At its 33rd Annual Meeting of the Members and Celebration on Monday, Sept. 21, Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV) recognized the City of Pittsfield’s notable communication initiatives, with awards presented to Mayor Linda Tyer and Police Chief Michael Wynn for outstanding television and radio programming.
Tyer received the prestigious Community Service through Community Media Award for her weekly COVID-19 updates delivered during the height of the pandemic in the spring. It’s the first time that PCTV has presented this award to a sitting mayor.
Currently, the mayor continues to provide bi-monthly updates on a range of topics, issues, and happenings in the city. The mayor’s address can be viewed on PCTV Citylink Channel 1303, PCTV Select (available on Roku and Apple TV), PCTV’s Facebook page, and 89.7 WTBR-FM. Her next update is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2.
Wynn received a Programming Excellence Award in the category of Radio Programming series for his department’s “On Patrol with the PPD” radio program on WTBR. The program, which was established prior to the surge, also served as a vital communication resource to share public health information.
The police chief thanked PCTV for the distinction.
“We’re humbled and honored to be recognized for our effort to keep the community engaged and informed,” he said.
In her remarks, Mayor Tyer praised PCTV for its longstanding presence in the community and acknowledged the efforts of the city’s COVID-19 Response Task Force.
“My congratulations to Chief Wynn on receiving a Programming Excellence Award! I am so honored to receive this Community Service Award. I became a super fan of PCTV way back in 2003 when I first ran for City Council and I began to understand how deeply PCTV, and now WTBR, assessed what we all know about our city. I really admire all that they do for Pittsfield.
While I was the face of our weekly COVID communications, it’s important to tell you that there was a team of highly trained professionals that got us all through the COVID-19 surge. I could not have been able to make those weekly presentations and updates to all of you without them.
I want to say thank you to the public health and public safety officials, our public schools, our EMS professionals, Berkshire Health Systems, the Sheriff’s Office, our Department of Public Works, Community Development and MEMA. They all helped me keep all of you informed about our COVID activities, guidelines and regulations.
But especially to Catherine (Van Bramer) and Roberta (McCulloch-Dews) from my office who keep me focused on the task ahead and keep me moving forward every day. Thank you!