Richland’s Cable Communications Receives National Awards
Includes life-time achievement award for excellence
Michael Charboneau’s major contributions include the development of its government access channel Cityview on Cable Channel 192, development of a countless number of outstanding and award-winning programs, using unique ideas for programming and/or funding, and having a positive impact on the community. Mike was nominated by his counterpart Jon Funfar, from the City of Pasco, who is grateful for Mike’s tireless energy and willingness to help out at neighboring city events or meetings when needed.
NATOA recognized recipients of the 32nd Annual Government Programming Awards at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle, earlier this month. NATOA’s purpose is to assist state and local governments with communications needs and interests. The awards program honors excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. It also recognizes one individual for the Brian Wilson Memorial Award who displays leadership, creativity, value and dedication. Over 900 entries were received from local governments across the country for these prestigious awards.
NATOA President Jodie Miller said, “We congratulate these winners on their role in building strong, engaged communities through outstanding community programming.”
Mike has worked in the City’s Cable Communication Office since its inception, nearly 20 years ago, and has won countless awards for the programming (writing, producing, directing and videography) of municipal and community issues. Currently, he is also producing a feature-length film locally, called Turn It Up. The comedy takes place in the 80’s, and is about the greatest 80’s hair band that never was. His film is endorsed by Steve Lynch, lead guitarist from the 1980’s band Autograph.