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WSB-TV wins top Emmy; 10 Emmys each go to WXIA-TV, WAGA-TV

WXIA-TV's Doug Richards, WGCL's Wendy Saltzman and WAGA's Dale Russell at the Southeast Emmy's Saturday. CREDIT: Doug  Richard's facebook page

WXIA-TV's Doug Richards, WGCL's Wendy Saltzman and WAGA's Dale Russell at the Southeast Emmy's Saturday. CREDIT: Doug Richard's facebook page

WSB-TV, for the third year in a row, took home an Emmy for TV news programming excellence in a major Southeastern market, beating out its three Atlanta brethren.

WSB also won nine total Emmys, including three connected with projects headed by Andrew Young.

But who had the most Emmys of the night? It was a tie. Scrappy NBC affiliate WXIA-TV under the helm of new news director Ellen Crooke took home ten, and so did Fox 5’s WAGA-TV.

Among the winners handed out Saturday (I was out of town and missed out on the festivities) included:

- Jaye Watson (WXIA-TV) , best on-air general assignment reporter.

- Ross Cavitt (WSB-TV), best live on-air reporter

- Jerome Jurenovich (Fox Sports South), best on-air sports reporter (he seems to win every year, doesn’t he?) and tie for bets sports anchor with a non-Atlanta anchor.

- Joanne Feldman (WAGA-TV) – best weather anchor, beating out David Chandley of WSB-TV, last year’s winner.

- State of Stimulus: Tracking the Money (WXIA-TV) – Best continuous coverage of a story

- Hit and Run (WXIA-TV’s Matt Pearl, Doug Richards, Dan Reilly) – Best spot news story

- September Floods (WXIA-TV) – Best team coverage

WGCL-TV garnered a  relatively sparse two Emmys (out of 10 nominations): one for on-air performer/narrator for Corinna Allen (over last year’s winner Peachtree TV’s Jeff Johnson) and another for outstanding news promo for its “Great Moments in Tough Questions History.” (See a sample below)

From Corinna's blog

From Corinna's blog

Emmy’s probably don’t translate into more dollars or viewers but help burnish a station’s reputation within the industry and bolster internal morale, said Michael Castengera, a broadcast news consultant and teacher at the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia.

“It’s nice for promotion and an Emmy is at least something people recognize,” he said. “But it’s more an internal thing to make the employees feel good.”

4 comments Add your comment

RegGuy

June 28th, 2010
1:07 pm

Eric VonHassler is by far the best news reader on the airwaves. His partner Larry Wachs offers an in depth no nonsense,politically incorrect response to some of the news briefings. Very entertaining. If you haven’t listened you should give it a try.You will never get such in depth news from some of these other clowns that simply repeat time and weather and traffic every 3 minutes.

Flora Bunda

June 29th, 2010
1:25 pm

Fox5 wins for most obnoxious shwooshing news graphics (A close tie with 11Alive). Thanks for giving us vertigo every 15 seconds with the jet plane sound strafing logo.

CBS wins for silliest news sound effects to accompany title graphics. I think they use one of those kids toys that makes a clever sound when you push 1 of 10 colorful geometric buttons. These follow whenever the bottom title graphics pop-up. (cue sound: rimshot)

jaypat

June 29th, 2010
5:06 pm

The “Emmy’s these stations were awarded is a joke. The stations in Atlanta are more interested in afflicting the afflicted and comforting the already comfortable. Most of the “coverage” looks like the news writers copy “The Drudge Report” into the script for the news readers to deliver to the audience.

Jon

June 30th, 2010
12:19 am

Where’s any Emmy for Jovita Moore? She’s definitely the best anchor in Atlanta. She just reports the news effectively and pleasantly, without all the emoting and antics of some of the other anchors. She and Keith Whitney together would be magic. The 2 best anchors in Atlanta.