We are gearing up for the last week of voting for the best in the Best of the Brazos Valley. The Best of the Brazos – has been celebrating everything excellent in the Brazos Valley since 2000! So be sure to vote so you can help decide the best of the best. Vote at bestofthebrazos.com today.
For the seventh year, Bryan Broadcasting’s community service to Bryan College Station has been recognized with the Texas Association of Broadcasters Bonner McLane award. The Texas Association of Broadcasters created the Bonner McLane Public Service Awards to recognize six television and radio stations’ outstanding contributions and service to their local communities.
Bryan Broadcasting was given the service award for the “Empty Bowls Jr.” fundraiser. Together, The Arts Council of the Brazos Valley and Bryan Broadcasting joined forces to make the event a success. The money raised went to the A&M Consolidated Food Bank which provides food to students in need at Consol.
Candy 95, Maverick 100.9, and Peace 107.7 raised more than $5,000 (doubling the amount of money raised in its first year of association with Bryan Broadcasting) to aid in the fight against hunger in the Brazos Valley. The event which was hosted at the Bryan Broadcasting Studios at The Crystal Park Plaza allowed listeners to buy hand crafted bowls made by art students and teachers with Bryan ISD, College Station ISD, Richards ISD, and Allen Academy.
Long Way Home (LWH) has made its way to our stations every Wednesday so listeners can find our about pets in the community they can help. LWHs program works almost exclusively with kill shelters, local and nationwide to pull pets with an imminent euthanasia date or those are deemed “unadoptable.” We have partnered with LWH just over a year and during that time a few very special pets have become a part of our employees’ everyday life.
“My husband and I have always had a passion for dogs and have owned and cared for several with medical needs in the past. We know it takes special people to care for these types of animals,” said Michele McNew, Bryan Broadcasting Senior Account Executive. “We saw Long Way Home’s dedication and love for Gilman and watched as his story unfolded. I knew Gilman was just what we needed to fill a void left by the loss of our dog to cancer and Long Way Home made that happen and we and Gilman couldn’t be happier.”
“Technically, both my dogs are rescues. I adopted my brother’s dog when he joined the Army, and when I heard Maia’s sad story of abuse and neglect, I knew she would be a great addition to our little family. Maia is a year younger than my other rat terrier, Rocky, and the pair get along famously,” said Candy On-Air Personality, Katy Dempsey. “My rat pack has increased, and I couldn’t be happier.”
“Fostering for Long Way Home was a great experience. Our foster, Walker, didn’t get adopted with his littermates despite being a beautiful cat, and he quickly outgrew the “cute kitten” stage,” said Patrick Zeinert, WTAW Morning News Anchor. “Long Way Home was very supportive, continuing to send food, snacks, and toys to him until he finally found a perfect family that drove hours just to pick him up. We fostered two more after that, but became too attached to one of them, so now we have a full house.”
Long Way Home is an ideal way to help make sure pets don’t get stuck in a shelter for too long and have a loving foster family while they wait for a forever home. If you are interested in donating, fostering, or adopting, visit mylongwayhome.org to find out more information.
News/Talk 1620 WTAW has been recognized by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters (TAPB) with 24 awards for news and sports coverage and online content during 2014. WTAW competed in TAPB Radio Division B, which covers the state except for the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin markets. WTAW received nine first place, nine second place, and six honorable mention (HM) awards.
1. Kevin O’Connor
2. Zach Taylor
Anchor or Anchor Team
HM: Bill Oliver
1. Bill Oliver
HM: Chelsea Reber
Specialty or Beat Reporting
1. Bill Oliver-Bryan City Council
2. Bill Oliver-College Station City Council
HM: Bill Oliver-Texas A&M University
1. Mike Wright & Mark Green-A&M Consolidated High School Football
2. Zach Taylor & Mark Green-A&M Consolidated High School Football
Spot News by A Reporter
1. Bill Oliver-Bryan Power Plant Fire
Use of Actuality-Production
1. Bill Oliver-Kyle Field Implosion
2. Bill Oliver-Vietnam War Memorial
2. Bill Oliver-Dentist Plea Agreement
Sports Story or Sports Series
1. Zach Taylor-Texas A&M Football at SEC Media Day
2. Kevin O’Connor-College Station High School Wins State Baseball Championship
HM: Bill Oliver-Kyle Field Update
HM: WTAW Staff-Bryan School Bond
2. Katy Dempsey-Bravo Brazos Valley “Books in a Blanket”
HM: Bill Oliver-Vietnam War Memorial
1. Kevin O’Connor Kommentary “Definition of a Kicker”
2. Bill Oliver-Brazos Boot Returns to Bryan
For the seventh consecutive year, News/Talk 1620 WTAW has received the Texas AP Broadcasters (TAPB) Radio Excellence Award. It’s an honor that includes all radio markets regardless of population.
That was one of two additional awards WTAW received at the annual awards banquet of the TAPB and Headliners Foundation of Texas. WTAW’s Patrick Zeinert, who anchors newscasts on The Infomaniacs, received the TAPB’s Best Newscast award among Texas radio stations outside of the state’s major markets (Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin).
Two of our TAPB awards also received recognition from the Headliners Foundation of Texas, for Best Radio Reporter and Best Radio Online/Special Content.
Part of the Maverick staff headed up to Arlington during ACM weekend. Mel from the Morning Mavericks, Drew Williams from the afternoons, and Karina on Nights all got to experience everything that the ACMs had to offer.
Friday and Saturday consisted of the ACM Party for a Cause festival which included several up and coming artists as well as several Top 40 Country artists including Brett Eldredge, Chase Rice, and Tyler Farr. Friday and Saturday nights consisted of ACM Presents Superstar Duets inside the Globe Life Park also known as the Texas Rangers Ballpark. Despite many hours of delays on Friday and Saturday due to weather the ACM Superstar Duets was still able to occur. The Maverick staff was able to take up close footage and pictures the entire ACM Party for a Cause weekend.
Sunday solely consisted of the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards. The Maverick staff was part of a historic moment in ACM history and the world. The 50th Annual ACMs broke the Guinness world record for the most attended live awards show with over 70,000 people. The Maverick staff had the opportunity to watch the award show from the press box and were the only local station in attendance for live social media coverage. The Maverick staff was able take this experience back to the airwaves and talk to the listeners about the live performances and awards they were able to witness.