BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Sports broadcasting, news reporting, and local public affairs programming earned prestigious, best-in-class 2022 ABBY Awards for two RadioAlabama stations from the Alabama Broadcasters Association on Sunday.
The annual ABBYs honor the best in broadcasting in Alabama, with highly competitive entries from the state’s radio and television stations.
Best Sportscaster: Jeremy Law, RadioAlabama’s news and sports director, is also the voice of the Sylacauga High School Aggies on the Aggie Sports Network. Through multimedia coverage of football, baseball, and basketball, his passion shows in every game he calls and produces in live radio, video, sports talk, and podcast formats for multiple platforms and stations including FOX Sports Central Alabama on 98.3 FM.
Best Reporter: Michael Giddens is a Multimedia News Reporter for MIX 106.5, KiX 100.3, and SylacaugaNews.com, His daily local on-air and online reporting adds unique value to the station’s news coverage efforts.
Best Public Affairs: Behind the Headlines, a weekly long-form news and public affairs program hosted by Executive Vice President Michael Brannon, airs weekly on KiX 100.3; premieres natively on KiX 100.3, MIX 106.5, and SylacaugaNews.com Facebook pages; is linked for viewing on station websites; and is available for on-demand access on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher. Built around local and state leaders, professionals, educators, and newsmakers, the multimedia production focuses on important and interesting area topics.
“ABBYs are important recognition of our continuing efforts to serve the public and create engaging, relevant content,” said Lee Perryman, RadioAlabama President & CEO. “I’m extremely proud of Jeremy, our two Michaels, and everyone else on our team as they work to make sure we’re the best in everything we do.”
Operating under the master RadioAlabama brand and winner of 21 ABBY honors since 2013 for news, sports, production, programming, and client promotion, the group was also home to Alabama’s Radio Station of the Year in 2017 and the state’s Broadcaster of the Year in 2014. Owned by Marble City Media LLC, RadioAlabama’s stations and services in east central Alabama include FOX Sports Central Alabama on 98.3 FM (WFXO), MIX 106.5 (WFXO-HD2), 105.1 WRFS (WRFS), KiX 100.3 (WYEA), KiX 96.3 (WSGN), AU100 (WAUE), Tiger Country 104.5 (WAUE-HD2), SylacaugaNews.com, and RadioAlabamaSports.net.
Through co-owned Auburn Networks LLC, RadioAlabama’s operations include Wings 94.3 (WGZZ), NewsTalk WANI (WANI/WGZZ-HD2), ESPN 106.7 (WGZZ-HD3), 96.3 WLEE (WGZZ-HD4), and East Alabama Living Magazine. For 2022, the Auburn stations were also recognized with ABBYs for the state’s Best Personality or Team and Best Talk Show. Winner of 34 ABBYs to date, the network was home of Alabama’s Radio Station of the Year in 2009 and 2016.