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BUZZ “shines” at Advertising Awards Gala

BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill was awarded the inaugural SHINE AWARD at Thursday’s Western Virginia American Advertising Awards Gala, hosted by AAF Roanoke.

The 2020-21 award was presented in recognition of BUZZ’ public service work helping nonprofit organizations through its TV show that airs on Blue Ridge PBS and, starting in April, on VPM public television serving Richmond-Charlottesville-Harrisonsburg.

“Our work wouldn’t be possible, though, without the American Advertising Federation of Roanoke and its membership of incredible marketing professionals who donate their time and talent to the nonprofits we feature,” says Hemphill. “They are the people who really shine on BUZZ.” 

Hemphill also credits his director of photography and editing, Dan Mirolli, “who brings the shine to our production in every episode.”

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Now You can be in every episode

Now you can literally be in every episode of BUZZ and help us feature even more nonprofits on our inspiring TV show!

As a BUZZ HIVE member through Patreon (for as little as $5/month) you’ll support our production costs AND enjoy exclusive membership benefits:

🐝 ON-SCREEN credit after every episode
🐝 SNEAK PEEKS at upcoming shows
🐝 Unique BUZZ merch
🐝 Access to POLLS to choose our next nonprofit
🐝 Behind-the-scenes VIDEOS on location
🐝 And more.

Your membership will provide a sustaining source of support so we can bring BUZZ — now airing on Blue Ridge PBS and VPM — to more worthy charitable organizations.

THANK YOU!

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Final BUZZ of 2020 airs Dec. 16

BUZZ Episode 7 featuring eastern Montgomery County’s Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation premiers Wednesday, Dec. 16, 7 pm, on Blue Ridge PBS.

You’re invited to join the BUZZ production team for an online Watch Party via Zoom, starting at 6:45 pm. After the episode, there will be a Q&A with creator Michael Hemphill, director of photography Dan Mirolli, the team from Wordsprint that provided MVCF with its pro bono marketing makeover, and MVCF board members.


Watch Party sponsored by Branch Builds.


About the episode:

Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation has made eastern Montgomery County, Virginia, the “community that could.” Over the last 15 years MVCF has redeveloped an abandoned nursing home into a wellness center, community center, museum and library; transformed an old fire station into a food pantry and thrift shop; created Old Town Fields concert venue out of a former high school football field; and founded the Eastmont Tomato Festival.

But with all their many ventures that go by different names — plus the added confusion of the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline — MVCF was looking for a makeover. Guiding the nonprofit with a pro bono rebranding are our friends from Wordsprint, who helped Mill Mountain Zoo in Episode 3.

Funding for this episode was provided by:
– James E. Pearman Jr. & Partners in Financial Planning
– Dr. and Mrs. George R. Smith, Jr.
– Kate and Brennan Stewart

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Episode 5 of BUZZ

Now playing on Blue Ridge PBS and our YouTube channel: Episode 5 of BUZZ featuring Southwest Virginia Ballet REDUX!

Since being featured on the first episode of BUZZ in August 2020, Southwest Virginia Ballet has done amazing work leveraging both its marketing makeover by digital specialist Carrie Cousins, Wordsprint and Press Press Merch, and its new relationship with Blue Ridge PBS … a good partner to have during a pandemic when your main event of the year is a live performance in front of a packed auditorium.

Created and hosted by Michael Hemphill, this episode features Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s David Stewart Wiley, Anderson Music Therapy, and iconic locations in Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge including Taubman Museum of Art, The Hotel Roanoke, Berglund Center and Mill Mountain Star.

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BUZZ receives Virginia Film Office Sponsorship

The Virginia Film Office has awarded BUZZ a prestigious sponsorship to continue production of our inspiring new television show in 2021.

“We are excited to support production of … BUZZ in Virginia, and we look forward to providing assistance on many levels, financial and logistical,” said Andrew Edmunds, Virginia Film Office director.

VFO’s support will help underwrite production of five new episodes featuring the great work nonprofits do in our communities, and the marketing professionals who help these life-giving organizations attract more donors and volunteers to their cause. Thank you Virginia Film Office! Virginia is for Film Lovers!


Meanwhile, three new episodes of BUZZ begin airing soon on Blue Ridge PBS:

Wednesday, December 2, 7 pm
Since being featured on the first episode of BUZZ in August 2020, Southwest Virginia Ballet has done amazing work leveraging both its marketing makeover by digital specialist Carrie Cousins and Wordsprint, and its new relationship with Blue Ridge PBS … a good partner to have during a pandemic when your main event of the year is a live performance in front of a packed auditorium. See original episode.

Wednesday, December 9, 7 pm
A day shelter for people suffering from homelessness, RAM House (Roanoke Area Ministries) came into episode 4 of BUZZ in August 2020 desperately seeking a younger generation of donors and volunteers. Since its appearance, RAM House has reaped many blessings from the pro bono digital marketing campaign from Wheeler Digital … chief among them, a new board member, plus a deeper partnership from its new #RamFam at Roanoke Catholic School! See original episode.

Wednesday, December 16, 7 pm
Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation has made eastern Montgomery County, Virginia, the “community that could.” Over the last 15 years MVCF has redeveloped an abandoned nursing home into a wellness center, community center, museum and library; transformed an old fire station into a food pantry and thrift shop; created Old Town Fields concert venue out of a former high school football field; and founded the Eastmont Tomato Festival. Guiding the nonprofit with a pro bono rebranding are our friends from Wordsprint, who helped Mill Mountain Zoo in Episode 3

The episode featuring Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation is sponsored in part by Branch Builds.

https://branchbuilds.com