"Steamboat Today" hosts Michael Collins and Harper Louden put the finishing touches on a Friday morning show. The program recently was awarded six RSN Arc Awards, and Collins was named best host in a small market.

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"Steamboat Today" hosts Michael Collins and Harper Louden put the finishing touches on a Friday morning show. The program recently was awarded six RSN Arc Awards, and Collins was named best host in a small market.

Steamboat tv18 wins 6 awards

Station's honors include best morning show for market size

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Steamboat tv18 Best Host

Michael Collins winner of 2008 RSN Arc Award for best host in a small market

Michael Collins winner of 2008 RSN Arc Award for best host in a small market

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Best Morning Show

2008 RSN Arc Award winner for best morning show in a small market
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2008 RSN Arc Award winner for best morning show in a small market Steamboat Today only on Comcast local channel RSN Steamboat tv18 from 7am-9am everyday

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Turning Visitors into Locals winner

2008 RSN Arc Award winner "Turning Visitors into Locals"
Explore Steamboat on Comcast local channel RSN Steamboat tv18

2008 RSN Arc Award winner "Turning Visitors into Locals" Explore Steamboat on Comcast local channel RSN Steamboat tv18

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Best Integration of RSN Brand winner

2008 RSN Arc Award winner of integrating the RSN brand, 
Steamboat tv18

2008 RSN Arc Award winner of integrating the RSN brand, Steamboat tv18

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Watch "Steamboat Today," the only live morning show in Steamboat Springs, from 7 to 9 a.m. every weekday on Steamboat tv18, which also features a variety of RSN outdoor programming. Friday's live show is replayed Saturday and Sunday mornings.

— Steamboat tv18 is the winner of six RSN Arc Awards, including market-size wins for best morning show, best morning show host and best morning show set.

This week, Steamboat tv18 staff received the results of the 12th annual RSN Arc Awards, given to affiliate stations across the country after judging by a panel of industry veterans.

Steamboat tv18's awards include Most Humorous Ad, for a Ski Haus "Salealicious" promotion; Best Morning Show Set, for the set with furniture and design provided by David Chase Scully, owner of David Chase Rugs and Furniture; Best Morning Show in a Small Market; Best Host in a Small Market, to "Steamboat Today" co-host Michael Collins; Turning Visitors into Locals, for the "Explore Steamboat" show that gives an inside look at local activities, services, shopping and dining; and Best Integration of the RSN Brand.

Steamboat tv18 began two years ago in the basement of a home off Fish Creek Falls Road. The station moved into its current location at the Steamboat Pilot & Today offices on Curve Plaza in October 2007 and went live with its morning show in December 2007.

Michael Polucci, Steamboat tv18 general manager, credited his staff and co-workers for their incredible effort in building a local TV station essentially from scratch.

"We have always had a clear vision of what we want to be, and we work an amazing amount of hours creating, producing, shooting and editing to make that vision a reality," Polucci said.

He added that going live was an essential step for "Steamboat Today" and the Steamboat Springs community.

"We want to give important information while also giving the audience a chance to get to know the people and places of Steamboat, through an energetic, engaging morning show," Polucci said. "We are also very blessed to have a tremendously talented staff."

Erin Collins, for example, was raised in Colorado, studied journalism at Colorado State University and came to Steamboat tv18 in November 2006, with no guarantee of a paycheck or steady work. She started out hosting, shooting, editing and writing for the station. Collins now directs and produces "Steamboat Today," "Explore Steamboat" and a host of other projects.

Michael Collins, older brother to Erin, visited Steamboat while living in Los Angeles and was quickly put to work in the summer of 2007 producing short, event-based content for tv18. It was a natural fit, and three months later, Michael Collins became the host of "Steamboat Today" and "Explore Steamboat." The award-winning host now contributes shooting, editing and writing talent to many tv18 projects.

Harper Louden, of previous local radio fame, signed on to co-host "Steamboat Today" in December 2007 and delivers the daily news report while also providing a steady counterpart for the exuberant Michael Collins.

Andy Rossbach recently came on board as a TV advertising sales consultant. He previously has worked in the group sales department for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Polucci came to the station in October 2006 to sell advertising and became general manager in December 2007. He now manages the growth and direction of Steamboat's only local TV station.

Steamboat tv18 won its RSN awards in competition against some of the top nationally recognized, live, resort-area morning shows - many of which have been in the business much longer than Steamboat tv18.

"I am so proud that tv18 has accomplished so much in such a short period of time. The awards are a great validation of the talent and dedication of our staff," said Suzanne Schlicht, general manager and director of strategic planning for WorldWest, LLC, the parent company of Steamboat tv18 and the Steamboat Pilot & Today. "More important than the awards, however, is the opportunity to provide a quality local television station for residents and visitors. The positive feedback from viewers has been the most satisfying recognition we could receive."

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