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WKYU-PBS nominated for 4 Emmys

WKYU-PBS, WKU’s Public Television service, received four Emmy nominations this year.

emmy-statuetteThe nominations for the 45th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy awards were announced last week in Terre Haute, Ind.

This year’s Emmy Awards Ceremony will be July 25 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington. This marks the fifth consecutive year that WKYU-PBS has received nominations, winning three times.

“We at WKYU-PBS are proud of the quality programs that we produce for viewers in south central Kentucky,” said Jack Hanes, director of Educational Telecommunications. “It’s nice to know that our peers in the television industry also recognize the quality of our work.”

WKYU-PBS received nominations in four categories. Two categories were television program categories and the other two were professional craft categories.

Program category nominations are:

Notalgia Program — Joe Downing: Poet of Color and Light; Producers Barbara Deeb and David Brinkley, Editor Stephen Kertis, and Executive Producer Jerry Baker. The documentary, commissioned by philanthropist Jerry Baker, profiles the life of Horse Cave native Joe Downing who left his rural beginnings to make a name for himself as a world renowned painter.

“It’s an honor to have been involved in a project of this magnitude which profiles the story of Joe Downing, the gentle soul with humble beginnings who’s talent at painting took him to the world stage. Knowing that others appreciate the telling of his story is humbling,” said Barbara Deeb, producer.

Magazine Program — Mainstreet: Cottage Commerce; Producers Cheryl Beckley and David Brinkley, Editor, Jessica Gibbs.MainStreet is WKYU PBS’s Emmy Award-winning local cultural magazine program spotlighting culture, arts, and interesting people, places, and things from all around the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Craft category nominations are:

Audio — Jeff Smith for his work on An Evening with Sylvia Kersenbaum.

An Evening with Sylvia Kersenbaum is an intimate concert that explores Sylvia’s talent as a pianist with beautiful performances of Debussy and Hayden as well as interviews that give a glimpse of this talented artist and her love of music.

Producer Cheryl Beckley wrote of Smith’s work: “With a talent of Sylvia Kersenbaum’s magnitude we knew we needed a professional sound engineer and Jeff Smith was a natural choice. He produced a beautiful soundtrack that we used within the program and for us a first time stand alone compact disc that captured the feel of Sylvia’s talent.”

Lighting — David Brinkley for a composite of his work on Joe Downing: Poet of Color and Light, An Evening with Sylvia Kersenbaum and MainStreet.

“We are thrilled to be able to showcase television programs and people from our area in this manner,” Brinkley said. “It is a privilege to be in this group for consideration.”

The Emmy Award is a coveted television production award, and it considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (for film), Grammy Awards (for music) and Tony Awards (for stage).

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

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