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Date: July 7, 2004 (04-63)

Two Montgomery College Television Shows Win National Video Awards
Shows ‘balderdash’ and ‘What’s Up’ to be Honored on July 8 

          Two Montgomery College Television programs, “balderdash” and “What’s Up,” will receive Hometown Video Awards on July 8, 2004, in Tampa, Florida. The awards will be presented by Alliance for the Community Media at its annual conference.

            This marks the second Hometown Video Award win for “balderdash,” a comedy sketch program.  Last year, the program’s premiere episode placed in student entertainment category.  This year’s winning episode features cast members staging a mock telethon in an attempt to raise $20 to keep the show on the air..  Comedic segments include “The Coupon Man,” a parody of Matthew Lesko’s commercials; “Takoma Park Mime School,” a funny look at an imaginary mime boot camp; and “The Worthless Trash Roadshow, a spoof where people have cheap items appraised for values up to $1.50.

The primary “balderdash” cast is made up of four former Montgomery College students, Cheryl Brewton, a Germantown resident; Jonathon Ripp, a Washington D.C. resident; Mike Reich from Poolesville; and Vera Elliot, a Brookeville resident.  John Watson, a Montgomery College Television producer/director, shaped the overall direction and post-production of “balderdash.”

“It is an absolute pleasure working with the high caliber of creative students who come to Montgomery College,” said Brian Baker, Montgomery College Television station executive producer.  “Their energy, talent, skill, and creative enthusiasm makes working together enjoyable for both the College television staff and students alike.”

“What’s Up,” the second award-winning program on Montgomery College Television, is a daily on-air animated information program incorporating graphics and music to promote College news and events to the community. The program won the award for excellence in the video bulletin board category.

The producers for “What’s Up” are Bobbi Price, Montgomery College Television programs assistant, and Lisa Fone, production assistant.  Graphic designer Mike Stoianovici also contributed to the show.

            The sponsor of the Hometown Video Award, The Alliance of Community Media, is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of more than 1,000 PEG television channels. These channels allow schools, governments, special interest groups, and the community to create and provide their own local news, public affairs, and entertainment programming.

   Montgomery College Television is part of the public, educational, and governmental (PEG) access network of Montgomery County. The station provides high quality educational programming on Cable Channel 10.

“balderdash” airs on Montgomery College Television Monday-Thursday at 7 p.m., and Monday-Thursday at 10:30 p.m.  “What’s Up” airs Monday-Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Monday-Friday at 6:30 p.m., and Monday-Thursday and Sunday at 11:30 p.m. 

For information about Montgomery College Television’s program schedule, contact Bobbi Price at 240-567-7160 or log on to and click on the link to “MC Television.”

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.