WAER Honored as Best Radio Newscast, Best Sports Show, Best Sports Story by Syr Press Club

May 4, 2015

WAER Sports' Dan Silverman one of the station broadcasters honored at this weekends Syracuse Press Club awards.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  WAER broadcasters and staff were honored for several awards in both News and Sports categories in the most recent Syracuse Press Club awards, during a ceremony Saturday night.  The station's work swept the categories of Best Radio Sports Show and Best Radio Sports Story.  WAER's Newscast was also judged Best Regularly Scheduled Local Newscast.

(Complete Awards Listings Below)

WAER Sports staff puts a lot of energy into the pregame shows that precede each football, basketball and lacrosse broadcast.  That effort was awarded by the selection as Best Sports Show for the Countdown to Kickoff Show for the Syracuse vs. Notre Dame broadcast.  It was hosted by Eric Gallanty and produced by Evan Weston.  Similarly, it's a group effort to produce each Sportsnight broadcast.  The show, Syracuse University Soccer Success, hosted by Bailey Lipschultz and Dan Silverman, was honored second place in the category.

WAER retains a commitment to covering local news each day.  The 5:30 Newscast, anchored by Chris Bolt, with writing and reporting by Scott Willis and John Smith, was selected Best Regularly Scheduled Radio Newscast.  

OTHER WAER STORIES THAT EARNED RECOGNITION

Jay Alter (left) and Sam Hyman were among the WAER News and Sports staff honored at the 2015 Syracuse Press Club Awards.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  The story on Lime Shortage due to Drug Cartels, reported by Helena Battipaglia,  was also a winner, placing second in the News Feature category.  Other stories that aired on WAER and gained honors included: Best Human Interest Feature for the story "The Case of the Disappearing Tony Awards: Sound Design by Randy Wenner;  "Syracuse Nats 50th Anniversary" by Jay Alter was Best Sports Story (student division); "Father and Son Coaching Relationship" by Sam Hyman 2nd pl Sports Story (student division); “Summer Camp for Kids Promotes Environmental Awareness” by Sarah Brechbill 2nd Pl Radio Feature Story (student division); "High School Credit Union Makes Financial Sense" by Sawyer Rosenstein 2nd pl Best Radio News Story (student division)

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Syracuse Press Club Professional Recognition Awards

Winners

RADIO

NEWS FEATURE

First place: A. Randall Wenner, “Student app helps warn Israeli citizens about incoming missiles”

Second place: WAER-FM, Helena Battipaglia and Chris Bolt, “Lime shortage in Central New York has roots in international trade and even drug cartels”

"HUMAN INTEREST" FEATURE

First place: A. Randall Wenner, “The case of the disappearing Tony Awards: Sound design”

Second place:

SPORTS STORY

First place: WAER-FM, David Lauterbach, “Short history of two-sport athletes”

Second place: WAER-FM, David Lauterbach, “Relationship between 2K Sports and Wounded Warrior Project”

SPORTS SHOW

First place: WAER-FM, Evan Weston, Eric Gallanty and WAER staff, “Countdown to kickoff: Pregame for Syracuse vs. Notre Dame football”

Second place: WAER-FM, Dan Silverman and Bailey Lipschultz, “Syracuse University soccer success”

REGULARLY SCHEDULED LOCAL NEWSCAST

First place: WAER-FM, Chris Bolt, “WAER Local Newscast @ 5:30, Chris Bolt, Anchor”

Student Contest

BEST RADIO SPORTS STORY

First place: NCC News, Jay Alter, “Syracuse Nats 50th anniversary”

Second place: NCC News, Sam Hyman, “Father and son coaching relationship”

BEST RADIO NEWS STORY

First place: NCC News, Mike Allinger, “Advocates work to keep young people out of adult court”

Second place: NCC News, Sawyer Rosenstein, “High school credit union makes financial sense”

BEST RADIO FEATURE STORY

First place: NCC News, Helen Battipaglia, “Lime shortage ‘squeeze’”

Second place: NCC News, Sarah Brechbill, “Summer camp for kids promotes environmental awareness”