Bedford TV recently earned national recognition as the Best Public, Education, and Government Access Channel in its budget category. Bedford’s Home Town Media award was presented by the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) on July 13 during the organization’s conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Executive Director Greg Dolan accepted the award on behalf of Bedford TV’s volunteers, board, and staff. He expressed his excitement and gratitude by saying, “It was thrilling to be able to accept this award on behalf of the volunteers who make this station so great. Our station stands out because of the efforts of everyone who volunteers their time to be involved. We’re lucky to have a committed and talented group of volunteers. and we couldn’t have done it without them!”
Bob Dutton, a member of Bedford TV’s Board of Directors, said, “Congratulations to Executive Director Greg Dolan along with the Bedford TV Staff and the amazing body of dedicated volunteers who make Bedford TV so special. This award rightfully recognizes their skills and dedication in bringing such a wide range of high-quality programming to our community. Great job, all!”
Film maker and Bedford TV volunteer: Ann Seamans added, “The station is a supportive environment for learning new things. I began by borrowing equipment for a documentary project several years ago, and now I volunteer as a crew member several times each month. I love the diversity and creativity of the staff and the other volunteers.”
Dawn Kociubes, co-host of Bedford TV’s weekly news program, noted, “What an honor for Bedford TV to win this award! I couldn’t agree more that Bedford TV excels in so many ways. How wonderful to be recognized by the Alliance for Community Media for all of the hard work and creativity the staff and volunteers have put into the varied programming at our station. Through the knowledgeable leadership of Executive Director Greg Dolan, Bedford TV is truly building a valuable resource for our growing community!”
According to Bill Moonan, Bedford Selectman and liaison to the Town’s Cable Advisory Committee, “Bedford Television is a terrific source of community information and one of the best-kept secrets in town. It’s wonderful that organizations outside of Bedford recognize what great work Bedford TV does and I hope increasing numbers of citizens follow Community Media’s lead in discovering this gem. It’s a great way to learn more about how Bedford is governed and what activities of interest are occurring in town.”
About Bedford’s Home Town Media Award
The category Bedford TV entered was open to stations with budgets up to $300,000. This is the smallest budget category the ACM has for their awards, and Bedford TV was able to win despite competing against stations with up to 50% more budget dollars per year.
The award was judged by a panel of representatives from other PEG Access stations who reviewed Bedford’s 20-minute programming compilation tape (click here to watch it), as well as evaluating a questionnaire on Bedford TV’s operations including questions on staffing, responsiveness to community needs, and partnerships with local organizations.
How to find Bedford TV on cable or on You Tube
Bedford TV’s programming can be seen on Comcast Channels 8, 9, and 99 as well as on Verizon Channels 38, 39, 40. Selected on-demand programming can also be seen on Bedford TV’s YouTube channel.
Are you interested in becoming a Bedford TV volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering at Bedford TV either to produce your own show or to help cover events around town please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about opportunities at the station.