Oregon Public Broadcasting producer Vince Patton has received four prestigious Telly Awards for OREGON FIELD GUIDE stories that aired during the program’s 20th season.

The 30th annual Telly Awards competition received over 13,000 entries from the most-respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, interactive agencies and corporations from all 50 states and countries around the world. It is a fantastic achievement to be selected for recognition.

Patton’s segment with videographers Nick Fisher and Todd Sonflieth which documented the removal of the Marmot Dam won a Silver Telly in the Nature/Wildlife category. Unlike daily newscasts, FIELD GUIDE was able to document the largest dam removal to date, from start to finish over a six-month time span. Remote cameras were set to record the explosion in “stage one” while two cameras were employed to capture the even more dramatic demolition wrought by Mother Nature in “stage two.”

A Silver Telly was also awarded in Sports for Patton’s story on “Electric Drag Racing,” produced with videographers Greg Bond and Michael Bendixen. In this piece, a gear-head in Gresham turned his 1972 Datsun into a super-powered race car able to leave gleaming Corvettes in his dust — without a drop of gas. (Incidentally, this segment has been viewed over 1 million times on the OPB Web site and is also posted on YouTube.)

Winning a Bronze Telly in Nature/Wildlife was Patton’s feature on “Bighorn Pneumonia.” With videographers Tom Shrider and Dave Spangler, FIELD GUIDE took two trips to Northeastern Oregon and Idaho in sub-freezing winter and again the following summer to document how biologists are working to end an epidemic killing wild bighorns.

“Ceilio Revealed,” produced with videographer Todd Sonflieth, also took a Bronze Telly in the Cultural category. FIELD GUIDE broke the story of the first images in 50 years of Celilo Falls as it exists at the bottom of the Columbia River. The remarkable underwater scenes proved the falls were still intact and had not been blown up as many tribes had feared.

These and other OREGON FIELD GUIDE segments can be viewed at opb.org/ofg.


In its 20th season, OREGON FIELD GUIDE remains a valuable source of information about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations. OREGON FIELD GUIDE airs Thursday evenings at 8:30pm on the television stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting and repeats on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm. In the Mountain Time zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9:30pm Thursdays, and at 7:30pm Sundays. opb.org/ofg

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