Culpeper Media Network General Manager Jonathan Krawchuk is a happy camper these days. He learned recently that they have received two Telly Awards. Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. Earning Bronze Awards in the Film/Video category, they took home recognition for their coverage of the 2016 Camp Fantastic and their recent collaboration with the Culpeper Times, War Veterans: History of our Heros.
For Krawchuk, who enters his tenth year as General Manager, these two bring to 12 the number of times that the station has won this award since 2004.
“It’s called Bronze – which many might automatically think of as third place – but actually with the Tellys there are only two places – Silver and Bronze,” said Krawchuk noting that the contest is judged by a panel essentially of your peers across the nation and the world.”
Selected from more than 12,000 entries representing all 50 states and five continents, this year’s Telly Awards was acknowledged as one of the most successful and competitive in their history.
For Krawchuk, receiving this achievement in excellence is particularly gratifying.
“Yes, I’m happy…but the veterans series is a project that has evolved from a partnership, not only with the Culpeper Times and Anita Sherman, but all those who have made it happen…his technical director Jeff Stanfill, Keith Price who assists with coordinating interviews and the veterans themselves willing to share their stories.
The idea for the project began last year when Krawchuk discussed a possible collaboration with the editor of the Culpeper Times Anita Sherman who was already publishing a monthly feature Salute to Veterans in the local weekly newspaper. Both Krawchuk and Sherman were excited about the idea and to make it happen. The videos serve two purposes. They appear on the Culpeper Media Network website as part of the series War Veterans: History of our Heroes. Perhaps more importantly, they will be given to the Library of Congress Veterans History Project and become part of the national archives. Their oral histories shared for a lifetime.
“It’s gratifying to be recognized and even more so because of the process…this is a production made possible by a partnership with members of the community,” smiled Krawchuk adding, “and we’ll just keep going.”
To see what was submitted for the Telly Award, go to https://youtube/dL7oQBhPVUg
To see the full interviews, go to www.culpepermedia.org