Kentucky broadcasters honored at annual AP awards in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Television and radio stations across the commonwealth have been honored as the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters presented awards May 21, 2011..
Among large-market TV stations, WLEX-TV in Lexington received seven first-place awards while WPSD-TV in Paducah dominated the small-market bracket with 18 trophies.
In radio, WHAS-AM in Louisville took home five top awards among large-market stations and WKYU in Bowling Green competed in both market size divisions and claimed eight wins.
The winners were announced Saturday evening during a banquet at the Galt House in Louisville.
Winners in the Best Newscast category were WLKY-TV in Louisville among large-market TV stations and WBKO-TV in Bowling Green in the small-market division. WHAS-AM took the honor in the large-market radio division while WMKY in Morehead won among small market stations.
Among WLEX-TV's trophies was Spot News for coverage of a water rescue.
WPSD-TV claimed, among its honors, Best Reporter for work by Jason Hibbs.
WHAS-AM's plaques included Suzanne Duvall taking Radio Anchor and Best Reporter honors for the large-market division.
WKYU's victories included Best Reporter for Lisa Autry's work in the small-market division.
Television Class I includes stations in Lexington and Louisville, while Class II encompasses those in Paducah, Bowling Green and Hazard.
In college competition, Western Kentucky University students won for Best College Video and a Morehead State University entry was judged Best College Audio.
Radio Class I features competition among Louisville and Lexington stations, while all others compete in Class II. Small-market stations may choose to compete in Class I categories.
In addition to awards presented in a variety of categories, Best of Show winners were chosen from among all winners in selected categories. WLKY-TV in Louisville for a story on Taser use took the honor for television and WHAS-AM in Louisville for the Karen Sypher verdict was declared the radio winner.
Congratulations to all the winners. Please click here for the complete list.
Larry Price, director of U.S. broadcast sales for the AP, discusses challenges and andopportunities for the broadcast industry and journalists during the KAPB awards in Louisville.
2011-2012 KAPB Board
Members of the KAPB board of directors at the annual awards presentation, from left, Adam Yeomans, AP bureau chief for Kentucky; Gene Birk, KAPB president and anchor/managing editor at WBKO-TV; Rick Howlett, KAPB vice president and reporter/anchor at WFPL-FM; Mike Taylor, immediate past president and assignment editor at WLEX-TV; and Mark Neerman, news director at WHAS-TV. Board members not pictured: Donna Grove, news director, WKYX-FM; Neil Middleton, vice president of news, WYMT-TV; and Ferrell Wellman, public affairs host, Kentucky Educational Television.
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