In 1992, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2013, GHS-TV won first place in the Hometown Video Award Contest for Best Public, Eduation and Government Access Station in the United States with a budget under four hundred thousand dollars. The award is presented annually by the Alliance for Community Media.




Larry Aldridge and George Walters present studio concept to Ernest Chism and Frank Bluestein. 
August 1981 Dowden Communications is awarded cable franchise and establishes Germantown Cablevision.
January 1982 Dr. Worth McDougal of the University of Georgia designs original GHS-TV studio and Germantown Access Studio.
June 1982 The GHS-TV studios are dedicated. GHS-TV begins to operate over Channel 7. The first summer intern program is established. The studio is a totally unique concept. GHS-TV provides local origination programs for the community. In return, the cable company furnishes the studio with equipment and provides for a yearly operation and maintenance budget. GHS-TV is one of the few cable high school television facilities in the country.
June 1983 Martin Cutler is awarded the first GHS-TV Senior Scholarship provided by the cable company.
1984 The community access studio is not being utilized at the Germantown Cablevision location. GHS-TV agrees to handle the community access programming as well as the local origination. All equipment is moved to the campus of Germantown High School.
1985 First Hometown USA video award won.
1986 At the request of the Cable Advisory Committee, GHS-TV combines government access, community access, and local origination into one channel. The Access Together Program is created. GHS-TV agrees to a minimum of 70 access shows per contract period. The school provides the equipment and personnel. The cable company provides the operation and maintenance support. The Germantown City Government provides the capital needed and the community provides the talent.
1987 GHS-TV programming exceeds 300 hours of government, public access, and local origination programming over one channel. GHS-TV televises all Board of Mayor and Alderman meetings, Planning Commission meetings, Design Review Board meetings, as well as special events.
1990 GHS-TV reaches 400 hours of programming per week. Additional programming needs require GHS-TV to take over a classroom area for expanded production work.
1992 Expansion of the GHS-TV facilities is proposed. Heritage Cablevision increases Senior Scholarship to $750.00.
March 1993 Shelby County Schools commits over $100,000 in funding to completely renovate and expand GHS-TV in order to keep pace with rapid growth of the studio.
1995 Germantown Community Television enters into international agreements with educational access facilities in Europe and the former Soviet Union.
1997 The Germantown Community Television Foundation is founded with George Walters appointed as the chairman, along with a six member Board of Directors. This non-profit organization is given responsibility to oversee the fiscal management of GHS-TV.
1998 GHS-TV begins operating as SmartLink Channel 17.

Alumnus Jim Barrett returns to GHS-TV to produce the documentary 100 Visions, which chronicles the 1995 trip to Russia made by the Poplar Pike Playhouse students and staff. The documentary is shown nationwide on the Channel One network.

2000 GHS-TV is now producing over 100 shows per season, including 10 Access Together shows per month, for a total of almost 5000 hours of local and national programming seen over the channel per year.
2001 - 2003 Winner of Best Educational Access Studio in the USA Award presented by the Alliance for Community Media.
2004 GHS-TV is awarded a National Student Television Award of Excellence (Student Emmy) by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
2005 GHS-TV wins a total of 12 Hometown Video Awards, the most 1st place awards won by any access station in the USA.
2005 GHS-TV and its German partner station H-TV produce a one hour program cablecast live throughout Central Germany.
2005 - 2006 Winner of Best P.E.G. Access Channel in the USA Award, given by the Alliance for Community Media.
2006 GHS-TV wins 5 Student Emmy's from the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
1988 - 2013 GHS-TV wins over 120 additional first place Hometown USA Video Awards in categories including live coverage, local news and informational programming.
2013 GHS-TV wins 3 Student Emmy's from the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Light News, Newscast and Writing.
2014 GHS-TV wins GHS-TV wins a Student Emmy from the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Arts & Entertainment.

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