The first annual EPIC (Excellence in Programming and Innovative Content) Awards ceremony took place on the evening of June 8, at The Fillmore in Silver Spring.

These awards recognize the creators of outstanding and innovative multimedia content distributed on broadcast or broadband platforms. The mission of the EPIC Awards is to strengthen our community of multimedia content creators by inspiring, promoting and recognizing excellence and innovation.

The EPIC trophies (see photo, right) are one of a kind. They were designed by Arts on the Block.

Look for more coverage of the June 8th EPIC awards ceremony, below, and on MCM’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

EPIC Award Videos

You can watch the award recipients receive their EPIC awards, below:

At the EPIC Awards, A Conversation About the Value of Community Media (VIDEO)

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman Receives EPIC Award for Education (VIDEO)

Laura Rowles Receives EPIC Award for Her Blog, “Your Success is Our Business” (VIDEO)

Community Media Counts

Local leaders shared their thoughts on the importance of community media at the EPIC awards ceremony.

Find out more in the report and videos, below:

At the EPIC Awards, A Conversation About the Value of Community Media (VIDEO)

EPIC Storify

Photos from the EPIC awards were shared on social media all night long along with the #EPICMCM.

Peruse our EPIC storify, here.

EPIC Photos

More “epic” photos from the first annual EPIC awards ceremony at The Fillmore:

EPIC Reviews

From their social media posts, it sounds like everyone had an epic time at the EPIC awards ceremony on Thursday night. Take a look:

EPIC Awards Ceremony Recap

The Epic Awards ceremony began with a special performance by the Adventure Theatre’s Pre- Professional Company performing the Hamilton medley. The crowd loved the performance and Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman was observed singing along (he knew every word it seemed).

Montgomery Community Media’s CEO Merlyn Reineke was up on stage next with some remarks about the importance of community media and the growing influence of social media. Then Reineke introduced CNN’s Joe Johns who served as the master of ceremonies for this event.

The first award, the EPIC for Education, went to Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman for his work on the Gaithersburg Book Festival. Ashman was presented the award by author Sarah Pekkanen.

The EPIC for innovation in community media was awarded to Takoma Radio, WOWD-LP 94.3 by Congressman Jamie Raskin.

Pepco’s Debbie Jarvis presented the EPIC For Inspiration to local journalist Barbara Harrison for her work on NBC 4 and Wednesday’s Child.

Timothy Zhou received the EPIC Youth in Media award. This award was presented by MCPS teacher of the year Nancy Shay.

Another entertainment break: GottaSwing had some people dancing in their seats.

The EPIC Monty’s Choice Award went to Laura Rowles for her blog on the MyMCMedia.org website.

MCM Board Chair Jeffrey Slavin presented the EPIC Chairman award to anchor and journalist Jim Vance of NBC 4.  NBC colleague, Tom Sherwood, picked up the award for Vance who was not able to attend the ceremony.

Slavin also presented an EPIC Chairman award to Maureen Bunyan who is the co-founder of the National Association of Black Journalists and former co-anchor of WJLA.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett presented the EPIC Lifetime Achievement Award to Juan Williams, who is a political analyst for FOX news, an author, and a columnist for The Washington Post.

The first annual EPIC Awards ceremony was a celebration of media and a fundraiser for Montgomery Community Media. You can find out more about supporting MCM, here.

VIP Reception

Local officials, business leaders, awardees and presenters attended a VIP reception before the awards ceremony at The Fillmore.

Live From the EPICS

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One of the first live shots is MCM’s Chief Executive Officer Merlyn Reineke:

Getting Ready

We are inside The Fillmore waiting for an EPIC awards night. Take a look:

EPIC Preps

Crews are getting things ready for tonight’s EPIC Awards ceremony at The Fillmore in Silver Spring.

One of the first things guests will see is the marquee.

Check out our Twitter page for more behind the scene photos:

The Setting

The Epic Awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday night at The Fillmore.

There is a VIP reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the doors open for general seating at 6:30 p.m. The dinner, program and awards takes place from 7 -9 :30 p.m.

The dress is Red Carpet Glam.

The Fillmore is located at 8656 Colesville Road in Silver Spring.

EPIC Entertainment

There are two special performances during the EPIC Awards ceremony on Thursday night at The Fillmore.

The Adventure Theatre’s pre-professional company will perform The Hamilton Medley at the top of the event.

There will be a special dance performance by GottaSwing later in the evening.

The Awards

The EPIC awards will be presented in the following categories: EPIC for Education: Teaching and Sharing the Arts, EPIC for Innovation, EPIC for Inspiration, EPIC for Youth Media, EPIC MCM’s Monty Choice Award, MCM Chairman’s Award and the EPIC Lifetime Achievement Award.

CNN’s Joe Johns will serve as the master of ceremonies for the awards ceremony.

Johns is CNN’s senior Washington correspondent and he is responsible for covering a wide range of political and breaking news stories for the network.

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