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UTPA - City of Edinburg TV production team sweeps awards for ECN
Posted: 08/19/2003
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The Edinburg Cable Network (ECN) - Channel 12 swept the awards at the second Annual Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA) 2003 Conference Aug. 14 in Austin.

ECN is Edinburg's government access cable channel and cooperatively financed and run by the City of Edinburg, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and The University of Texas-Pan American.

Winning 10 awards at the Aug.14 Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA) conference, which recognizes outstanding programming on government access cable stations in Texas, were The University of Texas-Pan American - City of Edinburg production team for the Edinburg Cable Network - Channel 12. Displaying some of their awards are from left to right Nydia Lopez, reporter; Sandra Quintanilla, director of ECN and current interim director of UTPA's University Relations Department; Danny Ramos and Pete Tijerina, both photojournalists
Sandra Quintanilla, interim director for University Relations at UTPA, also oversees the television production team for ECN. A delighted Quintanilla said of all the government access cable channels represented at the competition in their division, ECN returned with the most awards in the State of Texas.

Quintanilla said she is proud of her staff and their hard work.

"This is the first time we've entered any contest and, for a relatively new channel such as ours, to bring back this many awards is awesome."

ECN received a total of 10 awards, five of which were first place in the following categories: an "FYI On Location" program featuring a family day of fun at Edinburg's Super Splash Water Park, "Interview/Talk Show" category; a story on UTPA's Senior Border Games, "Documentary/Social Issues/Profiles" category; a video/music formatted look at the new season opening at the water park, "Profile of a City/County Department" category; an informational look at efforts by UTPA's External Affairs Division and veteran's groups to bring a much needed veterans cemetery to the Rio Grande Valley, "Special Audience" category; and a promotion that incorporated the local fire and police departments to bring awareness to the use of child safety seats, "Promotion/Public Service Announcement."

Second place honors went to features on the Edinburg Parks and Recreation Department's annual Kidfish; the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life; and a baseball field dedication for Edinburg CISD Coach Nick Cantu. ECN also took third place for a feature on Missoula Children's Theatre "Pied Piper Play" and in the "Overall Excellence" category in government programming.

Among the competitors in ECN's division were the Texas cities of Irving, Denton, Allen, Lewisville and McKinney.

Besides Quintanilla, ECN's staff also includes reporter Nydia Lopez and photojournalists Danny Ramos and Pete Tijerina.

"We're honored and excited about this recognition and we'd like to thank everyone in the community for allowing our cameras into their lives because without them we would not have been successful," Lopez said, speaking on behalf of her co-workers.

Quintanilla also expressed gratitude to the City of Edinburg and University officials for their support.

"Winning these awards brings recognition to our All-American city and our excellent university. We hope to continue to provide quality programming for the community in the future," Quintanilla said.

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