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Lehigh Valley companies among Mid-Atlantic Emmy winners

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(left to right) Tina Hasselbusch, ASR Media Productions; Kenneth Szydlow, St. Luke's University Health Network; Emily Paulin, ASR Media Productions; and Kathryn Wallace, ASR Media Productions, accept a 2017 Mid-Atlantic Emmy.
(left to right) Tina Hasselbusch, ASR Media Productions; Kenneth Szydlow, St. Luke's University Health Network; Emily Paulin, ASR Media Productions; and Kathryn Wallace, ASR Media Productions, accept a 2017 Mid-Atlantic Emmy. - (Photo / )

Four Greater Lehigh Valley television, cable, media and video production companies were among the winners to take home a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award at the 35th annual awards ceremony Saturday at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey.

The area winners:

PBS39, a public television station in Bethlehem, won an award in the Arts Program/Special category for “Second to None: Liberty High School Grenadier Band,” and in the Lifestyle Program Feature/Segment category for “Erwin Cooks.”

ASR Media Productions in Bethlehem won an award in the Public/Community Affairs Feature/Segment category for “Catholic Charities: A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out.”

FireRock Productions, a video production company in Emmaus, won an award in the Program Photography Craft Achievement category for “Composite: Pocono Mountains: Free You, Share a Coke & Bacon vs Taco,” by Rocky Urich and Jim Herman.

Service Electric Cable TV won an award in the Children/Youth/Teen Program/Special category for “The Allentown Symphony Orchestra Presents ‘Peter and the Wolfe.’ ”

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ regional awards ceremony presented 83 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards in 80 categories. The awards honor excellence in television news, programming and individual achievement in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and parts of Ohio.

More than 500 television industry professionals and guests attended the event.

It was the eighth win for FireRock Productions, which has been nominated 19 times.

ASR Media Productions previously earned two Mid-Atlantic Emmys and five nominations.

Ashley Russo, president and CEO of ASR and host of The PEAK TV, said in a statement, “I am so proud of our team. … Sharing the stories of the Greater Lehigh Valley is what drives us each day.”

PBS39 received 10 nominations this year, the most ever for the station. Tim Fallon, CEO, PBS39 said its wins, along with those of ASR Media, “speaks to our commitment to delivering high-quality content to our community.”

Lafayette College, Kutztown University and Bucks County Community College each received single nominations in the college category, but did not win.

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