BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sports broadcasting, news reporting and local public affairs programming won the prestigious 2022 ABBY Awards in Best Category for two RadioAlabama stations from the Alabama Broadcasters Association on Sunday.
The annual ABBYs recognize the best in broadcasting in Alabama, with highly competitive entries from radio and television stations in the state.
The rewards :
Best Sports Commentator: Jeremy Law, director of news and sports for RadioAlabama, is also the voice of the Sylacauga High School Aggies on Aggie Sports Network. Through multimedia coverage of football, baseball and basketball, his passion shines through every game he calls and produces in live radio, video, sports chat and podcast formats for multiple platforms. forms and stations, including FOX Sports Central Alabama on 98.3 FM.
Best Journalist: Michael Giddens is a media reporter for MIX 106.5, KiX 100.3 and SylacaugaNews.com. Its daily local on-air and online reports add unique value to the station’s news coverage efforts.
Best Public Affairs: Behind the headlines, a long-running weekly news and public affairs program hosted by Executive Vice President Michael Brannon, airing weekly on KiX 100.3; premieres natively on the KiX 100.3, MIX 106.5 and SylacaugaNews.com Facebook pages; is linked for viewing on the stations’ websites; and is available for on-demand access on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Stitcher. Built around local and state leaders, professionals, educators and journalists, the multimedia production focuses on important and interesting topics.
“The ABBYs are an important recognition of our continued efforts to serve audiences and create engaging and relevant content,” said Lee Perryman, president and CEO of RadioAlabama. “I am extremely proud of Jeremy, our two Michaels and all the other members of our team who work to ensure we are the best at everything we do.”
Operating under the RadioAlabama primary brand and winner of 21 ABBY honors since 2013 for News, Sports, Production, Programming and Customer Promotion, the group also hosted Alabama Radio Station of the Year in 2017 and the 2014 State Broadcaster of the Year. Owned by Marble City Media LLC, RadioAlabama’s stations and services in East Central Alabama include FOX Sports Central Alabama on 98.3 FM (WFXO), MIX 106 .5 (WFXO-HD2), 105.1 WRFS (WRFS), KiX 100.3 (WYEA), KiX 96.3 (WSGN), AU100 (WAUE), Tiger Country 104.5 (WAUE-HD2), SylacaugaNews.com and RadioAlabamaSports.net.
Through co-ownership Auburn Networks LLC, RadioAlabama’s operations include Wings 94.3 (WGZZ), NewsTalk WANI (WANI/WGZZ-HD2), ESPN 106.7 (WGZZ-HD3), 96.3 WLEE (WGZZ-HD4), and East Alabama Living Magazine. For 2022, Auburn’s stations were also recognized by ABBY for Best Personality or Team in the State and Best Talk Show. Winner of 34 ABBYs to date, the network was Headquarters Alabama Radio Station of the Year in 2009 and 2016.