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The Paley Center
for Media in Partnership with NATAS and TVB
Honors Outstanding Local Programming
23 Local Television
Programs Selected for Paley
New York, NY— The Paley Center for Media, in partnership with the
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Television Bureau
of Advertising (TVB), today announced the names of twenty-three local
television programs that have been selected for inclusion in the Paley Center’s
permanent collection. The announcement follows a national call for submissions
that went out to stations across the country. Local stations were invited to
submit work in two categories: (a) contemporary work produced between January
2006 and June 2007; or (b) a historic work produced anytime prior to 2000.
ranged from documentaries and news reports to special cultural presentations,
PSAs, and drives supporting local community efforts. The principal criterion
for inclusion in the Paley
Center’s collection was
the impact that the given program had on the local community; stations were
asked to submit supporting evidence of how their program had resulted in a
change, development, or improvement in community life.
the Paley Center’s curatorial team reviewed a
diverse range of programming from across the country and selected twenty-three
programs to become a part of the Center’s permanent collection. The programs
selected will be available for viewing at the Paley
Center’s libraries in both the New York and Los
Angeles facilities. The Paley Center
is home to the nation’s foremost public archive of television and radio
programming, a collection of more than 140,000 programs covering almost 100
years of television and radio history.
programs selected for inclusion range from an investigative report on the
security loopholes at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, a program that
resulted in numerous arrests and a federal investigation (Fly at Your Own Risk, WBBM-TV) to a look back at one family’s fight
against segregation and discrimination in California schools (Mendez vs. Westminster: For All the Children,
television is replete with examples of stations’ programming really making a
difference in their markets,” said Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of The Paley
Center for Media. “We are delighted to honor some of the best examples of this
from across the country as a way of recognizing how effective local television
has been in conveying important information while generating positive community
Programs Selected for the Paley Center’s
Gang Violence; KGET-TV / Bakersfield, California;
2005—07. In December 2005 a young teen was shot and killed inside a Bakersfield mall. Over
several months KGET’s Jim Scott investigated the issue, talking with community
activists, elected officials, and gang members. KGET also aired a community
forum on gang violence—an hour discussion of the problem and possible remedies.
Mendez vs. Westminster:
For All the Children;
KOCE-TV / Huntington Beach,
California and Sandra Robbie;
September 17, 2007. KOCE-TV probes the history of segregation and
discrimination in Orange County,
California, schools, and how the
Mendez family’s valiant fight for equality led to the end of legalized
segregation in the state and set the precedent for Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, the famous 1954 U.S.
Supreme Court case that declared segregation unconstitutional.
Ya Es Hora Cuidadania!; KMEX-TV / Los Angeles, California;
January to December 2007. KMEX was among the participants in this ambitious U.S. citizen
campaign, launched in the wake of Congress’s failure to institute comprehensive
immigration reform in 2006, to inform, educate, and motivate legal permanent
residents to apply for citizenship. The movement was so successful that it
surpassed its goal of one million new applicants.
Live U.S. Chinese-Language
Newscast; KTSF-TV / San Francisco,
February 6, 1989. This program was the first, live local Chinese-language
newscast in the United States,
reporting on issues vital to San
Francisco's Chinese community. Less than four
months after the launch of the newscast, KTSF was uniquely positioned to cover
the Tiananmen Square protests dramatically unfolding in China.
of Trust: The Black Hawk Broadcasting Company Story; KWWL-TV / Waterloo,
Iowa and the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, September 14, 2007. This
contemporary documentary tells the story of R. J. McElroy and the founding and
ensuing legacy of KWWL Television, as well as the impact the station has had on
the eastern Iowa
community it serves.
Scott: A Stand for Hope; KYW-TV / Philadelphia,
2006. This contemporary documentary recounts the story of Alex Scott, the
little girl who suffered from (and eventually died of) a rare form of childhood
cancer, and her efforts to raise a million dollars to fight the disease by
selling lemonade at her stand. The foundation named for Alex Scott has now
raised more than eighteen million dollars for pediatric cancer research.
Fly at Your Own Risk; WBBM-TV / Chicago, Illinois;
2006—07. What began with a tip about a bomb threat on an airplane evolved into
a year-long series of hard-hitting investigative pieces that exposed major
security loopholes at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, resulting in numerous arrests and
raids and an ongoing federal investigation.
Party: The Teenarama Story; WHUT / Howard University Television, Washington, D.C.;
2006. This contemporary documentary tells the story of The Teenarama
Dance Party, the WOOK-TV dance program for African American teenagers. Teenarama
was created partly in response to an existing all-white (except for all
“Black Tuesdays”) teen dance program, and ran from 1963 to 1970, making it the
longest-running African American teen dance show of the 1960s. The story of The
Teenarama Dance Party is told through interviews, narration, archival
footage, and reenactments.
Mistake, WISH-TV / Indianapolis, Indiana;
2006. This contemporary series of special reports examines and exposes the
negligence of U.S. military
officials at all levels who failed to ensure the proper distribution and use of
existing protective helmet padding for soldiers on duty in Iraq, resulting
in many avoidable serious head injuries.
Kiritis Hostage Standoff; WISH-TV / Indianapolis, Indiana; 1977. This historic
special report recounts a bizarre local incident which occurred in 1977, when a
disgruntled land owner took his mortgage broker hostage, wired a shotgun
against his hostage’s neck, and paraded him around Indianapolis for sixty-three
hours, in what can be viewed as a forerunner of the “live breaking news”
continuing coverage which has since become so prevalent.
F. Kennedy Announces Martin Luther King Assassination; WISH-TV / Indianapolis,
April 4, 1968. This historic special report covers the speech which Robert F.
Kennedy gave to a predominantly African-American crowd in Indianapolis on the day that the Rev. Martin
Luther King, Jr., was murdered. In what had been scheduled as a campaign stop
in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, it fell to Kennedy to
break the tragic news to much of his audience, and he delivered an extremely
eloquent, extemporaneous speech.
Safer Streets; WISH-TV / Indianapolis,
Indiana; 2006 and continuing.
This contemporary series consists of a one-hour special and continuing special
reports in which WISH-TV invited government leaders, law enforcement officials,
members of neighborhood associations, and others to offer their ideas for
solutions to the increasing violence and murder rate in the city of
Indianapolis. In place of commercials, breaks in the one-hour special were
filled by PSAs related to the issue of violence. An online component to
the program allowed viewers to email their ideas to the station, as well as
provided links to resources for those affected by violence.
Rebirth on the Waterfront; WIVB-TV / Buffalo, New York;
December 19, 2006. Once called “The Queen City of the Great Lakes,” Buffalo has witnessed a century of disappointment at
failed attempts to develop the shores of Lake Erie.
In this one-hour documentary, WIVB-TV traces the rise and fall of the city’s
waterfront, but ultimately tells a story of rebirth of spirit led by new
efforts to revitalize the once-bustling district.
Lost Childhood: The Story of the Birkenau
Boys; WIVB-TV / Buffalo, New York;
August 31, 1995. Correspondent Rich Newberg and photographer Mike Mombrea, Jr.,
accompany a group of Holocaust survivors on their return to Aushwitz-Birkenau, Poland,
the site of the Nazi death camp where many of their friends and family members
were slaughtered. A breakthrough program for Buffalo television, Lost Childhood took
local viewers inside places in Birkenau that had never been seen before by any
audience, and a teacher’s guide was created based on the documentary.
Our Two Most Cherished Rights; WIVB-TV / Buffalo, New York;
April 6, 1999. With tensions running extremely high following the assassination
abortion provider Dr. Barnett Slepian, and as anti-abortion activists mobilized
for a coming mass demonstration, WIVB served an invaluable community function
by presenting this balanced, thoughtful exploration of all sides of the issue,
including a new effort at dialogue called Common Ground. The piece also broke
ground in revealing a dialogue Dr. Slepian had begun with pro-life leaders.
A Life in the Balance: Plight of
WIVB-TV / Buffalo, New York; February 3, 1999. Following a
series of tragic incidents involving psychiatric patients, this piece explored
the struggles of outpatients in a flawed mental-health system, weighing the
right of society to protect itself against the rights of individuals to live
their lives independent of institutions and government restrictions.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo; WNED-TV / Buffalo, NY; August 31, 2006. The legacy of
Frank Lloyd Wright in Buffalo
is a deep and rich one, spanning more than thirty years of the legendary
architect’s long career. This documentary illuminates a key period that is
largely unknown to a national audience: the support of Buffalo businessman Darwin Martin in
sustaining Wright’s architecture.
New York Voices: Greenpoint
Thirteen/WNET / NY; May 11, 2007. For over fifty years, residents of
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, have been living atop a seventeen
million-gallon oil spill, left behind by the oil refinery industry in the nineteen
forties and fifties, contaminating the water and seeping into the surrounding
land. Thirteen/WNET’s Emmy Award-winning series New York Voices investigated
this under-reported pollution crisis and related health issues, educating the
public about the environmental impact of the spill and helping to spur action
by the state government.
Force: The Pulse of a Caring Community; WPLG-ABC Local 10 News / Miami, Florida;
January 2006—June 2007. This contemporary community services presentation
consists of stories in which some members of the community ask for help, while
others who are in a position to do so offer their help and resources. These
segments provide South Florida residents with
an interactive means to address some of the problems they would normally only
watch on local television news.
in Brownsville; WQED-TV / Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania; 2006. This
contemporary documentary/special report profiles the town of Brownsville,
A thriving river town until its business district fell into decline and was
nearly abandoned, Brownsville’s
struggle to recover was covered for one year by WQED-TV, generating interest in
the town’s recovery among citizens ranging from volunteers to Pennsylvania Governor
A Day in
the Sun: Jacksonville University’s Miracle Run; First Coast News: WTLV NBC-12
and WJXX ABC-25; 2006. This contemporary documentary tells the story of
the Jacksonville University basketball team’s reaching
the finals of the 1970 NCAA Tournament, a feat that united a city which was
being torn apart by turbulent times and racial strife.
(formerly WKNB) / West Hartford, Connecticut;
1955. Flood of 1955 is a historic documentary news story on the big Connecticut flood of
1955. This footage has been incorporated into WVIT’s anniversary
in a Caring Community;
WVIT-NBC 30 / West Hartford,
Connecticut; 2006. This
contemporary community campaign presentation consists of brief promo segments
and one news package, “Autism Speaks,” all of which showcase the involvement of
WVIT-NBC 30 in the community it serves. WVIT worked with such
organizations as Race for the Cure and Habitat for Humanity, as well as participating
in a community Health and Wellness outdoor fair.
The Paley Center
for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the
discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television,
radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and
media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an
international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media
community, the Paley
Center examines the
intersections between media and society. The general public can access the
collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the
creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping
media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International
Council, the Paley
Center also serves as a
neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate
about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of
Television & Radio, the Paley
Center was founded in 1975
by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more
information, please visit www.paleycenter.org.
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional
service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of
television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational
and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes
excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for
News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts
& Entertainment, Public & Community Service, Technology &
Engineering, and Business & Financial Reporting. Excellence in
Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its
affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Regional
Emmy® Awards are given in 19 regions across the United States.
Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including National
Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding
journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships,
publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the
viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv
The Television Bureau of Advertising is
the not-for-profit trade association of America’s broadcast television
industry. Its members include television broadcast groups, advertising sales
reps, syndicators, international broadcasters, associate members and over 600
individual television stations. TVB promotes the benefits of local broadcast
television platforms to the advertising community and in doing so works to
develop advertising dollars for U.S. Spot Television. TVB provides a diverse
variety of tools and resources, including its website at www.tvb.org, to
support its Members and to help advertisers make the best use of local