Here at the V.V., we have a soft spot for the Louisville Magazine’s Best of Louisville Awards, since they picked Jake and me as Best Bloggers last year (nothing in the category this year, so we’re still the champs). But there’s still room to question the readers’ choices in media categories, especially TV. The July issue is out with all the winners in it.
This year, there were just five TV news categories: Anchor, Weathercaster, Sportscaster, Evening Newscast and Morning Newscast.
The top two spots at Anchor went to Dawne Gee and Jackie Hays of WAVE. Rachel Platt was 3rd. Note — the mag’s readers seem to be big fans of WAVE, which won both the Evening and Morning TV Newcast votes, even though the station never wins a ratings block.
WAVE’s John Belski edged out Tom Wills for weathercaster, with Jay Cardosi getting third. And in sports, WLKY’s Fred Cowgill broke through the WAVE dominance, though Bob Domine of WAVE got second, ahead of the much harder-working Kyle Draper of WHAS. Really. Domine isn’t even the top guy at his station. Oh, forgot. It’s a vote on popularity, not ability.
Conclusions: Louisvlle Magazine readers like WAVE a lot, and ignore WDRB. Maybe the fact that these awards have a category for senior living residence tells you something about the demographics.
Let’s see what V.V. readers have to say… Please leave us some comments if you agree or disagree with the Louisvlle Mag readers’ choices for the city’s best Anchors, Weathercasters and Sportscasters. And while you’re at it, let’s include a category the Mag ignored — Who’s the Best TV Reporter in town?