WCLO Janesville claims list of broadcast honors

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
— WCLO Radio won a long list of individual awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

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:

First place

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

Second place

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

Third place

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

Last updated: 5:15 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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