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Date: July 1, 2003 (03-55)
Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970;
Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Television Show Wins National Video Award
Student Production to be Honored at July 11th Ceremony in Tacoma, Washington 

            A Montgomery College Television student-produced program, entitled “balderdash,” will receive a Hometown Video Award on Friday, July 11 in Tacoma, Washington.  The award is given by the Alliance for Community Media at its annual international conference.  “balderdash,” which began airing last year, won in the student entertainment category.

            “balderdash” is a production of Montgomery College Television.  The entertainment program is filled with comedy sketches, student videos, and information about campus activities and events.  The “balderdash” producers submitted their premiere episode to the Hometown Video Award competition.  In it, students staged a mock newscast and created a fake campus legend about a creature that inhabits the pond on the Rockville Campus. 

            The award-winning program is produced by former Montgomery College students, Cheryl Brewton – a Germantown resident – and Jonathon Ripp – a former Chevy Chase resident who now lives in Washington, D.C. – as well as recent graduate Angela Dale from Derwood. 

            “When I learned of our award, I couldn’t believe it.  I was in shock and very excited,” said Cheryl Brewton, one of the show’s student producers.  “‘balderdash’ was truly a collaborative effort.”

Assisting with the production and serving as talent are the responsibilities of student intern Vera Elliott, a Brookeville resident, and freelance production assistant
Michael Reich, who lives in Poolesville.  John Watson, a Montgomery College Television producer/director, shaped the overall direction and post-production of the show.  As the television station’s manager, Brian Baker developed the original concept of a student-produced show.

            “This award validates the quality of the students that we have here at Montgomery College,” said Brian Baker, Montgomery College Television station manager.  “‘balderdash’ is the type of student-staff interaction that I want to expand upon within the television station.  We want to give students real-world experience, so they can ultimately get great jobs after graduation.”

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

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

“balderdash,” appears on Montgomery College Television at 11:30 p.m., Tuesdays – Thursdays and Saturdays –Sundays.  Montgomery College Television is found on Cable Channel 10 on Comcast and Starpower cable systems in Montgomery County.  For more information on “balderdash” or Montgomery College Television, contact Bobbi Price, Montgomery College Television Programs Assistant, at 240-567-7160.  

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