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WSRE awarded bronze Telly Awards for two original programs

Posted by Mary Riker on

PENSACOLA, Fla., April 9, 2015— WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, has been awarded the bronze Telly Award for two local productions: “The Blue Angels Air Shows” episode of “In Your Own Backyard” and “An Evening with Tommy Emmanuel,” a music special recorded live at WSRE’s Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio.

“In Your Own Backyard,” hosted by Sheri Hemminghaus Weeks, took viewers to the skies over Pensacola with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team. The program covers both world-class air shows performed annually for hometown fans—the summer show over Pensacola Beach and the season finale Homecoming Air Show at NAS Pensacola’s Sherman Field. This program was produced by James Roy and Ted King.

“An Evening with Tommy Emmanuel” documents a concert performed in 2013 by the two-time Grammy Award nominee. Emmanuel, one of Australia’s most respected musicians, is known as a legendary guitarist with a career spanning five decades and intersecting with some of the finest musicians in the world. This program was produced by Eric S. Fundin and Bill Harrell, directed by James Roy and edited by Ted King.

Founded in 1978, the Telly Award honors excellence in video and television production, recognizing distinction in creative work. Telly Awards are sought-after by advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, interactive agencies and corporate video departments around the world.

Altogether since 2002, WSRE’s locally produced programs and documentaries have been awarded three Emmy Award nominations, 12 bronze Telly Awards and one silver Telly Award. Many of WSRE’s local programs are archived and available for streaming at

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