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And The Emmys Go To…

July 27th, 2009 by admin · 10 Comments

Let’s hear it for our local TV newspeople who went over to Lexington Saturday night, where there was a gala event to hand out Emmy Awards. This is pretty good resume stuffing material, in many cases, or simply recognition for good work.

The professionals from Louisville competed with their peers in 13 markets in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. WDRB’s Barry Bernson was the emcee. There were 80 awards selected from 219 nominations. Here’s a list of winners from Louisville:

WHAS-TV: News Special (Windstorm 2008) to news director Genie Garner

WHAS-TV: Human Interest-News (Giavanni’s Battle with Ovarian Cancer) to Andy Treinen

WAVE-TV: Special Assignment Report-News (20 years after the crash) to Connie Leonard

WHAS-TV: Advance Media – Writer (The Year in Blogs) to Joe Arnold

WHAS-TV: Photographer-News (Composite) to Steven Richard

WLKY-TV: Writer-News (Composite) to John Boel

WHAS-TV: Community/Public Service PSAs (Don’t Go Ape) to Kirk Szesny

WAVE-TV: Feature News Report w/in 24 Hours (Junior) to Drew Cook and Scott Harvey

WHAS-TV: Special Achievement: Community Service (WHAS11) to Mark Pimentel

WHAS-TV: Special Achievement: Station Excellence (WHAS11) to Mark Pimentel

Note: In our favorite category (Politics) former WAVE reporter Eric Flack won for a report (No Public Government) for WLWT in Cincinnati. And current WHAS-TV reporter Chase Cain won an Emmy for his work in weather while at Lexington’s WLEX-TV.

For those of you keeping score, Louisville stations collected 10 awards, with WHAS-TV getting all but three — those went to WAVE (two) and WLKY (one).

Tags: Awards · Reporters · TV · WAVE · WDRB · WHAS · WLKY

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Scooped // Jul 27, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    wow…further evidence of just how far down the tubes 32 For You has fallen. Didn’t they used to run an ad about how many awards they’d won at the emmys? now they have ONE?? That’s just pathetic, but if there were an award for bad management and horrible decision making they’d surely win first place. Bet they wish they had all their good people back now instead of the amateurs they have hired.

  • 2 // Jul 27, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Receiving an Emmy is not a gage on how well a station is doing. It just shows which stations employees/managment are willing to put up money to enter a contest. Most stations don’t pay for entries anymore, therefore some stations send off less entries = less chances of winning.

  • 3 James // Jul 27, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    It’s a thrill to win an EMMY…I have two…funny how people who have none generally pooh-pooh awards at any level.

  • 4 Greg K // Jul 27, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    It was a thrill when I won three Emmy’s 15 years ago. Now everyone & their dog is touting “Emmy Award-Winning” whatever. It seems to have lost it’s luster.

  • 5 bill // Jul 27, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    And the Emmy for the must DUI’s – John Boel WLKY 32!

  • 6 bill // Jul 27, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I mean the MOST DUI’s (sorry)

  • 7 Pettyjane // Jul 27, 2009 at 11:23 pm


    Get a life dude!

  • 8 Pettyjane // Jul 27, 2009 at 11:27 pm


    One more thing…if you haven’t noticed much has happened in the past year other than John Boel getting a DUI. Stop living in the past, dwelling on someone else’s mistakes and get a hobby. I’m tired of hearing that broken record.

  • 9 Carter Burger // Jul 28, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Sorry James and Greg, but these Emmy awards are comparable to one ditch digger telling another ditch digger he dug a good hole. If it strokes your ego and makes you feel good, then fine for you. But in the real world, an Emmy means nothing. I have been spending a few days in Atlanta, watching the local news here. I’m dreading coming back to Louisville because the Atlanta stations make the Louisville stations look like a bunch of green horns. Even the Fox station here looks sharp. You do NOT see their anchors surfing the web for stories on the air like at our Fox station

  • 10 Greg K // Jul 28, 2009 at 2:58 pm


    I agree with you. BTW I lived in Atlanta 95-96 and it was practically the opposite re: local news.