Indiana broadcasters have done incredible work over the past year and the IBA will, again, recognize the Best in Broadcasting during the 2022 Spectrum Awards. This year’s finalists are announced below (in alphabetical order by station name). The IBA will announce the winners Tuesday, October 4 at the annual Indiana Broadcasters Conference at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel.

RADIO MARKET 1 (EVANSVILLE, FT. WAYNE, INDIANAPOLIS, SOUTH BEND)

Station of the Year
WBYT-FM (Elkhart)
WIKY-FM (Evansville)
WLHK-FM (Shelbyville)

Broadcast Personality or Team
WAJI-FM (Fort Wayne) – Andy & Kat Mornings on WAJI
WIBC-FM (Indianapolis) – Tony Katz
WOWO-AM (Fort Wayne) – Kayla Blakeslee Personality Of The Year

Sports Coverage
WGCL-AM (Bloomington) – Joe Smith / WGCL Bloomington
WIBC-FM (Indianapolis) – Friday Night Football
WNDE-AM (Indianapolis) – Irish Win 14th Football State Title

Best Promotional Campaign
WHPZ-FM (Bremen) – Pulse FM Promotional Campaign(s)
WIBC-FM (Indianapolis) – Severe Winter Weather Station
WQHK-FM (Fort Wayne) – WQHK Promotional Campaign

Best Newscast
WIBC-FM (Indianapolis) – Chris Davis – 7/6/22 5pm
WIBC-FM (Indianapolis) – Best Newscast, Stan Lehr
WIBC-FM (Indianapolis) – WIBC News at Noon

Local Community Involvement
WBYT-FM (Elkhart) – Flags for Veterans
WIKY-FM (Evansville) – Veteran’s Day Breakfast
WJLT-FM (Evansville) – You Down with EPD

Commercial
WIBC-FM (Indianapolis) – Laborers International Union of North America – “Thank You”
WLHK-FM (Shelbyville) – Indianapolis Motor Speedway – “Month of May”
WTTS-FM (Indianapolis) – Jack Daniels A to Z

Best Investigative Reporting
WIBC-FM (Indianapolis) – Child Sex Crimes in Indiana

General News Story
WIKY-FM (Evansville) – Natcher Bridge Standoff
WIKY-FM (Evansville) – Alabama Fugitives Captured in Evansville
WTRC-FM (South Bend) – Weekday Weddings: It’s a Trend


RADIO MARKET 2

Station of the Year
WKOA-FM (Lafayette)
WQLK-FM (Richmond)

Broadcast Personality or Team
WLQI-FM (Rensselaer) – Touhyville Show with Steve Touhy & Chrissy Martin
WERK-FM (Muncie) – Paul Poteet – WERK SMIRK
WQLK-FM (Richmond) – Kicks 96 Morning Crew – Sean and Dave

Sports Coverage
WHBU-AM (Anderson) – Play by Play – Zach Johnson
WJOB (Hammond) – Redfield’s Message
WJOB (Hammond) – Curtis Granderson Comes to Schererville Shock Baseball Camp

Station Promotional Campaign
WASK-FM (Battle Ground) – Resting Grinch Face Photo Contest
WKHY-FM (Lafayette) – One Second of Solid Rock
WMRS-FM (Monticello) – WMRS Happy Holiday Bucks

Newscast
WLBC-FM (Muncie) – Morning Anchor – WLBC
WQLK-FM (Richmond) – KICKS 96 News with Jeff Lane – Online Predator, Masks, Racial Slur, Birth – Feb. 23

Local Community Involvement
WLHM-FM (Logansport) – Coverage of a Fallen Hero
WMGI-FM (Terre Haute) – Mix-FM Community Involvement
WYGB-FM (Edinburgh) – Johnson County Today/What To Do If Your Child Is Autistic

Commercial
WMGI-FM (Terre Haute) – Adams Auto “Awkward Test”
WTHI-FM (Terre Haute) – Hoosier Heating & Cooling “Santa”
WWVR-FM (Paris) – Complete Outdoor “The Complete Package”

General News Story
WJOB (Hammond) – Curtis Granderson Comes to Schererville Shock Baseball Camp


TV MARKET 1 (INDIANAPOLIS ONLY)

Station of the Year
WRTV (Indianapolis)
WTTV (Indianapolis)
WXIN (Indianapolis)

News Feature/Use of Medium
WTHR (Indianapolis) – “Kitty’s Surprise”
WTHR (Indianapolis) – “Never Too Old to Turn Up”
WXIN (Indianapolis) – Sudden Genius Syndrome & the Magic of Mathematics

Local Community Involvement
WHMB (Indianapolis) – Mozel Sanders Telethon
WISH (Indianapolis) – WISH-TV Best Local Community Involvement
WRTV (Indianapolis) – WRTV Toy Drive

Investigative Reporting
WRTV (Indianapolis) – Profiting from a Nonprofit
WXIN (Indianapolis) – Mass Shooter’s Mom Says, “Son Should Have Been Red Flagged”
WXIN (Indianapolis) – Protection Orders & GPS Tracking

General News Story
WISH (Indianapolis) – Twin Deaf Drivers Get Licenses
WTHR (Indianapolis) – Honoring a Trailblazing Teacher
WXIN (Indianapolis) – Family’s Emotional Plea after 14-year-old is Killed

Weather Coverage
WRTV (Indianapolis) – WRTV Storm Coverage
WTHR (Indianapolis) – Chuck Lofton Weather
WTHR (Indianapolis) – Lindsey Monroe Weather

Sports Coverage
WISH (Indianapolis) – The Zone
WTTV (Indianapolis) – Indianapolis 500 Carb Day
WXIN (Indianapolis) – Indianapolis 500 Race Day

Commercial
WISH (Indianapolis) – Taylor Home Improvements
WISH (Indianapolis) – FC Tucker
WRTV (Indianapolis) –  Edmundson RV 30

Station Promotional Campaign
WISH (Indianapolis) – WISH-TV Weather Promotional Campaign
WRTV (Indianapolis) – OTT Barbara Boyd 60
WXIN (Indianapolis) – Fox59 News – Protection Orders


TV MARKET 2

Station of the Year
WANE (Fort Wayne)
WBND (South Bend)
WTWO (Terre Haute)

News Feature/Use of Medium
WANE (Fort Wayne) – Lunch Rush at Coney Island
WBND (South Bend) – Golic in a Golf Cart: Notre Dame Locker Room
WEHT/WTVW (Evansville) – 100 Years of Evansville Football: Lincoln High School

Local Community Involvement
WANE (Fort Wayne) – WANE 15 Founder’s Day of Caring
WBND (South Bend) – 57 Minute Miracle
WEVV (Evansville) – 44News Partners with the American Red Cross in Holiday Blood Drive

Investigative Reporting
WNDU (South Bend) – Bullying
WNDU (South Bend) – Answers for Asaiah
WTWO (Terre Haute) – Vermillion County Intersection

General News Story
WANE (Fort Wayne) – Malakai’s Law
WEHT/WTVW (Evansville) – C-130 Crash 30th Anniversary
WNDU (South Bend) – Rio Bully Protest

Weather Coverage
WANE (Fort Wayne) – Nicholas Ferreri
WBND (South Bend) – 5 p.m. Storm of the Season
WTWO (Terre Haute) – Weather with Jesse Walker: February 1, 2022

Sports Coverage
WBND (South Bend) – ABC57 Kickoff: Blue-Gold Game
WEHT/WTVW (Evansville) – Home Team Friday
WPTA (Fort Wayne) – The Score

Commercial
WEHT/WTVW (Evansville) – Commercial of the Year – Algonquin’s
WEHT/WTVW (Evansville) – Commercial of the Year – Chef What
WTWO (Terre Haute) – The Silo

Station Promotional Campaign
WBND (South Bend) – Beyond the Badge
WTWO (Terre Haute) – Walker’s Winter Outlook 2021
WTWO (Terre Haute) –WTWO: We’re On It

REGISTER NOW FOR THE ANNUAL IBA AWARDS LUNCHEON ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4th

  • The Annual Broadcasters Conference, Spectrum Awards luncheon, and 2022 Hall of Fame Induction will be on Tuesday, October 4th at the 502 East Events Centre in Carmel.
  • RESERVE YOUR AWARD LUNCHEON TICKETS HERE
  • BOOK YOUR CONFERENCE HOTEL ROOM HERE

(For questions about tickets or hotel rooms, please contact Katy Barnhart, IBA Project Coordinator, at [email protected] or (317) 201-2875