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4 win Regional Emmy Award for ‘The Symphony: Chorale Finale’

Four WKU employees were recognized with Regional Emmy Awards for their work on The Symphony: Chorale Finale, recorded in WKU’s Van Meter Auditorium and aired on WKU PBS.

David Brinkley (left) and Jordan Basham accepted the Regional Emmy Award for "The Symphony: Chorale Finale."

David Brinkley (left) and Jordan Basham accepted the Regional Emmy Award for “The Symphony: Chorale Finale.” Jessica Gibbs and Jeff Smith also were recognized for their work on the program that aired on WKU PBS.

The award in the Special Events Coverage category was presented Saturday by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Columbus, Ohio, which includes Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia.

Those recognized were Jessica Gibbs, producer/editor; Jordan Basham, technical director/engineer; Jeff Smith (audio engineer/post mixing); and David Brinkley (director). This was the first Emmy for Basham and Smith.

“It is great to receive an award, but what is most important is that this further cements the understanding that WKU students train in the best possible environment to help ensure career success,” Basham said. “WKU has demonstrated an unparalleled dedication to student success and I am thrilled, as a professional, to get to work with the future leaders of our industry.”

The program, which aired July 4, 2014, was a collaborative effort between WKU PBS and WKU’s Office of Campus and Community Events.

“This project is another example of how WKU PBS cares about the communities that we serve,” Brinkley said. “We also attempt to, when possible, collaborate with others to build educational and entertaining programs. I am very proud of our staff in these efforts as two of our nominations this year were aided by collaborative partnerships. And, as always, we are truly honored to represent WKU and Public Broadcasting at these events.”

Two other WKU PBS programs received nominations.

In the Informational/Instructional Program category, Cheryl Beckley, Jessica Gibbs and David Brinkley from WKU PBS and Zack Couch from the Kentucky Division of Water were nominated for Kentucky Wild Rivers: Secrets of Discovery.

In the Magazine Program category, Beckley, Gibbs and Barbara Deeb were nominated for MainStreet: Into the Wild.

WKU PBS has received nominations for 11 consecutive years, receiving the coveted award 17 times.

More than 500 people attended the ceremony, which marked the chapter’s 50th anniversary. Deeb served as a presenter during the ceremony and WKU broadcasting students helped with the live production in Columbus.

Contact: David Brinkley, (270) 745-2400.

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