KCET Receives Most Awards of Any Station at the 70th Golden Mike Awards® Presented by the Radio & Television Association of Southern California | KCET
KCET Receives Most Awards of Any Station at the 70th Golden Mike Awards® Presented by the Radio & Television Association of Southern California
America’s Longest Running Broadcast News Ceremony
Presents Nine Prestigious Honors to KCET
Burbank, Calif. – Feb. 18, 2020 – KCET, Southern California's home for award-winning public media programming, announced today the honors given by the Radio and Television News Association (RTNA) of Southern California with a total of nine Golden Mike Awards®, the most of any station in the region. All awards for programming during the 2019 season were won by KCET in the Television A (50 or more full-time news staff members) Division.
KCET original series BLUE SKY METROPOLIS was recognized for BEST DOCUMENTARY and labor documentary NIGHTSHIFT was honored for BEST LIGHT NEWS SERIES REPORTING. Two other KCET original programs, ARTBOUND and TENDING NATURE, were awarded BEST ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING for the “How Sweet the Sound: Gospel in Los Angeles” and BEST VIDEOGRAPHY, FEATURE STORY/SERIES/SPECIAL for “Protecting the Coast with the Tolowa Dee-ni” episodes, respectively.
KCET’s Emmy® Award-winning weekly half-hour news documentary series SOCAL CONNECTED won the Golden Mike for BEST INDIVIDUAL WRITING and BEST VIDEOGRAPHY, HARD NEWS STORY/SERIERS/SPECIAL for the “The New Normal” episode. In total, the series earned five awards this year that include three other original episodes.
The 70th Golden Mike Awards® were presented on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the RTNA Golden Mike Awards® Dinner at the Universal Hilton in Universal City, California.
To view the winning stories, please click on the links below:
BEST INDIVIDUAL WRITING
Div. A: KCET’s SOCAL CONNECTED “The New Normal”
Div. A: KCET’s BLUE SKY METROPOLIS
BEST LIGHT NEWS SERIES REPORTING
Div. A: KCET’s NIGHTSHIFT
BEST SERIOUS FEATURE REPORTING
Div. A: KCET’s SOCAL CONNECTED “Out of Bounds”
BEST ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING
Div. A: KCET’s ARTBOUND “How Sweet the Sound: Gospel in Los Angeles”
BEST MEDICAL AND SCIENCE REPORTING
Div. A: KCET’s SOCAL CONNECTED “Blood Money”
BEST VIDEOGRAPHY, HARD NEWS STORY/SERIERS/SPECIAL
Div. A: KCET’s SOCAL CONNECTED “The New Normal”
BEST VIDEOGRAPHY, FEATURE STORY/SERIES/SPECIAL
Div. A: KCET’s TENDING NATURE “Protecting the Coast with the Tolowa Dee-ni”
BEST INTERNET NEWS REPORTING
Div. A: KCET’s SOCAL CONNECTED “Behind the L.A. Teachers’ Strike”
Blue-ribbon panels of judges for the awards are constituted by recruiting first-rate, experienced broadcast news professionals from top markets, stations, networks, bureaus and universities across the country. They are flown to Los Angeles for the Judging Day, where they are assigned into three-person panels for radio and television. Each panel is assigned a Monitor who explains and applies the judging procedures, distributes scoring sheets, plays each entry on professional video and audio equipment and then collects the scoring sheets. The scoring sheets are then delivered to the Awards Accountant, who tabulates the scores, identifies the winners and confirms those categories that are noted by the judges as not meeting the "Golden Mike Standard of Excellence."
The Golden Mike Awards® are presented at a gala dinner in Hollywood each January in an industry event which is both congratulatory and celebratory. For over 65 years, the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California has promoted excellence in broadcast journalism through the Golden Mike Awards® and is committed to continuing that legacy into the future.
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 54-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. Select original programming from KCET is also available for streaming on Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon and Roku platforms. For more information please visit kcet.org/apps. KCET is a content channel of the Public Media Group of Southern California.
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