UVA Center for Politics & Community Idea Stations 1976 Presidential Election Film Wins Local Emmy | Community Idea Stations


UVA Center for Politics & Community Idea Stations 1976 Presidential Election Film Wins Local Emmy

(RICHMOND, VA)- “Feeling Good About America: The 1976 Presidential Election” won the Emmy for Best Historical Documentary in June. The documentary is a product of the long-standing partnership between the Community Idea Stations and the Univ. of Virginia Center for Politics.

“All of our documentaries are teaching tools designed to preserve and spread important lessons about American political history and democracy,” says Larry Sabato, Director of Center for Politics. “Receiving an Emmy is special, but more importantly, a win generates some additional attention for the actual content of these works and helps more people know of their availability.”

Community Idea Stations Vice President & General Manager of Television John Felton adds, “Emmy awards are important to us because they are another way of  demonstrating that our  programming funded by the viewing public is worthy of their support.”

The award is given by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Region Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This is the third Emmy produced by the partnership between Center for Politics and Community Idea Stations.

“At the start of any production, it is impossible to know if you are making an Emmy caliber film,” says Paul Roberts, the film’s Director. “So you put those hopes in the back of your mind and get to the day to day work of trying to create the best possible film that can be made under any given circumstance, and often limiting circumstances.​

Feeling Good About America tells the story of the 1976 Presidential Election where then former California Governor Ronald Reagan, little known Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter and incumbent President Gerald Ford battled for our nation’s highest office. The film premiered in October and has been shown 818 times in 146 markets, representing coverage to over 85% of the total US population.

“The Center for Politics and Community Idea Stations have produced documentaries together for nearly two decades,” says Felton. “Without this symbiotic partnership bridging our strengths, none of our success would be possible.”

The team is hard at work on their next project. 

“In fall of 2017, the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's birth, the Community Idea Stations and Center for Politics will release “This is the House that Jack Built”, hosted by Larry J. Sabato,” says Roberts. “The film explores Kennedy's life, political rise, presidency, death and legacy, plus our continuing fascination with all things JFK.​”

Watch a preview of "This is the House that Jack Built" HERE.


About The Community Idea Stations:
The Community Idea Stations is the largest locally owned and operated public media company in the region, each week reaching more than 300,000 people throughout central Virginia through radio with 88.9 WCVE NPR and television with WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS, WCVW PBS, lifestyle channel WCVE Create and international program channel MHz Worldview. Additional content and information for lifelong learners of all ages is available at www.IdeaStations.org.

About The Univ. of Virginia Center for Politics:
Founded by political analyst and Professor Larry J. Sabato, the UVA Center for Politics (www.centerforpolitics.org) is a non-partisan institute that seeks to promote the value of politics, improve civics education, and increase civic participation through comprehensive research, pragmatic analysis, and innovative educational programs.

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