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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 22, 2008

Bellevue TV wins national awards again

ATLANTA -- Bellevue Television has received five awards, including two second-place honors, from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). 

The "It's Your City" program, which placed first in the magazine format series category the last two years, took second place this year.  Segments featuring the Root sculpture at City Hall, the Bellevue Youth Theatre and restoration of Coal Creek were winners with the judges.

A police recruitment video placed second in the public service announcement category. Edited and produced by Mei Dayton-Celt, the video is available for viewing online on the police recruitment page.

Other "It's Your City" segments that received awards included: "Voices of Diversity Radio" -- third place in the city/county department profile category; "Voices of Diversity program" -- honorable mention in the community awareness category; and, for all Bellevue TV programming, an honorable mention in the excellence in government programming category.

NATOA issues government programming awards each year to recognize excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. The 2008 awards were presented at the annual NATOA conference in Atlanta on Sept. 21. 

"It's Your City" is a monthly show featuring city programs and services. It airs several times each month on Bellevue TV (Channel 21), and can also be seen any time, anywhere, online. 

"It's Your City" has received NATOA awards four straight years now, since 2005.

"It's Your City" is produced under the direction of Tim Waters, Bellevue's communications director, and production staff includes: John Burwell, executive director; Dave Bruckner, producer/director; Robin Haaseth, executive director/host; and David Richardson, editor. Bellevue Television is operated under a joint franchise agreement of the City of Bellevue and Bellevue Community College.

Other editors and producers who worked on this year's award-winning video segments are Jay Strevey and Marilyn Mayers.

NATOA is a nonprofit professional association whose mission is to support and serve the telecommunications interests and needs of local governments. For more information about NATOA, visit http://www.natoa.org/.

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