Volunteers Recognized For Their Commitment to Local Media at Annual Monty Awards (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

The television shows you often see on Access 19 and Montgomery Channel 21 and the content for the MyMCMedia website has a lot to do with the many volunteers and contributors across Montgomery County.  To honor their work and commitment, MyMCMedia honored the volunteers at the 2016 Monty awards ceremony on Sunday evening at the Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown.

“All of these volunteers being recognized tonight play such an integral role in telling the stories of the county,” said Montgomery Councilmember Nancy Navarro.

Awards were presented by Director of Communications for the City of Laurel, Audrey Barnes.

“If you tried to just rely on network television to tell the story of what’s going on in your local communities, it won’t happen,” said Barnes. “You got to get the community people involved in telling your stories.”

“I’m a student at MyMCMedia and I’m learning the studio tech class right now,” said student volunteer Andrew Krivitskiy. “I think this class is very beneficial so I can apply to any local news station in the future.”

Below, are the 2016 Monty award winners:

Arts & Humanities 

James Shuler for DMV Heat Network


Issac Asare for MPPTV: African Community Forum


Yen-Ju Chen for Info Zone


Yen-Ju Chen for Career Choices

Promos & PSAs

Laurent Amzallag for Yala Fitness

Public Affairs

Pamela Shields for 2016 Verizon Strike

Class Project

Hashmat Koraganie for Meet Joe

Music Production 

Yen-Ju Chen for Classical Open Stage


Kelly Leonard for Small Business University


Explorer Post 1921 for Put it Down

Backpack Citizen Journalism 

Bradley Fisher for What it is Like to Have Dementia

Blog Award

Maureen Stiles for Fake it Till You Make it–The Real Housewives of Potomac Premiere Recap

Viewer’s Choice 

Robert Snip for On the Edge of Time

Most Field Producer Hours 

Donato Sorrano

Most Studio Producer Hours

Steve Friedman

Most Active Volunteers

India Soodoo

Fikru Dinka

Donato Sorrano

Linna Barnes

Henry Teague

Amavi Misshou

Yen-Ming Chen

Robert Mattia

Marian Merewitz

Suds Chand

Carla Satinsky

Sheila Ogilvie

Susan Stevenson

Nancy Poole

Mike James

Donna Merrifield

Jerry Simon

Dick Terrill

Dee Willett

Bill Randolph Awards (STILL)

Dick Terrill

Haig Ellian Volunteer Grant

Ron Robinson

Bruce Adams Award 

Marcie Povitsky

Volunteer Recognition 

Jerry Simon

Monty’s Choice Nominees

Michael Bailey

Yen-Ju Chen

Laura Rowles



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Mitti Hicks

About Mitti Hicks

Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at MHicks@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter @mittimegan.


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