WCLO Janesville claims list of broadcast honors
Add them all up, however, and it results in WCLO being named the Best Station of the Year at the association’s awards gala last weekend in Madison.
WCLO won the award as the best medium-market news/talk station. Judged by a panel of broadcast peers in surrounding state associations, WCLO competed with stations in 18 other Wisconsin cities.
The Janesville-based WCLO was recognized in 18 of 21 categories for its overall broadcast product, including local news efforts, sports, community impact and commercial production. The station received 11 first-place awards and another 12 combined second- and third-place awards in a variety of news/talk related categories.
The station’s convergence efforts with the Gazette newsroom also garnered a third-place award for the James Koepp trial coverage.
“This award underscores the local commitment the entire staff at WCLO makes to southern Wisconsin each broadcast day,” said Tim Bremel, the station’s program director. “It is a proud moment for the station to be recognized by its peers in the industry as one of the very best.”
The Station of the Year award is a culmination of all the individual awards, Bremel said.
“It takes into account all of our operations,” he said. “In order to win it, you have to have a number of first-place awards in all the different categories.”
Bremel said that in an age of growing instant information, radio still is the platform that can deliver local information as it happens.
“I believe it is that local emphasis that sets WCLO apart from many stations that have abandoned much of their local programming in favor of syndication,” he said. “The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association awards program is a wonderful opportunity for stations who still view themselves as an integral part of their communities to showcase their efforts.”
WCLO, AM-1230, serves Rock, Green and Walworth counties in southern Wisconsin from its broadcast facilities in downtown Janesville. The station is owned by Bliss Communications, which also owns stations in Racine and West Bend as well as the Gazette, Walworth County Week and a variety of other publications around the state.
In addition, WCLO’s sister station, WJVL, 99.9FM, received two awards: first place in the promotional announcement category and second place for its “Christmas Convoy” feature.
Here is the complete list of Wisconsin Broadcasters Association awards presented to Janesville radio stations WJVL and WCLO, which was named 2010 Station of the Year in the medium-market news/talk radio category:
Hard news/investigative reporting: The Hicke sentencing
News feature: Welcoming home the troops
News writing: Eyes on the sky
Live on-scene reporting: A lost case
Best radio show 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: The Dan Conry Show
Best sportscast: Sports with Al Fagerli
Best sports play-by-play: Sun Prairie-Parker basketball, Dec. 21, 2010
Significant community impact: 12 hours of bringing
Best commercial: First Amendment/The Janesville Gazette
Best humorous commercial: Drevdahl Auto Body/Wonderful Life
Most entertaining client commercial: Burtness Chevrolet/Christmas Wishes
Best use of audio in news: Law enforcement memorial
Live on-scene reporting: Sing out against hate
Best morning show: Southern Wisconsin’s Morning News
Specialty programming: 15th Senate District candidate forum
Promotional announcement: Dan Conry/Beginning to Listen
Promotional announcement: Janesville Little Theatre
News feature: Little people power
Best newscast: Southern Wisconsin’s Morning News, Sept. 22, 2010
Best use of audio in news: Veterans Day honors
Best humorous commercial: Drevdahl Auto Body/Rudolph
Most entertaining client commercial: Janesville Electric Motor
Best election coverage: Election night 2010
Convergence coverage: The trial of James Koepp with the Gazette