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April 24, 2023
Contact: Alex Styer
2023 PAB AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING
George Graham (WVIA) and Joe Snedeker (WNEP) will be honored as Broadcasters of the Year among 80+ other award winners
HARRISBURG, PA – On Friday, May 5, The annual PAB Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting will be held at the Harrisburg Hilton in downtown Harrisburg. More than 80 award winners will be recognized and receive their physical award statue, and the PAB will honor George Graham (radio) and Joe Snedeker (TV) as the 2023 Broadcasters of the Year.
“This is the first time in three years we will not include a special COVID coverage category as we are finally putting the pandemic in the rear-view mirror,” said Joe Conti, President of the PAB. “We are thrilled to be back in Harrisburg to shine a spotlight on the tireless work done by station staff across the Commonwealth. The PAB Awards are always an enjoyable, festive event, and we look forward to welcoming our members.”
The annual event recognizes and celebrates the exceptional work being done by Pennsylvania broadcasters. PAB Awards are presented in a variety of categories for both broadcast radio and television stations. This year, a total of 451 entries were received across 20 different categories, and the entries were judged by the Massachusetts Association of Broadcasters.
The PAB will present 87 awards to 47 different stations and broadcast groups at the annual luncheon. WPXI-TV takes home the highest total of awards this year with five. WVIA, WGAL-TV, and WTAE-TV took home four awards each, and WQED, WTAJ-TV, WHP-TV, WLVR/WLVN, WICU, WBRE/WYOU-TV and KDKA-FM each took home three awards.
A complete list of 2023 award winners can be found here: https://pab.org/awards
Additionally, PAB will present the Broadcaster of the Year honors to WVIA-FM’s George Graham and WNEP-TV’s Joe Snedeker.
For more information about the PAB Awards Ceremony, please visit: https://pab.org/2023-excellence-in-broadcasting-awards-luncheon/
Broadcaster of the Year Bios:
About George Graham
One of the first staff members at WVIA, George produces and hosts Mixed Bag, All That Jazz and Homegrown Music on WVIA Radio, and the Homegrown Music Concerts on WVIA TV. A native and resident of Carbondale, PA, he is magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he majored in electrical engineering, along with four years of on-air experience at the Duke University radio station. He introduced Mixed Bag, which has become purportedly the longest continuously running program of what is now called “album adult alternative” music in the country. Graham introduced Homegrown Music, which has been running continuously as a weekly series since 1976. He also hosts WVIA’s All That Jazz and presents extensive annual radio coverage of the region’s jazz festivals from Delaware Water Gap and Scranton. Graham has written for regional publications, and works as a freelance recording engineer, producer, and mastering engineer.
About Joe Snedeker
Joe Snedeker is WNEP’s morning meteorologist. Born and raised in Lackawanna County, he has been with the station full-time since 1999. Joe began his career teaching at Carbondale Area High School in 1988. But a few short years later he started moonlighting at WNEP as their weekend meteorologist. During this time Joe began to develop his irreverent on-air style and signature brand of humor. He also began his yearly Go Joe charity bike ride, which has raised more than $10 million for Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Scranton. Joe went full-time at WNEP just before the turn of the millennium. But he still teaches Earth Science part-time at Marywood University. And his daily forecasts retain the flavor of a born teacher hustling to keep his students engaged, entertained, and a little smarter than they were before they stepped into his classroom.
About the PAB:
The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters endeavors to promote collaboration between radio and television broadcast station owners, managers and staff across the Commonwealth. We assist our member stations in serving their communities, audiences and advertisers through FCC licensed free, over-the-air broadcast program operations.