Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Awards ahoy

The Pennsylvania AP award nominations were released today, so let's see how everyone fared.

In television, WNEP, once again, got nominated for several awards. Since WBRE and WYOU no longer subscribe to the AP, it's pretty obvious that WNEP would pop up. This year, their "Proud to Serve" foray into Iraq is up for News Documentary, and their sportscasts have been nominated as well.

Radio is a bit more crowded...

WILK: Up for awards in News Documentary and Best News/Talk Program.
WVIA: Up for an award in Spot News.
WKOK: Up for awards in Enterprise Reporting, Spot News, Best Newscast, Best Feature, Best Radio Sound, Best Sports, Best Sports Play-by-Play. (whew)
WGRC: Up for awards in News Documentary, Best Feature, Best Series, Best Radio Sound, Best News/Talk Program. (whew)

Final awards will be given later this month. Best of luck to everyone!

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howard:
WVIA for spot news????

1:42 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

That's what the AP says. It looks like they did a story about the Merck pharmaceutical plant down in Danville, if the story slug is any indication.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous white balance said...

The WVIA reporter who got nominated was Tim Millard, who used to work at WKOK. I ran into him a few times while he was a reporter down there. Tim's a good guy who can dig up some interesting stories, so I'm not surprised he got nominated. He's also the only person I know who wears one of those fedora hats. Never understood that myself.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

He's also the only person I know who wears one of those fedora hats.

Does he have his press pass stuck in the ribbon??

"Sweeheart, get me rewrite!"

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're an AP subscriber, sooner or later you get some award. That's not meant to indict the process or any institution, that's just the way it is. I think the bigger question might be, why is a "public" station spending a boatload of my money(tax dollars, certainly not donations) to pay for AP? Does anyone turn to WVIA for news?

6:38 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

"I think the bigger question might be, why is a "public" station spending a boatload of my money(tax dollars, certainly not donations) to pay for AP? Does anyone turn to WVIA for news?"

One can make the argument that AP wire access is necessary to WVIA, which has a tiny news staff that can't be everywhere to cover things. I certainly don't think the station is spending "a boatload" of money on the service, because I'm sure they get some sort of discount for being a non-profit station.

Furthermore, I think the amount of actual tax dollars spent on that wire access is negligible, at best. I don't know the breakdown of funding at WVIA (tax dollars vs. donations), but if the station was getting gobs of moolah from Uncle Sam, they wouldn't be doing pledge drives. But they do.

I listen to WVIA for news. Most of it is for NPR programming, mind you, but sometimes I'll listen to their local news coverage. And it's not a lot. But as I've said before, there's not many options for radio news in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...because I'm sure they get some sort of discount for being a non-profit station.

If anyone can show me an ounce of proof of that, I'll be happy to eat my words. Until then, I doubt AP ofers them any sort of price break. Why would they?

...I don't know the breakdown of funding at WVIA (tax dollars vs. donations), but if the station was getting gobs of moolah from Uncle Sam, they wouldn't be doing pledge drives. But they do.

PBS and NPR have been feeding at the public teat for far too long. There really is no need for "public" broadcasting in 2006. If they can exist solely on corporate underwriting and donations, terrific, keep at it. If not, go away. And please, spare me the "commercial free, great and intellectual programming" routine. They are not commercial free, you get commercial content shoved down your throat at the beginning and end of each and every show. And a lot of what they produce locally is amateurish. Some of it's good, most of it is not.

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not forget Sid Michaels recieving the Media award from the Red Barons earlier this week !

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's pretty bad when a PBS station subscribes to the AP wire...when the NBC and CBS affiliates in the same market do not. Nexstar is a freakin' joke.

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya know, here's a rare thought for the market; if all of the local station were doing what they are supposed to be doing, WHICH IS COVER LOCAL NEWS, the need for AP would be greatly diminished, if not eliminated completely. There should be no national news, unless it is a huge story, in most casts on WNEP, WBRE, WYOU, and yes, WVIA.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree to some extent. Networks cover national/international, which they do wonderfully. Local casts should be local, and many of them stray pretty far afield on a regular basis.

7:30 PM  

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