2017 E.B. Craney Broadcasting Award Finalists

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2017 “E.B.” Craney Broadcasting Award Finalists

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

(Finalists are listed in no particular order)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RADIO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
–Blake Hempstead, KANA-AM
–Ryan Tootell, KKVU-FM

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

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

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

TELEVISION COMMERCIAL OF THE YEAR
–Matt Reid, KBZK, “Commercials”
–Carley Rainey, KBZK, “Commercials”

TELEVISION WRITER-COMMERCIAL & PUBLIC SERVICE
–Carla Rainey, KBZK
–Shawn Newton, KXLH

TELEVISION WRITER-NEWS & LONG FORM PROGRAMMING
–Mikenzie Frost, KTVH
–Cyndy Koures, KECI

TELEVISION NEWSCAST OF THE YEAR
–NBC Montana News Team, KECI
–KULR-8 News Team, KULR-8

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

TELEVISION PUBLIC SERVICE
–Carley Rainey, KBZK, “Carley’s 2017 PSA’s”
–Andrew Yancey, KXLH, “A Helping Hand”

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

TELEVISION SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
–Shawn Rainey, KTMF
–Melinda Lee, KULR

TELEVISION STATION PROMOTION
–Andrew Demarest, KULR, “KULR History of Station”
–Brian Oestreich, KTVQ, “TV Station Promotion”

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

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

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

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

TELEVISION WEATHERCASTER OF THE YEAR
–Erin Yost, KPAX
–Curtis Grevenitz, KTVH

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

TELEVISION WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
Dillon Davies & Shawn Newton, KXLH
Carly 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 will be presented during the Montana Broadcasters Association convention on Saturday, June 24th 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.