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TV Notes: WTAE gets the most Emmy nominations

Wednesday, August 16, 2000

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

WTAE cleaned up again in the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award nominations, which were announced yesterday. Channel 4 received 14 nominations (one more than last year), WQED had nine, WPGH received three, KDKA took two and WPXI had one.

WPXI has a tradition of not entering in Emmy competition, so weathercaster Julie Bologna entered herself. She's the only local nominee for outstanding individual achievement in weathercasting.

Although Pittsburgh stations usually receive a decent number of nominations, they usually get few wins. Last year WTAE and KDKA took home one award for each station. That was it.

After being shut out in the nominations last year, WQED returned with help from new series "On Q," "Doo Wop 50" and the latest Rick Sebak special.

As usual, Philadelphia TV stations took the bulk of the nominations: The NBC affiliate garnered 28 (down from last year's 41 nominations). Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala Sept. 16 at the Crystal Tea Room atop the John Wanamaker building in Philadelphia.

Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations comprise entries from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Steubenville, Ohio, and Wheeling, W.Va.

Local nominees include:

Single news broadcast: WTAE, news director Bob Longo

Sports newscast: WTAE

Spot news/extended coverage: WTAE; producers Connie Stewart and Mindy Currie-Cooper.

News feature/informational: WTAE for "Wes Wyatt, Insurance Salesman," reporter Jim Parsons, editor Michael Lazorko, producer Tim Wells.

News feature/single report same day: WTAE for "Beetle Boy," reporter-anchor Mike Clark, editor Lazorko.

News feature/series: WTAE for "Row Officers," reporters Parsons and Paul Van Osdol, editor Lazorko, videographer Kendall Cross.

Sports feature/news: WPGH for "Ultimate Frisbee," reporter Katie Sesny, videographer/editor Paul Ruggieri.

Investigative journalism: WTAE for "Public Works/Public Waste," reporter Parsons, editor Lazorko, videographer Cross, producer Tim Wells.

Special live news coverage: WTAE for "Wilkinsburg Shooting," executive producer Rich Cook, producer Jessica Flynn, anchor Scott Baker, field producer Wells.

Talk program/one-time only special: WQED for "Black Horizons: County Jail," producer Minette Seate; WTAE for "A Crisis at Home," producer Laura Snell, production and operations manager Dan Henninger, director of broadcast operations James R. Byrne.

Entertainment broadcast: KDKA for "Celebrating 50 Years In Our Hometowns," writer-producer Dave Crawley, videographer-producer Dave Forstate, post-production Chris Loewer; WQED for "Doo Wop 50," executive producer Deborah Acklin, producer T.J. Lubinsky.

Program feature/informational: WQED for "On Q: Safe Start," reporter Michael Bartley, videographer-editor Paul Ruggieri.

Program feature/entertainment: WQED for "On Q: Gina's Adoption," producer Gina Catanzarite; WQED for "On Q: Poetry Slam Segment," producer Pierina Morelli.

Children's series: KDKA for "Giant Eagle Hometown High Q," director of marketing Mike Gerst.

Cultural program: WQED for "Things That Are Still Here," producer-writer Rick Sebak, editor Kevin Conrad, editor Dickran H. Manoogian; PJ History Associates for "A Jewish Legacy: Pittsburgh," producer-director-historian Barbara Burstin, editor Frank Caloiero, executive producer Gary Hines.

Public affairs program/one-time only special: WTAE for "Success by 6: Building Blocks for Life," producer Lynn Squilla, videographer Timothy J. Lohle, editor Lazorko.

Community outreach program: WTAE for "Project Bundle-Up," president and general manager James Hefner; University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing "Cameos of Caring," producer-director Ken Brown.

Music composition: WQED for "On Q" theme, composers James Di Spirito and Dave Hanner.

Nominations for individual achievement include:

Camera/news: Paul Ruggieri, WPGH.

Camera/programming: Morelli, WQED.

Reporter: Parsons, WTAE.

Sports reporter: Alby Oxenreiter, WPGH; Andrew Stockey, WTAE.

Writer/news: Kevin Smith, WTAE.

Writer/programming: Gina Catanzarite, Arania Productions; Nathalie Berry, WQED.

Production company Mind Over Media (formerly D'Elia Wittkofski) received eight nominations in the categories of sports series (Penn State basketball and football), sports feature/programming, promotional announcement campaign, production design and individual achievement in editing/programming (Thomas Philips). Employees cited include director Michael Messner, editor Philips, segment producers Frick Weber and Tad Maurey and narrator-writer Guy Junker.

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