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Tradition of Excellence

Greenspring cable channel adds two more Telly wins to its impressive total

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October 22nd, 2013
Tradition of Excellence

Greenspring's cable station, Channel 6, recently added to their total of 22 International Telly Awards with the presentation of two bronze awards at this year s 34th Telly Awards ceremony. The awards, presented annually, recognize superior video production of local, regional, and cable programs, as well as other video, Web, and film productions throughout the world. This year, the Telly Awards received more than 13,000 entries for consideration. "It is a wonderful honor," says Diane Gatsis Havinga, director and producer at Channel 6. "I continue to be amazed by what our residents accomplish. Our resident volunteers are doing something they have never done before, whether running cameras, conducting television interviews, or directing. And they are doing it very well. When it comes to the Telly award competition, we are competing against professionals, and we are winning. If we can do that, I believe we can do anything!"

Superior showmanship

Greenspring received a bronze Telly award for the 2012 Monster Mash video featuring nearly one dozen residents in full Halloween makeup and costumes performing a lip dub to the Bobby Boris Pickett vocal track originally produced in 1962. In addition to providing a fun, creative outlet for Greenspring s dramatic talents, the video became a sensation on YouTube, the Internet's most popular video-sharing website. Within a matter of days, the performance received more than 30,000 views and caught the attention of numerous national and local media outlets, includingMSNandThe Today Show. "I love that the video became so popular," says Gatsis Havinga." And it's icing on the cake for the residents to receive a Telly Award for their work."

"The Monster Mash was more successful than we ever dreamed it could be," says Public Affairs Manager Jessica McKay. "The video absolutely deserved a Telly. The Channel 6 team did such a wonderful job filming and editing the video; it was a true work of art."

"It's a great feeling to have won the Telly Award," says Betty Griffin, who portrayed the Bride of Frankenstein in the video. "But the best part was all the fun we had doing it. I can't wait to see what we come up with next." Shirley Shifflett, who played the witch, agrees. "It was lots of fun working on the video and relating to people in a different way. Life should be filled with joyful experiences like this!"

Making history

A special produced in honor of Women's History Month received Greenspring s second 2013 win. The special highlights the significant contributions community member Dr. Marcia Dake made in the fields of nursing and education. A U.S. Army nurse who served a six-month tour of duty in Hawaii and Japan, Marcia, with the help of scholarships and the GI Bill, completed her doctorate in education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She became the first dean of the University of Kentucky's College of Nursing, a position she served in from 1958 to 1971. Marcia then turned her efforts to the American Nurses Association and the American Red Cross. In 1978, she once again helped get another nursing school off the ground, becoming the first dean of the department of nursing at James Madison University (JMU), in Harrisonburg, Va. Marcia remained at JMU until her retirement in 1988. As one of the first members of the Greenspring community, Marcia was integral in the development of Channel 6; began the community's first choral group, newsletter, and photo directory; and served on the first Resident Advisory Council. "I'm happy that Channel 6 won an award for the program," says Marcia. "After the program aired, people who did not know about my past came up to me interested in learning more about me and the activities I've been involved with over the last 16 years at Greenspring."

Looking forward

"At Channel 6, we are always keeping an eye on both the news and the calendar in an effort to come up with program ideas that are timely and interesting to our viewers," says Gatsis Havinga. Earlier this year, we produced a program recognizing the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington, and we are currently working on our annual holiday music show which will air on Christmas."

"I've always been concerned with communications," says Marcia. "That's why Channel 6 is such an integral part of Greenspring. But it's also great fun."

"I encourage any community member interested in television to come on down to Channel 6 and volunteer," says Gatsis Havinga. Absolutely no experience is necessary, only a willingness to learn. Look what we can accomplish!"

To learn more about Greenspring's Channel 6, check out the station's YouTube promo reel at:<...