CAPS Media Oscar Party and open house

CAPS Member/Producers and staff are vying for top honors in multiple categories.

Join us on Sunday, February 9 at the CAPS Media Center for a Special Event: Oscar Party, Open House and Anniversary Celebration celebrating CAPS Radio KPPQ’s 3-Year Anniversary of delivering outstanding local radio production to Ventura.

The Open House provides an opportunity for the public to take a tour of the CAPS Media Center, meet the CAPS Crew and learn more about becoming a Member/Producer. The evening is also an Oscar party so everyone can play along and guess who the winners will be. And it’s time to share the KPPQ birthday cake celebrating three years of amazing radio programming in Ventura. The evening’s festivities begin at 4pm (Oscars start at 5p).

Speaking of awards, the finalists for the highly prized 2020 Alliance for Community Media WAVE Awards (Western Alliance Video Excellence) have been announced and CAPS Member/Producers and staff are vying for top honors in multiple categories. The awards are presented by the Alliance for Community Media, a national network of affiliate TV and Radio stations and Public Access advocates whose mission is to promote free speech and greater civic engagement through Community Media.

This year, as they have done in year’s past, the talented El Camino High School students continue to have a strong showing with three nominations for ECTV: “Why Should We Vote” in the Youth Public Service category, “Gracie & Michael” in the Youth Talk Show category and “Gayel, Shamsia & Jab” in the Youth Arts & Entertainment Performance category. Plus Member/Producer Lea Welles is up for an award with her “Travel Today with Lea – Danish Days” in the Community Events category.

CAPS staff members are finalists in the professional sector for “Central Ventura County, Firesafe Council” directed and edited by Jamie Cawelti in the Professional Community Event category, “Thomas Fire Stories – Vista Del Mar & Hawaiian Village” edited by Jorge Godinez in the Professional Community Issues category and “Thomas Fire Stories – Chiefs Quiararte, Weisenberg & Leake” also edited by Jorge Godinez is in the Professional Magazine Show category. “The Perfect Firestorm” is a finalist in the Professional Documentary category. The creation of the feature film was a team effort by CAPS staff producers Evan Carpenter, Patrick Davidson, Donald McConnell, Elizabeth Rodeno and Gary Roll and editors Aaron Cortez, Jorge Godinez and Gary Roll.

The New Year is a great time to join CAPS Media, where Member/Producers can explore any subject that interests them and CAPS will broadcast the story on television and stream it online. Who knows? Next year’s WAVE award could be yours.

CAPS Media is Ventura’s public access television and radio center that fulfills a fundamental right guaranteed by the First Amendment. As a free society, the public has the right to have personal opinions published in the newspaper and on the airwaves.

CAPS Media provides Member/Producers the vehicle to express themselves on the television, radio and online. Some people refer to CAPS Media as Ventura’s electronic soapbox.

The highly professional and extremely friendly CAPS Media staff train members how to master the use of cameras and editing equipment to produce their own story. Video production services are provided for an annual membership fee of only $40. CAPS Radio requires an additional annual fee of $50 for DJs. Go to to learn how to register for upcoming classes and become a Member/Producer.

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