans discussing the impact of the war on their lives, along with footage from honor flights to the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.
Said Everett Marshburn, Senior Producer of RETURN TO PEARL and Producer of FIELD OF HONOR, "I am honored that MPTV's celebration of America's World War II Veterans was deemed worthy of these awards. Each production was a team effort beginning with the two Honor Flight Organizations, "Stars and Stripes" and "Old Glory" to our other community partners, the Milwaukee Brewers, Freethink Media, Inc. and two talented production teams. Most importantly, though we must thank the veterans themselves for their sacrifices and willingness to share their experiences with us."
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two traditional television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The station is watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
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Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer
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Darlyne Haertlein, Manager-Community Relations
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