Urbana Public TV Wins National Award

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URBANA – City of Urbana officials announce Urbana Public Television (UPTV) is receiving a Hometown Media Award from the Alliance for Community Media. UPTV is the City of Urbana’s Public, Education and Government access television station.

This award comes as a result of UPTV’s partnership with local radio station WPGU 107.1 FM for the sports talk show Illini Drive. University of Illinois students host and produce the program, while UPTV public access member Jacob Bernard operates the two-camera set up and works on the show’s post-production. The show won in the student category for Best Radio Programming.

Illini Drive airs every Monday evening on WPGU at 6 PM during the school year. Bernard then prepares the footage to be made into a television show that broadcasts on Wednesdays at 9 PM on UPTV.

The Hometown Media Award is used to recognize the best community access television programs in the country.

Production Coordinator Jason Liggett is pleased to see successful collaboration in the community.

“These types of partnerships help UPTV reach out to the community in a variety of different ways,” Liggett explains.

The Alliance for Community Media will recognize the program at a ceremony in Pasadena, California on Friday, August 14.

More information about UPTV’s programming can be found here.

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