CAPS Media crews win W.A.V.E. Awards at ACM

ECTV Crew Front row Ruby Intner, Jessica Llamas, and Sarah Enriquez. Back row – Hector Guerrero (El Camino Principal), Phil Taggart (ECTV Mentor), Lily Abbitt, Jacob Summer, Patrick Davidson (CAPS Media Executive Director), Olivia Roth, Matthew Bragulla, Anna Berezouskiy and Tera Shrum (El Camino Admin Assistant).

CAPS Media and ECTV crews were big winners at the recent Alliance for Community Media Western Conference in Monterey, CA with five W.A.V.E. Awards (Western Access Video Excellence). CAPS Media won in the ACM professional category for productions of the Central Ventura County Fire Safe Council promotional video (community event category), a Thomas Fire Stories episode featuring Vista Del Mar and Hawaiian Village (community issues category) and a Thomas Fire Stories episode featuring featuring Ventura Chiefs Scott Quirarte, Michael Weisenberg and Todd Leake (magazine show category)

Ventura Producer and CAPS Media member Lea Welles took home an award for “Travel Today with Lea”: Scotsfest Highland Games,” in the sports coverage/community producer category.

ECTV Crews, members of the El Camino High School/CAPS Media career pathways program, won awards for “Healing Through the Arts,” in the best arts and entertainment youth category, for a program featuring in-depth profiles with Ojai artist Gayel Childress, Afghanistan graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani and musician Jab Dlamini. The ECTV team won a second W.A.V.E award for a bi-lingual program focusing on Gracie Perkal’s socially aware art, and Michael O’Kelly’s historic mural at the Ventura Mission in the talk show youth category.

ECTV “grads” Eleana Newton, now attending UC Santa Cruz, and Josh Brooks, now attending Cal State Monterey Bay, along with ECTV mentor Phil Taggart attended the ceremony and accepted the awards for the ECTV Crew. This is the fourth year in a row that the ECTV crew has won W.A.V.E awards at the annual ACM West conference.

ACM – the Alliance for Community Media, is a network of more than 3000 community media centers throughout the country. The common mission is to promote free speech and greater civic engagement through community media. In order for democracy to flourish, people must be active participants in their government, educated to think critically and free to express themselves.

CAPS Media (Community Access Partners of San Buenaventura) has been a member of ACM since CAPS’ inception in 2001. CAPS 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 vehicles to express themselves on 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 video cameras, editing equipment, production studio and radio station to produce their own story. Video production and training services are provided for an annual membership fee of only $40. Training and use of the CAPS Radio facility (KPPQ 104.1 FM) requires an additional annual DJ fee of $50.

New member orientation meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 6pm at the CAPS Media Center at 65 Day Road in Ventura. Video camera, editing and radio classes are held on Thursday’s throughout the month. Go to or all 805-658-0500 to learn how to register for upcoming classes and become a CAPS Media Member/Producer.

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