The Rock Hill radio station joins an elite group of three South Carolina stations that have won the coveted honor five times. The award, established in 1970, was previously won by WRHI in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2009. WRHI has won an unprecedented total of 72 SCBA awards, more than any other South Carolina Radio station.
PHOTO GALLERY: SC Broadcasters Association Awards Dinner
Allan Miller and Manning Kimmel, Managing Partners of OTS Media Services, parent company of WRHI AM/FM accepted the award and referred to their staff as “family” and praised their passion and commitment of serving the local community. Program Director Mario Washington paid tribute to station ownership for their willingness to not only “talk the talk, but walk the walk.”
The SCBA’s “Television Station of the Year” Award, was presented to WIS-TV in Columbia. The judging for all of the SCBA’s State Television and Radio (STAR) Awards was conducted by an anonymous panel of out-of-state broadcasters and media professionals.
Including its “Station of the Year” award, WRHI and sister station Interstate 107 won a total of nine SCBA Awards. Andrew Kiel, Chris Miller and Mario Washington won several individuals awards for Sports and News coverage. Chuck Boozer won multiple awards for promotional announcements and Clinton Family Ford’s comical “More-On Dealer” advertisement was selected as the South Carolina Radio commercial of the Year.
Also for the fourteenth time, OTS Media stations were awarded the South Carolina National Guard’s annual Eagle Award, the guard’s highest public service media award.
The South Carolina Broadcasters Association is the professional trade organization for over 225 Radio and Television stations in the Palmetto State. The SCBA provides its membership assistance in legal, engineering and sales services. The organization also lobbies state and federal lawmakers on issues and legislation of concern to broadcasters. Each year, through their education foundation endowment fund, the association awards 50 to 60 thousand dollars in scholarships to deserving broadcast students at South Carolina universities and colleges.