CMU's MHTV wins college station of the year award for 16th consecutive year

Student-run station MHTV receives honor from Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation and earns the longest running win streak for the award in MABF history.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich., March 8, 2017 - At its March 8 Lansing conference, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation named MHTV, the 24-hour cable outlet operated by students in CMU's School of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts, as College Television Station of the Year for the 16th consecutive time.  This is unprecedented and the longest running consecutive winning streak for this award in the history of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation. 

The award recognizes the strong and consistent work by BCA students in both MHTV and the associated News Central 34 as well as the multifaceted oversight provided by faculty members Aaron Jones, Eric Limarenko and Rick Sykes.

"Receiving this honor for an unprecedented 16 years is certainly a point of pride for our students, faculty and staff," broadcast faculty member and News Central 34 advisor, Rick Sykes said.  "The competition is ever more intense and our students continue to produce programming that catches the attention of industry leaders."

Panels of top Michigan broadcasters serve as judges for this intense competition which evaluates individual student work in categories such as Daily Newscast/Sportscasts, Hard News, News Features, Public Service Announcements, Talk Shows/Scripted Shows, Current Events Programs, Digital Media Experience and the new Most Innovative Media Technology category.

MHTV swept the Daily Newscast/Sportscast category, won 1st place in the Hard News, News Feature and Most Innovative Media Technology categories and earned 2nd place honors in the Public Service Announcement, Talk Show/Scripted Show, Digital Media Experience and Current Events Program categories.

Eric Limarenko, broadcast faculty member and video unit head commented, "It is extremely rewarding to see our students combine their creativity with the skills we have taught them in the classrooms, studios, and out in the field.  Those abilities and talents serve them well as they enter the electronic media job market."

MHTV has been part of CMU's broadcasting curriculum since 1972 and its News Central 34 division was established in 1978. The station is broadcast from Mount Pleasant to the Isabella County community on Cable Channel 189 and on CMU's campus Cable Channel 34, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to being carried on MHTV, News Central 34 is also shown on MAC TV, Channel 187, which serves Clare, Gratiot and Isabella counties. Both MHTV and News Central 34 are student-run organizations.


Contact: Rick Sykes, CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts,