Two IUP-TV programs earned Region One first place awards from the National Broadcasting Society in 2011.

The Week in Review won first place in Best News/Documentary/Public Affairs Program, and Indie Rocker's Ball took first place in Best Music/Entertainment Program.

TWIR is a roundtable debate program. The award-winning episode, which aired April 1, 2011, addressed U.S. miltary action in Libya, nuclear concerns following the Japan earthquake, an anonymous online message board aimed at college students, and other topics. The episode was hosted by Crispin Havener and produced by Havener, David Martinovich, and Sarah Geisweit. Panelists were Zack Stayman, Erin Slattery, and Mica Fuller.


photo: Zack Stayman, panelist; Crispin Havener, host, creator, and executive producer; and Erin Slattery, panelist,TWIR.

"This award speaks to the talent and work ethic of our entire team," says Havener. "It's a honor and a privilege to have worked with those who have gone before and those who continue to work as part of theTWIR family." This is the second yearTWIR has won first place.

IRB is a music video and news program. An episode produced in the fall by Amy Franceschi, Jamie Root, Matt McClelland, and Anthony Bonelli earned first place. The episode featured segment hosts Tyler Washington and Leah Varga.

Indie Rocker's Ball Producers

photo: Jamie Root, Amy Franceschi, Matt McClelland, and Tony Bonelli, producers, IRB.

NBS Region One includes 20 universities throughout the Northeast. The awards were presented at the annual regional convention in Clarion, Pa., in November.

TWIR airs Friday through Monday at 9:30 p.m. on IUP-TV. Indie Rocker's Ball airs Friday through Monday at 9:00 p.m. Both shows also air Thursday nights on Atlantic Broadband Channel 9 at 10:00 p.m. in Johnstown and 10:30 p.m. in Altoona.