Last night in Banff, at the Rimrock Reseort, the WAB 2014 Gold Medal Awards were handed out. Celebrating its 80th Anniversary, WAB has a long history of recognizing the best and brightest in Prairie broadcasting and this year is no exception.
Broadcasters receiving their Broadcast Order of Achievement at WAB for 25 years in the industry include:
• Barry Halipchuk
• Borys Kozak
• Brian Konrad
• Carey Downs
• Christian Hall
• Gene Fabro
• George Jasen
• Gyl Toshack
• Jeff Daniels
• Jerry Zacher
• Jim Van Dusen
• Kelly Parker
• Marjorie Treiber
• Tim Weinberger
• Todd Raymond
The WAB Gold Medal for Radio went to Golden West Broadcasting for their coverage during the flooding in Alberta – Golden West: Flash Flood in the Foothills was chosen from a large group of nominations for their tremendous efforts going above and beyond covering the disaster, communicating and assisting in the community recovery.
WAB Gold Medal for Television for 2014 goes to Global News Calgary for State of Emergency: Alberta Floods 2013. Committed to timely communication during the disaster, Global News covered the immediate flood devastation in real time. From the first signs of danger, Global Calgary kept viewers from around the province and across the country up to date with in-depth, comprehensive coverage. State of Emergency: Alberta Floods 2013 saw reporters, producers, anchors and other team members working tirelessly for days on end to deliver the best reporting from all angles across multiple delivery platforms.
Leader of Tomorrow for 2014 goes to Patrick Dubois – currently the morning co-host and music director at 92.9 The BULL in Saskatoon. He literally has worked his way from the ground up starting back in the summer of 2003 at age 17.
WAB 2014 Hall of Fame inductee is Gerry Forbes Part of a legendary broadcasting family Gerry joins his father, Jerry and brother Marty in the WAB Hall of Fame.
Gerry’s radio journey began at the young age of 13 when he volunteered at 630 CHED – with stops in Kamloops, Hamilton and Toronto, Gerry eventually headed back west to Calgary where he had worked in talk radio at QR 77.
You can take the boy out of rock, but never the rock out of the boy. With that in mind, Gerry started to rock the airwaves at The Bear in Edmonton. Gary Slaight moved Gerry to CJAY 92 where he has been the past 19 years.
In addition to his tremendous work with Gerry Secret Wish for Kids, Gerry works with countless other charities and organizations touching so many lives and communities in Calgary in countless ways; and he still comes to work hungry each day to continue to make good radio as well as help out his fellow Calgarians any way he can.
WAB Gold Medal Award nominations will be open for 2015 starting in January.