SDPTV earns awards in prestigious contest

SDPTV earns awards in prestigious contest South Dakota Public Television has earned three awards � one first place and two honorable mentions � in the annual Central Educational Network Programming Awards Competition.

Despite competition from Public Television stations in 22 states and some of the biggest Public Television networks in the nation, South Dakota came home with about 20 percent of this year's CEN awards.

Dakota Kidstories III earned a first place award in the Children & Youth category. The lively and endearing show is SDPTV's annual tribute to the youngsters statewide who participate in the "Reading Rainbow" Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.

The show features 12 children who were recognized for their picture books. Kay Hall is producer and Keith Wagner is director editor.

Invasion of the Millennium Bug earned an honorable mention in the Informational category. The program takes viewers to experts in South Dakota and across the nation to take a calm, reasonable look at the Year 2000 computer bug that looms in the near future. Producers Kelly Watson and Jim Sprecher and Director Bradley Van Osdel worked on the program.

The action-packed South Dakota High School Rodeo Finals earned Honorable Mention kudos from CEN in the Performance Event category. The network had four videographers at the Rapid City event last summer to tape the action as 394 high schoolers vied for honors and a shot at the nationals. Credits include Producer Kelly Watson and Director Bradley Van Osdel.

"One of the most gratifying aspects of the awards is the total team effort and cross-departmental work that led to three great programs," said Michelle Van Maanen, director of SDPTV. "Truly, each program aired on SDPTV is a product of the efforts of everyone at South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Thanks to everyone who helped make each of these productions into award-winning television."

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