PHOENIX - Aggie Vision general manager Joe Brackman claimed an Emmy® Award from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Oct. 9.
Brackman earned the award for Interview/Discussion-Program/Special or Series with a program titled "Conversations in Black History." The piece included interviews with NM State Athletic Director McKinley Boston, football head coach DeWayne Walker; track and field head coach Orin Richburg; and men's basketball head coach Marvin Menzies. Each interview highlighted the unique role each of these African-American men and their impact on intercollegiate athletics at New Mexico State.
Originally produced for use in the coaches' show, NM State Sports Weekly, as well as Aggie Vision games last February as part of Black History Month; the series was repackaged into a half-hour program for use on NewsMakers on NM State's KRWG-TV. The full program aired in March and was nominated during the summer.
Although Brackman could not attend the ceremony last weekend because he was managing the Aggie Vision coverage of the NM State football victory over rival New Mexico, he was appreciative of the recognition.
"It was an honor to receive the award," Brackman said. "It's great recognition for the work we're doing at Aggie Vision and KRWG. I'm very appreciative to all of the people who helped make the show come to life, and especially grateful to Dr. Boston and the three coaches who were willing to be interviewed."
Brackman's piece was a series of interviews done in honor of Black History Month, bringing light to the subject of how few black head coaches there are in the college and professional sports landscape.
"Our goal with this program was to bring the issue to the forefront of people's minds," Brackman said. "That's all we wanted to do with this was just spark some discussion on the topic and educate people about some of the challenges these gentlemen have faced to get to where they are now. It was an opportunity for us to learn how they got started and the people they looked up to as role models."
Glen Cerny, Executive Director of University Broadcasting, conducted the interviews for Brackman's program. Additionally, Aggie Vision employees Jay Moline, Eddie Hernandez, Brad Faison, Adam Schwab and Chris Caudle all worked with Brackman to make the program click the way it did.
"It was high honor for me to be allowed the opportunity to conduct the interviews for Joe," Cerny stated.
Brackman's program can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/aggievision.
Fellow KRWG News employee, Carlos Correa was also nominated for a regional Emmy® for his piece titled "Cadets in Command," that featured the Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Oñate High School in Las Cruces. The program highlighted the hard work and dedication the students put into the JROTC program. Correa's piece can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/KRWG.