CUNY TV receives 19 nominations at NY Emmy Awards

Caryl Anne Francia, Business Editor

CUNY TV is making waves yet again, setting a new record for nominations for the 65th New York Emmy Awards.

This year, the university’s 37-year-old independent broadcast station earned a record 19 nominations, beating 2021’s 15 nominations and 2020’s record 16 nominations.

Hosted by the New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the New York Emmys celebrate excellence in locally produced television programs, including media personalities, news shows and public service announcements.

“We celebrate all the nominees and everyone at CUNY TV for their continued commitment during the pandemic to telling the impactful stories of the University and New Yorkers of all backgrounds,” Maite Junco, the vice chancellor for communications and marketing, said in a press release.

After winning six awards the previous year, “Nueva York” leads the other CUNY programs with six nominations. Focused on the city’s Latino culture, the 30-minute show was notably nominated in the magazine program category for single content, which it won last year.

“I am a Dreamer” was nominated for five awards, notably including the health/medical category for short content about a family living with COVID-19.

Asian American Life” was nominated in the societal concerns category for long-form content, which exceeds 10 minutes. Last year, the series won in the education category for short-form content, which is up to 10 minutes.

In the education/schools category, “Urban U,” which highlights education at CUNY, was nominated for long form content. “LATiNAS” was nominated for short-form content in the same category.

The talk shows “Black America” and “Talking Pictures with Neil Rosen” were both nominated in the interview/discussion category for long-form content. “Tony Guida’s NY” was nominated in the historical/cultural category for long-form content.

“Simply Science,” which follows scientists at CUNY and how their research impacts local communities, was nominated in the environment/science category for both long and short form content.

Also representing CUNY, Lehman College and City College earned nominations for their media.

Lehman earned three nominations for “ShiftNYC,” a five-episode PSA series about the COVID-19 pandemic for the New York City government.

Collaborating with CUNY’s Dominican Study Institute, City’s electronic design and multimedia program was nominated for the short documentary “Visualizing Resistance – Animating the Story of the First Slave Rebellion in the New World.”

City also earned three nominations for the “Shola’s Voice” segment of “We Speak NYC,” a series aimed at English language learners. The long-form content was nominated in the director, informational/instructional and photographer categories.

Including this year, CUNY TV has been nominated for 153 awards. The station has won 28 awards so far, seven of which were won in 2021.

“As we slowly emerged from the COVID pandemic, the dedication and talent of the CUNY TV team never wavered,” Gail Yancosek, the station’s interim executive director, said in a press release.

Although an exact date and location has not been announced, the New York Emmys Awards ceremony will take place live at an in-person gala in October.