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Local Videographer, Entrepreneur Honored with Les Diven Award

Jul. 17, 2009

July 17, 2009 (Utica, NY) —  The Boilermaker Road Race selected Jim Raymer as its 2009 recipient for the Les Diven Award.  The award was presented to him and his organization, CNY Xposed, at the Volunteer Party on July 11.

Les Diven was a sports reporter for the Observer Dispatch and the Daily Press.  His career spanned four decades as he covered sports in Utica and the surrounding region from the 1950s through the 1980s.  With a telephone, a pad and some sharp pencils, Diven always was committed to telling the story effectively and accurately.  He was especially focused on telling the stories of local athletes.

CNY Xposed is a Utica-based company made up of videographers and advertisers.  In this new electronic age, social media has greatly impacted the news industry.  Jim Raymer, who heads the organization, offers his services to businesses in need of promotion, advertising and online exposure.

With sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, the newsroom has become omnipresent; any information readily available through the Internet.  Raymer and CNY Xposed have welcomed the new media with open arms and have demonstrated great dedication to sports, our community, and the Boilermaker at the same time.  This past Boilermaker season, Raymer helped to film and promote many of the road race's initiatives, including one of this year's most important facets: the military run in Iraq.  Through interview, photos and a lively online presence, CNY Xposed has helped to enhance the Boilermaker and all of its events.

"I think CNY Xposed represents where media is heading," said Tim Reed, executive director of the Boilermaker. "The idea of a multimedia presentation with photos, videos, and social networking posts is very compelling. I like CNY's ability to turn on a dime and the way they present material with professional quality.  I would like to thank Jim and his organization for all their hard work this past season."

Diven knew that telling the stories of our local athletes, in the end, reflected the greater story of our community.  Jim Raymer and CNY Xposed displayed that same attitude and commitment this year.