KTHV, KATV Among Local Emmy Winners From Arkansas

If you keep score, as the news stations no doubt do, you gotta tab KTHV, Channel 11, as the big Little Rock winner in the Oct. 3 local Emmys. The CBS affiliate snared four of the jagged statuettes: Kenny W. Reynolds won awards for both shooting and for editing “Trapshooting 101,” Ashley Blackstone’s “Angela’s Tree” won for general assignment reporting, and Charles Crowson’s “Icy Roads” won in the spot news category.

Crowson “was standing in the right place at the right time, with cars crashing all around him,” KTHV news director Chuck Maulden said, adding that “good news photography is 90 percent luck and 10 percent knowing what to do with the luck.”

The only other station in the state to schlep hardware home from the St. Louis ceremony was KATV, Channel 7. The ABC affiliate won in the Mid-America chapter for the best evening newscast among stations in markets smaller than the country’s top 49 media markets. (The Little Rock-Pine Bluff market, with some 560,000 TV households, is the nation’s 56th largest, according to the Nielsen Co.) Reporter Heather Crawford and producer Mark Farrell also won for the best online documentary, “WM3: Justice Served?,” about the West Memphis Three. (Enter keyword WM3 at katv.com to view it.)

KATV news director Randy Dixon admitted that he “was terrified” when he took the stage to accept his previously announced Silver Circle, an Emmy awarded for at least 25 years of “significant contribution” to television. Dixon, 50, began his TV career 30 years ago as KATV’s first videotape editor.

A documentary about the Buffalo River, “The Buffalo Flows,” won Emmys for James Greeson’s musical composition and University of Arkansas journalism professor Larry Foley’s writing. A mainstay since March on AETN, the film made its national Public Broadcasting Service debut on Oct. 6.

“It is a story that has drawn more attention than anything I’ve worked on in 30 years of working on documentaries because it is many people’s special place,” Foley said.

A University of Arkansas student documentary on a Rogers radio station, “KURM Radio: Soapbox of the Air,” won in the category of student non-news production.

The Mid-America chapter of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is one of 19 regional chapters. It represents 16 media markets around Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Kentucky and Kansas, most notably the St. Louis and Kansas City areas.

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