The Bedford TV’s 6th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Awards and Annual Meeting

Tonight’s the night for the 6th Annual Bedford TV Awards Night, in-person at First Church’s Fellowship Hall, 25 The Great Road at 6 pm. The community is invited to attend and learn how Bedford’s community access television has weathered the Covid pandemic (vastly increased government programming!) as well to honor the station’s many volunteers.

2021 marks Bedford TV’s 17th year as a non-profit organization and it has successfully grown since that time into a wonderful and thriving community media center. This is all thanks to the staff and volunteers who have dedicated themselves to the organization over the years and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bedford TV will honor all our volunteers and producers by showcasing some of their best work from this past year. We want to thank you for helping to make Bedford TV the wonderful community media center that it is. We are so proud of you and are glad you are here with us in person tonight!

Awards will be conferred in the following categories: Best Cameo; Best Live Event; Best Musical Performance; Best New Show; Best PSA; Best Remote Volunteer; Best Solo Host; and Best Sports Videographer.

Additionally, awards will be presented for the Rookie Of The Year; Mentors of the Year; and Most Watched YouTube Video.

A pair of special memorial awards will honor Joe Serra and Ann Seamans.

Joe  Serra Most Valuable Crew Member Award

Joe Serra, B-TV volunteer extraordinaire

Joe Serra was a resident of Bedford for 56 years and was a valued member of Bedford TV. He served both as Clerk of the Board of Directors and as an irreplaceable tech support guru who could create inventive, and successful, MacGyver-like repairs for nearly any piece of Bedford TV’s equipment. Joe was an invaluable member of the Bedford TV community. He used his knowledge as an engineer to repair equipment that we thought to be past the point of being salvaged. Joe’s humor and positivity was cherished by both our staff and volunteers, and we could always count on him to have the whole room smiling along with him before he left. We are proud to dedicate the first award in his memory – The Joe Serra Most Valuable Crew Member.

Ann Seamans Volunteer Of The Year Award

Bedford TV volunteer Ann Seamans, a long-time friend of Gregory Maguire, arranged his appearance on the B-TV News – Image (c) JMcCT, 2015

Ann Seamans was a cherished friend of the Bedford community and was a volunteer at Bedford TV for 15 years. She began in January 2006 when she stopped in to borrow a video camera to record her daughter Heather’s life. After Heather’s passing, she put this documentary on hold for a while and started volunteering in other ways. Ann was a guest on many shows and was an active behind-the-scenes crew member. Ann became a regular co- anchor on the weekly BTV News and served on the Board of Directors. She received many accolades for her service to the organization including the 2017 Joe Serra Most Valuable Crew Member Award and the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award. This year, we are honored to rename this award the Ann Seamans Volunteer of the Year Award in her memory.

Bedford TV’s Annual Meeting

In addition to Friday evening’s festivities, Bedford TV, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Bedford TV’s board president Gretchen Kind will call the organization’s annual meeting to order.

  • Agenda for the 2021 meeting
  • Minutes of the 2020 annual meeting

And, you are invited!

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