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VOP-TV takes top honors for government programming

Sept. 18, 2017 - The Village of Oak Park’s take on TV took top honors from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors at the organization’s September awards show in Seattle.

The Government Programming Awards, presented at NATOA's 32nd annual conference last week, honor excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies.

VOP-TV, the broadcast division of the Village’s Communications Department, was judged best in the programming excellence category of organizations with budgets under $250,000.

To enter the category, VOP-TV Media Production Manager Joe Kreml compiled a greatest hits reel showcasing more than a dozen videos produced for VOP-TV and social media in the last year. Content included videos that focused on public health and safety, village government, local businesses and economic development. Click here to view Oak Park's winning reel.

The submitted videos represent a cross section of the diverse work that VOP-TV produces throughout the year in Oak Park, according to Kreml.

Calling Oak Park an incredibly visual and vibrant community, Kreml said there is never a shortage of subjects for the next video production. “Something interesting to feature, whether it’s government in action, unusual personalities or community partnerships, is always out there.” he said.

VOP-TV has increasingly focused on its YouTube channel and incorporating videos into the municipal website and Village social media pages, particularly Facebook, which has more than 8,100 fans. The Village YouTube channel currently hosts more than 400 videos that have been viewed nearly 400,000 times.

In addition to original videos about Village government services, the community and its interesting residents, VOP-TV also continues its original mission of ensuring transparency in the local government policymaking process.

Village Board meetings are streamlined live and archived for on-demand viewing at, as well as broadcast on cable television available to Comcast subscribers on channel 6 and AT&T Uverse subscribers on channel 99. VOP-TV also streams and archives meetings of the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals on

VOP-TV’s video reel was among the more than 900 entries submitted to NATOA by local governments from across the country. Topics included community events, documentary, public affairs and public service, interview/talk show, performing arts, sports, election coverage and children’s issues.

This is the fourth time VOP-TV entries have won an Excellence in Programming Award from NATOA, which also counsels members on local, state, and federal communications laws, administrative rulings, judicial decisions and technology issues that impact local governments. NATOA considers this category of special significance because it reflects the variety of superior programming produced throughout the year, rather than honor a single video.

For more information on VOP-TV and the Communications Department, email

Photograph of VOP-TV Media Production Manager Joe Kreml
VOP-TV Media Production Manager Joe Kreml at work