WAVE 3 in Louisville, Ky., won the Media Eclipse Award for local television for its pre-and post-race coverage surrounding last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 4.
WAVE devoted 9 1/2 hours of Derby day coverage, weaving background news features and celebrity and racing personality interviews with live race coverage prior to the Derby. Among the members of the production team were producers Caroline Dickie, Amy Foos, Michael Lattin, and director Tim Ingram. This is the first Eclipse Award for WAVE, the Louisville NBC affiliate.
"We couldn't be more proud of winning an Eclipse Award in this city and what it means for us covering the Kentucky Derby," said executive producer Dan Foos. "We all grew up with horseracing, and each year we try to make a better show than the last one for our daily viewers and for the people who follow the sport on a regular basis."
Steve Langford is general manager of WAVE and Jeff Hoffman is station manager.
Honorable mention went to CN8 in Philadelphia for "Smarty Jones: The Inside Story," produced by Bruce Casella, which aired June 11, 2004.
Judges for the Local Television category were Jack Coffey of Eclipse Productions; Stan Isaacs, former Newsday sports television columnist; and Rob Duboff of Hawk Partners.
The 2004 Eclipse Awards will be presented Jan. 24 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif.