Our WAVE Award Winners and Nominees!


The Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) awards were given out to outstanding community media programs at the recent Alliance for Community Media (ACM) West Region Conference & Trade Show on February 20th. Midpen Media producers received 14 nominations and 3 wins. Congratulations to all of our hard-working producers and top-notch shows!

West Coast Songwriters Playoffs July 2019, Producers Pete Sommer and TD Daniel – WON

West Coast Songwriters Palo Alto chapter hosts its season finale songwriter playoffs at the Midpen Media studio. Hosted by Mike Annuzzi, with music industry judges and a guest performance by Kenny Schick.

MC Youth Presents — Black Excellence Part 1, Producers Jesse Norfleet and MC Youth – WON

Host Nyla Choates interviews Sean Anglon, assistant principal at Rancho Middle School and entrepreneur Taylor Baloney, owner of Find My Everything. Nyla and her guests discuss the excellence and successes of Black people historically and currently.

Talk Art: Eric Saint Georges, Producers Nance Wheeler and Sally Rayn – WON

Artist Eric Saint Georges explains his craft and the complications of molding clay and bronze.

E-Cigarettes — Helpful or Harmful? Producers Henrietta Burroughs and Eric Baker

Henrietta interviews her guests about e-cigarettes and vaping to find out if they are helpful or harmful.

Talk Art: African Artists from Cameroon, Producers Nance Wheeler and Sally Rayn

Sally Rayn interviews Alison Roth on her fascination with African painters and artists.

Social-Emotional Learning Lesson, Producers Karen Adams and Dan Turturici

An Acknowledge Alliance resilience consultant and clinical supervisor facilitates a social-emotional learning lesson about feelings for fifth graders at Beechwood School in Menlo Park.

Talk Art: Ruth Waters — Hardwood Sculptor, Producers Nance Wheeler and Sally Rayn

Sally Rayn interviews Ruth Waters on creating wood sculptures and how trees offer a wide variety of textures.

Artist Expression: Praise Dance Ministry, Producers Alma Love and Asia Dubarenka

Host Alma Love presents spiritual dancers and poetry from Palo Alto’s Praise Dance Ministry.

MC Sports: Menlo-Atherton vs. Carlmont, Producers Sara Bennett and Kyle Mahaffey

The Bears take on the Scots in this close match up! Filmed by MC Sports youth broadcasting crew.

The Sports Sitdown: June 2019, Producers Sunay Sanghani and Sara Bennett

Host Sunay Sanghani is joined by Kiran Costa and Nate Martin to discuss NBA free agency and the cricket world series.

Animal Assisted Happiness, Producers Darlene Carman and Andrew Chen

Darlene Carman interviews Nick Coleman and assistants Sophie and Naomi about their work using farm animals as therapy for kids with special needs.

WeXL’s Represent, Producers Arabella DeLucco and Toni Gooch

For the flagship episode of Represent, our panel discusses the importance of healthy body image and showcases upcoming local talent.

Ask a Teen: Dumb School Rules, Producers Aris Chang, Liu Spitsyna and Francesco Ciannelle

Pedro Arenas interviews Clifford and Maia about school rules.

MC Youth Presents — Black Excellence Part 2, Producers Jesse Norfleet and MC Youth

Host Nyla interviews Jennifer Lyons and Jules Thomas, a mother-son team working to provide meals and a positive outlook for homeless and hungry people in their community. Also, CJ Choates joins Nyla in a discussion of pop culture topics.