WDRB-TV, WPSD-TV, WHAS-AM, WFPL-FM big winners at annual Kentucky AP Broadcasters awards
LOUISVILLE, April 6, 2012 -- Radio and television members of The Associated Press claimed victories in statewide news competition as the Kentucky AP Broadcasters handed out awards in Louisville on Saturday, April 6.
Competition was fierce among large-market TV stations and WDRB-TV in Louisville took home one more award than the second-place finisher.
Among WDRB's win were two news feature categories, sports feature and news videography. Crosstown rival WHAS-TV won top awards in best newscast, best sportscaster and best website. WAVE-TV in Louisville took top spot news honors for a police chase story and won the prestigious investigative category win.
Among small-market TV, WPSD-TV in Paducah finished first with 16 first-place awards; one of them against large-market competitors for weather anchor Jennifer Rukavina. WBKO-TV in Bowling Green counted among its wins best political coverage and best website. WYMT-TV in Hazard claimed best hard news feature for a revisit to West Liberty a week after a tornado lashed the city and killed seven people and Steve Hensley won best anchor.
The non-commercial radio division was also very tight, with WFPL in Louisville claiming five first-place plaques — one more than the next-best finisher.
In commercial radio as well, one extra award made the difference for WKYX in Paducah, which claimed the enterprise, political coverage and two news feature categories. News Director Donna Groves also won best radio reporter against all other entrants statewide.
WHAS radio in Louisville had impressive wins in spot news, best newscast and best sports reporting, among others.
In the non-commercial radio division, the compelling issue of older kids needing foster care brought WKYU in Bowling Green the best public affairs award. The station also won best newscast and claimed best enterprise for a story about seniors losing prescriptions to theft.
WFPL's wins included sports feature, website and political coverage honors.
From Lexington, WUKY's Alan Lytle won against all other radio anchors statewide. The station also took best use of sound.
A piece by WKMS in Murray in remembrance of a local rock icon notched a win in documentary and WMKY in Morehead won for best play by play sports.
Best of Show awards went to WHAS in Louisville for radio and WAVE in Louisville for TV.
There was strong interest in the college radio and TV categories as well. Students from Morehead State University, University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University and Murray State University competed.
The KAPB board re-elected Rick Howlett, managing editor of WFPL-FM, as president and welcomed three new board members: Carolyn Williams, assistant news director, WAVE-TV; Bill Evans, VP of news, WPSD-TV; and Joe Corcoran, anchor and producer, WKYU-FM. Robert Thomas, news director at WKYT-TV in Lexington, was elected KAPB vice president. Other board members include Neil Middleton, VP and general manager, WYMT-TV, and Brad Pfranger, assistant professor, Western Kentucky University. Leaving the board were Donna Groves, news director, WKYX-FM; Kathy Hostetter, news director, WAVE-TV; and Gene Birk, managing editor, WBKO-TV.
For complete list of KAPB winners, please click here.