And The Winner Is…

Once again, PBS receives a few accolades of note as PBS programs were honored with seven News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, more than any other organization. The 39th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards were presented on October 1 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said, “Audiences are hungry for high-quality programs that bring light to the pressing issues of our day. PBS continues to be a trusted beacon of education and inspiration for all Americans.”

The PBS’ News & Documentary Emmy® Award winners are:

THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE
Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

FRONTLINE “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

FRONTLINE “Mosul”
Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary

INDEPENDENT LENS “Forever Pure”
Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary

INDEPENDENT LENS “Tower”
Outstanding Historical Documentary

POV “Last Men In Aleppo”
Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

THE VIETNAM WAR : A FILM BY KEN BURNS & LYNN NOVICK
Outstanding Research

Congratulations also go out to Paula Apsell, Senior Executive Producer of NOVA and Director of the WGBH Science Unit, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored Apsell for her distinguished career in science journalism and for her 33 years of leadership at NOVA.

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Sounds Familiar

“First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H. G. Wells novel.” – Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith), Downton Abbey

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Do you know what this is? Seriously, I’m asking because I wasn’t sure. It’s been out back behind our station for years, possibly decades, and I’ve always regarded it as a piece of equipment that serves a function yet what function that was escaped me.

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It looks like a huge satellite dish and that’s what it is essentially. I asked one our veteran engineers for the scoop and here’s what he said:

It is used to bring feeds from non-PBS satellite. We have a 6.1 M antenna and a 5.5 M antenna that are the primary receiving antennas for non-PBS feeds. The “backyard” 3.7 M antenna is supplemental and has a limited view of satellite arc but it has been used in the past especially during election coverage.

So there you have it. Still slightly more tech-speak than I’m used to or capable of understanding (trust me – UNC-TV engineers are working on a completely different level than those of us who work in programming) but I get the basics. We have towers and dishes and all sorts of sending and receiving apparatus around here (after all it is a television station) so you can be certain any piece of equipment with which you are unfamiliar does indeed serve a vital purpose.

Super Vision!

When it comes to technology, I’m still kind of an 90s guy trying to catch up with the aughts, but I just saw that the PBS Kids Super Vision App is now available for the Apple Watch and that seems very cool. Super Vision is a free app that allows parents a real-time engagement with their child’s media time. I think everyone should understand the value of that.

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Super Vision and a host of educational apps are available at PBS Kids.