‘RIT SportsZone’ Recognized at 2012 College Television Awards

Sports magazine program takes top prize for newscast, third place for magazine

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Sophie Schillaci ’10 (left), RIT SportsZone alumna, joins Student Executive Producer Shelby Hill and Producer/Director Kevin Roche at the 33rd annual College Television Awards.

RIT SportsZone walked away as the winner of best newscast at the 33rd annual College Television Awards, presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. The sports magazine program also received third place honors in the magazine category during a ceremony held March 31 in Los Angeles.

Now in its 10th year, RIT SportsZone earned newscast honors for its season premiere episode, which featured a one-on-one conversation with Chris Tanev. The former RIT men’s hockey standout is the first member of the team to go on and play in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup finals, which he did last season with Vancouver Canucks. Episode 3, recognized in the magazine category, highlighted the formal announcement that identified RIT’s future hockey arena as the Gene Polisseni Center.

About 70 RIT students get first-hand, professional television production experience as members of the RIT SportsZone staff. The twice monthly, half-hour program showcases the university’s athletic programs and related activities on campus.

“We couldn’t have earned this great honor without the tremendous dedication and tireless contributions of our entire staff,” says Kevin Roche, RIT SportsZone producer and director. “I’m extremely proud and privileged to work with such an extremely talented group of individuals.”

Each year, the College Television Awards recognizes excellence in college student-produced video, digital and film work. Hundreds of colleges and universities from across the country submit entries, and the winners receive cash awards, industry recognition and the opportunity to network with top television executives.

As with the Primetime Emmy Awards, entries are awarded based on excellence in overall production.