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Posted Jul 9, 2009

APT Earns Emmy and Telly Awards

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – July 9, 2009 – “We Have Signal,” a half-hour Alabama Public Television (APT) music program recorded live at Birmingham’s BottleTree Café, has earned a regional Emmy® Award and three bronze Telly Awards in competitions held this year. Among the awards received was an Emmy for Matt Whitson of APT and Brad Lightfoot of BottleTree in the “Outstanding Achievement in Audio, Recorded in Live- and Post-production” category. The three bronze Telly Awards earned by “We Have Signal” were in the Entertainment, Sound/Sound Design and Videography/ Cinematography categories. The series is produced by APT staff members: J. Whitson, producer; Matt Whitson, direction, audio and editing; Justin Gaar and Christopher E. Holmes, videography; Paul Rogers, videography and editing. “We Have Signal” features new and innovative bands from around the state, country and world. Episodes of the series air weekly on APT and APT/HD at 10p.m. each Thursday night. Each week’s new episode also airs at 11p.m. Sunday evenings. In addition to the nomination for “We Have Signal,” APT also scored a nomination in the documentary category for “Marching into History,” a program that presents the story of Selma in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement. The documentary was produced by APT’s Lori Cummings. About Alabama Public Television Alabama Public Television, established in 1955, was America’s first statewide public television network. Affiliated with the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), it is a seven-day-a-week educational resource for Alabamians of all ages through online services, analog and digital television programming, documentary production and outreach activities. For more information about APT, visit www.aptv.org. About the Emmy Awards The Emmy Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Southeast Chapter, which serves the Southeast Region (geographic areas of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Asheville, N.C.). Entries into the 2009 competition must have aired in the Southeast Region within the calendar year January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008 and must have aired in less than 50% of the U.S. markets. For more information about the Emmy Awards, visit natasadmin@natassoutheast.tv. About the Telly Awards Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online film and video. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, interactive agencies, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries annually from all 50 states and countries around the world. To find out more about the Telly Awards, visit www.tellyawards.com # # #

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