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AETN original productions win Emmy Awards

Posted 15 Oct 2019

Two original productions of the Arkansas Educational Television Network received Emmy awards during the 2019 annual awards competition of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

"A Final Run: The 1969-70 Carver Cobras," a documentary short that looks back on the Carver Cobras' record-setting 1970 basketball state championship win, received the Emmy for Sports - Program Feature/Segment.

Documentary short "Ain't Dead Yet" tells the moving story of Iraq veteran Anthony Smith. After losing his arm in combat and his ability to walk, Smith finds renewed purpose in teaching martial arts in his small Arkansas hometown. The film received the Emmy for Military - News Single Story/Program Feature Segment.

"Storytelling is a vital part of what we do at AETN," AETN Executive Director Courtney Pledger said. "These regional Emmy wins represent the network's ability to tell Arkansas's unique stories and tell them well.

"Congratulations to our talented, hard-working team."

Both "A Final Run: The 1969-70 Carver Cobras" and "Ain't Dead Yet" may be viewed online at and, respectively.

The NATAS Mid-America chapter, which includes television markets primarily in Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri, was chartered in 1962 and began honoring outstanding achievement in this region with local Emmy awards in 1976. The organization's mission is to encourage excellence in the television community.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. Audiences can also watch on several digital platforms, and members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).