KTWU, local public television, is pleased to announce it has been nominated for Emmy Awards in three categories in the 2011 competition.

KTWU’s nominations from the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, are for the following programs:

SUNFLOWER JOURNEYS: WICHITA’S LEBANESE HERITAGE for Historical/Cultural/Segment – John Njagi, Producer

WOOD, BRICK AND STONE: LAWRENCE for Informational/Special Program – Jim Kelly, Producer/Director

WASHBURN HOLIDAY VESPERS for Special Event – Eugene Williams, Executive Producer; Dave Kendall, Producer; Jim Kelly, Director/Editor; Kevin Goodman, Set Dresser

The Emmy Award, often referred to simply as the Emmy, is a television production award, and is considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (for film), Grammy Awards (for music) and Tony Awards (for stage).

They are presented in various sectors of the television industry, including entertainment programming, news and documentary shows, and sports programming. The winners will be announced at the Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards Presentation Ceremony on July 23.

Broadcasting local public television for over 45 years, KTWU reaches viewers in eastern Kansas and portions of Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma. KTWU also broadcasts three distinct digital television signals: KTWU (PBS) in High Definition on Channel 11.1; KTWU/MHz Worldview on Channel 11.2; and KTWU ENHANCE on Channel 11.3. KTWU is licensed to Washburn University and was the first public television station in the state of Kansas to begin broadcasting educational programming. More information and programming details can be found online at ktwu.org.

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