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WKU PBS receives 6 nominations for Regional Emmy Awards

WKU PBS has received six nominations in the 49th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards. Winners will be announced during a July 20 ceremony in Cincinnati.

WKU PBS' "Special Edition – Outlook with Bryan Anderson," hosted by Barbara Deeb, was nominated for an Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award in the “Military Program” category.

WKU PBS’ “Special Edition – Outlook with Bryan Anderson,” hosted by Barbara Deeb, was nominated for an Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award in the “Military Program” category.

WKU’s public broadcasting service has been nominated in each of the past 10 years, winning the award 13 times.

“WKU PBS takes very seriously the responsibility to provide our audience with the highest possible quality in self-produced local and national program content,” Station Manager David Brinkley said. “We are honored that the industry has selected these materials to showcase in that regard.”

This year marks the first time that WKU PBS is nominated in the “Military Program” category.  Special Edition – Outlook with Bryan Anderson, hosted by Barbara Deeb, is an inspirational program with Iraqi War Veteran Bryan Anderson who lost both legs and his left hand in an I.E.D. attack in 2005.

“I remember finishing the interview with Bryan Anderson and walking away from the set feeling empowered, inspired, and mindful of the many gifts we take for granted,” Program Producer and Host Barbara Deeb said. “It is a real honor to be able to share the inspiring story of this American hero, and a great compliment for our peers to have recognized us with an Emmy nomination, our first in the Military Program category.” Joining Deeb on the nomination listing are Brianne Kelley, Joshua Niedwick and David Brinkley.

WKU PBS also received three nominations in the “Magazine Feature/Segment” category. Material from this category was contributed from the long-running program, MainStreet.

WKU PBS has been nominated for six Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards.

WKU PBS has been nominated for six Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards.

Program Producer Cheryl Beckley said, “It was a thrill to be nominated for doing something I truly love. MainStreet is a wonderful show and I have the privilege of working with some talented people to make every piece into something special.”

The three nominated segments featured content about:  WKU Associate Professor of Art Mike Nichols; the Snake Hollow installation at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Bullitt County; and the Wooldridge Monuments in Mayfield.

There were also two nominations in non-content specific categories. Brinkley was nominated as a program photographer and lighting director. These entries contain composites of materials that represent different works.

In all, six WKU PBS employees shared the nominations. Barbara Deeb, Cheryl Beckley, Jessica Gibbs, Brianne Kelley, Joshua Niedwick and David Brinkley will represent WKU at the ceremony this year. Kelley, a spring 2013 WKU graduate from Massillon, Ohio, was a senior during production of her related program.

The Ohio Valley Chapter also announced the College Student Production Awards and three WKU PBS student employees are on that list.

Copper Canyon – Old West Town was produced and edited by Neil Purcell, a WKU junior from Mayfield, and won an award in the “Program & Spot Announcement” Category.   Two other student entries received an honorable mention.  Ryan Vennell, a senior from Chatham, Ill., was honored for his work on an HSSN Promo, and Scott Vennell, also a senior from Chatham, Ill., was honored for a graphics and animation composite.

The Ohio Valley chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has members in 13 television markets (including Cincinnati, Columbus, Louisville, Lexington and Charleston) across four states (Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia) and continues to recognize the best in local news, weather and sports as well as accomplishments in writing, editing, children’s programming, documentaries, student productions, art design and new media.

The Emmy Awards judge entries on their own merits and do not compare entries to one another.  It is for that reason that the Emmys are unique because there can be one award, more than one award, or no awards given in any given category.  The Emmy Award, also known as the “Emmy,” is the highest award given in the television industry and it considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (for film), Grammy Awards (for music) and Tony Awards (for stage).  This year there were 751 total entries, a record, representing the work of more than 80 organizations.

Contact: David Brinkley, (270) 745-6140.

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