Media: Awards time for area radio and Berry’s Viking Fusion. Plus: Our talk with ‘Community Watch’ on the launch of Hometown Headlines Podcast.

Media: Awards time for area radio and Berry’s Viking Fusion. Plus: Our talk with ‘Community Watch’ on the launch of Hometown Headlines Podcast.

Uh, please look past that flattering photo and click the arrow button to hear our talk about Hometown Headlines Podcasts with Dr. Jon Hershey and Georgia Highlands College’s Community Watch. Or you can listen here.

What we discuss:

  • How and why we do the podcasts — the daily headlines and views as well as long-form broadcasts.
  • Why local news and local content are critical.
  • How is differs from radio (“cut the antenna.”)
  • The difference between the daily blast the in-depth recordings such as our Downtown Parking: Problems and Promise edition last week.
  • How to listen to the podcasts.
  • Plus local news updates on downtown parking, the chamber/economic development grab and fall elections.

For more on Hometown Headlines Podcasts, please click here.


Media: The Georgia Association of Broadcasters announces the individual finalists for the 2019 GABBY Awards, which will be presented on Sept. 28 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead.

  • From WBHF 1450 AM and 100.1 FM: “A shout out to News Director Earnestine Jones and On-Air Personality The Alan Sanders Show for being recognized as #finalists for the upcoming 2019 GAB Awards. We strive for excellence everyday and it’s nice to be recognized by others in the industry.”
  • Also congratulations to David Crowder of WRGA 98.7 FM (news) and Kevin Karel of WGJK 99.5 FM in Rome (sports) as both are finalists.
  • Statewide list.

Media: Berry College’s student-run multimedia website, Viking Fusion, took home the top prize in two categories of the Student Production Awards as decided by the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, while also being nominated in a third. The awards recognize the best student video production in 23 categories. Viking Fusion’s honors:

  • Zoe Robinson, winner in the News: General Assignment – Light News category, for “The school within a school: Berry students devote their time to early childhood education.”
  • Noah Syverson, Erika Becerra and Megan Duncan, winners in the Sports category, for “Runs in the Family.”
  • Beth Anne DeKeizer, nominee in the Photographer category, for “Finger Guns.”

Syverson was recognized earlier in the year by Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts, as well as by the Society of Professional Journalist’s (SPJ) Region 3 Mark of Excellence Awards. Beth Anne DeKeizer (19C) was Viking Fusion’s third consecutive nomination in the Photographer category, having won the previous two years.

The Student Production Awards were held June 8 at SCADShow in Atlanta.

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