69-WFMZ Winner Of 7 Associated Press Broadcast Awards

PHILADELPHIA - The Pa. Associated Press Broadcasters Association announced Friday the initial list of winning TV and radio stations in its 2010 news awards contest.

69-WFMZ received seven awards, including one for outstanding newscast and another for outstanding sportscast.

The other categories in which 69-WFMZ received an award are news documentary, continuing coverage, series, sports play-by-play, and news or sports talk program.

The awards recognize outstanding broadcast journalism efforts by AP member TV and radio stations, cable television news operations, and networks in Pennsylvania during 2010.

The entries were judged by the Indiana AP Broadcasters Association.

The awards will be presented at a banquet in Grantville, Pa. on April 9.

The winning entries submitted by 69-WFMZ are as follows:

Regularly Scheduled Newscast: "69 News: Berks Edition" at 5:30 on Dec. 22, 2010. Brad Rinehart, News Director; Matthew Roth, Assistant News Director; Chad Blimline, Supervising Producer; Kevin Fitzsimmons, Producer; Brian Murphy, Director; Rob Vaughn & Wendy Davis, Anchors; Staff.

Sportscast: "69 Sports" live at the AAA All-Star Game at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown on July 14, 2010. Troy Hein, Sports Director; Jim Vaughn, and Dave Lesko, Reporters.

News Documentary: "Humanity in Bloom" documentary about the Jan. 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Brad Rinehart, Executive Producer; Jaccii Farris, Docujournalist; Lee Jenkins, Photojournalist

Continuing Coverage: "Local Family Treated To Extreme Makeover." The entry included 69 News' series of reports on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and hundreds of local volunteers building a new home for Trisha Urban and her young daughter in Tilden Twp., Berks Co. Brad Rinehart, 69 News; Staff

Series: "Operation Save-A-Life." The entry included a series of reports of 69-WFMZ-TV's participation in the "Operation Save-A-Life" program, which raises awareness about fire safety and prevention and distributes free smoke detectors to those who need them. Melissa Fullerton, Reporter; Bill Seiders, Photographer

Sports Play-By-Play: "The Big Ticket." Troy Hein, Sports Director; Jim Vaughn, Anchor; Neille Giffune, and Dave Lesko, Reporters

News or Sports Talk Program: "The Big Ticket." Troy Hein, Sports Director; Jim Vaughn, Anchor; Neille Giffune, and Dave Lesko, Reporters

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