Hastings Community Television was recently recognized at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Conference (NATOA) in Seattle. The local public access station won several awards at the national conference.
The station received two first place awards in an open budget category which means stations with a smaller budget like Hastings competes with stations like Seattle's with a million-dollar budget.
Mike Bremer's "Take A Hike, Mike!" segment won first place in the Use of Humor category. The segment features local businesses and other organizations in town.
Michael Kampa's "Local Chords" won first place in the Arts & Entertainment category. The segment features local musicians in Hastings.
Other awards included Michael Kampa's Dakota County Sheriff's Office Dance and Lip Sync video which won second place in the profile of a city/county department category. The award was won in HCTV's budget range.
Honorable mention awards included programming excellence for HCTV's budget category, Kurt Radtke's Slow Motion at Rivertown Days video in the Innovative Use of Video category and Tom Bullington's Everybody Loves Politics in Interview/Talk Show category for HCTV's budget.
Other HCTV staff members who helped with the recognized videos include Lindsay Brewster, Max Slocum and Ross Brockman.