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WFIU and WTIU earn 3 Communicator, 16 Telly Awards


WFIU and WTIU have earned a combined total of 19 awards in national competitions this month.

On May 10, the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts honored WFIU’s podcast The Ernie Pyle Experiment with three awards in its 28th Annual Communicator Awards. With more than 4,000 entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. The Ernie Pyle Experiment received the competition’s highest honor, the Award of Excellence, for audio production, writing, and sound design.

Today, the Telly Awards named WTIU the winner of 16 awards in its 43rd annual competition, which honors excellence in video and television across all screens.

Two of WTIU’s locally-produced documentaries won four Telly Awards. Singing Winds: The Life & Works of T.C. Steele earned two Gold Telly Awards in the biography and sound design categories and a Silver Award for writing. Spirit of Greene County received a Silver Telly Award in the cultural category.

WTIU’s television series Journey Indiana earned seven Tellys, including six Silvers in the entertainment, nature/wildlife, news feature, travel/tourism, aerial cinematography, and videography/cinematography categories and one Bronze in the cultural category.

“Peggy’s Poetry and Zarg,” a segment from WTIU’s local children’s series The Friday Zone, won five Tellys, including two Silvers in the use of music and writing categories and three Bronzes in the voiceover, writing, and children’s categories.

Last month, WFIU and WTIU received 19 awards from the Indiana Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. With the latest Communicator and Telly Awards, the stations have earned a total of 38 awards so far this year. WTIU is also nominated for 18 NATAS Central Great Lakes Emmys. The Emmy winners will be announced on June 25.