PAB Awards Competition

Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting

This competition encourages professional performance among radio and television stations in our state. All stations are encouraged to participate.

PAB 2021 Excellence in Broadcasting Awards

Congratulations to all of our 2021 winners!

2021 Winners List

Radio Winners

R-1 OUTSTANDING USE OF DIGITAL MEDIA

  • KDKA-AM – Get Marty
  • WGTY – Froggy 107.7 Instagram Island
  • WCCS/WLCY/WDAD/WQMU – Salute to Covid Class of 2020

R-2 OUTSTANDING RADIO PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT/CONTEST

  • WBEB-FM – What Will It Bee? Promo
  • WEEU – Live & Local Promo
  • WDSY – Y108 Send Me Back Screen-LBT
  • 90.5 WERG – Welcome Back! Fall 2020
  • WLAN-FM – FM97 Virtual Prom Party
  • WQXA-FM – 105.7 THE X + Promo
  • WEEU – NASA SpaceX Demo-2 Launch
  • 7 Mountains Media – 3WZ Construction

R-3 OUTSTANDING RADIO PUBLIC SEVICE ANNOUNCEMENT/CAMPAIGN

  • WBEB-FM – B101’s Christmas Choir Competition 2020
  • WDNH – Shower For Charity
  • WQSU – WQSU QTips

R-4 OUTSTANDING RADIO FEATURE STORY/REPORT/SERIES

  • WBUT/WISR/WLER-FM – Classroom on the Radio
  • WESA – Teachers Are Tackling The Impeachment Trial In A Politically Divisive Climate
  • WPSU – This Rag-Tag Group of DIYers Has An Answer For Rural PA’s Internet Problem

R-5 OUTSTANDING RADIO PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM/PROGRAM SERIES

  • WDIY – TEEN Scientist
  • WFYL 1180 AM – WE THE KIDS E3 STATUE OF LIBERTY
  • WPPZ-FM – Black Women in Law Enforcement

R-6 OUTSTANDING LOCAL RADIO NEWSCAST

  • KYW – “Protesters Gassed on the Highway”
  • WLVR NEWS
  • WNNK-FM – WINKWatch News

R-7 OUTSTANDING RADIO COMMERCIAL

  • WBEB-FM – PJ Fitzpatrick – No Muck Gutters
  • 7 Mountains Media – Crossroad Farms “The Milkman Is Back”
  • WOGI – Chocolate Boutique – Taste Buds

R-8 OUTSTANDING RADIO COVERAGE OF A LOCAL SPORTING EVENT

  • WCCS – All-State Performance
  • WIP-FM – Eagles vs. Giants 10/21/20
  • WKPL – 4A WPIAL Championship

R-9 OUTSTANDING LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY/TEAM

  • KDKA-AM – The KDKA Morning Show Interviews Dr. Cyril Wecht
  • 7 Mountains Media – B94.5 Morning Getaway
  • WEEU – Mornings with Mike
  • WKRZ – 98.5 KRZ’S JEFF AND AMANDA
  • WMGK – John DeBella Outstanding Local Radio Personality

R-10 OUTSTANDING STATION SPONSORED EVENT

  • WATS/WAVR – Christmas Is For Kids
  • WMMR – The Preston & Steve Camp Out for Hunger
  • WOGI – Santa Cop

R-2020 Outstanding COVID Feature Story/ Report

  • WCCS – Joe Rocco – From IUP to the Pandemic Battlefield
  • WESA – With No Progress On New Stimulus Bill Desperation Mounts For Food Aid Recipients
  • WPSU – First-Person Account of COVID-19 Centre County Man Shares His Story

JUDGES’ MERIT – RADIO

  • KYW – Gone Cold “The Boy in the Box”
  • WBEB-FM – B101’s Kick-off to Christmas!
  • WEEU – The Mountain Folk Show: Up Close and Personal With Rodney Dillard and John McEuen
  • WEEU – Black Hole Radio
  • WEEX-AM – Easton/Phillipsburg Remembered
  • WFUZ-FM – Santa
  • WLVR – Nature Walk with Brad Klein

TV Winners

T-1 OUTSTANDING USE OF DIGITAL MEDIA

  • WHTM – 10th Congressional Debate Page
  • WPXI-TV – WPXI Digital Platforms
  • WTAE-TV – Tracking COVID-19

T-2 OUTSTANDING TELEVISION PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT/SERIES

  • WGAL-TV – WGAL 8 Together
  • WTAE-TV – Commitment 2020: This House

T-3 OUTSTANDING TELEVISION PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT/CAMPAIGN

  • WTAE-TV – It Starts With Me
  • WTAJ-TV – Autism Awareness

T-4 OUTSTANDING FEATURE STORY/REPORT/SERIES

  • WHTM-TV – Ride Along
  • WICU-TV – Answering the Call
  • WNEP-TV – Jaden Leiby’s Road To Recovery
  • WPMT-TV – Teen Athlete’s Drive for Success
  • PCN-TV – Interview with Debi, Certified Deaf Interpreter For Governor Tom Wolf
  • WTAJ-TV – Dano Gets a Kidney
  • WQED-TV – A Crowning Achievement
  • WUVP-TV – Toy Quest: Daddy-Daughter Duo Takes Over YouTube For Autism

T-5 OUTSTANDING TELEVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM/PROGRAM SERIES

  • WGAL-TV – WGAL8 Infocus, Human Trafficking
  • WQED-TV – Childhood Lost: The Adultification of African American Girls

T-6 OUTSTANDING TELEVISION SPOT NEWS

  • WNEP-TV – Watching The Susquehanna River On Christmas Day
  • WPMT-TV – Black Lives Matter Protests
  • WPXI-TV – WPXI Spot News
  • WTAJ-TV – Bedford County Activist Shot
  • WTAE-TV – COVID-19 At Brighton Rehab
  • WUVP-TV – Justice for My Son

T-7 OUTSTANDING BREAKING NEWS REPORT

  • WGAL-TV – WGAL Lancaster Police Involved Shooting September 13
  • WHTM-TV – George Floyd Death Protest
  • WJET/WFXP-TV – BLM Protest/Riot May 2020
  • WTAE-TV – Pittsburgh’s Breaking News Team: May 30th Protest

T-8 OUTSTANDING TELEVISION COVERAGE OF A LOCAL SPORTING EVENT

  • WTAJ-TV – Sportsbeat 2020
  • WPXI-TV – 11 On The Ice: Hockey’s Back

T-9 OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

  • WPSU-TV – Speaking Grief
  • WQED-TV – An Unlikely Refuge: Surviving the Holocaust in Shanghai

T-10 OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE STORY/REPORT/SERIES

  • WICU-TV – INVESTIGATION Tracking Your Tax Dollars
  • WPXI-TV – Nursing Home Employee Whistleblowers

T-2020 Outstanding COVID Feature Story/Report

  • WBRE-TV – PA Live! The Show Must Go On
  • WPHL-TV – Paying It Forward, One Wish at a Time!
  • WOLF-TV – Scranton Firefighter Laid to Rest
  • WPMT-TV – An unexpected side effect of COVID-19: The resurgence of drive-in movie theaters

JUDGES’ MERIT – TELEVISION

  • WBRE/WYOU-TV – From Scranton to Pennsylvania Avenue: Joe Biden’s Story
  • WPHL-TV – Weekend Philler Episode 419
  • WVIA-TV – WVIA Presents the Scranton Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker
  • WLVT-TV – Community Update on Coronavirus
  • WFMZ-TV – What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Awards
  • WOLF-TV – Countryside Conservancy
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