March 31, 2006
"THE MECKLENBURGERS" RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY WITH THREE TELLY AWARDS
New Season Begins Sunday, April 2
Charlotte, NC – "The Mecklenburgers," has been recognized nationally for its innovative efforts to reach citizens. The Mecklenburgers new season begins Sunday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. on WTVI-TV-42, Time-Warner Cable 5. It is Mecklenburg County's and WTVI's television show about government programs and services.
The holiday episode which aired in December won three Telly Awards in the 2006 national competition. The Mecklenburgers won in the categories education, information and infomercial. The holiday episode focused on the services Mecklenburg County provides for people in need around the holidays.
The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as video and film productions. The competition received more than 10,000 entries from all 50 states and around the world.
The new season of The Mecklenburgers' adventures in County government will begin with the episode "Jennifer for Mayor." It features lessons on voting and elections as the County's elections office prepares for the May primary. Other topics this season include mental illness, adoption and foster care, life as a jail detention officer, issues concerning senior citizen services, and more. On May 14, the "Astonishing Race," episode helps viewers learn about County bond projects with the help of a NASCAR driver whose last name begins with "E."
The Mecklenburgers airs Sundays at 7:30 p.m. on WTVI, with a rebroadcast Fridays at 11 p.m. It's a 30-minute "infotainment" show designed to educate viewers about programs and services provided by Mecklenburg County government. The Mecklenburgers features an ensemble cast including two of the region's most well-known personalities – former WSOC-TV news anchor Suzanne Stevens as Jennifer (Trish Mecklenburger) and WRFX radio commentator/curmudgeon-at-large, Robert D. Raiford as crusty station owner, Brady Lewis.
The Mecklenburgers is a joint production of WTVI and Mecklenburg County government. For more information, visit the show's Web site at