WKU PBS, WKU’s Public Television Service, has been nominated for three awards in three different categories for the 52st Annual Ohio Valley Emmy Awards. Recipients will be announced during an Aug. 6 ceremony in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
WKU’s public broadcasting service has been nominated in each of the past 13 years, receiving the award 18 times.
“Lost River Sessions is an outstanding program that showcases musical artists and locations in our viewing area,” Director of Public Broadcasting David Brinkley said. “It is also a great opportunity lab for WKU students to polish career skills.”
Darius Barati (’07) and James Pearson, returning nominees, were recognized in multiple categories for work they did on WKU PBS music series Lost River Sessions. Barati and Pearson co-produced the series, nominated in the Arts/Entertainment category. Additionally, Barati received a nomination in the lighting craft category for Lost River Sessions.
“Every day I get to be a part of a creative, dedicated and hard-working team of individuals assembled with the common purpose of showcasing and serving the region that we call home,” Barati said. “That, to me, will always be the highest of honors and I couldn’t be more thankful for WKU PBS allowing us to do this.”
Pearson received a nomination in the craft audio category for his work on Lost River Sessions. He was a recipient in the same category last year. “I’m very proud of this show and thankful to practice my craft representing the diverse arts and cultural heritage of my home state and region,” added Pearson. “It’s who we are.”
Mark Toon (’15) of Symsonia began as a student crew member for Lost River Sessions. He eventually became more involved with the program and served as an episode producer for two of the programs.
“WKU PBS gave me countless hands-on experiences that made all the difference for me,” Toon said. “These experiences not only shaped my broadcasting career, but also helped me grow as a person with memories I’ll never forget.”
He is employed at Red Arrow Industries in Knoxville, Tennessee, a company specializing in television programming and branded content.
WKU PBS received the following nominations:
- Arts/Entertainment Program: Lost River Sessions, Darius Barati, James Pearson, Mark Toon
- Audio: Lost River Sessions, James Pearson
- Lighting: Lost River Sessions, Darius Barati
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).
Contact: David Brinkley, (270) 745-6140