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Pittsburgh -- Three RMU-TV television shows were recently honored by the 31st Annual Telly Awards.

Colonial SportsCenter, an RMU sports highlight show produced by students Josh Elsass, Ed Albert, and Chris Baginski; RMU-Live, a campus newscast produced by Baginski and Albert; and Campus Stories, an in-depth interview talk show produced by RMU alumnus Clark Cairns, each received a Bronze People’s Telly Award.

The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs; the finest video and film productions; and Web commercials, videos, and films. For its 31st season, the international competition joined forces with YouTube to allow the public to view and rate videos submitted as part of the first ever People's Telly Awards.

“Our facilities, staff, and executive producers offer endless opportunities for student producers to develop outstanding programs that speak to the RMU community and prepare students for a seamless transition into the television industry,” said Michael DiLauro, director of RMU’s Academic Media Center (AMC).

RMU-TV Channel 98 is a center of learning for the university’s School of Communications and Information Systems. The channel’s work was judged against professional organizations of all sizes, from large multinational media companies to small ad agencies and local production houses.

Some of the other winners included CBS Television Distribution, Comcast Spotlight, The Discovery Channel, ESPN, Fox Sports International, Harpo Studios, Hasbro, Hewlett-Packard, the Miami Dolphins, Microsoft, NBC Universal, the New York Jets, the Outdoor Channel, PGA Tour Productions, The Weather Channel, and TV Guide Network.

“Working on shows in the AMC is very time consuming,” said Albert “But gaining valuable experience in a real production facility and winning a Telly makes it all worthwhile.”