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City's One Albuquerque Media Wins National Government Programming Awards

Among accolades are the 2021 State of the City and a documentary recently selected for film festivals.

September 30, 2021 - The City of Albuquerque's One Albuquerque Media has been recognized by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) with four awards during its annual conference held virtually September 21-23. NATOA is the premier local government professional association that provides support to its members on the many local, state, and federal communications laws, administrative rulings, judicial decisions, and technology issues impacting the interests of local governments.

Mayor Tim Keller's 2021 State of the City - Uncharted Territory won the Award of Distinction in the Public Affairs category (https://youtu.be/dteKgWmCnsI). Mayor Keller’s annual address took place virtually, with the hour-long program airing across multiple platforms March 14 - 20. In previous years, the State of the City address accompanied large community celebrations. This year the event was held virtually and addressed the challenges Albuquerque faced over the last year and highlighted the spirit of One Albuquerque.

"While we wished we could have been together to celebrate all things 'Burque this year, we were able to adapt to the challenges of being apart and make the State of the City address accessible to many residents," said Mayor Keller. "Our community is enriched by the dedicated team of professional producers and programmers at One Albuquerque Media who bring us important information every day."

First Flight to Fiesta - Balloon Fiesta 2020 (https://youtu.be/Sbx4Xg9g7Co) won the Award of Distinction in the Documentary-Event Coverage category. The 24-minute program details how Albuquerque became the Ballooning Capital of the World and introduces viewers to legendary local balloonists including Park Van Tassel.

The Award of Distinction in the Documentary category went to Love in the Valley (https://youtu.be/rZE2UTEHcqU), a short film documenting local artist Lonnie Anderson's inspirational acts of creativity on Valentine's Day and turns into a complex narrative about transformative change. Love in the Valley was recently selected into the 2021 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival taking place October 13-17.

The Historical KiMo Theater - Virtual Hosted Tour (https://youtu.be/waGV9cLv5lg) was recognized with the Award of Distinction in the Best Use of Video on Social Media category. The 3-minute tour led by theater manager Larry Parker gives viewers an inside look into some of the history and details of the nearly century old KiMo that even some locals don't know about.

"It's our responsibility to provide the community with live coverage of government meetings and news conferences," Diego Lucero, Media Resources Division manager, explains. "Equally, it's our pleasure to produce a variety of diverse content featuring the people and places that make Albuquerque unique."

One Albuquerque Media is operated by the Media Resources Division of the Department of Arts & Culture and is funded primarily through the City's general fund. Additional funds and personnel are provided by Bernalillo County Government. GOV TV is cablecast on Comcast channel 16 in Albuquerque and a few adjoining communities. It reaches a wide audience via the Internet by offering live webcasting and prerecorded streaming video of numerous local government meetings and programs at https://www.cabq.gov/artsculture/govtv.

A large archive of programming is available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/GOVTV16COA.