Blue Ridge PBS wins two regional Emmy Awards

2 Emmy AwardsStation earns four Emmys over three years

(Roanoke, Va.)—Blue Ridge PBS is the winner of two 2011 Emmy® Awards from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The awards were announced June 16 in a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The chapter is comprised of commercial and public television stations in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Blue Ridge PBS received an Emmy Award for “Bob Ross: The Happy Painter” in the Documentary-Cultural category. Another Emmy was presented in the Chesapeake Heritage-Feature category for “The Music of Coal,” from the station’s “On the Crooked Road” series. Previously, Blue Ridge PBS was honored with the 2010 and 2009 regional Emmys for Community Service for “JobQuest.”

“The Emmys awarded to the Blue Ridge PBS team on Saturday night recognize continued excellence in the creation of our local programs,” said James Baum, president and CEO of Blue Ridge PBS. “Winning the Emmy, one of the media’s most prestigious awards, is gratifying because it comes from our contemporaries in the broadcast industry. We are deeply honored by these awards, and grateful to the individuals and organizations throughout the region that support the mission of Blue Ridge PBS.”

Bob Ross: The Happy Painter“Bob Ross: The Happy Painter” explores one of the most iconic figures in public television by tracing his development as an artist and the unlikely success of his popular series, “The Joy of Painting.” The documentary features interview segments with celebrities who learned to paint the Bob Ross way including Brad Paisley, Jane Seymour and Terrance Howard. Blue Ridge PBS also secured an interview with Phil Donahue, who played an important role in Bob Ross' career by featuring the artist on his Chicago-based show.

On The Crooked Road“The Music of Coal” is one of 18 segments in the Blue Ridge PBS series, “On the Crooked Road.” Recorded at a variety of locations including the Harry Meador Coal Museum in Big Stone Gap, Va., the influence of coal mining on life and music in southwest Virginia is explained by regional experts such as Ron Short, Alan Maggard, Woody Crenshaw and Jack Hinshelwood. 

Support for “The Music of Coal” was provided by Heartwood, King College and Virginia Highlands Community College. The “On the Crooked Road” series was made possible in part by funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission, Alpha Natural Resources, Dominion, the Williams-Berry Charitable Fund, the Mooneyhan Family Foundation and the members of Blue Ridge PBS.

“The Music of Coal” and other segments from “On the Crooked Road” can be viewed under the Videos tab at BlueRidgePBS.org.


About Blue Ridge PBS
Blue Ridge PBS is the four-time winner of regional Emmy Awards for documentaries and community service. Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge PBS is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving 4 million individuals in portions of five states. The station’s 26,000 square-mile coverage area includes southwestern Virginia and bordering counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and North Carolina. As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests. Blue Ridge PBS is comprised of WBRA-TV/DT in Roanoke, WSBN-TV/DT in Norton, and WMSY-TV/DT in Marion, Va. 

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