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Station Awards

Congratulations to the the following 2021 Excellence In Broadcasting Award finalists.
Winners will be announced during a virtual awards ceremony on Monday, November 22, 2021.

 

2021 RADIO DIVISION FINALISTS:

Best Digital Product:
  • Tom Rogers, Scott Brown and Beth Mann, The Edge Media Group, "YourSportsEdge.Com."
  • Adam Fuller, WQXE-FM, "Furever Friends."
Best Locally Produced Commercial:
  • Heather Riley, Tess Cowan and Bill Booth, WPKY-FM, "Founders Day Promo"
  • Bill Booth, Becky Williamson and Sean King, WKDZ-FM, "Bikes & Moore "Mad Scientist"."
Best Morning Show:
  • Derek Gregory and Bridget Kehrt-Groce, WCVK-FM, "Christian Family Radio (WCVK) - Derek & Bridget in the Morning"
  • Brian Walker and Trisha Caudill, WQXE-FM, "Brian & Trisha in the Morning."
Best News Coverage:
  • WHAS-AM, "Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Decision Coverage"
  • Dave Begley, WANV-AM, "London News Now."
Best Sports Play by Play:
  • Jeff Sisk, WHOP-AM, "WHOP-AM Hopkinsville PBP Jeff Sisk"
  • WHAS-AM, "Kentucky Derby 146."
Best Talk Show:
  • Trevor Rice, Dustton Walker and Dale Thornhill, WTTL-FM, "The Untold Stories of Hopkins County Sports"
  • Michelle Tyrene Johnson, Laura Ellis and Rick Howlett, WFPL-FM, "In Conversation."
Station of the Year:
  • WCVK-FM
  • WQXE-FM

2021 TELEVISION DIVISION FINALISTS:

Best Digital Product:
  • WKYT-TV
  • WYMT-TV
Best Locally Produced Commercial:
  • Phillip Pennington, WLKY-TV, "Kentucky Derby Museum"
  • Amber Gardner-Rojas and Atlee McHeffey, WNKY-TV, "South Central Bank - Moments."
Best Evening Newscast:
  • "WLKY 11 p.m. News"
  • "WKYT News."
Best Morning Newscast:
  • "LEX18 News at Sunrise - Kentucky Derby 146" WLEX-TV
  • "WLKY Morning News."
Best Sportscast:
  • WLEX-TV, "LEX18 High School Sportszone"
  • Willie Hope and Camille Gear, WYMT-TV, "Sports Overtime."
Best Weathercast:
  • Kevin Harned, WAVE-TV, "WAVE 3 News,"
  • Chris Bailey and Adam Burniston "WKYT First Alert Weather Day."
Rookie of the Year:
  • Dakota Makres, WYMT-TV
  • Grace Finerman, WKYT-TV.
Station of the Year:
  • WKYT-TV
  • WLKY-TV

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING A KBA EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING AWARDS ENTRY

  1. Click on the link below to launch the entry process.  Once you have arrived at the contest login page, please scroll down on the left hand side of the screen and select: KBA Excellence In Broadcasting Awards
  2. Next, select your station from the dropdown list and use the temporary password: Ky2021

NOTE: if you station is not shown is not listed in the dropdown, please email Becky Day at becky@kba.org or call (209) 552-6541.  Once contacted, your station will be added.

RULES:

  1. Entries submitted for the 2021 Excellence In Broadcasting Awards must be from work that aired on a KBA member station during the time frame of 8/1/20 through 7/31/21.
  2. Entry deadline is July 31, 2021.

RADIO DIVISION

Station of the Year
This award recognizes a radio station for overall service to its listenership and communities
Criteria: Public service and community involvement, entertainment values, thoroughness, production, promotions, listener interaction, digital, social and overall delivery. 

Best Morning Show
This award recognizes the best radio morning show airing between 5a-10a
Criteria: Entertainment value, creativity, production value, presentation and impact.

Best Talk Show
This award recognizes the best locally originated, regular scheduled radio talk show
Criteria: Entertainment value, creativity, production value, presentation and impact.

Best News Coverage
This award recognizes the best single radio coverage of a local news event
Criteria: Presentation, production values, interest of story covered and overall impact of the news coverage.

Best Sports Play By Play
This award recognizes the best locally originated sports play by play
Criteria: Presentation of facts, creativity and delivery.

Best Locally Produced Commercial
This award recognizes the best single commercial produced by a member station on behalf of an advertiser.
Criteria: Creativity, message delivery and production value.

Best Digital Product
This award recognizes the best locally generated radio website or social media site
Criteria: Treatments of content including text, audio, video, social media and user-generated content, how well the site communicate information, overall appearance, ease of use, use of visuals and the depth and quality of information available.

Rookie of the Year
This award recognizes an individual who has made great strides in his/her first two years of employment in the radio industry
Criteria: Employee must be serving in his/her first 24 months of broadcast employment at the time the award is presented.  Dedication, morale, innovation, determination, passion, leadership, going above and beyond expectations, and other exemplary skills will be considered.

 

TELEVISION DIVISION

Station of the Year
This award recognizes a television station for overall service to its viewership and communities
Criteria: Public service and community involvement, entertainment values, thoroughness, production, promotions, viewer interaction, digital, social and overall delivery.

Best Morning Newscast
This award recognizes the best regularly scheduled newscast originally aired between 4a-12p
Criteria: Presentation of facts, thoroughness, production values, interest of stories presented and overall impact of the newscast

Best Evening Newscast
This award recognizes the best regularly scheduled newscasts originally aired between 4p-11p
Criteria: Aspects of the newscast (i.e. News, Weather and Sports), presentation of facts, thoroughness, production values, interest of stories presented and overall impact of the newscast and delivery.

Best Sportscast
This award recognizes the best locally originated and regularly scheduled sportscast
Criteria: Clear presentation of facts, thoroughness, delivery/communication skills and interest of stories presented.

Best Weathercast
This award recognizes the best locally originated and regularly scheduled weather broadcast
Criteria: Clear presentation of facts, thoroughness, delivery/communication skills and interest of stories presented.

Best Locally Produced Commercial
This award recognizes the best single commercial produced by a member station on behalf of an advertiser.
Criteria: Creativity, message delivery and production value.

Best Digital Product
This award recognizes the best locally generated television website or social media site
Criteria: Treatments of content including text, audio, video, social media and user generated content, how well the site communicate information, overall appearance, ease of use, use of visuals and the depth and quality of information available.

Rookie of the Year
This award recognizes an individual who has made great strides in his/her first two years of employment in the television industry
Criteria: Employee must be serving in his/her first 24 months of broadcast employment at the time the award is presented.  Dedication, morale, innovation, determination, leadership, going above and beyond expectations, and other exemplary skills will be considered.

 

TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

Engineer of the Year
This award recognizes individuals who have displayed excellence and innovation in broadcast engineering for a Kentucky radio or television station.
Criteria: Development of new technology, leadership in education, and contributions to broadcast engineering technical standards.

 

SPECIAL DIVISION

Freedom of Information Award
This award is sponsored by The Associated Press and is presented for a distinguished contribution to freedom of the press. Entries can be either television or radio work that will exemplify the spirit and intent of the First Amendment and should demonstrate the news organization’s ability to fulfill its public service role and to overcome obstacles in gathering information. The recipient committed all necessary resources to overcome obstacles on behalf of the unrestricted flow of information vital to free society. By so doing, the recipient has served the public and has honored journalism.

You are encouraged to nominate your own news organization, or another news organization whose work is visible to you, for the Freedom of Information Award. The award will be presented to an individual or news organization that made a major contribution during the past year on behalf of the First Amendment or Freedom of Information.

If your news organization or an individual was engaged during the past year in an effort to advance or protect the First Amendment concerns of the media and the public or waged a battle on behalf of Freedom of Information, please attach a letter outlining the details with your entries for the judges to consider.

 

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