TV Tacoma wins most awards at national competition

Thirteen turned out to be a lucky number for Tacoma, as that’s the number of national programming awards TV Tacoma staff won during a recent ceremony presented by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) and Discovery Networks.

The station earned honors in a variety of categories including sports, performing arts, talk shows, magazine programs, community event coverage and public service announcements. Tacoma received more awards than any other station during the ceremony last Friday in Denver.

TV Tacoma received three first, eight second and two third place awards, including a second place award for best overall local programming in the nation. The inspirational story of Tacoma’s sixth graders at Baker Middle School, who championed the Harbor Flag Project, earned two awards including a first place in the Community Event category and second place in the Discovery Channel sponsored “Programming Impact” category.

The station also received first place honors for a feature segment from CityScape, which shared the story behind the priceless Richards Collection at the Tacoma Public Library and coverage of the 55th Annual Golden Gloves Boxing tournament presented by the Tacoma Athletic Commission to benefit the Tacoma-Pierce County Boys and Girls Clubs.

“Tacoma is full of wonderful stories, great people and fun events,” said production coordinator Fred Yomes. “And, we have staff members who are passionate about telling those stories. That makes for a real winning combination.”

Other winning programs included Business Matters hosted by Tacoma Economic Development Department Director Juli Wilkerson, Pierce County Port Report produced by Port Relations Director Rod Koon, CityScape hosted by Lane Ficke and Carol Mathewson, The Year in Review hosted by Becky Japhet, an Electronics Recycling PSA produced in cooperation with the City’s Community Relations Office, a new station branding campaign designed by TV Tacoma producer John Miller and Nutcracker starring the Tacoma City Ballet and produced with support from the Dimmer Foundation, TAPCO Credit Union and Click Network.