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WVIA Receives Two 2013 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award Nominations
(wvia) - WVIA Public Media receives 2 nominations as the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announces the nominees for 31st Annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards which will be presented Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Philadelphia, PA.

WVIA's long-running State of Pennsylvania program is nominated in the Human Interest Program/Special category for the episode titled "Armed Guards In NEPA's Schools?" which premiered on March 14, 2013 on WVIA-TV. Also, WVIA's Vice-President of Production, Ben Payavis II is nominated in the Director - Live or Live-To-Tape category for the WVIA Original Special Presentation, "Cherish the Ladies: An Irish Homecoming" which premiered January 26, 2013 on WVIA-TV and then was broadcast on PBS stations throughout the Unites States.

The State of Pennsylvania episode titled "Armed Guards In NEPA's Schools?" hosted by WVIA President Emeritus & Chief Development Officer, Bill Kelly was a live program where a state senator and representative, a mom who's a school superintendent and a former congressman with a top NRA rating discussed and took questions from viewers on the issue of placing armed guards in local schools.

"Cherish the Ladies: An Irish Homecoming," was recorded live in high definition and in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Bucknell University in historic Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The special offers a unique blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing starring one of the world's finest Irish music ensembles. Joanie Madden, a champion flute and whistle player and Grammy Award winner joined forces with the fabulous musicianship of Cherish the Ladies and Grammy nominated legendary vocalist Maura O'Connell. "Cherish the Ladies: An Irish Homecoming" was produced in a partnership between Via Studios Global, a division of WVIA Public Media, Cherish the Ladies and Bucknell University and distributed by American Public Television (APT).

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was founded in 1957, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter was chartered in 1981. It is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News, Sports, Programming, Public Service and Technology.

People change and lives improve when powerful ideas challenge us. WVIA Public Media is a catalyst, convener and educator, using media, partnerships, ideas and programs to advance the best attributes of an enlightened society.

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