Awards Season 2016

by - February 03, 2016

Last week was the deadline for the ABBY Awards, so I spent three days holed up in an edit bay working on our submissions. This is one of my favorite things to do because it gives me a chance to relive our greatest coverage of the past year and put it all together in a way that showcases the station's accomplishments. While I worked on many individual submissions as well, by far the biggest project of those three days was for Station of the Year. Below are some of my favorite pieces that went into that submission.

In early 2015, the threat of sequestration was a major concern for Ft. Rucker.

In February, we hosted a live debate for the candidates in the special election to fill Dothan's District 5 Commission seat.

Late in the year, a blogger accused the Dothan Police Department of planting drugs on young black men several years ago, prompting coverage from around the country.

The Wiregrass had its share of wild weather in 2015, most notably in April when strong storms led to the cancellation of the Toadlick Music Festival, in August when a tornado damaged several business in Troy, and in November when a microburst significantly damaged an area school.

In December, flooding forced many families out of their homes on Christmas Day and even resulted in two deaths.

Usually, the National Peanut Festival is the biggest event of the year for our area, but in 2015 unprecedented rainfall threw a monkey wrench in the week-long event. And although a majority of our coverage centered around cancellations, schedule changes and parking issues, we did still find a little time to have some fun.

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  1. Hi, Ashton!

    That was an excellent roundup of the biggest stories of the year in your TV market. Looks like your team did a fine job with coverage. Your post brings back memories of submissions I worked on at my first two stations and ADDY Award submissions I worked on at my third.

    I wish you and your station the best of luck at this year's awards!