Press Releases


May 9, 2011


~Habitat Destruction on the Gulf Coast: An OUTDOOR WISCONSIN Report~

Milwaukee, WI - (May 9, 2011) MPTV (Milwaukee Public Television) Producer Jack Abrams was honored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) on May 7, 2011, for his production Habitat Destruction on the Gulf Coast "An OUTDOOR WISCONSIN Report." The special received a 3rd Place for Excellence in Broadcasting in the Large Market Television-Series or Documentary Category for 2010.

The special examines the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and 70 years of dredging the Mississippi River. Experts talk about the damage to Louisiana's Gulf Coast and explain how the Upper Midwest is affected. A detailed look is also taken at how management of the Mississippi River, its tributaries, and distributaries has resulted in the destruction of nearly one-third of the Louisiana Gulf Coast and three million acres of wetlands in one lifetime. Dan Small hosts. Habitat Destruction Video

The Excellence in Broadcasting Awards program is sponsored annually by the WBA to encourage the highest standards of reporting, community service, and production creativity and to recognize outstanding peer achievement by Wisconsin radio and television broadcasters. MPTV, whose call letters are WMVS & WMVT, would like to congratulate the other broadcasting winners also.

Upcoming episodes of Abrams' weekly series OUTDOOR WISCONSIN (Thursdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 9am on MPTV 10.1) follow.

MAY 12 -- Spring turkey hunting, indoor training for summer mountain biking, Apostle Island lighthouse history, and make-your-own fly-fishing ties.
MAY 19 -- Eco-friendly Iron Clad soft baits, U.S. Coast Guard courtesy boat inspection, Pattison State Park visit, and DNR newt inspection
MAY 26 -- UW Madison Polymer Engineering Center bait making, pan fishing, Red Cedar Trail visit.
JUNE 2 -- Crystal Lake bass, Milwaukee's Gathering Waters Festival, Get Outdoors Day, black pot demos.
JUNE 9 -- Mississippi River barge fishing, post-Eagle tornado repairs to Old World Wisconsin, Forest County's Cathedral of Pines.
JUNE 16 -- Fishing Bug Charters of Racine, Madison's National Wildlife Health Center, and Apostle Island lighthouses.
JUNE 23-- Changes in small mouth bass fishing baits and techniques, lawn bowling, Apostle Island lighthouses.
JUNE 30 -- Milwaukee River fish passage, Kettle Moraine State Forest McMiller Sports Center, ultra-light aircraft.

MPTV is a community-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College. Since its inception, MPTV has inspired, entertained, and impacted the residents of Southeastern Wisconsin. Today, MPTV offers viewers a family of 10 digital channels, a full-service website, locally produced programming, outreach services for all ages, and numerous support opportunities. The MPTV main switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Viewer Services can be reached at 414-297-7520,, and at Twitter and Facebook. Feedback is always welcomed.