Premier Radio Wins Eclipse Award for Belmont Coverage

Premier Radio Networks won the Media Eclipse Award in the audio and multi-media Internet category for its live coverage of the 2004 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 4.

This is the third Eclipse Award for Premiere Radio, which previously received honors in 2000 and 2002.

"The Belmont Stakes was a wonderful story with Smarty Jones capturing the imagination of the country," said Shelby Whitfield, executive producer of the 90-minute Premiere Radio broadcast. "Race caller Dave Johnson, anchor Don Chevrier, field reporter Fred Manfra, and analyst Gregg McCarron share my love for Thoroughbred racing, and it shows in their work. Premiere Radio Networks took great pride in presenting comprehensive coverage of the Belmont to listeners across the country."

Honorable mention went to Michael Brunker of MSNBC for "21-Year-Old Trainer Wise Beyond Her Years," about trainer Kristen Mulhall, which aired April 29, 2004, combining audio and narrative elements from the Website; and to WBAL Radio in Baltimore for its coverage of the 2004 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 15, 2004.

Judges were Jim Militello of Associated Press Radio; Brian Rublein, former news director of WHAS Radio in Louisville; and Mike Farrell, racing journalist and former UPI Radio reporter.

The 2004 Eclipse Awards will be presented Jan. 24 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif.