Aspen TV host Oliver Sharpe wins Emmy for feature
The Aspen Times
Oliver Sharpe — currently host of the morning show “The Lift” for local TV station Aspen 82 — recently got word that he won a regional Emmy Award for his production work on a feature story in January 2012.
Photographer-editor Joseph Radano also received an Emmy for the same piece, a profile of action-sports photographer Bo Bridges, of Huntington Beach, Calif., who was in town then to shoot the ESPN Winter X Games. The three-minute story aired on Plum TV, which is said to be shuttered, although reruns of old broadcasts are still airing on local Comcast Cable Channel 16.
Sharpe, 34, said he didn’t attend the Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards gala in Denver on July 13 because he wasn’t sure he’d win. When he got the news, he celebrated alone in Aspen with some Perrier-Jouet champagne.
“It was nice to get some recognition, given that the broadcast TV world in Aspen has been so tumultuous and rocky for the last couple of years,” Sharpe said.
He was referring to his former employer, Plum TV, the resort-market broadcaster that laid off most of its Aspen work force in September 2011 and filed for bankruptcy four months later. Under new owners, the network reorganized in the spring of 2012 with plans to expand locally and nationally but then reportedly closed again in April in all of its markets.
Sharpe, a native of Virginia, moved to Aspen in 2002. He started with the Channel 16 station operated by Aspen Skiing Co. before Plum TV took it over.
“The stations keep on changing, but I’ve sort of managed to keep my face on the screen,” he said.
As for the piece itself — it can be viewed at http://www.vimeo.com/ 36927082 — Bridges tells a brief and insightful story about how he grew up in many different locales because his father was a pilot. In each place, he discovered a new action sport.
“The action-sports world found me as much as I found it,” Bridges says in the feature. Through photography, Bridges was able to keep his “dream alive” of continued involvement in action sports.
Sharpe also gave kudos to Radano for his creative camera work, including an opening scene of film being developed with chemicals and Bridges’ image slowly coming to life on the photo paper.
Sharpe said he’s been nominated for an Emmy before: the daytime version, for his work on the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful,” for scenes shot in Aspen in September 2011. (The Aspen storyline aired a month later.) He did some production work and even some acting on the daytime soap.
“It’s good to be recognized by your peers,” he said. “Just the change on your resume from ‘Emmy-nominated producer’ to ‘Emmy Award-winning producer’ sounds so much better.”
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