Local television show Karaoke Oly was recently recognized by a local community media award-giving organization.
Winning the Best Entertainment and Arts Series award in the Independent Producer Division from the Alliance for Community Media Foundation’s (ACM) 2023 Hometown Media Award, the show is known for featuring locals and their singing talents out of Thurston Community Television in Olympia, Washington since beginning July 2008.
“Karaoke Oly has always been for all ages and all talent levels,” explained Robert Kam, program producer, who mentioned that they have been joining the award competition almost annually.
“We don’t shame anyone or compete with each other,” added Kam. “Everyone is there to have a good time including the television crew.”
According to Karaoke Oly’s press release, nearly a thousand entries are sent every year to the awards program which honors community media, community radio, and local cable programs that are distributed on Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access cable television channels.
Entries are narrowed down to around a hundred award winners, chosen by 150 judges who give recognition to programs that “address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way.”
“The Hometown Media Awards celebrate both the excellence of work and the diversity of media that appears on community channels being produced around the country,” said ACM President Mike Wassenaar.
According to ACM’s website, the winners will receive the awards on June 28 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York.
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