PAB Awards Competition

Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting

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2020 PAB AWARDS

2020 Awards Competition

PAB ANNUAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING GOES ALL VIRTUAL FOR 2020
Sue Campbell & Alicia Richards will receive Broadcaster of the Year Awards among 70+ other winners

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters today announced the new date for its annual Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting Luncheon, which will now be held virtually on Friday, October 2 at noon. More than 70 award winners for outstanding achievement in broadcast television and radio will be recognized in this all-virtual event which will also present Broadcaster of the Year awards to two of central Pennsylvania’s most-recognized news personalities. The PAB Awards will be entirely free to watch and broadcast live on YouTube, Facebook, and Zoom.

“Given the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19, we made the best decision for the health and safety of all members to move the PAB Awards to an all-online format,” said Joe Conti, President of the PAB. “With that being said, we expect to present a meaningful and memorable event that will give all Pennsylvania broadcasters the recognition they deserve for their outstanding work, both before and during the pandemic. Although we cannot be physically together, we are implementing several ideas that will make for a truly interactive experience to those who attend virtually.”

The PAB Awards were originally scheduled for late March, 2020, but were postponed and ultimately moved to an all-virtual event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The annual event presents awards in a variety of categories for both broadcast radio and television stations, including Outstanding Use of Digital Media, Radio Commercial, Coverage of a Local Sporting Event, Public Affairs Program, and more. A complete list of 2020 winners can be found here.

The virtual event will give stations throughout the Commonwealth, along with their friends and family, an opportunity to recognize their peers and celebrate the exceptional work being done by Pennsylvania broadcasters. Additionally, PAB will present the Broadcaster of the Year honors to two venerable stalwarts of the Harrisburg television and radio market – Sue Campbell and Alicia Richards.

Sue Campbell, co-host of the WINK Wake-Up Show. Sue began her career in radio shortly after graduating from Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill, PA, in 1980. With a brief time in the office at WCMB/WSFM, Sue then took a job as the receptionist at WTPA FM 104 in Harrisburg, where she earned the nickname the “Joke Lady” for her brief on-air chats with host Tim Burns. In 1988, she accepted a co-host position with Burns and spent the next 14 years alongside him until his retirement in 2002. She continues to host the morning show alongside co-host Denny Logan for the last 18 years.

Alicia Richards, co-anchors of ABC27’s 5:00, 6:00 & 11:00 p.m. newscasts. Alicia is focused on the opioid crisis and how it affects families locally, as well as solutions. Alicia takes great pride in her extensive involvement with the Central Pennsylvania community. She is a tireless advocate for women’s issues through both her news segments and regular speaking engagements. Alicia produced the “Buddy Check 27” news segment series, which won two Pennsylvania Association of Broadcaster awards. She also appeared alongside her mother Karen in public service announcements promoting the importance of early detection for breast cancer.

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2020 Winners List

Radio Winners

R-1 OUTSTANDING USE OF DIGITAL MEDIA

  • WLAN-FM: #ElvisONTHeShelf WLAN-FM
  • WCCS-AM 1160 and 101.1FM LITTLE BUCCO CONTEST
  • WBEB-FM B101 DIGITAL TELETHON – RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES CHANGE THE LUCK OF A CHILD TELETHON

R-2 OUTSTANDING RADIO PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT/CONTEST

  • WHKF-FM – WHKF – ALL 90’S WEEKEND PROMOS
  • 7 MOUNTAINS MEDIA – 7 MOUNTAINS MEDIA — “DIGITAL”
  • WBEB-FM: B101’S QUEST FOR THE BEST PROMO

R-3 OUTSTANDING RADIO PUBLIC SEVICE ANNOUNCEMENT/CAMPAIGN

  • WEZX-FM: FATAL ACCIDENTS DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
  • WBEB-FM: B101’S CHRISTMAS CHOIR COMPETITION 2019
  • WQSU-FM: MOVE THE LINE

R-4 OUTSTANDING RADIO FEATURE STORY/REPORT/SERIES

  • VIA PUBLIC MEDIA: KEYSTONE EDITION – BUCKNELL PROFESSOR SHINES LIGHT OF HOPE INTO THE DARKNESS IN LEBANON
  • WCCS-AM 1160 AND 101.1 FM: D-DAY REMEMBERED: WCCS IN THE MORNING
  • KYW-AM: STONEWALL: 50 YEARS LATER

R-5 OUTSTANDING RADIO PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM/PROGRAM SERIES

  • WILK: WILK’S SPECIAL EDITION WITH PAULA DEIGNAN
  • WDSN-FM: MADE IN DuBOIS
  • KYW-AM: KYW NEWSRADIO “FLASHPOINT” PROGRAM

R-6 OUTSTANDING LOCAL RADIO NEWSCAST

  • WATS/WAVR: CHOICE NEWS WITH CHUCK CARVER
  • WILK: WILK NEWS
  • KYW-AM: AN 8-HOUR STANDOFF IN NORTH PHILADELPHIA

R-7 OUTSTANDING RADIO COMMERCIAL

  • WLAN-FM – WLAN – FIELD OF SCREAMS
  • WFGI: TAPS N NAT
  • WMBS: KELLEY CLARK – “OH YEAH”
  • 7 MOUNTAINS MEDIA: CCRS
  • WOGI: COMPLETE DENTAL CARE – IT’S YOUR TOOTH

R-8 OUTSTANDING RADIO COVERAGE OF A LOCAL SPORTING EVENT

  • WCTL: BACKYARD BATTLE
  • WEEU: BACKYARD BRAWL
  • KYW-AM: KYW NEWSRADIO’S UNITY CUP BROADCAST

R-9 OUTSTANDING LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY/TEAM

  • WKRZ: JEFF + AMANDA – JEFF WALKER + AMANDA GREENE AFTERNOONS – 98.KRZ
  • WEEU: MORNINGS WITH MIKE
  • WTDY-FM: COOP & CASEY ON 96.5 TDY

R-10 OUTSTANDING STATION SPONSORED EVENT

  • WRVV-FM – 0.5k
  • 7 MOUNTAINS MEDIA: FRANKSGIVING
  • KYW-AM: GAMECHANGERS: RECOGNIZING PEOPLE UPLIFTING COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

JUDGES’ MERIT – RADIO

  • WVYC: THIS IS A RADIO DRAMA PRESENTED BY THE YCP COLLEGE THEATER DEPT AND WVYC
  • WQSU: ON AIR PLEDGE DRIVE
  • WEEU: HOLIDAY HAPPINESS SHOW
  • WMGK: 30 DAYS OF DEBBI

TV Winners

T-1 OUTSTANDING USE OF DIGITAL MEDIA

  • WHTM: DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE: BEYOIND THE SKY AND INTO THE CLASSROOM
  • WNEP: LESSONS ON LIVING FROM THE DYING
  • WTAE: WATE DIGITAL

T-2 OUTSTANDING TELEVISION PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT/CONTEST

  • WICU: SHATTERED FAITH PROMO
  • WTAE: PROJECT COMMUNITY – PARKLAND TO PITTSBURGH

T-3 OUTSTANDING TELEVISION PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT/CAMPAIGN

  • WTAJ: YEAR IN REVIEW
  • WVYC: YORK COUNTY FOOD BANK
  • WLVT: NETA RED BILLBOARD

T-4 OUTSTANDING FEATURE STORY/REPORT/SERIES (IN THE BLUE CATEGETORY THERE WERE 75 ENTRIES, THEREFORE MULTIPLE WINNERS WERE ALLOWED)

  • WNEP: SPEARHEAD: THE HEROIC STORY OF A WWII VETERAN
  • WHTM: THESE ARE COMFORTERS
  • VIA PUBLIC MEDIA: GLYNN LUNNEY – SEGMENT FOR STATE OF PA
  • WHP: ERIC’S STORY
  • WPMT: STEP INSIDE PENNSYLVANIA’S ONLY PRISON BOOT CAMP
  • WBRE/WYOU: INSPIRATION LIZZIE
  • WPMT: FOX43 FOCAL POINT: DIABETES
  • WFMZ: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKE A SWING AT DOING SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR THEIR FRIEND
  • WICU: SHATTERED FAITH
  • WFMZ: 97-YEAR OLD WWII VET ACCEPTS FRANCE’S HIGHEST HONOR
  • WPHL: WEEKEND PHILLER: INTERVIEW WITH AN ASTRONAUT
  • WTAE: TRANSFORMING PITTSBURGH

T-5 OUTSTANDING TELEVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM/PROGRAM SERIES

  • WOLF-TV: CLOSER LOOK WITH KATIE BYRNE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA
  • WQED-TV: HOMECOMING: SGT. HAMILTON’S LONG JOURNEY

T-6 OUTSTANDING TELEVISION SPOT NEWS

  • WNEP: FIRE AT POCONO MANOR
  • WCAU: FAMILY TRAGEDY

T-7 OUTSTANDING BREAKING NEWS REPORT

  • WHP: WEATHER WARN DAY
  • WCAU: REFINERY EXPLOSION

T-8 OUTSTANDING TELEVISION COVERAGE OF A LOCAL SPORTING EVENT

  • WTAJ: SPORTSBEAT
  • WPMT: PENN STATE COTTON BOWL CHAMPS
  • WOLF: FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS
  • WTAE: BLACK AND GOLD PRIMETIME

T-9 OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

  • WBRE/WYOU: PAHOMEPAGE.COM: EYEWITNESS NEWS PRESENTS “HIDDEN HISTORY: HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH” 2019
  • WGAL: JUVENILE LIFERS: THE LONG ROAD TO REDEMPTION
  • WPXI: DOCUMENTARY – REMEMBERING FLIGHT 426

T-10 OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE STORY/REPORT/SERIES

  • WTAJ: PIAZZA – DEATH FROM FRATERNITY HAZING
  • WPMT: FOX43 REVEALS: HOW HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PAIN PILLS FLOODED LOCAL PHARMACIES
  • WHTM: STOPPING A SCHOOL SHOOTING
  • WLVT: STOP THE VIOLENCE PART 2
  • WTAE: RECALLED CARS FOR SALE

JUDGES’ MERIT – TELEVISION

  • WOLF: WHERE TO WED
  • WGAL: CHRONICLE: GIFT OF SIGHT
  • WQED-TV: FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
  • WPHL: WEEKEND PHILLER EPISODE 408
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