The accolades keep coming for PCTV documentary “Shadow of Drought,” which along with a promotional piece for an academic program yielded the most Emmy nominations ever for the station. The awards, including six potential student Emmys for Palomar College, will be decided on June 16.

Left to right: PCTV production staff Ashley Olson, Chris Garis, Bill Wisneski, Luke Bisagna, Mona Urban and Chad Richmond, the team recently nominated for nine Emmys, at the San Diego Film Festival awards ceremony on April 8.

SAN DIEGO, CA ― In a second wave of award nominations for the year, Palomar College Television (PCTV) was nominated for Emmy Awards in a number of categories by the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The nominations—more than ever before for PCTV in a single year—were announced at a nomination party in San Diego on May 3.

Following are the 2018 Emmy nominations for PCTV:

For the documentary “Shadow of Drought: Southern California’s Looming Water Crisis”

  • Best Documentary: Bill Wisneski and Mona Urban
  • Audio – Post Production: Luke Bisagna
  • Director – Non Live (Post Produced): Bill Wisneski
  • Editor (No Time Limit) Program (Non News): Chad Richmond
  • Photographer – Program (Non News): Bill Wisneski and Mona Urban
  • Writer – Program (Non News): Bill Wisneski

For a commercial produced for Palomar’s Library Information Technology academic program

  • Director – Short Form: Bill Wisneski
  • Editor (No Time Limit) Short Form: Chad Richmond
  • Photographer – Short Form: Bill Wisneski and Mona Urban

Also nominated for Emmys last month were several Palomar College students in the Digital Broadcast Arts program, which produces North County News, Prep Sports Live, and Palomar Live from the PCTV facility. The student nominees include:

  • Student Programming – Newscast: North County News (5/9/17), Abel Garcia
  • Student Programming – Sports: Prep Sports Live (11/28/17), Marcus Williams
  • Student Programming – Commercial: KKSM Commercial, Angy Moran
  • Student Craft – Editor: KKSM Commercial, Angy Moran
  • Student Craft – Talent: Tyler Robinson Composite, Tyler Robinson
  • Student Craft – Talent: Jordan Guy Spurgeo Composite, Jordan Guy Spurgeo

The winners will be announced at the 2018 Emmy Awards, to be held Saturday, June 16 in Rancho Mirage, California.

The Emmy-nominated PCTV promotional piece can be viewed at For more information about “Shadow of Drought,” visit

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