Emmy notes

emmy-statuetteScanning the list of winners from Saturday’s Southeastern Emmy awards, a few things stand out.

A TV station in Columbia SC beat WSB and WAGA in the Investigative Reporting category.  WLTX produced a report in May 2008 about South Carolina prison inmates stealing the identities of Citibank card holders.  The inmates sold the information from inside the prison to co-conspirators, who used the info to charge purchases to the unsuspecting card holders.  WLTX’s best material came from an inmate who was part of the ring, who said of the victims:  “They’re well off. They won’t miss it, after all they don’t even have to pay for it, because once they contest the purchase, they won’t be penalized for it.”

WAGA general assignment reporter Julia Harding won two Emmys.  With insufficient seniority to kick her nights-and-weekends schedule, Harding won for a special report on the inability of Atlanta police to curb the smash-n-grab “blue jean bandit” crimes.  Harding also won for her coverage of the March 2008 tornado in Cabbagetown.

Dagmar Midcap won WGCL’s only Emmy, for a piece called Hurricane Hunters.  Midcap’s win helps cement her spot as WGCL’s franchise face.  Who says your main weathercaster has to be a meteorologist?

It’s better to win an Emmy than not.  But ultimately, the Emmys don’t mean much.  Ask Tony Thomas, the WAGA reporter who won three of them last year, then was asked to take a pay cut (he quit instead).  Thomas won another Emmy this year for his coverage of the downtown tornado.

Meanwhile — in a perfect world, Saturday’s Emmy banquet would have included several acceptance speeches like this one from Seattle.

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20 thoughts on “Emmy notes

  1. scott hedeen

    I really loved this woman’s comments… i hope she’s happy that people are dead…and she’s having sex with the emmy she won covering their deaths. classy.

    i hope she walks into the office monday morning and gets really “laid” off.

    huzzah!

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    1. live apt fire Post author

      Hedeen, I see it completely differently. Yeah, it’s weird. But give her credit for a little drunken honesty and dark humor. If only you’d worked at WXIA in the ’80s (I think) when a now-forgotten anchorwoman stood at the podium and rubbed her newly-awarded Emmy against her decolletage. Now that was classy.

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      1. Mr. Bear

        I’m with Hedeen on this one; that was excessively morbid. At least the ladies on stage in the background kept their jaws from dropping to the floor. If the alcohol didn’t do it, the hubris did.

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  2. scott hedeen

    Doug….(you can call me Scott… it’s ok) …i’m sorry. i have NO idea who the woman in this clip is… but i watched her and listened to what she was saying and my guts began to churn. The flaunting and “humor” of winning a emmy because people died is really in bad taste.

    I have a shelf full of awards that i won because of someone else’s misery. I cannot even think about them without thinking of the murder or mayhem that had to happen so i could sport a trophy for it. I’ve brought this topic up a few times at NPPA discussions and was looked upon as a “hater”. Blank faces that never really looked beyond the six o’ clock news… I’d smile and say “I hope yr happy somebody’s home burnt down so you could have a plaque.” The faces of the people i’ve covered still are with me today. I embrace that… but i do not flaunt it.. or pretend to have “sex” with the statues. Really? i’ve made and will still til this day make jokes about stories i’ve covered. It’s a escape… and i’m thinking this woman..was doing that…adding some booze (really? was it an open bar? at the emmys?) She should really be ashamed. Truth be told or not… true professionals know the truth…and the “truth” is really not something to flaunt… or brag about yr sex life with.

    i learned a lesson when i won Emmy’s for WXIA… a manager told me in the parking lot of an award ceremony….”Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy”… i took that then as he thought i had an ego. (EGO? ha… i was a tv news cameraman! in this business… let the janitor think they are atleast mopping with a golden tool? huh?)… but now.. i take that statement as… “yes… i’m a nice guy…and i know what had to happen for me to have this statue”. That said. I suggest that any winners out there realize that

    1. The best stories you do will never be given awards

    2. The people who tell you Emmys are “not worth shit” (true story) are at the Emmy’s the next year smiling with a statue in their hands.

    3. News managers love that you win emmys… but they expect you to be at work the next day ready to go. (i don’t blame them)

    4. Please don’t feel like you deserve an Emmy. What yr viewers deserve is more important than what you deserve.

    5. a news director i worked for told a recent emmy award winning anchor that “Emmys=No Money”… that’s ok in my book… just know that the work you did was reconized by someone.

    POST SCRIPT.

    Parents love Emmys. Mine did. A silly justification of the education $$$ spent.

    I won an emmy last night for a story that involved a man in prison due to a DUI crash that killed two people. The story was great…and i hope that because of the emmy.. some people will see that story and learn. I’m not celebrating or having drunken sex with the trophy… i’m holding it as a tribute.. and a hope. A hope that someone will see my story and take something from it.

    Emmys are great. It’s a personal confirmation that maybe the career you chose wasn’t completely ignored or un noticed.

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    1. Mr. Bear

      I think that when the KIRO thank-you piece is viewed by insiders, you get one perspective. Viewed from the outside, by the general television news customer, you get the sense of revulsion that Scott describes. One of the great effects of recent technology is the leveling of the playing field. Not only do more people have greater access to news, in an increasingly fast manner, but they also have a view of Emmy programs that would not have otherwise been seen.

      I get the sense that our KIRO newsperson became the talk of Seattle, at least for a few days. And probably got a fireside chat by the GM, to boot. Hers is really downmarket behavior, and that market, or any market, deserves better. People’s sensibilities have changed…..

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  4. Fence Sitter

    Perhaps I’m mistaken, but I took her comments as a mocking of the “if it bleeds it leads” mindset and that while she enjoyed winning, she found it distasteful that it was for reporting that sort of story.

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    1. Jim

      That was my take-that she was more or less mocking the whole idea. The sad truth is that we’re a lot like the firefighters and police we cover. You begin to develop a dark sense of humor as a coping mechanism.

      All in all, I went back and forth between feeling bad for her, because I’m pretty sure she got a trip to mahogany row for this one, and laughing my butt off.

      I also tend to disagree with the folks who say that we got a plaque (or whatever) because someone’s home burned down. We got the plaque because we told other people what happened, and may have actually done some good in the process-the house was burning when we got there.

      Had a gentleman confront me at a house fire once, demanding that I stop taping the fire at his neighbors house, because, “it’s nobody else’s damn business.” I looked up the street at the five engines and the ladder truck, then over at the firefighters before explaining why I was there. “Sir, there’s over two million dollars worth of equipment here, and twenty guys risking their necks to save this home. With all due respect, it’s not about the house, it’s about the fire. If they save this house, they deserve to be credited with doing it, and, if they don’t, then, by God, people need to know there’s a problem.”

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    2. Mr. Bear

      “…that while she enjoyed winning, she found it distasteful that it was for reporting that sort of story.”

      Maybe so, but open discussion of the sexual implications of two Emmy awards kind puts that into some doubt.

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      1. Jim

        I didn’t really see it as a sexual remark.

        The things are pointy, and lots of people sleep with things they appreciate. My daughter slept with her first cellphone under her pillow for a week, just because she really, really really, really (her words) liked having one.

        I was more taking it as a caution to the hubby not to roll over, or he was rising a sharp poke in the side.

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      2. Mr. Bear

        As you wish.

        To me, any occupation makes you inured to things that happen around you. Like being on the stun line at the meat packing plant. You’re in the midst of it every day, so it becomes normal. A good example is when a civilian goes to an after hours law enforcement party. For a schmoo, such as myself, you walk in and wonder what’s going on?

        My guess is that she has other much larger issues than just accepting an Emmy. Good for her to win, bad for her to win… Interesting that this topic generates so much traffic.

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  5. wxia man

    Don;t you love it tht Dagmar got an emmy for her reporting? Folks, she’s legit. Admit it. You weather putzes are just jealous.

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    1. John Coctostan

      I did not see Dagmar’s hurricane piece so I can not speak of its quality, but I am not sure you should win an Emmy when… YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON WHO APPLIED IN THE CATEGORY!!!!!

      I am sure the judges had a terrible decision as to who to pick! As someone who has judged these before for hours on end I feel confident that when they saw 1 entry for the category… they did not even watch it.

      Wow… she earned that Emmy!

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  6. Bill

    The people who support Dagmar on this site or any other site arfe the ones causing the downfall of journalism as we know it.

    You should be ashamed.

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  7. Kay Flowers

    Scott- Right on brother, although I do think that gal was trying to be ironic. Still, it was tasteless.
    Congrats on your Emmy for “Enduring Regret” (the title’s fitting in terms of this conversation, huh?). I’m with you. If it makes one viewer think twice about drunk driving…

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