Blue Ridge PBS gets 2017 Virginia Association of Broadcasters Award

(Roanoke, Va.)—Blue Ridge PBS has received a 2017 Virginia Association of Broadcasters Award. Blue Ridge PBS was presented with a prestigious VAB Award this past weekend for “Lakeside: 66 Years of Fun in the Sun”. The program took top VAB honors for best Documentary/Public Affairs Program, making it truly one of the best new documentary programs in the commonwealth.

Telling great stories about our region is how we were recognized at the VAB awards, giving Blue Ridge PBS the first place trophy for its most recent documentary, “Lakeside: 66 Years of Fun in the Sun”. The documentary takes a look back at Lakeside Amusement Park through the years. Included are memories from those who worked there in the 1940s, members of the Roberts family who owned the park the longest, Bill Anderson who performed at the park several times, and more.

The Virginia Association of Broadcasters Station Awards Program is sponsored annually by the VAB to recognize outstanding achievement by Virginia radio and television broadcasters. This competition was established to encourage the highest standards of reporting, community service and production creativity. It brings the ultimate prize–peer recognition to members of the broadcast industry in Virginia.

“This program grew out of our mission to serve as the region’s storyteller,” said Carol Jennings, Blue Ridge PBS’ creative services director. “The VAB awards recognized a wide range of productions, formats and subjects—this program is just one example of how Blue Ridge PBS is working to bring the stories that matter to our region.”

The VAB Awards were presented during a June 23 ceremony in Virginia Beach, Va.