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MontanaPBS receives 14 regional Emmy award nominations

April 30, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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MontanaPBS, a public broadcasting television station, recently received 14 regional Emmy award nominations. The winners will be announced at the 47th annual Emmy awards banquet, to be held June 5 in Snoqualmie, Wash.

The MontanaPBS nominations are in promotions, audio, directing, history and culture, public affairs, photography, editing, interviewing, producing and writing.

Aaron Pruitt, director of programming for MontanaPBS, said the Emmy awards are designed to recognize an individual's excellence in their area of specialty.

"MontanaPBS is delighted to provide these talented professionals a place to practice their craft, and ultimately to present their work before a statewide audience," Pruitt said.

MontanaPBS is a station licensed to Montana State University and the University of Montana, and nominations come from projects from both campuses. The nominees include Michael Ballard and Shasta Grenier of Bozeman, who were nominated for their co-direction and editing of the documentary "Never Long Gone: The Story of the Mission Mountain Wood Band." In the historic/cultural program category, producer Charles Dye of Bozeman received a nomination for his film "Before There Were Parks: Yellowstone and Glacier through Native Eyes."

Missoula staff nominees include John Twiggs for his writing and editing of "Playing for the World: The 1904 Indian Girls Basketball Team," and Gus Chambers, who received nominations as photographer and producer for a "Backroads of Montana" segment, and as producer of "A Conversation with Walter."

A complete list of the 14 nominations from MontanaPBS, including the entry title, person(s) nominated and category, is available at www.montanapbs.org.

"These nominations demonstrate the capability of a small PBS station like ours," said William Marcus, general manager of KUFM/MontanaPBS in Missoula. "We know that Montanans want to see their state on TV, and it's our mission to make that happen with high quality, engaging programs."

The Emmys are given by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. MontanaPBS has won at least nine previous regional Emmys, including two last year for editing and promotion of "Class C: The Only Game in Town." Montana PBS is a collaborative service of KUSM at MSU and KUFM at The University of Montana. The statewide television service reaches more than 260,000 households located in nearly 150 communities.

To learn more about the regional Emmys, visit http://natasnw.org/.

For more on MontanaPBS, visit http://montanapbs.org/.

Aaron Pruitt, (406) 994-5021 or apruitt@montanapbs.org; or William Marcus, (406) 243-4154 or William.marcus@umontana.edu.