2017 E.B. Craney Award Winners

EBstatue
2017 “E.B.” Craney Broadcasting Awards

Made possible by the Montana Broadcasters Association and the Greater Montana Foundation

RADIO ON-AIR BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR
Winner-Larry Wilson, KGHL-AM
Runner-Up-Alyanya Wissink, KDTR-FM

RADIO COPYWRITER OF THE YEAR
Winner–Kevin Skaalure, KIMO/KMTX/KMXM, “Just Tapped Tasty Tuesday Lunch”
Runner-Up-Jeff Balding, KBZM/KKQX/KSCY, “4 Corners Welding”

RADIO COMMERCIAL OF THE YEAR
Winner-Jenifer Overlease, KMBR-FM, “Mile High Motors Dan Patrick”
Runner-Up-Allie Wheeler, KGGL/KXDR/KZOQ, “Iron Horse Towing”

RADIO NEWS STORY OF THE YEAR
Winner-Peter Christian, KGVO-AM, “Washington Family Carjacked in Missoula”
Runner-Up-Greg Neft, KCAP-AM, “Capital Update”

RADIO NEWSCAST OF THE YEAR
Winner-Peter Christian, KGVO, “Newscast of the Year”
Runner-Up-Greg Neft, KCAP-AM, “Montana’s Morning News”

RADIO NON-COMMERCIAL PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Winner-Amy Martin & Josh Burnham, KUFM Montana Public Radio, “Threshold”
Runner-Up-Beth Anne Austein & Annie Garde, KUFM Montana Public Radio, “Rodeo Radio Theatre: The Frogs Who Wanted a King”

RADIO PUBLIC SERVICE
Winner-Maggie Davis, KBOW/KOPR/KGLM, “Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre”
Runner-Up-Jenifer Overlease, KAAR, “Southwest Montana Outdoor Recreation Report”

RADIO SPORTS COVERAGE
Winner-Ryan Tootell, KKVU-FM, “Tootell & Tucker Sports Coverage”
Runner-Up-Blake Hempstead, KANA-AM, “Blake Hempstead Sports Coverage”

RADIO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Winner-Ryan Tootell, KKVU-FM
Runner-Up-Blake Hempstead, KANA-AM

RADIO STATION PROMOTION
Winner-Carin Sullivan, KMBR-FM, “United Blood & KMBR Christmas Promotion”
Runner-Up-Chris Wolfe, KZOQ-FM, “Missoula Bacon & Beer Fest 2016”

RADIO PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Winner-Mick Holien, KERR-AM, “In My Opinion”
Runner-Up-Jon King, KGVO-AM, “Listeners Discuss Trump & Suicide on Talk Back’s Open Phones”

RADIO WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
Winner-KUFM Montana Public Radio, mtpr.org
Runner-Up-KYSS-FM, kyssfm.com

TELEVISION COMMERCIAL OF THE YEAR
Winner-Carley Rainey, KBZK, “Commercials”
Runner-Up-Matt Reid, KBZK, “Commercials”

TELEVISION WRITER-COMMERCIAL & PUBLIC SERVICE
Winner-Shawn Newton, KXLH
Runner-Up-Carla Rainey, KBZK

TELEVISION WRITER-NEWS & LONG FORM PROGRAMMING
Winner-Cyndy Koures, KECI
Runner-Up-Mikenzie Frost, KTVH

TELEVISION NEWSCAST OF THE YEAR
Winner-KULR-8 News Team, KULR-8
Runner-Up-NBC Montana News Team, KECI

TELEVISION NON-COMMERCIAL PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Winner-Scott Sterling, KUSM MontanaPBS, “The Violin Alone”
Runner-Up-Ray Ekness, Gus Chambers, John Twiggs & William Marcus, KUFM MontanaPBS, “Backroads of Montana: Sharp Shooters”

TELEVISION PUBLIC SERVICE
Winner-Andrew Yancey, KXLH, “A Helping Hand”
Runner-Up-Carley Rainey, KBZK, “Carley’s 2017 PSA’s”

TELEVISION SPORTS STORY OR SERIES
Winner-Brandon Sullivan, KTVQ, “Indian Relay Races”
Runner-Up-Tom Wylie, KRTV, “Central Montana Stories: Turning Tragedy into Triumph”

TELEVISION SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Winner-Melinda Lee, KULR
Runner-Up-Shawn Rainey, KTMF

TELEVISION STATION PROMOTION
Winner-Andrew Demarest, KULR, “KULR History of Station”
Runner-Up-Brian Oestreich, KTVQ, “TV Station Promotion”

TELEVISION ON-AIR BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR
Winner-Jill Valley, KPAX
Runner-Up-Beth Saboe, KUSM MontanaPBS

TELEVISION FEATURE NEWS
Winner-Shawn Newton, KXLH, “Under the Big Sky”
Runner-Up-Aja Goare, KTVQ, “Mary Kennan’s Story”

TELEVISION COMMERCIAL PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Winner-Shawn Newton, KXLH, “Under the Big Sky”
Runner-Up-The Weather Authority Team, KFBB, KULR and KTMF, “Weathering the Big Sky”

TELEVISION HARD NEWS
Winner-Stella Daskalakis and Chris McCulley, KULR, “Human Trafficking Survivor Tells Her Story”
Runner-Up-Steve Fetveit and James Wicks, KECI, “Delinquent Taxpayers Put Pinch on Schools”

TELEVISION WEATHERCASTER OF THE YEAR
Winner-Curtis Grevenitz, KTVH
Runner-Up-Erin Yost, KPAX

TELEVISION BREAKING NEWS
Winner-KPAX News Team, KPAX, “Hamilton Roaring Lion Fire”
Runner-Up-NBC Montana Staff, KECI, “Roaring Lion Fire Blows Up Near Hamilton”

TELEVISION WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
Winner-Dillon Davies & Shawn Newton, KXLH
Runner-UpCarly Garrison, KTVH

The “EB Awards” are named in memory of Montana broadcast pioneer Ed Craney. The “EBs” recognize excellence in local news, production, promotion and public service. The awards were presented during the Montana Broadcasters Association convention on Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Big Sky. These awards are sponsored through the generosity of the The Greater Montana Foundation (www.greatermontana.org) which Mr. Craney established to encourage communication, with an emphasis on electronic media, on issues and trends of importance to Montanans.