Facing off against much larger communities SCAC.TV, Shasta County's Community Access Station, won four W.A.V.E. (Western Access Video Excellence) awards at the 2019 ACM West Conference and Trade Show in Long Beach last week. BCAC.tv in Chico won two awards. Winners were chosen from residents of California, Nevada, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico and Arizona.
The Redding-based public access station, run by Shasta County Arts Council, was recognized for their videos in the following categories; Community Event: "Redding Filmmaker Community", Culture & Lifestyle: "Crocker Museum In 3 Minutes", Program/Channel Promo: "The Art of Play” and finally, in the Spiritual / Inspirational: "Thanksgiving Interfaith Service in Shasta County”.
BCAC.TV WAVE AWARD 2018 WINNERS included: "Girls On The Run" PSA - Community Producer Skyler Sabine, Caitlyn Young, Edward McBride
"Art Breaks The Cycle of Homelessness" Underserved Voices- Community Producer Skyler Sabine, Edward McBride, MONCA, Friends Of The Arts
Executive director Debra Lucero was pleased with the acknowledgment. "Community media is becoming more important as local newspapers and other news sources dry up. We need to hear more local voices at the next level.These awards showcase the true northern California and our voices."
Both SCACtv and BCACtv are PEG (Public Education Government channels). They are advertisement-free channels airing programming created by members of the general public. Also known as community access the stations can be found on Charter Cable and Comcast, respectively. Once a year, they gather with Community Media Centers, local government departments, educational institutions, and community organizations at the regional and national level to offer not only workshops, seminars and products but to showcase the work of each station.
On location to accept the awards was Michael Flanagan of SCACtv who had a hand in each of the Redding videos.
"My goal as producer is to help people document their stories to share. Volunteer Joe Giambrone shared in three of the four awards and in these cases, we helped local area filmmakers, dancers and our diverse religious community be seen worldwide via these videos and in the case of the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, one of the state's premier collections of Californian art. We gave a video tour of the Crocker to educate people of the power of a museum to unite people in the discussion of how art makes them feel and hopefully get the viewer excited to visit."
Skyler Sabine of BCACtv of Chico (also run by a California Arts Council State/Local Partner - Friends of the Arts) was on hand to accept the awards.
Lucero, who also sat on the Western Region Board of Directors, plans on attending the July 2019 National Conference in Portland. "The competition is stiff for us as we are a much smaller community than some of the metropolitan areas with massive budgets - well over a million dollars. These wins show that upper California is truly home to talented storytellers. I encourage anyone to get involved with community media as a storytelling medium and forum for local news."
ACM has five regions across North America:
CENTRAL STATES REGION
Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky
Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin
Alaska, Alberta, British Colombia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont
Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico
Award Winning SCACtv Videos can be seen here and can be downloaded for sharing.