KWCH 12 Awarded KAB Large Market Station of the Year

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) For the sixth consecutive year, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters names KWCH 12 the Large Market Television Station of the Year. In addition to the Station of the Year honor, KWCH 12 received 13 first-place and four second-place awards.

“It's an honor to be recognized by your peers,” KWCH 12 President and General Manager Brad Moses said. “But what’s most rewarding is being able to provide our viewers with the best local news and weather when they need it most. Our news team is truly a team and when the big story happens they pull together to provide accurate and important information to Kansans on air and online.”

The KWCH 12 Eyewitness News team won in all group categories including Single Topic News Coverage of the Hesston mass shooting and the special program Celebrating Cindy, which highlighted the career of retiring anchor Cindy Klose. Other group wins were in AM/Noon Newscast and Prime Newscast categories.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters television and radio awards are selected through peer judging performed by broadcasters in other markets. The Station of the Year award is based on overall station performance in individual and group categories.

First-Place Awards:
· Best Prime Newscast: Rob Marin and the Eyewitness News team for KWCH 12 Eyewitness News at 10:00 p.m.
· Best AM/Noon Newscast: Jennifer Searle and the Eyewitness News team for KWCH 12 Eyewitness News at 6:30 a.m.
· Single Topic/Event News Coverage: Brian Gregory and the Eyewitness News Team for coverage of the Hesston mass shooting
· Special Program: Kevin Hager and the Eyewitness News team for Celebrating Cindy
· Hard News Feature/Enterprise Story: Emily Griffin, Caleb Kuestersteffen, and Trevor Macy for “Prepared to Protect”
· Sports Feature: Jacob Albracht for “Match of a Lifetime”
· Best Weathercast: Ross Janssen for coverage of the Nickerson tornado
· Commercial Any Length: Eddie Gilmer and Erika Maley for Kansas Department for Children and Families, “Our Story”
· Commercial Series: Taylor Dietterich for Great Plains Federal Credit Union
· Station Promotion Announcement: Erika Maley, Carlos Malache, Taylor Dietterich, Rob Gasaway, and Dominic Gauna for “A Convenient Affair”
· Non Metro Hard News Feature/Enterprise Story: Brenda Carrasco for “Tornado Strikes Twice”
· Non Metro Sports Feature: Reggie Wilson for “Pedro’s Big Shot”
· Non Metro Commercial Any Length: Taylor Dietterich for United Wireless “Mad in March”

Second-Place Awards:
· Commercial Any Length: Taylor Dietterich for Salina Tech “Your Future is Calling”
· Non Metro Hard News Feature/Enterprise Story: Brenda Carrasco for “Anderson Creek Wildfires”
· Non Metro News Feature: Gardner Royce for “Unexpected Artist”
· Non Metro Commercial Series: Barry Hager for Kia of Dodge City

Honorable Mentions:
· In-Depth News Reporting: Lauren Seabrook and Elliott Trimble for “Badge to Badge”
· Sportscast: Eyewitness Sports Team for selection Sunday coverage
· Station Promotion Announcement: Cassadie Davis, Eddie Gilmer, Rob Gasaway, and Dominic Gauna for “Color Run Concerns”
· Station Promotion Campaign: Erika Maley, Carlos Malache, and Dominic Gauna for “The Catchy’s”
· Non Metro Sports Feature: Reggie Wilson for “Kaiser Statue Unveiled”