A Lawrence newscast earns one of the cable television industry's highest honors.
Sunflower Cablevision pulled an ACE out of a hat Tuesday night.
The Lawrence station received cable television industry's coveted Local CableACE Award for its nightly news broadcast, "The Lawrence Report," at the National Cable Television Assn. convention in Los Angeles.
"It's something in our business to strive toward," Sunflower's news director Jim Bracciano said. "To win one -- it's overwhelming. Very few people get them.
"They are recognizing our local news as one of the top in the nation. ... It's the equivalent of winning an Emmy."
Tuesday's honor is the second time Sunflower Cablevision has won the silver, ace-shaped statue for programming at stations with fewer than 50,000 subscribers.
"Eight years ago, we won one for overall commitment to programming," he said.
Sunflower Cablevision General Manager Dennis Knipfer, who is at the Los Angeles convention, called Bracciano Tuesday night and told him about this year's award, which is presented by the National Academy of Cable Programming.
To enter the competition, Sunflower submitted a 30-minute video tape containing segments from five consecutive days of news broadcasting during 1995. The entries then were narrowed down, and finalists were nominated for the ACE Awards.
Bracciano said Sunflower Cablevision also was nominated in the sports category for its coverage of the Lawrence High School basketball and football programs.
Sunflower Cablevision is owned by the World Company, which also owns the Journal-World.
Columbine CableVision in Fort Collins, Colo., which was sold by the World Company to communications giant TCI earlier this year, also was nominated for the 1995 Local CableACE Awards.
Bob Carnahan, Columbine's general manager, said the station was nominated for "Sports Beat," a program focusing on sports in the Fort Collins area; "Alley Tracks," a bimonthly show featuring interviews with and performances by local musicians; and overall commitment to local programming.