Annual Granite Mike Awards honor local broadcasters

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Comedian Juston McKinney brought the laughs to the annual Granite Mike Awards. Photo/NHAB Facebook

MANCHESTER, NH  – This year, New Hampshire broadcasters gave us award-winning coverage of the opioid epidemic, state championship sports, breaking news from severe weather and fun features focused on everyone from ice fishing enthusiasts to janitors. Local leaders from television and radio gathered to celebrate the best of the best at the 2018 Granite Mikes, presented by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

Dozens of stations were recognized, capped off by the award for Broadcaster of the Year, which went to WKBK radio broadcaster Dan Mitchell, for his work on and off the air.

WKBK’s Dan Mitchell named Broadcaster of the Year.

Mitchell, who has worked at WKBK for more than 30 years, has become a central figure in raising funds and awareness around many of the Monadnock Region’s most important causes, such as children’s health care, help for the poor and local amateur sports.

Individuals and stations submitted 261 entries in 20 categories. The work was judged by the Idaho Association of Broadcasters. WMUR TV was the big winner, taking several First-Place prizes and Merit Certificates. WGIR, WZID and WBNH radio also received numerous First Place awards.

WMUR TV and WLKZ-FM were named the television and radio Stations of the Year respectively.

Mike Haze, radio host for WFNQ, and WMUR TV’s Sean McDonald, received the radio and television Air Personality awards. WTPL’s Good Morning NH was First Place winner in the Morning Show Team category.


The list of winners is below:

Public Affairs/Talk
Radio
MERIT WKBK
FIRST – WNHN-LPFM
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV – Close-Up
FIRST – WENH/NH Public Radio – Roads to Recovery

Spot News
Radio
MERIT WBNH-LP
FIRST – NHPR-FM – Gun Policy Debate
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV – October Floods
FIRST – WMUR-TV – July Flooding

Documentary News
Radio
MERIT- NH Public Radio – The State of the Free State
FIRST – NH Public Radio – Rural Doctor Surrenders License
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV – Bullying in Schools
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Babies Born Addicted

Feature Story
Radio
MERIT – WVMJ/WMWV – The Perfect Spot for Ice Fishing
FIRST – NH Public Radio – Synchronized Swimming
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Victoria Arlen
FIRST – WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Janitor Kevin Freeman

Newscast
Radio
MERIT – WTSN – Noon News
FIRST – WZID – Peggy James
Television
MERIT -WMUR-TV – News 9 Tonight
FIRST – WMUR-TV – News 9 at Six

Play-by-Play
Radio
MERIT -WTSV – NH Boys Basketball
FIRST – WBNH-LP – NH Girls Basketball State Championship
Television
FIRST – WYCU – NHIAA Division III Boys Basketball Championship

Sports Feature
Radio
MERIT – WBNH-LP Foxx on Sports
FIRST – WGIR-AM – Jack Heath Interviews Local Coaches
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Mountain Mud Run
FIRST – WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Behind the Manchester Marathon

Air Personality
Radio
MERIT – WZID-FM – Heather Bishop
FIRST – WFNQ – Mike Haze
Television
MERIT
WMUR-TV – Chronicle – Erin Fehlau
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Chronicle – Sean McDonald

Morning Show Team – radio category only
Radio
MERIT – WTPL – Good Morning NH
FIRST – WZID – Neal and Marga, NH in the Morning

Station Promotional Announcement
Radio
MERIT – WVMJ/WMWV – 4th Annual Summer Solstace Sizzle
FIRST – WGIR/WHEB-FM – Morning Buzz, Kelly Brown Parody Songs
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV – NH Idol
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Year Ender 2017

Individual Commercial
Radio
MERIT – WZID – Haunted Acres
FIRST – WBYY – Zachs Lobster Tail
Television
MERIT – WPTZ/WNNE – Brown Furniture
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Al Terry Plumbing

Commercial Campaign
Radio
MERIT – WLKZ – Say it in stitches
FIRST – WNTK-FM Marsh Brothers Deli
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV Al Terry Plumbing
FIRST – WPTZ- WNNE – Math + Science = Success

Public Service Announcement
Radio
MERIT – WBNH-LP – Bedford Hockey Fundraising Dinner
FIRST – WFNQ – Awareness for Adalyn
Television
MERIT – WMUR-TV – Keep your hydrants clear
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Drug Take Back

Best Use of Digital Media
Radio
MERIT – NH Public Radio – Digital news and podcasts
FIRST – WNTK
Television
FIRST – WMUR-TV- Digital Storytelling

Best Station Promotion
Radio
MERIT – WGXL – Get a room
FIRST – WHDQ – Buzz Word of the Day
Television
FIRST – WMUR-TV – NH Idol

Local Special Program/Event
Radio
MERIT- WLKZ – 36th Annual Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction
FIRST – WHEB/WGIR – 2018 Blacksmith Ride for Life
Television
MERIT -WENH – NHPTV – Our Hometown Milford
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Drug Take Back Day

LP-FM
Radio
MERIT – WNHN – Jazz Blues and Progressive Talk
FIRST – WBNH – Public Safety Radio and More

Public Service Campaign of the Year
Radio
MERIT – WZID – Art Fest
FIRST – WLKZ / WZEI – Lakes Region Children’s Auction
Television
FIRST – WMUR-TV – Home at Last

ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD:
Radio – WNHN, Fred Portnoy,

Station of the Year
Radio
MERIT – WZID
The Radio Station of the Year is WLKZ
Television
FIRST – WMUR-TV


Established in 1954, the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters is the only voluntary, statewide trade organization serving the Granite State’s over-the-air radio and television stations. It assists members with general and broadcast-specific business challenges through educational seminars, legal hotlines, lobbying (in-state and on Capitol Hill), and additional opportunities to receive industry specific assistance, locate helpful resources, and network with fellow broadcasters.