Mel Burka Distinguished Broadcaster Award
Mike Kirtner
Huntington, WV
Legendary Station of the Year
Huntington, WV
Best Television Station of the Year
Charleston, WV

2015 John McKinney Excellence In Technology Award

Bob Hardman


AC/Oldies Station of the Year

CHR Station of the Year

Country Station of the Year
The Big DawgWVMD FM

News/Talk Station of the Year

Rock Station of the Year 
92.7&98.5 The Planet Rocks

On-Air Personality:
WRZZ FM Mike Cameron
WKMZ FM  Emily Meadows

Best Morning Show:
WKKW FM Jeff and Sarah in the Morning
WKMZ FM - Marco Nation  

Best Newscast:  
WCHS AM Jeff Jenkins
WEPM AM Hans Fogle

Best Talk Show:
WAJR FM - The Gary Bowden Show
WEPM AM - Panhandle Live with Hans Fogle

Best Sportscast:
WHKX FM- Dan McMahon
WKLP AM TriState Sportscenter

Best Play-by-Play:
WCHS AM Greg White
WCDK FM - Joey Klepack

Best Radio Promotion
WSTG FM - Doc Atwell

Best Radio Creative
WJLS FM Escape Rom

Best Use of Digital Media
WKLC FM WWE Giveaway



Sports Play-by-Play:
Kyle Wiggs, WVSSAC High School Championships 

Network Sportscast Metro
News Sportscast - Garrett Cullen

Network Long-Form News Program
WOWK TV, Mark Curtis, Inside West Virginia politics
West Virginia MetroNews, Chris Lawrence

Network Breaking News or Event Coverage
MetroNews, Carrie Hodousek
Network Talk Show, MetroNews Talkline, Hoppy Kercheval



Best Community Outreach 
WVVA TV Hurricane Harvey Relief

Best Locally Produced Television Show
WVNS TV, Valerie Sullivan

Best Sportscast:
WOWK TV, Drew Goldfarb

Best Investigative News Story or Series
WCHS TV, Kennie Bass

Best General Assignment Reporting
WSAZ TV, Dan Klein

Best Coverage of Breaking News
WVNS TV, Larry Marrs & Kamrel Eppinger 

Best Newscast:
AMWSAZ TV, Ryan Epling 

Best Newscast:

Best Anchor:
WSAZ TV, Amanda Barren

Best Weathercast:
WVVA TV, Travis Roberts

Best Weather Event Coverage
WCHS TV, Leslie Rubin

Best Photojournalist:
WCHS TV, Kalea Gunderson 

Best Use of Digital Media
WVNS TV, Douglas Fritz

Best TV Creative
WVNS TV, Tim Carrico

jacobsWednesday, February 1st - 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bridgeport Conference Center, Bridgeport

Thursday, February 2nd - 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Holiday Inn & Suites, South Charleston 

Digital Disruption: Challenges & OPPORTUNITIES For Broadcasters 

All broadcasters are facing disruption on many fronts. The way that listeners and viewers consume content is going through major changes. The country is undergoing a massive generational shift. Social media opens up a new way to communicate and connect. Smartphones have rapidly become a significant way to consume media. Ratings companiesarehavingtroublekeepingupandmeasuringuse. Andtheadvertisingmodelis changing, as clients are facing an avalanche of new options and ways of determining a successful return on their investment.

This creates many challenges for broadcasters, from which digital channels to invest in, to training sellers on how to adequately monetize them. But it also creates opportunities, as broadcasters have more tools than ever to reach audience and deliver them to their clients.

Media specialist Paul Jacobs from Jacobs Media will help West Virginia broadcasters sort through the noise in a fast-paced presentation, which will cover the following issues utilizing real-world examples, research and stories from the field:

  • What are “radio” and “television” in a digital world where cord-cutting and on-demand content is proliferating?

  • Using digital advertising solutions as a critical partner to traditional advertising solutions.

  • Examples of revenue-generating solutions utilizing social media, mobile, web, database

  • Understanding what “content” is and how it can be re-purposed for revenue generation.

  • Positioning the advantage of being a local broadcaster in a digital world.

  • A video interview with the head of dealer co-op from Ford, as he explains why he is pushing so many dollars into digital, and what he recommends broadcasters should do.

Paul is the Vice-President, General Manager of Jacobs Media, a research and consulting company based in Detroit. For the past three decades, he has worked with broadcasters on developing revenue solutions based on adjusting to new opportunities and challenges. He began his career in radio sales, and was a General Manager of stations in Dallas and Detroit prior to joining Jacobs Media in 1991. He is also the President of jacapps, one of the largest developers of mobile applications for media, so he understands not only the broadcast business, but the digital business as well.

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