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Matt Bluhm, KSMQ senior legacy producer, and Courtney Wyant, Austin Public Library adult services librarian, hold the KSMQ Emmy Award, which is displayed at the library.  The award is for an "Off 90" feature on Austin author Amanda Hocking and her accomplishments.
Matt Bluhm, KSMQ senior legacy producer, and Courtney Wyant, Austin Public Library adult services librarian, hold the KSMQ Emmy Award, which is displayed at the library. The award is for an "Off 90" feature on Austin author Amanda Hocking and her accomplishments.

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Inspiration through awards

Published 10:46am Wednesday, June 19, 2013

KSMQ is sharing not only its company’s accomplishments, but the successes of others through a recent display at the Austin Public Library.

The new display — created by the Riverland Community College Carpentry Department — showcases KSMQ’s Emmy Award for its recent “Off 90” film about Austin author Amanda Hocking and her novels. The film also plays on a television built into the display.

KSMQ President Eric Olson said the display helps “to show not only Riverland’s work on the piece, but our work and Amanda’s work.”

Matt Bluhm, KSMQ senior legacy producer who worked on the project with production manager Charles Czech in 2012, said the film required 40 hours of editing and resulted from filming both in Austin and Rochester. The award was the first Emmy KSMQ ever received and was one of four the company received last year.

“We work hard to get awards,” Bluhm said. “That’s kind of what our focus was in the last year.”

Olson hopes to showcase the award, display and film elsewhere in Austin, such as this year’s Mower County Fair, as well. To Olson, Hocking’s success story is an inspiring message for all and may particularly speak to youngsters who visit the library.

“My idea was to tell young people to keep imagining that those things can happen,” he said.


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