2019 Spectrum Awards Finalists

The Indiana Broadcasters Association will recognize stations from across the state for their achievements throughout the past year during the 2019 Spectrum Awards which will be held during lunch of the Indiana Broadcasters Conference on Thursday, October 24th at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel.

Below is the list of finalists for this year’s “Best in Broadcasting” awards (listed alphabetically).

Register for the conference and awards ceremony here.

Congratulations to this year’s finalists.  We will see you in October.

Radio Market 1 (Indianapolis Metro Area, Evansville, Ft. Wayne South Bend)

Station of the Year

WBYT-FM (Elkhart/South Bend)
WLHK -FM (Indianapolis)
WMEE-FM (Ft. Wayne)

Broadcast Personality or Team

WIKY-FM (Evansville) – Dennis Jon Bailey & Diane Douglas
WRBR-FM (South Bend) – The Jason Lee and Kluck Show
WSTO-FM (Evansville)  – Claire and the Hot 96 Morning Show

Sports

WGCL-AM (Bloomington/Indianapolis) – Joe Smith – WGCL Sports
WNDE-AM (Indianapolis) – Cathedral Football 100th Anniversary Broadcast
WOWO-AM/FM (Ft. Wayne) – WOWO Sportscast Featuring Caleb Hatch

Best Promotional Campaign

WBCL-FM (Ft. Wayne) – Mom and Dad’s Great Escape Contest
WLHK -FM (Indianapolis) – 97.1 HANK-FM Backyard Bonfire with Russell Dickerson
WLYD-FM (Evansville) – Toby Keith military “Suite for service”

Best Newscast

WIBC-FM (Indianapolis) – WIBC News at Noon – June 6, 2019
WOWO-AM/FM (Ft. Wayne) – WOWO Best Newscast DW
WTRC-AM (Elkhart/South Bend) – Best Newscast 530am 1-31-2019 Tommie Lee

Local Community Involvement

WIKY-FM (Evansville) – Veteran’s breakfast aboard the LST 325
WOWO-AM/FM (Ft. Wayne) – Penny Pitch 2018
WTRC-AM (Elkhart/South Bend) – Five Star Life Radiothon 2019

Commercial

WBYT-FM (Elkhart/South Bend) – Shipshewana Event Center – Montgomery Gentry – 09/21/18
WIKY-FM (Evansville) – Debra Miller Club Pilates Campaign
WRBR-FM (South Bend) – Justin Elias – Meow – 05/20/19

Local Impact Reporting

WIBC-FM (Indianapolis) – Beating Diabetes: Sweet Stories from Indiana
WIBC-FM (Indianapolis) – Opioids in Indiana
WIKY-FM (Evansville) – Presidential visit to Evansville

Radio Market 2 (All Other Markets)

Station of the Year

WITZ-FM (Jasper)
WQLK-FM (Richmond)
WZWZ-FM (Kokomo)

Broadcast Personality or Team

WAZY-FM (Lafayette) – Breakfast with Boomer
WKOA-FM (Lafayette) – Shamus and Annie in the Morning
WZWZ-FM (Kokomo) – Mornings with Jessica & Ben

Sports

WBDC-FM (Jasper) – Southridge Basketball
WHBU-AM (Muncie) – Madison County 2019 Tournament Finals
WSHY-AM/FM (Lafayette) – Purdue Volleyball

Best Promotional Campaign

WBWB-FM (Bloomington) – B97’s 12 Strays of Christmas with The Bloomington Animal Shelter
WKOA-FM (Lafayette) – She Shed Giveaway
WRSW-FM (Warsaw) – Ornament Smash

Best Newscast

WBST-FM (Muncie) – 5:04 am Newscast from July 29th, 2019
WHON-AM/WQLK-FM (Richmond) – Teen Suspect Dies in Dennis Middle School Shooting
WITZ-AM/FM (Jasper) – Local Newscast WITZ

Local Community Involvement

WASK-AM/FM (Lafayette) – Lafayette’s Local Heroes
WBWB-FM (Bloomington) – B97 and Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington Superhero Radiothon
WIMS-AM (Michigan City) – Shop with a Cop

Commercial

WBDC-FM (Jasper) – Blown Blower Motor
WLBC-FM (Muncie) – Cards for Christmas :60
WLBC-FM (Muncie) – Community Shred Day

Local Impact Reporting

WIMS-AM (Michigan City) – Paladin: Determined Advocates for a Worthy Cause
WITZ-AM/FM (Jasper) – Coal Concerns in Dale
WKVI-FM (Knox)– Pulaski County Courthouse Faces Demolition Threat

Market 1 TV (Indianapolis Metro Area)

Station of the Year

WISH (Indianapolis)
WRTV (Indianapolis)
WTTV (Indianapolis)

News Feature/Use of Medium

WISH (Indianapolis) – Santa Claus, Indiana
WRTV (Indianapolis) – WRTV Celebrates 70 Years Working For You
WTHR (Indianapolis) – Miracle of the Mind

Local Community Involvement

WRTV (Indianapolis) – WRTV Toy Drive
WTHR (Indianapolis) – Have Hope
WTTV (Indianapolis) – CBS4 Reads

Local Impact Reporting

WTHR (Indianapolis) – 13 Investigates: Desperate for Answers
WTTV (Indianapolis) – Rent to Own
WXIN (Indianapolis) – DCS Ignores the Signs

General News Story

WRTV (Indianapolis) – Scooter Problems
WTHR (Indianapolis) – Leading the Parade
WTHR (Indianapolis) – Pay it Forward

Weather

WISH (Indianapolis) – WISH-TV Chief Meteorologist Ashley Brown
WRTV (Indianapolis) – WRTV Severe Storm Coverage, 5/27/19
WXIN (Indianapolis) – Tornadoes Damage Central Indiana

Sportscast

WISH (Indianapolis)  – The Zone
WRTV (Indianapolis) – WRTV Trackside 6
WTTV (Indianapolis) – CBS4 Sports at the Indy 500

Commercial

WISH (Indianapolis) – Titus Bakery
WISH (Indianapolis) – Legacy Maker
WTHR (Indianapolis) – Families First – I’m…

Market 2 TV (All Other Markets)

Station of the Year

WBND (South Bend)
WPTA (Fort Wayne)
WYIN (Merrillville)

News Feature/Use of Medium

WANE (Ft. Wayne) – Changing the Face of Football
WEHT (Evansville) – Honor Flight
WEVV (Evansville) – Mr. GameDay

Local Community Involvement

WEVV (Evansville) – Keep Evansville Beautiful
WEHT (Evansville) – Otters and Habitat
WEHT (Evansville) – Red Cross Telethon

Local Impact Reporting

WNDU (South Bend) – Never Again: Preventing Bus Stop Tragedies
WPTA (Ft. Wayne) – “Digging Deeper: Dying on the Job
WTHI (Terre Haute) – Surviving Glenn Home

General News Story

WANE (Ft. Wayne) – Cold Case Detectives
WTWO (Terre Haute) – Lighting Up Main
WTWO (Terre Haute) – Political Ads

Weather

WANE (Ft. Wayne) – Nicholas Ferreri
WPTA (Ft. Wayne) – ABC21 Matt Leach Weather
WTWO (Terre Haute) – 2019 WTWO Weather

Sportscast

WBND (South Bend) – ABC 57 Saturday Kickoff: Notre Dame vs. Stanford
WEHT (Evansville) – Home Team Friday
WFIE (Evansville) – Hometown Hero

Commercial

WFIE (Evansville) – RC Evansville-Weekend
WTWO (Terre Haute) – Haute Maison
WTWO (Terre Haute) – Wizard Soft Wash

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