|Who we are...|
The mission of CTN Studios is to provide viewers with the best in local programming. We do this by being active in the community - covering topics important to residents such as local news, political candidates, sporting and performance events. We then broadcast our programming on cable TV in a timely manner. Unfortunately CTN programming can only be found on cable TV since they help fund the programming whereas Satellite companies do not support community television.
The City of Coon Rapids began producing cable TV programming in May of 1986. The start included training videos and Live election coverage. Government programming quickly grew to include regular Council and Planning meetings, City Council Comments, Coon Rapids Profile and programming featuring city departments.
In 2007 the station purchased a second larger production truck. The older equipment from the smaller truck was moved into the new larger truck while the studio control room equipment was moved into the smaller truck. This allowed for the most efficient use of resources as now the "control room truck" can roll out to cover events when the studio is not in use! On several occasions both trucks are covering events on the same day!
In 2011 the new larger truck was re-equiped with HD technology for higher quality productions and additional future revenue generation capabilities.
In our short history, we have won more than 30 regional and national awards. CTN is committed to bringing our viewers the best in neighborhood television through continuing to upgrade our equipment and always striving to keep our programming up-to-date, fresh and with our viewers in mind.
CTN Studios is proud of the many awards it has received over the years. In 2012 CTN Studios received several different award recognitions, including a National 3rd place NATOA award for overall station programming; National 2nd Place NATOA Award (News); National 2nd Place NATOA Award (Sports); National 1st Place Hometown Award (News Series); National 1st Place Hometown Award (Sports Entertainment); National 1st Place Hometown Award (Live Sports Coverage); and a Midwest Regional Emmy Nomination (Sports coverage).
In 2010 CTN Studios had more recognition than ever before. The station recieved its first two Regional Emmy awards, 1 National Hometown Award and 3 national NATOA Awards including best government station in the country!
“The Cardinal Way, Learning to Fly” won the Emmy in the Community Access Edited Program/Sports category. This CTN Studios original program follows the local Coon Rapids Cardinal Football team on a few days of training camp. CTN Studios staff was offered uncensored access to the coaches and players and a real sense of what the experience is like. “Radiant Remodel” won the Emmy in the Community Access Edited Program/Government or Military category. This CTN Studios original program “brings to life” a new government endeavor started by the City of Coon Rapids. Like many cities around the nation, the City of Coon Rapids has had several home foreclosures. To help combat the problem and attract new buyers into the market, the city decided to re-invest in neighborhoods by purchasing a few foreclosed homes, remodel them, and showcase the changes to the larger community.
In the NATOA Awards The Coon Rapids cable station was recognized with the top award for overall excellence in government programming for a mid-sized station. “CTN News” and “Radiant Remodel” programs were also honored with first place awards. CTN Studios also received recognition for two other programs, “Live Cardinal Football Coverage” took 3rd place in the Live sports category and “Talk of the Town” received an honorable mention in magazine format series.
The overall excellence honor awarded to CTN Studios was in recognition of the original programming created by the station. The composite entry submitted included everything from government meetings and programming to sports, news, features, events and documentaries.
The 2010 National Hometown Award was in the Live format category for the CTN Studios production of "St. Paul Saints Pro Baseball vs El Paso".
In 2009 the station was recognized nationally with a first place award at the Hometown Video Festival. Football: Coon Rapids at Osseo, won for best sports coverage in the professional division. The station was also notified that our coverage of the Coon Rapids at Osseo football game has been nominated for a regional Emmy award from the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. A nomination means that the body of work being considered was judged high enough to meet the Emmy award criteria!
In 2008 the station won 2 first place awards at the Hometown Video Festival. The program winners were LIVE Football: Centennial at Coon Rapids, for best in live coverage and Sportsnight for best sports entertainment program.
The City of Coon Rapids does NOT use general tax dollars to fund the activities of CTN Studios but instead, generates departmental funding through cable user fees. These fees are found listed on your cable bill as a 5% franchise fee and a P.E.G. fee (Public, Education and Government). These fees, combined with the revenue generated from our sponsorship program, and production service projects provide the funding necessary to operate CTN Studios.