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City of Victoria earns seven state-wide awards for video excellence

Post Date:11/20/2019 4:30 PM

Riffle and Garrett

Photo: Micah Riffle, City of Victoria multimedia specialist, left; holds earned awards with Josh Garrett, City of Victoria multimedia manager, at a dinner ceremony during the Nov. 12 Annual Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. The video team received seven state-wide awards for programming excellence.

Corpus Christi - The City of Victoria Communications recently was honored with seven significant awards for programming excellence, including first place for the documentary about crimes of passion in Victoria County “Murder and Malice Part 2,” second place for a documentary about Victoria’s Art Car Parade “The Scrapdaddy,” and second place for overall excellence in programming. 

The awards were announced at the Nov. 12 Annual Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA) Award Show held at the U.S.S. Lexington Museum.

“Our video team works hard to produce content important to the community, and I’m proud to see their work recognized across the state of Texas,” said Ashley Strevel, City of Victoria director of Communications & Public Affairs. “We strive to provide the community with accessible information, including engaging video, and I look forward to our video teams’ continued work informing our community.”

Members of the City’s videography team are Josh Garrett, multimedia manager, and Micah Riffle, videographer and multimedia specialist. Garrett and Riffle are responsible for the locally-produced programming of the Vtv15 cable television channel, City of Victoria YouTube channels and Victoria’s public meetings, including City Council.

“Murder and Malice Part 2,” and “The Scrapdaddy” were produced within an operating budget under $200,000 by Garrett and Riffle. The team also received second place in the Instructional/Training category for a Public Works video.

The team brought home third place awards for Community Event Coverage for the Art Car Parade, a Public Service Announcement for Take Pride Victoria, and an Interview/Talk Show for the “Victoria Economic Development Corporation Presents the Victoria Regional Airport.”

The team earned the most awards they’ve ever received and in categories they had not yet placed in, Garrett said.

“There’s a lot of great cities producing great work, so it’s an honor to be counted among them,” he said. “We have great working relationships with community organizations and City departments, so it makes it easy for us to try to make their ideas come to life. We look forward to continue producing videos that help educate and entertain our community.” 

Honorable Mentions also were earned in the Public Health/Safety category for “Adopt a Highway in Victoria, TX” and Community Event Coverage for “Ethel Lee Tracy Splash Pad - Now Open!”

The Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors is a professional organization of individuals and organizations serving citizens in the development, regulation, and administration of cable television and other telecommunications systems. 

The City of Victoria’s award-winning videos can be viewed online at vtv15.live or by searching Victoria Texas Videos on YouTube. The videos also can be viewed on the cable television channel Vtv15.