Gaithersburg TV Receives 1st Place Award for Excellence in Government Programming
The City of Gaithersburg received a first place 2011 Government Programming award for Gaithersburg: The Facts from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). The piece won in the category of Profile of a City/County Department.
The awards recognize excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. This year, NATOA received more than 740 entries submitted by local governments across the country and Canada. Entries were judged in 67 different categories.
Shown at the State of the City dinner in April, 2010, Gaithersburg: The Facts focused on unique elements of Gaithersburg’s history, and how the past and present coexist. For example, it highlighted the world renowned peony garden that was cultivated on the grounds of what is now the City Hall Concert Pavilion in the early 20th century. Gaithersburg’s Civil War history is still in evidence at Bohrer Park, and Clopper Road is explored as the inspiration for the song, “Country Roads,” made popular by John Denver.
The production was created by Television Productions Manager Chris Clifford and Television Production Specialist Amy McGuire. It is available for viewing on the City’s Cable TV station, Comcast and RCN Channel 13 and FiOS Channel 25 within City limits, and can also be viewed at the link below and on YouTube. Municipal cable programming in Gaithersburg is coordinated through the Department of Community and Public Relations. For more information call 301-258-6310.
NATOA is a nonprofit professional association whose mission is to support and serve the telecommunications interests and needs of local governments. NATOA is made up of individuals and organizations responsible for, or advising those responsible for, telecommunications policies and services in local government throughout the country. For more information visit the NATOA website at www.natoa.org.