Community TV recognizes its volunteers

March 06, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

Robert Johnson captured the spirit of the 1994 Vollie Awards when he accepted the Best Producer prize from Carroll Community Television on Friday.

"We are all winners tonight," he said to the audience of nearly 100, many of whom volunteer for Channel 19, the community access channel. "This evening is basically a recognition of and appreciation of volunteerism. If I got paid, I wouldn't do this."

Mr. Johnson, the president of the Carroll Communications Guild, also won Best Documentary Program for his film "Carroll Cam Tour V," which follows a statewide bicycle race through the county.

"We all share the honors," he said. "Come into the station and play the tapes, and you will see what I mean."

Throughout the evening, presenters cracked jokes, showed clips the nominated films and fumbled with envelopes before announcing the 14 winners at the fourth annual ceremony.

Mike Radov took the first award, Best First Effort, for "Change, Inc.," a film he produced with Dan Bickish on the county association for developmentally disabled adults.

"I want to thank the postman for bringing me a notice about the video course," Mr. Radov said.

Tom Forsythe, a volunteer at the station for several years, won the Best Educational/Instructional award for "21st Century News: Yellow Submarine." The show was part of a series of 16 that aired last year.

Mike Nichols, master of ceremonies for the evening, took the prize for Best Entertainment Program with "The Wrestling Extravaganza," a film about local wrestlers trying to hit the big time.

Chuck Bollinger of Baltimore, who produced and starred in "Something Stupid," won the Best On-Camera Talent award.

Organizers added three new categories. The Best Community Related Project went to The Rape Crisis Center for its production of "Child Sexual Abuse -- What Parents Want to Know." Greg Whitehair took the second new award, Best Music Entertainment, for his production "Polaris -- The Odd Voice Concert." Andrew Gray won this year's Best Director Live on Tape for the same film. "I can't believe anybody would watch this program," he quipped. "But then I saw all the other stuff."

Best Religious Program, the last new category, went to Paul Warnken for "Helping Up Mission," a film on the Westminster Rescue Mission. The documentary also won Best Edited Program for the producer. "The mission is sending copies of the film to all its contributors," he said. Robert Gill, the Rookie of the Year, called his award "a tribute to all the new faces." Mike Hannon, director of the station, presented the award for Best Overall Volunteer to George Shearer and Mike Armacost.

"The category has been around since Day One of the Vollies and is probably the most important," he said. "The nominees may not have produced one minute of film, but we could not do without them."

"This work is fun," said Mr. Shearer, who also won Best Crew Member. "I am always around and willing to help anybody who asks."

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