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WVIA's "Remembering The Scranton Sirens" wins a 2012 PAB Award for Outstanding Documentary Program
WVIA wins a 2012 PAB Award for Outstanding Documentary Program for “Remembering The Scranton Sirens”. The Scranton Sirens featured here in 1921 introduced iconic artists such as Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Russ Morgan, and Bill Challis.
(wvia) - The WVIA high-definition original documentary film, "Remembering The Scranton Sirens", which premiered on WVIA TV on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, received a 2012 Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award for Excellence in Broadcasting Competition in the Outstanding Documentary Program category.

"Remembering The Scranton Sirens" revisits our region in the Roaring 20's; and celebrates its little-known artistic legacy that defined a nation as powerfully as King Coal.

This WVIA original documentary film celebrates the exceptional musical legacy of one of the most significant but unheralded "territory" dance bands in American musical history, which introduced iconic artists such as Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Russ Morgan, and Bill Challis, whose phenomenal musical innovation presaged their international fame and profoundly influenced the Big Band era.

"Remembering The Scranton Sirens" recreates the band's music to reflect a facet of Jazz's stylistic evolution in the early decades of the 20th century. Musical Director and Creative Consultant Vince Giordano studied arranging under Bill Challis, and authentically recreates four original Sirens' recordings on-camera with his 11-piece band "The Nighthawks," who are featured on the CD "Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1 Music From the HBO Original Series." Giordano's tonal recreation sonorously relives the early careers of Challis, the Dorsey brothers and Russ Morgan, and introduces viewers to the exquisite craft and art of playing Jazz music.

"Remembering The Scranton Sirens" can be purchased on the WVIA Online Store, which is located at

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