WGEM named 'Station of the Year' at Illinois Broadcasters Association's event

Posted: Jun. 26, 2014 11:47 pm Updated: Jul. 18, 2014 11:15 am

WGEM-TV in Quincy received top honors at the Illinois Broadcasters Association's annual awards banquet last week in Champaign.

WGEM was a finalist for six awards in competition among Illinois stations, and it was named "Station of the Year" for overall excellence.

"The last time WGEM received this prestigious honor was the year after the devastating 1993 floods," Carlos Fernandez, WGEM vice president and general manager, said in a press release. "That recognition was due to the extensive efforts and role that our station played by being the vital source of news and information for the entire region.

"This year, our focus remains being prepared for reporting on major events, but also on the day-to-day support of the communities we serve throughout the tri-states. From Academic Challenge to televising parades to the Great River Honor Flight program, our entire staff is committed to making this area a great place to live."

WGEM's coverage of a severe weather storm and the Newcomb Hotel fire garnered the station first- and second-place Silver Domes in the category of best television spot news coverage.

"We take our role as local journalists very seriously every day, but especially so during situations like the severe weather outbreak and the Newcomb Hotel fire when we know people are counting on us for emergency information," WGEM News Director Chad Mahoney said. "Receiving an award such as this only motivates our journalists to work harder to better inform our viewers."

The station also took home awards in several other categories: best community service activity (weather storm spotters course), best TV website, best TV public service announcement (Great River Honor Flight) and best hard news story for "Heroin in the Heartland."