New England Cable News, KNOM named Gabriel ’stations of the year’

DAYTON, Ohio (CNS) -- New England Cable News in Newton, Mass., outside Boston, and KNOM Radio in Nome, Alaska, were chosen as "stations of the year" in TV and radio, respectively, by the judges of the 2007 Gabriel Awards.

New England Cable News received this award in 2004 and 2005, and was awarded a certificate of merit in 2006. This is the 15th year KNOM has been honored as station of the year.

The Gabriels are in their 42nd year and are sponsored by the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals, which is based in Dayton. Gabriel winners were announced in a July 30 press release.

Winners are chosen from among entrants in 60 categories of TV, radio and film -- including 20 Spanish-language categories. Their programming is evaluated for content that affirms human dignity and values.

This year, 18 television and 10 radio programs, five Spanish-language radio and TV programs, and four films have won awards. If no programs or stations meet the standard of Gabriel excellence in a certain field, no award is presented in that category.

The Gabriel Awards -- nine-inch silver figures of the angel Gabriel -- will be presented to winners Oct. 26 at a ceremony in Hollywood, Calif. The "personal achievement award" will also be announced at that ceremony.

New England Cable News was launched in 1992 by Comcast and Hearst Corp. and serves more than 3.6 million homes in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut.

KNOM is owned by the Diocese of Fairbanks and broadcasts news, music, and educational and public service programming to listeners in western Alaska -- one of North America's most remote regions.

Other Gabriel winners are:

-- Children's film: "Charlotte's Web."

-- Documentary film: "An Inconvenient Truth."

-- Film drama: "Akeelah and the Bee."

-- Special Achievement Award: "The Nativity Story."

-- Entertainment, national TV: "The Ron Clark Story," Granada America and MAGNA Global Entertainment.

-- Arts, national TV: "The Geometry of Love," Les Productions, Moving Films and VisionTV, and "Picturing Mary," Thirteen/WNET, New York.

-- Arts, local TV: "Hope College Christmas Vespers 2006," WGVU, Grand Rapids, Mich.

-- Documentary, national TV: "Wide Angle: Back to School," Thirteen/WNET, New York. "Raising Cain," Powderhouse Productions and Oregon Public Broadcasting, won a certificate of merit.

-- Documentary, local TV: "The Long Journey Home," New England Cable News. "Blessed: The Story of Kansas City's Secret Santa," KMBC, Kansas City, Mo., won a certificate of merit.

-- Short feature, national TV: "Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly: Scott Neeson," Thirteen/WNET. "Current Caring: Art of Elysium (From the Soul Up)," Current TV, Los Angeles, won a certificate of merit.

-- Short feature, markets 1-25: "Girl With the Apple," News 12, Long Island in New York.

-- Short feature, markets 26 and up: "Healing Surf," WCNC-TV, Charlotte, N.C.

-- Children's, national TV: "Disney's Little Einsteins: A Tall Totem Tale," Disney Channel. "High School Musical," Disney Channel, won a certificate of merit.

-- Religious, national TV: "Fishers of Men," U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

-- Religious, local TV: "Realfaith TV -- Faith in Action: Companioning a Pregnant Teen," Diocese of Trenton, N.J., Office of Radio & Television.

-- News/informational, national TV: "CBC News: The National: Loss of Innocence," CBC.

-- News/informational, local TV: "CBC News at Six: A Village of Widows: After the Genocide," CBC, Edmonton, Alberta. "Return to the Roots of Civil Rights," WQED Multimedia, Pittsburgh, won a certificate of merit.

-- News story, local TV: "Portrait of Compassion," KARE-TV, Minneapolis.

-- Community awareness/public service announcement, national TV: "Spend a Day," Bonneville Communications. "Classroom," The Foundation for a Better Life, won a certificate of merit.

-- Community awareness/public service announcement, local TV: "Say Grace," Guardian Studios, Columbus, Ohio.

-- Arts, national radio: "PRI's Studio 360 With Kurt Andersen: American Icons: The Lincoln Memorial," WNYC, New York Public Radio. "The Secret Confessions of Sue Townsend, Aged Sixty and Two Quarters," The Sunday Edition, CBC Radio One, won a certificate of merit.

-- Documentary, national radio: "Exploding Heritage," The Bob Edwards Show, XM satellite radio.

-- Documentary, local radio: "A Piece of Paradise: Land and Life in Vanuatu," CUSO (a Canadian international development agency).

-- Short feature, national radio: "Living on a Dollar a Day," World Vision Report. "Ghana Child Slavery," World Vision Report, won a certificate of merit.

-- Short feature, local radio: "The Queen of Cappahayden," CBC Radio St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

-- Religious, national radio: "Tapestry: Oliver Schroer," CBC Radio One.

-- News/informational, national radio: "A Village of Widows: After the Genocide," CBC. "Forgiveness," The Story, WUNC/American Public Media, won a certificate of merit.

-- News/informational, local radio: "Sacred Spaces," CBC Radio Vancouver, British Columbia.

-- Single news story series, national radio: "Ahmed's Diary," The Story, WUNC/American Public Media.

-- Spanish-language documentary, national or local radio: "Dia de los Muertos: Celebrando la Vida y la Muerte: Naciones y Culturas" ("Day of the Dead"), Family Theater Productions -- Vos Latina

-- Spanish-language community awareness/public service announcement, national radio: "La Familia Unida Esperanza en la Vida" ("A United Family Has More Hope for Life"), Accent Media, McLean, Va.

-- Spanish-language news/informational, national or local TV, less than 15 minutes: "Club de Libros 23" (Univision 23's "Book Club"), Univision 23, Miami.

-- Spanish-language news/informational, national or local TV, 15 minutes or longer: "Nuestros Angeles de Veracruz" ("Our Angels of Veracruz"), KMEX-TV Univision 34, Los Angeles. "El Mundo de Ciencias y Numeros" ("The World of Science and Numbers"), Univision 23, Miami, won a certificate of merit.

-- Spanish-language community awareness/public service announcement, national TV: "La Familia Unida Esperanza en la Vida" ("A United Family Has More Hope for Life"), Accent Media, McLean, Va.

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