WVAS Awards Entries

Best News Operation - WVAS News in 2016

Feb 16, 2017

WVAS News is proud to submit an entry for Best News Operation. With the station's other entries in Best Newscast, Best Coverage of a Scheduled Event, Best Public Affairs, Best Lifestyle Feature and Best Series - along with the staff's individual work we present excerpts of each for the judges' consideration. Both the newscast entries demonstrate the versatility of skills among our cadre of reporters, from the writing, editing and research to the production and anchoring.

Best Public Affairs - Perspectives 2016

Feb 15, 2017

WVAS News weekly talk show 90.7 Perspectives had another banner year in 2016, managing to take the pulse of Montgomery and surrounding communities. The nation reached a flash point last year between law enforcement and citizens with violence flaring on both sides of the badge. The Perspectives talk show hosted a town hall meeting for the  purpose of bringing together local residents and members of area police departments. This entry replays various portions of the town hall meeting, capturing the spirit of the event.

Best Reporter - Melanie Hogan

Feb 15, 2017

WVAS News reporter Melanie Hogan offers a trio of stories for her submission in the Best Reporter category. She takes the listener on an aural journey to a voter registration rally in the first piece. The second segment involves a little more production as she burrows into the aftermath of police shootings around the country. The last example is an in-depth profile of civil rights figure Amelia Boynton Robinson. 

Best Coverage of a Scheduled Event - Election Night

Feb 15, 2017

WVAS News provided extensive coverage of the general election on November 8. Anchor Robb Taylor mediated an ongoing discussion with our panel of experts - Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Alabama State University Dr. D'Linell Finley and Professor of Humanities at Alabama State University Dr. Robert White - during the evening and also fielded calls from our slate of reporters. Stationed at the Montgomery Election Center for the evening was reporter Brittney Jones Dabney.

Best Series Entry - Does My Vote Matter?

Feb 14, 2017

During last year's election cycle WVAS compiled a series of reports intended to explore the thought process of voters in Alabama leading up to Election Day. "Does My Vote Matter?" approached the election from the voter's mindset. What issues factored into the decision? Was the ballot comprehendible? Did pockets of voters feel disenfranchised? Were voters finding it difficult to get registered? The series is hosted by Senior News Correspondent Marcus Hyles.

Best Commentator or Editorialist - The Hyles Files

Feb 14, 2017

A sampling of commentaries by Marcus Hyles in the last year. The Hyles Files is a chance for the Senior News Correspondent to wax rhapsodic on matters both meaningful and trivial. 

Best Lifestyle Feature - Town Hall Meeting

Feb 14, 2017

Radio Station WVAS in concert with Alabama State University held a town hall meeting to address violence between law enforcement and the community. The town hall sought to ease tension in the community and promote better communication between police and local residents. It was held in an impoverished neighborhood of Montgomery to truly immerse attendees and listeners of the on-air live event into the realities community members face on a daily basis.

Best Anchor Entry - Marcus Hyles

Feb 14, 2017

An example of the anchoring abilities of Senior News Correspondent Marcus Hyles. 

Best Newscast Entry - 4/6/16

Feb 14, 2017

This is another representative newscast from the staff of WVAS. Anchored by Marcus Hyles the report leads with the call for impeachment of Governor Robert Bentley. It is followed by stories detailing the override of the governor's veto of the general fund budget, a regional casino's efforts to reopen in the face of court rulings, confusion over new work requirements for food stamps and a safe driving campaign by local police. It demonstrates all the reportorial and delivery skills the staff employs on a daily basis. 

Best Newscast Entry - Baton Rouge Shooting

Feb 13, 2017

One of two entries in the Best Newscast category from WVAS. This entry features Brittney Jones Dabney at the anchor desk. The lead story is from Baton Rouge, where three police officers were killed and three others injured. Other stories have to do with the removal of Alabama's Chief Justice Roy Moore and a proposal to build a new mosque in Montgomery.