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Posted on: March 22, 2021

Palmdale’s “COVID-19 Update” Wins WAVE Award

The City of Palmdale’s “COVID-19 Update” video series was recognized for best “COVID-19 Coverage” during the pandemic as part of the 2021 ACM West WAVE Awards. The Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) is the annual awards program presented by the Western States Regional Conference and Trade Show for the Alliance for Community Media (ACM). 

            The WAVE Awards are presented to the most creative programs from the Western region that focus on community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way.  This year’s awards ceremony was held virtually and live streamed on Facebook and YouTube and may be seen at Proceeds from the awards program are used exclusively for facilitating, preserving, and promoting education in community media.

            “When the COVID-19 pandemic started, the City looked for creative ways to get important information out to our residents,” said City Manager J.J. Murphy. “Our Communications team created a series of videos with messages that provided the latest details regarding health and safety that were presented in a clear and consistent format. We included clips with words of encouragement from myself, Mayor Steve Hofbauer, City Councilmembers and other community leaders. We also brought in medical experts from time to time to share their perspectives. These videos were very well received, and we are honored to be recognized with a WAVE award.”

            All the City’s television programs are cablecast on Palmdale’s Channel 27 on Spectrum cable.  Channel 27 original programming can also be viewed on the City’s Web site at and the City’s YouTube channel, CityofPalmdale.

            For more information, call the City’s communications division at 267-5115.

About The Alliance for Community Media

The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) supports and promotes community media and local cable programs that are distributed on Public, Educational and Government (PEG) access cable television channels across the United States. The West Region affiliate represents community media centers throughout six western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico.

            Founded in 1976, the ACM represents over 3,000 PEG access organizations and community media centers throughout the country. The ACM works to protect the interests of these access centers and those who use PEG facilities and equipment to advance their causes through cable television and the internet.


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