Washington -- Cable systems and regional networks from the
Bronx to Carlsbad, Calif., scored in the National Cable Television Association's second
annual "Community Spirit Awards," announced last Wednesday.
The awards recognize outstanding local and regional
cable-programming achievements, and they will be distributed March 28 during the monthly
Washington Metropolitan Cable Club luncheon.
The winners, in different categories, are:
Sunflower Cablevision of Lawrence,
Kan., among cable systems with fewer than 50,000 subscribers. It airs 45 to 50 hours of
locally produced programs per week, including news, weather, sports and specialty
programs. Other finalists: Jones Intercable Inc. of Oxnard, Calif., and MediaOne Group
Inc. of Dearborn, Mich.
Daniels Cablevision, of Carlsbad,
among cable systems with 50,000 to 150,000 subscribers. Its local news and
community-events coverage fills a void for local and regional coverage in the San Diego
broadcast region. Other finalists: AT&T Broadband & Internet Services in Marin and
San Rafael, Calif., and MediaOne in Southfield, Mich.
Cox Communications Inc. of
Louisiana, New Orleans, among cable systems with more than 150,000 subscribers. Local
channel Cox 10 focuses on education and community issues. Several of the programs now air
in other markets due to their wide appeal. Other finalists: AT&T Broadband of
Elmhurst, Ill., and Time Warner Cable of St. Petersburg, Fla.
News 12 The Bronx, among regional
news networks. The newest addition to Rainbow Media Holdings Inc.'s News 12 network family
is the only news station dedicated to the Bronx. Its 24-hour coverage extends beyond crime
and crises to deliver positive stories that stray from stereotypes associated with the New
York City borough, which is served by Rainbow parent Cablevision Systems Corp. Other
finalists: News 12 Long Island (Woodbury, N.Y.) and New York 1 News (New York City).
Comcast SportsNet, among regional
sports networks. The Comcast Corp.-owned network goes beyond Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers
and 76ers game action to provide insightful sports talk and newscasts aimed to educate
viewers on mainstream sports-related issues. Other finalists: Fox Sports Net Bay Area (San
Francisco) and Fox Sports Net Chicago.
Rainbow's MetroChannels, among
regional community and public-affairs networks. These New York-area channels --
MetroGuide, MetroLearning and Metro Traffic & Weather -- deliver viewers in the
tristate area the latest information about their neighborhoods. Other finalists: CN8: The
Comcast Network in Union, N.J., and County Television Network of San Diego.
The winners were judged by a panel of academics,
journalists and senior executives from MSO operations and public-affairs units.