The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA) has honored Peter Musurlian and Vardan Barseghian with Golden Mike Awards for their documentary, "Nagorno Karabakh, Artsakh: The Struggle for Freedom."
The two prizes that are the most-coveted by Southern California broadcast journalists are the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards and RTNA Golden Mike Awards.
Musurlian and Barseghian were given the awards at the Universal Hilton on January 24. Television and radio journalists from all around Los Angeles were on hand that evening, as more than 70 of them were awarded Golden Mikes. (see www.rtna.org) CNN’s Larry King also received a Golden Mike for Lifetime Achievement.
Musurlian accepted the award at the event, while co-producer and co-writer Vardan Barseghian, was overseas. A week after the ceremony, Barseghian was named Deputy Foreign Minister of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR).
"This award could not have been possible without the collaboration of Artsakh TV Journalist Narine Aghabalian and her studio "Tsir Katin" (Milky Way), Musurlian said. "They provided most of the video from the NKR seen in this film."
Robert Avestisyan, the newly-appointed NKR Representative to the United States and D.C.-based journalist Joan Ablet, were also instrumental in the production.
Music (on the Oud), was performed by Antranig Kzirian, who is a top staffer with the Armenian National Committee’s Western Region in Glendale, while all the other music was provided by Stepan Partamian’s Glendale-based Garni record label.
After airing in Glendale and Burbank on BTV6 @ 11 PM on September 16, 2008, the film was screened (fewer than 24 hours later) on September 17, 2008, in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill, at an event titled: "NKR/Artsakh: 20 Years of Freedom, Democracy, and Progress."
The September 17th event was attended by local Armenian-Americans, scores of congressional staffers and nearly 20 congressmen.