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KKAT-IPTV and Glendale Daily Planet  -  A 'sort of scrap book'

 KKAT-IPTV is Glendale Arizona's own experimental internet streaming television station.  A group of volunteers help construct and maintain equipment, write scripts, direct productions and administer the stations affairs.

We also encompass www.glendaledailyplanet.com


If you have talent in these, or any other broadcast areas - or just an urge to learn - JOIN US!


We are always looking for old cast off broadcast studio equipment, and our team will take the time to refurbish it and press it into use.


KKAT-TV administration offices are located in the same facility as the Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation - which means there are plenty of historical television and video related items on display there!


Want to Learn? Start here....

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wpe44.jpg (15109 bytes)  Al McCoy and Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV Reporter Ed Sharpe 

(Glendale Arizona-November 14, 2007) The city of Glendale and Sanderson Ford honored legendary sports broadcaster 
Al McCoy, the Voice of the Phoenix Suns, for receiving the prestigious 2007 Curt Gowdy Media Award, which 
gave him a ticket into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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"WIRELESS ED" 2006 Portable News Rig!
With weapons of mass wireless connection! 


 Another Journalist Films Ed Sharpe  and
The Glendale Daily Planet in action!


Sam Salzwedel  does a reel on Glendale Daily Planet as we are covering the  swearing in of the Police Chief Conrad back in 2006.... This young  ASU Journalism Student has a lot of promise in the media field.... watch.... and see  how we also cover a story...





And in 2007...



Ed Sharpe of Glendale Arizona wins Rocky Mountain Emmy® Award for Breaking News/ Continuing Coverage


Photo: Jennifer Jones KPHO and President of the Rocky Mountain NATAS Chapter and Ed Sharpe of CouryGraph Productions/ Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV with 2007 Rocky Mountain Emmy® Award for the production of "The Laura Graff Hit and Run Accident - Search For The Driver". (Photo by Bette Sharpe)


Ed Sharpe of CouryGraph Productions / Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV in Glendale, AZ was presented a 2007 Rocky Mountain Emmy® Award for the production of "The Laura Graff Hit and Run Accident - Search For The Driver" .

The National Television Academy Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter awarded the statuette. The chapter covers Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and parts of California and Wyoming.

The Emmy® Statuettes represents the highest honor bestowed in the Television Industry, making them the most coveted awards in broadcasting.

The presentation on the evening of October 6th was the 30th annual event for the organization. It was held at the plush Renaissance Hotel and Resort's Conference Center located near the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale Arizona.

Sharpe said, "There's more people involved in making "The Laura Graff Hit and Run Accident - Search For The Driver" and other news segments than you see on the surface. It's not just me!"

Sharpe added, "Many people have taken time to teach me videography, editing, writing, ethics in journalism and appreciated are the people that were great sounding boards to discuss ideas with... fantastic were family members that put up with me working all hours to get the job done... lets not forget the patient subjects as well we had for interviews when we started out our careers. Indeed! these are all the people who won this Emmy® Award as well."

Glendale Police Chief Steven Conrad stated: "I would like to congratulate Ed on his latest Emmy! Ed is committed to providing our community with information about the efforts of public safety. This is video is a great example of a great police-media relationship."

Officer Matt Barnett, Glendale Police Department PIO, who narrated the Hit and Run segment congratulated Ed Sharpe " ...I have worked with him many times in the past and Mr. Sharpe is a pleasure to work with and is asset to the local journalistic community."

In addition to the award ceremonies, attendees were treated to a tour of Glendale 11, the City of Glendale Arizona cable channel's new world class HD studios and control room in the process of installation. This beautiful new media center is adjoining the plush Glendale Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center located near the University of Phoenix stadium located in he new Glendale Sports area.

About the Video:

Title: The Laura Graff Hit and Run Accident - Search For The Driver
• Category: 73 Breaking News / Continuing Coverage
• Item URL:


Photo: Glendale Police Department PIO -Officer Matt Barnett shown in a screen from the call for information put out over Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV.

We are still looking for the SUV responsible for the Hit and Run accident involving Laura Graff and her motorcycle which took place on the evening of September 23, 2006 at 7:00 pm.


What the Video was about:


• Description On the evening of September 23, 2006 at 7:00 pm, Glendale firefighters responded to a car and motorcycle crash involving Laura Graff, a 24-year-old Glendale woman.


She was riding her motorcycle at 59th Avenue and Mercer Lane in Glendale Arizona. They found Graff barely clinging to life from the severe injuries caused by hit and run driver. The driver of the vehicle that hit Laura fled the scene. This footage was the first reporting of the event and a call for witnesses to help locate this driver. This driver remains unidentified.

Unlike a traditional television newscast, this production with it's call for information narrated by Glendale Police PIO Matt Barnett, still remains online shadowing the perpetrator... someday they will be identified. Laura Graff survived and is undergoing therapy to overcome the effects of her injuries. You may also see the ceremony whereas she awarded the fire fighters, ambulance drivers and hospital trauma personal for helping save her life in an article at http://www.glendaledailyplanet.com/ .


About The National Television Academy

The National Television Academy is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime, Creative Craft, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering/Advanced Media and Business & Financial Reporting. Excellence in Prime Time programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Local Emmys are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, the National Academy has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award of Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.org.


Ed and Bette Sharpe - at the Rocky Mountain Emmy® Awards Ceremony held at the
Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center in Glendale Arizona October 6th, 2007.
(Photo by Julie Sharpe)


About CouryGraph Productions / Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV in Glendale, AZ


Glendale Daily Planet, the parent organization of KKAT-IPTV was started in 2004 as the first community journalism news site in Glendale and perhaps all of Arizona... Serving The Metro West Side of the Valley of the Sun, Glendale Daily Planet has witnessed, participated in and recorded the further rejuvenation of the downtown core, the meteoric rise of the 'Glendale Sports Empire' and the restoration of historic sections of the town.

One aspect Sharpe is most proud of is the ability to have a continuous 24/7 stream of archived footage in the player but yet, when a special event arises, have the ability to go live interrupting the pre-programmed content to cover the event. With the advent of higher speed EVDO radio cards and compact portable satellite terminals the options are limitless.

Residents can now catch stories of interest on their schedule, taking advantage of the on-demand character of Internet media. No more waiting for 5 or 10pm and no need to program the TiVo. Important stories remain available, a mouse click away, for years in the online archives..


Sharpe is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), Independent Feature Project (IFP) (IFP/PHX), Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation (SMECC) member of the national Media Communications Association-International Association (MCAI) and other associations.

The work of Ed Sharpe from CouryGraph Productions and other participative community journalists and engineering staff may be viewed, 24-hours a day, seven days a week at
http://www.glendaledailyplanet.com/ .

Interested in having your work seen by the world? Contact the Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV to schedule airing! Use the email link on the site.


Chuck Emmert Rocky Mountain Region Awards Director Presents Ed Sharpe with His First Emmy® Award.

Also of note, Ed and the Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV was the first Glendale Arizona News Media Outlet to receive an Emmy® Award. In addition, this was also the first Advanced Media Emmy Award to be presented for Breaking news/ Continuing Coverage in the Rocky Mountain Region.

A magical table view with the statuette...



We got a nice mention on the National SPJ website!


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(from national SPJ website- es)
SHARP WORK, MR. SHARPE. SPJ member Ed Sharpe of CouryGraph Productions / Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV in Glendale, Ariz., was awarded a 2007 Rocky Mountain Emmy(R) Award for the production of "The Laura Graff Hit and Run Accident — Search For The Driver." The National Television Academy Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter awarded the statuette on Oct. 6. The chapter covers Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and parts of California and Wyoming. The Emmy® Statuettes represent the television industry's highest honor. Sharpe was first on the scene after 24-year-old Laura Graff was severely injured by a hit-and-run driver. Glendale Police Chief Steven Conrad called Sharpe's video "a great example of a great police-media relationship."



Emmy (R) Award Winning Glendale Daily
Planet/KKAT-IPTV Celebrates 5 Year Birthday!

Emmy award-winning Glendale Daily Planet/KKAT-IPTV celebrates five-year anniversary. The online news site launched Oct. 5, 2004.

It was Oct. 5, 2004, when Ed Sharpe launched the Glendale Daily Planet, the parent organization of KKAT-IPTV. This year, Sharpe celebrated his fifth anniversary, and for a virtual newcomer to the public stage, he has melded his technologically advanced talent with a resource that was heretofore untapped.

Some might say it was a natural progression. Sharpe had an interest in journalism and coupled with his fascination with computer technology, the journey of the Glendale Daily Planet began.

It was a simple beginning. Sharpe started with a PDA and at first, shot videos and stills. Before long, he was using high-definition cameras and just this year, began experimenting with 3D video news reports.

It is the west side of the Valley of the Sun where Sharpe seeks out stories for the Glendale Daily Planet. He has been on the spot to witness, participate in and record the revitalization of downtown Glendale, the rise of Glendale’s sports empire and the restoration and preservation of the city’s historic center.

The past five years have not just brought a different kind of news to West Valley residents, it has brought Sharpe recognition from the industry.

"Throughout the years, it has been wonderful to be recognized by groups of media peer judges for the news and entertainment work we produce here at the Glendale Daily Planet," Sharpe said. "Recently we were awarded a Communicator online media award and a W3 Award for online news site."

Other awards the site has won include: Emmy (r) award, rows of Telly, Hermes Creative, Ava, Aegis Millennium, Videographer, Omni Intermedia, Marcom, Arizona Press Club, and other media awards.

But the awards that mean the most come from the local community. He has also received the Arizona Black Journalist “Online Media Diversity”, an Arizona Press Club and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce “Keys to Glendale’s Success” awards.

And the community leaders recognize the effort Sharpe has given to his newfound life’s work.

Glendale Chamber President Don Rinehart said, "Congratulations to the Glendale Daily Planet on its five-year anniversary. As Glendale’s all volunteer Internet news source, you can always find the latest in current and breaking local news, courtesy of Ed and Bette Sharpe. Thanks for serving the Glendale area for the past five years!"

Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs said, "The Glendale Daily Planet gives our residents and others the opportunity to learn about and see events and activities that are creating our city's history. The stories and the photos are online and ready to be viewed within hours of their happenings. I congratulate and applaud Ed Sharpe for his commitment and dedication. During the past five years, Ed Sharpe has continued to learn from the professionals and invest in technology in order to bring the highest quality product to his readers and viewers. The success of Ed Sharpe and The Glendale Daily Planet is extraordinary and has been recognized by numerous local, regional and national industry organizations. Happy fifth anniversary!"

Sharpe also helps out local public safety officials with quick uploading of critical information, especially when it comes to lost children, criminals, dangerous hazmat situations or fires.

Glendale Police Chief Steve Conrad said, "Congratulations on your five years of serving this community! Thank you for your continuing commitment to cover the Glendale Police Department, and safety issues that are so important to the citizens of our city."

Glendale Fire Department spokesperson Daniel Valenzuela also congratulated Sharpe’s fifth anniversary and awards, saying, "We thank them for their coverage of the Glendale Fire department as we continue to proactively serve our customers with fire and life safety services."

Accolades for the Glendale Daily Planet have come from all parts of the city and its municipal and civic organizations.

Nikki Colletti, President, Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni of Glendale, said, "My congratulations to the Glendale Daily Planet on five years of being a leader in news coverage. It is definitely the front-runner as an on-line, late breaking news source and continues to prove itself daily. Its writers and reporters have received many accolades in the industry. Its coverage of the downtown core is incredible and it brings to light the culture and rich history of Glendale, as well as the restoration of the historic downtown district. It has followed the rise of national sports in Glendale and kept many of us ‘in the know’ about events around town."

"On a personal note, Ed and the Planet have devoted much time and enthusiasm to the non-profit which I head, the Citizens Police Academy Alumni of Glendale. They have continued to assist me in putting this organization in front of the public and making people aware of our existence and what we do in the community. My thanks to his organization for keeping the spirit of Glendale alive, involving us as readers in its rich history and serving it citizens and public servants on so many levels. I thank him for his friendship and wish him and the Glendale Daily Planet many more years of success along with the recognition it deserves. Congratulations all!"

Karen Puthoff spokesperson and PIO for PSA Art Awakenings said, "Happy fifth birthday to the Glendale Planet! Bette and Ed Sharpe provide a great service to the community by giving so freely of their time and talents to keep everyone informed about local community happenings and events that impact Glendale, the valley and state. PSA Art Awakenings particularly appreciates the coverage given its artists and the help the Glendale Planet offers to promote empowerment and recovery through creativity."

Trash, backed-up sewers, road problems – lots of action, tons of machinery, and sometimes challenges – Sharpe’s camera is focused on what matters to his community.

Ken Reedy, Deputy City Manager of Public Works, said, "Congratulations on five years of Glendale Daily Planet service. Your reports and CouryGraph video productions have been an outstanding asset to the Northwest Valley and all of your viewers here in Glendale."

"It’s hard to believe how much progress you have made in only five years! Your technology improvements have been very impressive and your ability to cover stories on such a wide spectrum of local news has been outstanding."

"My congratulations to you and your staff who work so hard to create quality stories."

The tourism industry and redevelopment of downtown and the business community are part and parcel of the Glendale Daily Planet’s coverage.

Linda Whittley, owner Papa Ed's Ice Cream sent greetings: "Happy Birthday! Thank you, Glendale Daily Planet and Ed Sharpe for always reporting the ‘scoop’ on Papa Ed’s Ice Cream."

City Tourism Manager Lorraine Pino at Glendale Visitor Center, said, "Many congratulations to Ed Sharpe and the Glendale Daily Planet on their five-year anniversary. The Glendale Daily Planet is a fantastic source of local information for both residents and visitors. The online stories and videos are timely and in-depth and provide a great resource for the online audience."

Even the library gets coverage for its programs, whether it means live footage of a nationally acclaimed author to volunteers playing puppeteers for a weekly toddler show.

Along his news reporting journey, Sharpe has joined national press associations: Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). He attends local meetings of those groups as well to sharpen his skills.

But the progression did not happen without help from an extended network of talented associates.

Sharpe said, "I would also like to take this time to thank all my associates here, Lesa Holstein - Book Topics Editor, Bette Sharpe - Photographer, Jamise Liddell - Entertainment Editor, Chef Eric Reinert - The Budget Bistro, Erick O’Donnell - Reporter and Bill Schreiner - Associate Engineer... we make a great team!"

Sharpe credits the mentorship of other community news publishers for his success... He said, "My favorite lesson was from Carolyn Dryer at The Glendale Star that ‘There is always a story wherever you look; you just have to look.’ I really doubt we would have achieved what we have without input and encouragement from our brothers and sisters out there."

Referring to his 2007 Emmy award, Sharpe said, "The Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV was the first Glendale, Ariz. news media outlet to receive an Emmy® award. In addition, this was also the first Advanced Media Emmy award to be presented for Breaking News/ Continuing Coverage in the Rocky Mountain Region."

Sharpe offers a continuous 24/7 stream of archived footage in the player, but when a special event arises, has the ability to go live, interrupting the pre-programmed content to cover the event. With the advent of higher speed EVDO radio cards and compact portable satellite terminals, the options are limitless.

Looking toward the future... Sharpe states "We were the first in Arizona shooting some of our news
video in 3D. Since 3D will be common place for entertainment, we set our sights on having an archive of 3D news event footage"

To learn more about Ed Sharpe from CouryGraph Productions and other participative community journalists and engineering staff, visit http://www.glendaledailyplanet.com 24 hours a day, seven days a week.








Kimber Leigh and Ed and Bette Sharpe
Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV covered
events at the AZFAME MEDIA and Film Expo



Frame Pull from the video - Photo by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet


Kimber Leigh interviews Arizona Film & Media
Coalition president: Mike McGinn

Glendale Daily Planet /KKAT-IPTV News Goes Really "In Depth"
The Site Embraces 3D Video Imaging Technology Giving Users
‘Deep News Viewing Pleasure’!

Glendale, AZ -- The Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV, an IPTV station owned by Ed Sharpe of CouryGraph Productions in Glendale, Arizona, unveiled the latest technology initiative to be deployed by the station. “3D,” according to Sharpe, “Has been around for since before the Civil War. The public first experienced it in the parlors of Victorian era homes as a form of entertainment and education with cards that had two images on them. Viewer consisted of either handheld devices or elaborate table top cabinet style viewers ” Photo By Bette Sharpe


Ed Sharpe Interviews Sgt. Joe Turitto Glendale Police Department During a Mock DUI
Presentation at Ironwood High School. Photo by Heather Thompson


Photo by Bette Sharpe / CouryGraph Productions

Ed Sharpe, Media Archivist from the SMECC Media Preservation Laboratory located at the Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation in Glendale Arizona Holding the BVFF 2011 Grand Festival Pioneer in Television Award.

Sharpe is holding a 1972 Sony Portapak camera AC-3400 with the AV-3400 recorder behind the award he is holding. These units are identical with those used in Miami for the video work in 1972 by Barbara Kopple, Laurence Storch and Marc N. Weiss at the Republican National Convention.


From the BVFF Program - "Marc N. Weiss, Barbara Kopple, Laurence Storch, and Ed Sharpe received the Grand Festival Pioneer in Television Award for their early work in reel to reel video, capturing the Miami Republican Convention in 1972; with a whimsical short document of Allen Ginsberg, providing an extemporaneous song poem, Bagels, Borscht, and Brotherhood, aptly restored and preserved by engineer and broadcast journalist Ed Sharpe of Glendale, Arizona."




Videographer Awards 2013 competition winner. Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV designed by CouryGraph Productions Award winner receives Award of Excellence!

(see full article about us in  The Glendale Star) http://www.glendalestar.com/news/article_26b9ac6e-15a1-11e3-85dd-001a4bcf887a.html




Award winner

Bette Sharpe holds up her Award of Excellence from the Videographer Awards 2013 competition

2014Hermes award winner

           Hermes award winner

Bette Sharpe stands with her 2014 Hermes award.





A Westmarc Capitol Hill Conversation
Featuring U.S. Senator John McCain. June 18, 2010

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Ed Sharpe Publisher Glendale Daily Planet
With United States Senator John McCain


NBC News Anchor Brian Williams - 26th Cronkite Award Recipient 2009 Held at the Phoenix Sheridan Downtown

(Left) Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV
( Right) Brain Williams - NBC News.


MLK Unity Day Glendale Civic Center Jan 2008

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Professor Nikki Giovanni and
Glendale Daily Planet Publisher
Ed Sharpe


Luis Valdez Presented 4th Annual
Cesar Chavez Day Keynote Address
At Glendale Arizona Civic Center Feb 2007

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Ed Sharpe and Luis Valdez
KKAT-IPTV / Glendale Daily Planet



BHHS Legacy Foundation CEO Jerry Wissink http://www.smecc.org/media/back-to-school-jerry-ed-512.wmv

Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV interviews BHHS Legacy Foundation CEO Jerry Wissink at the "Back To School Clothing Drive." Learn how Legacy Foundation will match any contribution to this project 100 percent!


Terry Williams - Glendale Visitor Center Tourism Specialist and Becky Shady - Glendale Tourism Center Volunteer with Glendale Daily Planet's Ed Sharpe and Lorraine Pino - Tourism Center Manager. Photo by Bette Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet




KKAT-IPTV Frame pull from Ed Sharpe -Winston Venable 
Interview at Fiesta Bowl Media Day






Bette Sharpe of CouryGraph Productions/Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV  shared this photo with one of our other Arrowhead Independent Newspaper and they 'FRONT PAGED' it!

We share stories, photos and video with many media outlets - Ed #


KKAT-TV/ Glendale Daily Planet covered Glendale Glitters here is Mayor Jerry Weiers 
and Amy Van Dyken-Rouen threw the switch to light thousands of lights!





Click  here to see the Ed Sharpe with "Panasonic V3 Red Video Camera"  lead in with music!


Our system of government and our way of life depend on an informed public. The degree to which the voting public is denied information is the degree to which it is vulnerable to the duplicity of self-serving individuals. Recognizing this fact, our courts have been quick to protect the news media's rights to gather and disseminate information. - Video Field Production -- by Ron Whittaker
Business briefs (From Arizona Republic)
Jul. 26, 2006 12:00 AM

30-minute video wins 2 awards for CouryGraph Productions

Ed Sharpe and CouryGraph Productions have won two 2006 Aegis Awards for a 30-minute video produced for KKAT Streaming TV/Glendale Daily Planet. The awards recognize outstanding video productions and non-network TV commercials.

Introduction of Cabela's and Partnership with the City of Glendale Arizona was honored in the events and the television news categories by a panel of judges representing industry professionals from around the country.

The program is available at www.glendaledailyplanet.com.

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The Glendale Star

June 22, 2006 - B5

Local Internet Video News Company Wins Telly

Ed Sharpe director of CouryGraph Productions, who oversees The Glendale Daily Planet - KKAT Streaming TV, Glendale's homegrown Internet video news source, received the Bronze Telly Award as rec­ognition of his programming.

The Telly Award honors outstanding local, regional and national cable TV com­mercials and programs, as well as video and film productions. The award organization annually showcases the best work of advertising agencies, produc­tion companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments.

Sharpe and CouryGraph Productions received the Bronze Award for a 14­minute movie documenting The Glendale Fire Department Safety House. Glen­dale Fire Department Vol­unteer Dennis Davis, who teaches the fire safety class involving this vehicle, was the subject of the video.

The Telly Awards re­ceives in excess of 12,000 entries each year from 50 states and foreign countries.

"It is honor to receive a highly respected national award for work in publicizing events that take place in the city of Glendale," Sharpe said. "The Telly awards highlight the high standards of excellence we wish to achieve. In addition, it is our wish to provide our viewership with information they can trust and enjoy."

The Glendale Fire De­partment Safety House trailer was purchased with a FEMA Grant and pro­vides realistic training for youth and adults on escape tactics from burning structures. Dennis Davis, Glendale Fire Department volunteer and class teacher, travels around the city to schools and adult centers introducing and refreshing people on the wisdom of fire safety. This unique training aid is often on dis­play at city events. In addition, earlier this year,

The Glendale Daily Planet was the recipient of a bronze Millennium Award, and CouryGraph Productions netted a silver Millennium award for a movie on Glendale Gaslight Inn.

The work of CouryGraph Productions and other participative com­munity journalists may be viewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.glendaledailyplanet.com.



Courygraph Productions Wins Tellys
Glendale, AZ: July 1, 2007 -  CouryGraph Productions Walks Off with 2 Telly Awards for the News Video "Heroism - First On The Scene" saluting Glendale Arizona Police Department and other first responders.

Ed Sharpe of Courygraph Productions

Ed Sharpe and CouryGraph Productions of Glendale Arizona was the proud recipient of a pair of Bronze Tellys for a 6-minute video produced for KKAT-TV/ Glendale Daily Planet. The Telly Awards are the industry's premier competition for peer recognition of outstanding video and film productions for cable and emerging media.

"Heroism - First On The Scene" was honored in the "News/Documentary" and the "Education" category for its outstanding production quality by a distinguished panel of judges representing industry professionals from around the country.

The video was created to inform citizens of Glendale Arizona of the news, but also to serve as a historical document that can be referred back to in years to come. Sharpe's video , features an interview with Glendale Police motor officer Sgt. Joseph Turitto about first response to an accident scene and also about accident details and investigation.

Young lady's car mentioned in the movie
Steve Conrad, Chief of Police for the City of Glendale commented:

"This film does a great job of acknowledging the efforts of the men and women of the Glendale Police Department. As first responders we have the opportunity to reach out and help the public each and every day. Accident Investigation has become a science and our Department is proud of the level of expertise that has been achieved by our Vehicular Crimes Unit. Congratulations to Ed for receipt of this award and recognition of this project."

A copy of this video will be placed on file with the city of Glendale Arizona and also the Glendale Historical Society. Glendale Daily Planet distributes the program at no charge 24/7 over the Internet a
t www.glendaledailyplanet.com.

Ed Sharpe, Courygraph Productions on crash scene using still camera as video camera rolls
"We knew that the finished video met all of our expectations, but winning an Telly Award just confirms it," said The Chief, editor of the Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-Internet Streaming TV. "We've worked with CouryGraph many times over the last few years and have always been impressed with their creativity and professionalism."

The video, which was produced and directed by Ed Sharpe, features the interview with Glendale Police motor officer Sgt. Joseph Turitto and they explore first response to an accident scene also included is a narration by the officer as to the extent of damages, causes of the accident the took place at 59th Avenue and Cactus. The video footage includes the image documentation of the extent of damage to the vehicles.

Sgt. Joesph Turitto, Glendale Police Department
"I'm thrilled with the award. It's wonderful the production has received this recognition," said Ed Sharpe, Director of CouryGraph Productions. "I think the award is reflective of our staff's excellence." In addition, Sharpe wanted to thank Sgt. Joe Turitto, who was the interviewed police officer for this film.

"Reflecting on scenes he has encountered where Police and Fire Department personal are laboring to help accident victims," Sharpe comments, "Every time they are there... They analyze facts to make the decision... They act on that decision... They save lives! I am in awe how this is handled so well ... time after time."

Founded in 2004, CouryGraph Productions specializes in video, film, and interactive media, serving the needs of many Metro Valley-of-the-Sun online news sources, cable channels, businesses and institutions.

Contact Information: Glendale Daily Planet - Ed Sharpe 623-435-1522 or


Some of the awards we have received...

Ed Sharpe / CouryGraph Productions
Glendale Daily Planet / KKAT-IPTV 2007 EMMY®Award Winner

Rocky Mountain Region Emmy® Award Winner for Breaking News/ Continuing Coverage



Hermes Creative
Award Winner

AVA Award Winner

Marcom Award

Arizona Assn. of 
Black Journalists
Media Diversity Winner

Berkeley Film Festival
Grand Festival
Pioneer In
Television Award


Communitas Awards logo
Remi Award Winner
Worldfest Houston
2009 - 2010 -2011

Telly Awards 2006-2007-2008

2009 EMPixx Awards

2008 & 2009
Communicator Awards

Videographer Award

Omni Intermedia Awards

Arizona Press Club Winner
Ed Sharpe,
The Glendale Daily Planet:
Use of Online Media
"Cesar E. Chavez 2007"


Berekeley Film Festival

Media Achievement Awards
Media Achievement Awards

2008/09 Finalists and Winners - DV Awards


Millennum Awards

Marcom Award
2011-2012- 2013

W3 Media Awards
Trophy photo
2007/2008/2009 Aegis
Finalists and Winners

Accolade Award Winner








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WHEREAS, the Glendale Daily Planet and KKAT-TV have provided award winning news and entertainment for over 10 years; and 

WHEREAS, Ed Sharpe has been the driving force as the Publisher and Editor of the Glendale Daily Planet and KKAT-TV; and 

WHEREAS, the Glendale Daily Planet and KKAT-TV's reporting has received numerous awards including the 2007 Rocky Mountain Region Emmy Award Winner for Breaking News / Continuing Coverage; and 

WHEREAS, the Arizona Association of Black Journalists has honored Mr. Sharpe's commitment to sharing diverse stories reflective of Arizona's minority communities by twice awarding him the Arizona Media Diversity Award; and 

WHEREAS, Mr. Sharpe and his team have served the residents of Glendale and all viewers by covering news stories ranging in scale from international news to local stories of individuals making a difference in our community; and 

WHEREAS, the Glendale Daily Planet and KKAT-TV provide a way for the public to learn about the important events that shape the course of Glendale's future. 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jerry P. Weiers, Mayor of the City of Glendale, Arizona, on behalf of the City Council do hereby recognize 

Ed Sharpe 

and acknowledge his more than 10 years of service to the community by creating and leading the Glendale Daily Planet and KKAT-TV I congratulate him and his team on reaching this milestone and offer them my sincerest good wishes for continued success.

In witness hereof, I hereunto set my hand this 28 day of October 2014 
MAYOR (Signature of Jerry P. Weiers)
Attest: CITY CLERK (Signature of Pamela Hanna

kkat-t4-jan.jpg (110897 bytes) Janice K. Brewer 


Office of the Governor 


Be it hereby known to all that I, 
Janice K. Brewer, 
Governor of the State of Arizona, 

do hereby offer my sincere congratulations to the 

Glendale Daily Planet 

in recognition of its 10th Anniversary. I commend Ed Sharpe, his wife Bette, and the volunteer team for their dedicated volunteer service to the community in providing award winning news and entertainment for over 10 years in Arizona. The Glendale Daily Planet has provided residents a way to learn about the important events happening in the City of Glendale. 

On behalf of the citizens of Arizona, I offer my sincere appreciation for all you do for the 
community. Congratulations on 10 years of extraordinary commitment and service. 

Best wishes for continued success. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand,  done at the Capitol in Phoenix on this 
eighteenth day of December in the Year 

Two Thousand and Fourteen. 

Signature of Janice K. Brewer





               Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet


Glendale Daily Planet Receives 

Proclamation Oct. 28


The Glendale Daily Planet team is deeply appreciative and humbled by the City of Glendale’s Proclamation recognizing The Planet’s ten years of local, community based journalism. We are amazed and honored to receive such public recognition. 

Thank you to all who have helped us and for your patience and understanding in getting the best story we could. 

I did not do this all on my own. Numerous people have inspired and supported me along the way. I need to take this time to thank them.  

First, Barbara Walch from Palos Verdes, California gave me my first by-line in The Daily Breeze in the 1960s. That first published photo will always be a special memory for me.

When I was stationed at Luke Air Force Base in the early 70s, Capt. John Tereno, allowed me to submit material to the base newspaper then named The Jet Journal!

My work was noticed by Gene Ely of The Westsider along with Bill Toops Sr., who both owned Pueblo Publishers. Pueblo Publishers printed the base newspaper.

One of my highlights was when Bill Toops Sr. needed a photographer at the 1973 Winter Nationals!

October 4, 2014 was the 10th anniversary for The Glendale Daily Planet. The Glendale Star became a place for Bette and me to submit our photos and stories. But the mentoring from Bill Toops Jr. and Editor, Carolyn Dryer is greatly responsible for any success The Glendale Daily Planet has had. One of the most important things Carolyn Dryer taught me is "there is always a story out there". 

Thank you, Mayor Weiers and Glendale City Council for this special recognition. 

Ed Sharpe – Publisher and 

The Glendale Daily Planet Team







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