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The tradition continues

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

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October 10th, 2016
(From left) Avan Price, Producer/Director Diane Gatsis Havinga, and Producer  Andrew Seegers proudly display Channel 6’s three bronze Telly Awards.

(From left) Avan Price, Producer/Director Diane Gatsis Havinga, and Producer Andrew Seegers proudly display Channel 6’s three bronze Telly Awards.

With a professional staff of 3 employees and more than 60 resident volunteers, Greenspring’s in-house cable channel recently received three bronze International Telly Awards. Since the channel’s inception in 1999, the station has received an impressive 29 Telly Awards.

“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 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!”

Founded in 1979, the Telly Award is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions; groundbreaking Web commercials; and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. 

The annual Telly Awards competition receives more than 13,000 entries from the finest ad agencies, production companies, TV stations, cable companies, and corporations in the world. This national and international competition annually showcases the best work from all 50 states and many foreign countries.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” says Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. “Greenspring’s Channel 6’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

Superior productions

This year, Greenspring received its first bronze Telly Award for Holiday Music Gift 2015, Channel 6’s annual holiday music special that features the talents of both residents and staff. 

The second Telly was awarded for the original program, Gray Parks: My Life & Music. The film recounts community member and troubadour Gray Parks’ musical history from growing up playing guitar on his family’s farm in rural Galax, Va., to performing at the Old Fiddlers Convention. 

The third bronze Telly was presented to Greenspring’s Shining Stars, a special program featuring the 12 employees of the month and 4 leaders from each quarter of 2015.

“I was very pleased to learn that the resident volunteers and staff at Channel 6 had once again been recognized for the good work they do,” says community member Clint Lambert, who volunteers as a host at the studio.

“Working at a television station is not something I had done prior to moving to Greenspring,” says Clint. “However, the opportunity arose while I served as president of the Resident Council to host a 30-minute show exploring the council’s activities. Even now that I am no longer the president, I am pleased to continue serving as host. It’s a great way to stay involved with what’s happening at Greenspring.” 

In addition to the Telly Award-winning specials, every Monday through Friday the station produces a live morning show, Village in Motion, featuring a variety of guests, including Greenspring staff members, local and regional politicians, health and fitness professionals, media representatives, and residents with unique talents or stories they wish to share with the community.

Recent programs include Shakespeare’s 400th Birthday and Vietnam: 50 Years Later.

Additionally, the station produces other special programming, including That’s Life, a program focused on social work around the community, and Talk Sports, highlighting current sports news.

“Winning awards is a great accomplishment, but what I find most remarkable is the hard work and dedication from our resident volunteers who show up each day to work on audiovisual, light and sound, hosting, and running the cameras,” says producer Andrew Seegers. “I encourage any community member interested in television to visit Channel 6 and volunteer. Absolutely no experience is necessary, only a willingness to learn. Look what we can accomplish!”

View the Telly Award-winning Gray Parks: My Life & Music by clicking here. You can see the Telly Award-winning Holiday Music Gift 2015 by clicking here.