Local stations win awards for youth efforts

November 20, 1996|By Marego Athans | Marego Athans,SUN STAFF

A statewide children's advocacy group honored six area television stations yesterday for outstanding locally produced programs for children.

The winners, chosen by Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY) in its second annual Kids' TV Campaign were:

WBFF (Channel 45), for a special called "How I Spent my Summer Vacation."

WJZ (Channel 13), for the long-running, regularly scheduled program "It's Academic."

WMDT-TV (Channel 47, Salisbury) for the public service announcement "Kids Safety."

WDCA (Channel 20, Bethesda), for a community service program, "School is Cool Video Project."

WMAR (Channel 2), for being the outstanding community station.

WBDC (Channel 50, Washington), for outstanding work overall in children's educational programming.

In addition, Tipper Gore was named Outstanding National Advocate for her long-standing support of quality children's TV. A special achievement award went to Sophie and Susan Altman, executive producers of "It's Academic." Winners were announced at a luncheon at the Columbia Hilton Inn.

"There need to be vigilant watchdogs who will stand up and say TV can do effective programming and we want to reward that," said Susan P. Leviton, ACY founder and a professor at the University of Maryland law school. "But at the same time we want to acknowledge the terrible disservice it does when it portrays violence."

ACY, which began its Kids' TV campaign four years ago, wants stations to produce their own shows that educate as well as entertain. It also issues annual report cards rating quality and extent of children's programming on local TV.

The Maryland State Teacher's Association co-sponsored yesterday's ceremony.

Pub Date: 11/20/96

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