WRAL-TV & FOX 50 Bring Home Seven Regional Emmys

The 19th annual MidSouth Regional Emmy Awards were handed out on Saturday, January 22, 2005, and WRAL-TV and WRAZ-TV (FOX 50) both came home with gold statues.

From nearly 700 entries, judges selected 247 nominees in 60 categories. WRAL-TV received six Emmys and FOX 50 received one.

The Midsouth Regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences made the presentations at a banquet at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. This year’s awards were judged by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, based in Philadelphia.

And the winners are:

Newscast
F-18 Crash – Jennifer Sorber, Rob Hale, WRAL-TV
Jennifer Sorber Rob Hale
Sports Event Coverage
NFC Championship – Jeff Gravley, Jay Jennings, Brad Simmons, WRAL-TV
Jeff Gravley Jay Jennings Brad Simmons
Sports Segments
K-Academy – Jeff Gravley, Jay Jennings, WRAL
Jeff Gravley Jay Jennings
Special Event/Post
StormTrack 2004 – Randall Kerr, Leesa Moore Cragie, Debra Morgan, WRAL-TV
Randall Kerr Leesa Moore Craigie Debra Morgan
Commercial Spot
Vision Martial Arts – Tim Greeney, WRAZ-TV
Tim Greeney
Graphic Arts
Steve Loyd Composite – Steve Loyd, WRAL-TV
Steve Loyd

Writer/Short Form
Shelly Vision – Shelly Leslie, WRAL-TV

Shelly Leslie

Of the 50 stations with nominations, WRAL had an impressive 18 and FOX 50’s promotions department had the lion’s share of those nominations with two. WRAL-TV & FOX 50 received the following nominations.

News Excellence
WRAL-TV

Newscast
F-18 Crash – Jennifer Sorber, Rob Hale, WRAL-TV

Newscast/Weekend
Flakes, Fanatics and Front Runners – Stephanie Beck, Ken Smith, Laurie Clowers, Brad S. Grantham, WRAL-TV
Panthers and Politics – Stephanie Beck, Brad Grantham, Ken Smith, Laurie Clowers, WRAL-TV

Spot Story
Family Tragedy – Paul LaGrone, Ken Bodine, Brad Grantham, WRAL-TV

News Special Event
Peterson Verdict – Randall Kerr, James Ford, David Crabtree, WRAL-TV

Sports Event Coverage
NFC Championship – Jeff Gravley, Jay Jennings, Brad Simmons, WRAL-TV

Sports Segments
K-Academy – Jeff Gravley, Jay Jennings, WRAL-TV

Documentary/Topical
Reading , Writing, and Race – Clay Johnson, Jay Jennings, WRAL-TV

Special Event/Live
Panthers on the Prowl – Jeff Gravley, Debra Morgan, Stacy Wimmer, Jennifer Sorber, Tony Gupton, Bob Holliday, Brad Simmons, Tom Suiter, Gerald Owens, Ed Wilson, Jay Hardy, Leesa Moore Cragie, Ken Smith, Fred Kelly, WRAL-TV

Special Event/Post
StormTrack 2004 – Randall Kerr, Leesa Moore Cragie, Debra Morgan, WRAL-TV

Children’s Educational
Smart Start Kids – Phyllis Parish, Bill Jensen, Lee Wing, Janet Walters, Farley Bernholz, Willa Brigham, Matt Warren, WRAL-TV

Promo/News
Jay’s First Plane Ride – Christian McIlwain, WRAL-TV

Commercial Spot
Vision Martial Arts – Tim Greeney, WRAZ-TV

Editor/Short Form
WRAL News Opens – Shelly Leslie, WRAL

Graphic Arts
Hurricanes Graphics – Gayle Hardy, Tim Greeney, WRAZ-TV
Steve Loyd Composite – Steve Loyd, WRAL-TV

Lighting Director
WRAL News Re-Entries – Shelly Leslie, WRAL-TV

Writer/News
Scott Mason Stories – Scott Mason, WRAL-TV

Writer/Short Form
Shelly Vision – Shelly Leslie, WRAL-TV

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