Capitol Broadcasting had a big night at the regional Emmys in Nashville. WRAL-TV won 10 category awards, sister station FOX 50 won two awards, and WRAL-TV Anchor David Crabtree was inducted into the Silver Circle. The Silver Circle recognizes those who’ve made a significant contribution to broadcasting and have worked in TV at least 25 years. The awards were presented on January 31, 2015, with several staffers from both stations on hand for the ceremony.
WRAL-TV and FOX winners included:
BREAKING NEWS (TIE with WSMV for ‘Deadly Plane Crash’)
February Snow, WRAL, Rick Gall, Debra Morgan, Adam Owens, Michael Giunta, Elizabeth Gardner, Miranda Dotson, Kelly Riner, Leyla Santiago, Jamie Thomas, Cullen Browder, Waliya Lari, Nathan Johnson
GENERAL ASSIGNMENT – NO TIME LIMIT
Medical Miracle, WRAL, Bruce Mildwurf, Edward Wilson
CONTINUING COVERAGE – WITHIN 24 HOURS (TIE with WSMV for ‘Flash Floods’)
Kidnapped Victim Rescued, WRAL, Aysu Basaran, Miranda Dotson, Chad Flowers
LIGHT FEATURE NEWS SERIES
US Open at Pinehurst, WRAL, Leesa Moore, Debra Morgan, Ken Smith, Jeff Gravley, Tony W. Gupton, Lori Grant, Gerald Owens
SPORTS NEWS FEATURE
Willie McRae, WRAL, Gerald Owens, Greg Clark
#MissionOrMoney, WRAL, Shelly Leslie, Shan Zhong, Jodi Leese Glusco, Stephanie Beck, Dave Henderson, Clay Johnson, Jay Jennings, Jeff Gravley, Mandy Mitchell, Joe Ovies, Adam Gold, James Alverson
PROMO SPOT/NEWS SAME DAY
WRAL Investigates: Lottery Cheaters, WRAL, Justin Arner
#MissionOrMoney, WRAL, Shelly Leslie, Christian McIlwain
Super January, FOX 50, Marc Derro, Phillipe Charles, Justin Owen, Terri Overby, Sierra Clarke
Shan Graphic Arts Composite, WRAL, Shan Zhong
WRAL Ice Desk, WRAL, William W. Burch
FOX 50 Lip Dub 2014, FOX 50, Phillipe Charles
In his acceptance speech for the Silver Circle induction, Crabtree noted he has done “15,000 newscasts working at some phenomenal televisions stations, for the last 21 years at WRAL.”
“Remember we are servants to our viewers. Absolute servants,” Crabtree told his fellow newscasters in the room. “Without them we don’t exist. So every day, I know it sounds so trite to some people, but it’s so true – giving them a reason to have hope, expose something, teach them something and remember that every day we do this, it’s a gift to us and such a privilege.”
Crabtree’s daughters Starling and Hayden accompanied him to the ceremony and he dedicated his award to them.
“Proud does not describe what I felt for my dad last evening,” Starling later posted on Facebook. “He was presented with the Silver Circle Award. He’s reported in 42 states, 17 countries, won 13 Emmys, 4 years as NC’s journalist of the year and does it all with humility.”
WRAL-TV Anchor Renee Chou, who served as a presenter during the ceremony, also posted her thoughts about the evening.
“Special shoutout to Silver Circle honoree WRAL David Crabtree, recognized for his incredible imprint on the broadcasting industry,” said Chou. “So proud to work alongside these folks every day! In David’s words– we, as journalists, are ‘servants to our viewers.’ Thank you for the honor and privilege of serving YOU.”
“It’s the greatest business in the world, still, and we get to do it every day,” said Crabtree.
Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Renee Chou, WRAL-TV’s Shelly Leslie, WRAL-TV’s Ken Smith, WRAL-TV’s Miranda Dotson, FOX 50’s Karin Fullington & FOX 50’s Kevin Kolbe for these capcom photos.