Low Power TV Industry Association Announces Award Winners

Mark Aitken accepts the ATBA Perseverance & Endurance Award from Board Member Dr. Randy Weiss at the 2019 LPTV Reception and Awards

The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (ATBA) hosted the Fifth Annual Low Power Television and Translator Industry Awards during the  Annual Low Power Television Industry Association Reception and Awards during the National Association of Broadcasters Convention Monday night April 8, 2019.

“The awards are an opportunity for the LPTV and Translator industry to shine the light on their work and the excellence in the industry,” says Lee Miller, ATBA Executive Director. “Competition was fierce again this year with really great entries. ”

Best Promotional Television Campaign

NewsNet Prelaunch Promos

WMNN, Cadillac, Michigan

Eric Wotila Remington Hernandez

Best Television Talk Show

Focus Today – Best Television Talk Show

theDove TV, Medford/Rogue Valley, Oregon

Polina Leiser – Executive Producer Steve Johnson – TV Operations Manager Perry Atkinson – CEO and President

Best Television Public Service Announcement

After 26 Music Fest

WMNN, Cadillac, Michigan

Eric Wotila

Best Local Television Commercial

Wild Territory – ALIENS

TV25 (KCKS) Kansas City

Brian L Short

Best Television Mixed Media Campaign

Cadillac Footliters

WMNN, Cadillac, Michigan

Remington Hernandez

Best Station Promotion Multi Media Campaign

WYBN – New Signal

WYBN TV 14 – Albany / Schenectady / Troy, NY

Dan Viles,

Best Television Special Program

Live Results: Election 2018

WMNN, Cadillac, Michigan

Eric Wotila, Remington Hernandez, Morris Langworthy, Heather Stilson, Wyatt VanDuinen, Jessica Mojonnier, Jacob Owens

Low Power Television Station of the Year 

WNBJ-LD Jackson TN

Bill Christian


A special award was given to ATBA Board Member Mark Aitken from Sinclair Media and One Media. The ward called the ATBA Perseverance and Endurance Award is given to members of the industry that have exhibited an exceptional drive to advance the mission of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance.

The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance is the non-profit trade organization representing the Low Power Television industry. Membership represents over 2,000+ low power television broadcast stations and translators, full power television broadcasters and allied industry organizations and companies.  The goal of the Alliance continues to be the preservation and promotion of the efficient and effective use of all television broadcast spectrum. Visit www.BroadcastingAlliance.org for more information and to join.

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The world after the auction looks different and amazingly so has a very bright future!

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Soon as an ATBA member, you will be eligible to start tapping into not only this brain trust through unique services available only to our members but regular news updates regarding our collective broadcast future.  We are exploring new ways to tap into information from Washington as well as important updates that will benefit you right there where you live.

The need for the ATBA has increased with the new opportunities that are becoming available for those of us who still know that the future of LPTV, Class A and Translators is bright!  Are you selling your station to local sponsors?  Are you maximizing your spectrum to the advantage that you truly can?  Are you struggling with FCC rules and regulations that you either don’t understand or can’t get explained?

The ATBA is developing a database of information to help you find the answers you need! 

In addition we are still working with the true decision makers in Washington.  Your ATBA has earned the respect and the ear of the true movers and shakers that continue to shape our collective broadcasting future.

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Thanks for taking the time to read this note and for your ongoing passion for the future of communication in this great country.


The Board of Directors – The Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance