California Arts Council

State of California

Cal Channel wins a Telly for Poetry Out Loud
California capital media outlet snags prestigious award for its televised coverage of the state's poetry competition

Published: 07-01-2008

This year's California Poetry Out Loud program garnered more winners than the high school students who represented their counties in the state finals. The California Channel, a CSPAN-like media outlet that covers the state Capitol, won a Telly Award for its California "Poetry Out Loud" state finals coverage.

"The California Channel is extremely proud of our work in the past two years with the California Poetry Out Loud project and its sponsor, the California Arts Council," said John Hancock, president of the California Channel. "In a time of elemental budget cuts threatening to derail arts education and important initiatives such as Poetry Out Loud, we sincerely hope that this award will help illuminate the truly beneficial aspects of arts education in our schools."

Media experts from the California Channel have videorecorded the state finals of the Poetry Out Loud program for the past two years, taking the time and effort to cover the event with multiple cameras and on-site interviews with the student participants -- and at no cost to the California Arts Council. The company then converts and edits the coverage to a 45-minute television program that is broadcast statewide via the Cal Channel's cable network, as well as provided on their website for online viewing. 

The Telly Awards are a nationwide competition that received over 14,000 entries from the finest ad agencies, production companies, TV stations, cable companies, and corporations from all over the world. Cal Channel media expert Tyler Lammerding was the director, principal cameraman and editor of the program. Natalie Ramirez (steadycam and second camera) and Randy Winn (competitor interviews) assisted.

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Want to watch  the California Channel's award-winning 2008 California Poetry Out Loud State Finals program? Tune into the Cal Channel on July 4 at noon for a re-broadcast, or take a look at the station's archive site to watch online. DVD copies are also available from the California Arts Council for educational viewing and rebroadcast on local cable stations. Educators, arts administrators, media outlets and cable stations may contact Mary Beth Barber at to find out more.

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