Montclair TV34’s “Arts Up Close: D.M.C.” episode won top honors for Best Visual Media in the Rutgers Center for Government Services 52nd Annual Public Information Contest. TV34 Station Manager Sharon Colucci accepted the award during a New Jersey State League of Municipalities conference luncheon held Thursday, November 21, at the Sheraton Convention Center Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
“Arts Up Close: D.M.C.” features host Zara Phillips talking with hip hop pioneer Darryl “D.M.C.” Matthews McDaniels of Run-DMC – the immesnsely popular hip hop group McDaniels co-founded with Joseph “Run” Simmons and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell in 1981.
The episode not only highlights the band’s history, music and upcoming album but also broaches a topic close to the heart of Phillips and McDaniels alike — they were both adopted when they were very young and are involved with bringing to light issues facing adoptees. Phillips, a musician in her own right, also co-wrote a song with McDaniels, “I’m Legit,” which became a big hit with the adoption community.
“We are working hard to bring more and more quality programming to TV34 viewers,” said TV34 Station Manager Sharon Colucci. “This award is affirmation that we’re certainly heading in the right direction. Zara and Darryl (McDaniels) brought some really compelling, thought-provoking content to the program. We’d like to continue moving in that direction,” she said.
The award-winning “Arts Up Close: D.M.C.” is available for viewing on the Montclair TV34 streaming channel at http://montclair.peg.tv — select the “Playlists” tab, scroll to “Arts Up Close” and click on “Arts Up Close: D.M.C.”