With family, friends and supporters close by to cheer them on, awards for outstanding community programming were presented to producers and hosts in more than 10 categories at the 2009 BronxNet BETA (Bronx Excellence in Television Access) Awards ceremony held November 12 at the Lehman College Lovinger Theatre.
Themed “Every Voice Counts”, this year’s celebration marked the 14th anniversary of the cable station. Hollywood had nothing on the BETAs - all bells and whistles were in place to capture the attention of the audience and viewers watching at home. BronxNet alumni Dean Meminger of TV1 served as the highly capable Master of Ceremonies. There was entertainment, live music by Ibrahim Gonzalez and the band, spoken word, singing, and well-orchestrated skits performed by comedic actress and BronxNet Program Host Rhina Valentin who played the role of Rita Colette, the census taker. She encountered a number of non-responsive residents who could care less about the census. Through her persistency, by the end of the evening, the census lady had convinced the naysayers that the Bronx community should participate in the upcoming 2010 Census. Full article.