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WKU PBS wins 3 Emmy Awards; anxiety PSA also honored

WKU’s Public Broadcasting Service, WKU PBS, was recognized with three Ohio Valley Emmy Awards Saturday at the 49th annual awards ceremony in Cincinnati, Ohio. A PSA for WKU’s Counseling and Testing Center also won an Emmy.

WKU PBS was recognized with three Ohio Valley Emmy Awards. From left are Producer Cheryl Beckley, Director of Educational Telecommunications James Morgese, WKU student Neil Purcell and Station Manager David Brinkley. (Photo by Dave Beckley)

WKU PBS was recognized with three Ohio Valley Emmy Awards. From left are Producer Cheryl Beckley, Director of Educational Telecommunications James Morgese, WKU student Neil Purcell and Station Manager David Brinkley. (Photo by Dave Beckley)

WKU PBS Producer Cheryl Beckley and Station Manager David Brinkley received recognition for content that highlighted Kentucky and the WKU campus. WKU PBS had received six nominations in four categories prior to the event. This marks the 10th consecutive year that WKU PBS employees have received nominations, receiving the coveted award 16 times.

Beckley received an Emmy Award in the “Magazine Feature/Segment” category related to a segment on the Snake Hollow installation at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Bullitt County. Material from this category was contributed from the long-running program, MainStreet.

“I never expect it, I’m always sitting there waiting for someone else’s name to be called and it’s always a surprise when they say my name,” Beckley said. “It’s such a joy to receive an Emmy award for doing what I love and knowing that I couldn’t do it alone. Everything we do here takes a team…and all of my accomplishments are because of that team.”

Brinkley received two awards for his role as a videographer and lighting director in various segments related to the program MainStreet. Specific locations showcased include: Van Meter Auditorium at WKU; the Snake Hollow installation at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Bullitt County; and the Wooldridge Monuments in Mayfield.

“I get to work with an incredible creative team. They care about telling a story. They care about the audience. They care about making sure every detail is covered.  I believe that is why we have had success,” Brinkley said. “We are proud to showcase WKU and Kentucky to our audience.”

James Morgese, WKU Director of Educational Telecommunications, added: “We are evolving our organization into a unit that can continually be effective in our region. We have had great success in the past and this recognition is a good sign that we are headed down the correct path toward the future.”

The Emmy Awards judge entries on their own merits and does 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 a record 751 entries representing the work of 80 organizations.

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. “I feel a certain sense of accomplishment receiving this award from the NATAS Ohio Valley,” Purcell said. “It is exciting that a group dealing with the best of the industry believes that I have potential to be one of the best of the future.”

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.

A public service announcement on anxiety produced for WKU’s Counseling and Testing Center was also an Emmy winner. The PSA was produced by Sublime Media Group LLC and featured WKU student Cory Hardin of LaGrange.

Today, the Ohio Valley chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has members in 25 television markets (including Cincinnati, Columbus, Louisville, Lexington, and Charleston) across four states (Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia) and continues to recognize not only the best in local news, weather, and sports, but they have grown to celebrate accomplishments in writing, editing, children’s programming, documentaries, student productions, art design and new media.

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

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