SEATTLE (9/1/09)--Biz Kid$
--the first national television program ever sponsored by America's credit unions--will be presented the National Credit Union Foundation's (NCUF) 2010 Wegner Award for Outstanding Program. And it won its first Emmy award this weekend. The show was awarded a Daytime Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts & Science on Sunday. The award was for "Outstanding Achievement in Main Title and Graphic Design." The program was nominated in two categories. "First BizKid$
was nominated for the highest national honors in the television industry. Now it will win the highest national honors in the credit union movement," said Missouri Corporate CU President/CEO Dennis DeGroodt, who chaired NCUF's Awards and Recognition Committee during deliberations on Outstanding Program nominations. The Wegner Award will be one of four presented at NCUF's 22nd Annual Wegner Awards Dinner on Feb. 22, 2010. The dinner will take place at Grand Hyatt Washington during the Credit Union National Association's 2010 Governmental Affairs Conference. Online registration will be available later this year at NCUF's website.
Pictured are members of the cast of the credit-union sponsored public television show, Biz Kid$, which won the 2010 Wegner Award for Outstanding Program, and an Emmy. (Photo provided by the National Credit Union Foundation)
already had made TV history as the highest-carried program on American Public Television. Executive Producer Jamie Hammond noted that the Emmy award is an "affirmation of the show's quality" and "a recognition of the importance of the subject matter, given that everything that is happening in our country at this time." Washington Credit Union League President/CEO John Annaloro said the program is "the credit unions' gift to youth financial literacy in America." An Emmy "shows the power and innovativeness of the presentation," he added. "This award is a testament to the technical quality of the production, which draws viewers to the show and its lessons about financial literacy. As the exclusive underwriters of the first three seasons of the series, credit unions could not be happier." In addition to the Wegner Award and the Emmy, Biz Kid$
was also nominated as an Outstanding Children's Television by the Environmental Media Awards for its episode on the green economy. The program airs on 334 public broadcast stations, nationwide. The stations broadcast to more than 112 million households, including more than 230 million people over the age of two. That is 97% of the public television market and exceeds all American Public Television children's programs by 30%. Each episode begins and ends with a student pulling down a projection screen over a classroom billboard to reveal the America's Credit Unions logo. A narrator reminds viewers that "Production funding for Biz Kid$
is provided by America's Credit Unions, where people
are worth more than money." Every episode includes four stories from successful young entrepreneurs reinforcing the importance of budgeting, saving and giving back to their community. Several of the featured youth have joined credit unions. All 39 episodes come with lesson plans, teaching materials and activities that meet national financial literacy standards. Its curriculum was developed by a credit union advisory group and Outreach Extensions, creator of the educational materials for Bill Nye the Science Guy
. In the past year, more than 64,000 teachers used the Biz Kid$
curriculum to educate 9.2 million students.