Wisconsin Community Media, the state-wide organization dedicated to supporting community expression through local TV and radio outlets, has announced this year’s winners in the video categories of the 2017 Best of the Midwest Media Fest.

The Sun Prairie Media Center is pleased to announce that eight programs and videos produced at the SPMC and aired on local TV channel KSUN (Charter cable channel 983) have been honored with awards.

Regular series “Inside Your City with Aaron and Chris,” “Our Focus is You,” “Forward Forum,” and “Reel Reviews” were recognized. Shorter videos produced by KIDS-4 crews, Project Reach summer intern Lauren Tedjakasuma, SPMC employee Molly Sheahan, and SPMC director Jeff Robbins were also awarded.

Movie review program “Reel Reviews” and public-affairs program “Forward Forum” were honored with an “Achievement” award, while “Inside Your City” and “Our Focus is You” were selected for “Merit” awards

“Reel Reviews” is produced and co-hosted by local residents Jamison Rabbitt and Mike Roth on a weekly basis. Each week Rabbitt and Roth review new films as well as a classic film that relates to a current release.

“Inside Your City” is produced and co-hosted by city administrator Aaron Oppenheimer and Chris Mertes and features current news about happenings in Sun Prairie as well as interviews with local newsmakers and city employees.

“Forward Forum” is produced and hosted by John Quinlan and features a wide variety of newsmakers in and around Dane County. 

The short-form videos that won recognition include a submission from 2016’s “Adventures in Reporting” summer workshop, as well as a submission from the 2015-2016 KIDS-4 “Time Traveler Crew.” Lauren Tedjakasuma won for a humorous PSA on “Pokemon Go” player safety, while Sheahan won for a video on the “Buddy Benches” that have been installed at Northside and Creekside Elementary through a grant from the Sun Prairie Education Foundation. Robbins won for a PSA produced for the Sun Prairie Public Library.

All shows can be accessed on demand at sunprairiemediacenter.com.

To be eligible for an award, a program must have been produced and/or distributed through the facilities of a community media center and premiered on a cable access channel, community radio station, or its website.



Wisconsin Community Media has announced this year’s winners in the radio categories of the 2017 Best of the Midwest Media Fest. The Sun Prairie Media Center is thrilled to announce that no fewer than twelve awards have been won by producers of shows created for 103.5 FM.

Producer/host Mark Gonwa won three on-air personality “Excellence” awards for his music programs “Bluesology,” “Song Archaeology,” and “Take Immediate Cover.” “Song Archaeology” presents the stories behind the songs, while “Take Immediate Cover” features cover versions of well-known songs. “Bluesology” features, well, the blues.

Rex Owens and Donna Bemis won talk show “Achievement” awards for their programs “Conversations with Wisconsin Artists” and “Donna’s Creations” respectively. Rex’s show is an hour of interactive discussion with Wisconsin authors, editors, publishers, and book lovers, while Donna Bemis presents the best recipes from her kitchen as well as surefire cooking and baking tips with a variety of guests.

Bill Baker, host of the “Sun Prairie Real Estate Show” won four awards, in the categories of series programming, live programming, talk show, and personality. On the program local real estate agent Baker discusses everything about buying, selling, remodeling, insurance, redecorating, and beyond.

Caprise Waak won an “achievement” award for on-air personality for her music program “Play Anything,” during which she plays tracks ranging from the oldies to today, including recent songs her (sometimes co-host) daughter has taught her about.

David Horton won an “achievement” award for entertainment for his music program “Long Live Rock,” which highlights the best in classic rock.

Last but not least, father and son team Jamison and Logan Rabbitt won the “Best in Show” award for their “It’s Time for 5” show. “Time for 5” is a program during which Jamison (dad) and Logan (son) debate their favorites in everything from food to music to toys to books to superheroes. It’s a unique look at what separates — and bridges — generations.

“We dominated these radio awards,” said Sun Prairie Media Center director Jeff Robbins. “And I’m not surprised. We have the best volunteers: The smartest, most dedicated, most entertaining hosts and producers doing the best programs. Frankly I think we could have won more awards if more of our volunteers would have submitted their shows for consideration! But make no mistake, local radio is alive and very well in Sun Prairie.”

Need to catch up on these shows? Check out the on-demand list of 103.5 programs here. Shows are also available for listening on demand on the free 103.5 FM app.

The Sun Prairie Media Center would like to thank the sponsors and underwriters of 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio for their ongoing support, particularly the Bank of Sun Prairie, as most of these awarded shows were recorded in the 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio Studio underwritten by the Bank of Sun Prairie.