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ASHLAND – WACA received Five 2021 Hometown Media Awards from the Alliance for Community Media Foundation.

The awards program was established to honor and promote community media, community radio, and local cable programs that are distributed on
Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access cable television channels. Proceeds go to the ACM Foundation which is exclusively used for facilitating, preserving and promoting education in community media.

The Winning Entries are:

Beacon Hill Briefings produced by State Representative Jack Lewis & Connor Donovan. This program was produced during the pandemic. We chose this compilation because it highlighted pertinent information to get out to the Representative’s constituents. View at

Spiritual Guidance for Daily Living produced by Carolyn McGee and Alison Rose. Rev. Carolyn McGee is an Angelic Life Coach. This program was designed to help viewers through the difficult days of 2020. View at

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Behind the Curtain Compilation. WACA partners with Ashland Community Theater. This program is produced by Joe White. It showcases the work of the local theater company. Due to the pandemic, the company has done some creative work over the zoom platform. Here is a sampling of three episodes.
The 3 excerpts are: Pandemic Music, ER Visit, an original short film and the Santa Claus Chronicles. View at

Ashland High School Pep Rally — Virtual. produced by Joshua Wiczer, the Ashland High Student Council and Alison Rose. Due to the pandemic and the high school being mostly in remote learning, the Student Council took to a more creative way to celebrate their annual fall pep rally. View at

Together at Home — We Stand Against Racism. In light of the events during 2020 and the Black Lives Matters Movement, the Ashland Community gathered together by sharing photos celebrating standing together as a community

Barbara Chisholm, Executive Directory said, “The Hometown Media Awards are a very prestigious media competition run each year by the Alliance for Community Media Foundation. It would be an honor to receive one of these Awards but we at WACA are thrilled to have been recognized for five awards for excellence of our programs, especially during the pandemic year when programs were produced virtually instead of in our production facility”.

Each year, nearly one thousand entries are submitted. These entries, or programs, are submitted and evaluated on several factors resulting in over 100 award winners.

A panel of judges from the industry evaluate the entries.

Awards are presented to the most creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats and move viewers to experience television in a different way.

“The Hometown Media Awards celebrate both the excellence of work and the diversity of media that appears on community channels being produced around the country. The ACM Foundation is proud of their achievement and of how they represent their communities in their work,” said Mike Wassenaar, president & CEO, Alliance for Community Media.

Founded in 1979, the Alliance for Community Media is a national, non-profit membership organization committed to ensuring access to electronic media for all people. The Alliance for Community Media carries forth its mission by educating, advocating and acting as a resource for the more than 3,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) cable channels nationwide.

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By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.