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The Little Channel That Could:
CCPTV's 'Drop The Mic,' Nominated With Local Broadcasting Giants For Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award
PHILADELPHIA, SEPT. 16, 2015—Take visionary host Michelle Myers and add rhythmic student storytellers performing deeply affecting stories, and it’s easy to see why “Drop the Mic,” Community College of Philadelphia’s student spoken word show, has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award by the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.
Winners will be announced during the Emmy Award regional ceremony Sept. 19 at the Philadelphia Hilton. Nominated along with Community College of Philadelphia in the category of “Entertainment Program – Special” are CBS3 and WHYY-TV in Philadelphia; Multi Media Productions in Richboro; and WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh.
The fact that “Drop the Mic” is the only show produced by a college station to vie for a regional Emmy this year makes it something of a David vs. Goliath story. The show is the brainchild of Myers, an associate professor of English who herself is an award-winning spoken word poet. “It feels pretty wonderful,” said Myers, who doubles as faculty advisor of the Spoken Word Poetry Club, which won a 2015 Spotlight Award. “We wanted to create a show to showcase students on campus. We never expected anything like his.”
“Drop the Mic,” is produced entirely at the College by the Multimedia Services Video Production team and aired on CCPTV in the Spring of 2015. The hour-long spoken word competition is also the winner of the Telly and Communicator awards. CCPTV, the College’s cable channel (Comcast 53 and FIOS 21) broadcasts to Philadelphia subscribers of Comcast and Verizon with a reach of about 325,000 potential viewers
“This is an affirmation of how great our students are,” Myers said.
All episodes of “Drop the Mic,” including the nominated sixth episode can be found on the CCPTV 53 channel of Youtube.
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