Santa Barbara Channels – the nonprofit organization behind local access television channels 17 and 21 – took home several top honors at the Homegrown Video Festival, one of the biggest local access competitions in the country. At a time when business cable TV takeovers threaten to rob boob-tube viewers of the splendors of local access, Santa Barbara’s own little engine that could garnered honorable mention in the children’s programming category with its bilingual show Talk to Mirley, first place in the entertainment talk show category for Mike DeGruy’s The Creative Community, and another first-place nod for a public service spot used by the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. Even more impressively, S.B. Channels took home the overall excellence award for stations with a budget in excess of $500,000.

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