Friday, March 18, 2005

Eye on Oshkosh wins state award

I have been notified that "Eye on Oshkosh" has won an Award of Excellence from the Wisconsin Association of PEG Access Channels as part of the WAPC Video Festival.

There were more than 160 entries from over 25 Wisconsin communities and we were among 13 to receive this distinguished honor.

I am very grateful to the WAPC for this award and our entire crew wishes to thank them. I also want to personally thank the "Eye on Oshkosh" crew for all its hard work. These folks come in twice a month, some from out of town, and graciously volunteer their time. This award would not have been possible without them and I want them each to know how valuable they are to the success of the show and how deeply I appreciate having them a part of this program.

I also want to thank Melanie Bloechl for all her efforts during the first two years of the show. Though she needed to depart late last year because of professional commitments, etc., she was a part of the show for which we have received this award and it's only fitting that she share in the honor.

This show would not be possible without guests, so I feel it only fitting to thank the dozens of guests we've had on the show since its inception. They help make it what it is - informational, interesting and, often-times, controversial. But it is a highly watched show and that, I believe, is due in large part to the guests I have had the privilege of booking. So again, thanks to all the guests who have graced our set.

I also want to thank the staff at OCAT for their continued support and assistance when we need it. They have been wonderful to work with during the last 2 and 1/2 years or so and we look forward to a continued relationship with them.

Finally, I want to thank Tony Palmeri for all his efforts in stepping up to the plate when Melanie needed to step away. He is a true professional and it is indeed an honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to work with him.

Cheryl Hentz
Host/Producer, "Eye on Oshkosh"