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Bayshore Broadcasting News continues its trend of producing award winning stories and newscasts.
The newsroom has won two awards for Radio in the Central Region from RTNDA Canada -- the Radio and Television News Directors Association. The Central Region covers the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
For the fourth year in a row, Bayshore Broadcasting News is the winner of the Byron MacGregor Award for Best Newscast Small Market. The winning newscast this year is "The Noon News on Georgian Bay Today" on 560 CFOS-AM that aired on Friday September 4th, 2009.
It was a Friday heading into the Labour Day weekend and the news staff in Owen Sound were just coming down from their great teamwork and coverage of the tornadoes that devastated Grey County. But the newsroom received a news tip about a fire at the Chapman's Ice Cream plant in Markdale and Reporter Maggie Clegg was dispatched to the scene and provided excellent coverage on the breaking news story.
Maggie has been with Bayshore Broadcasting for two and a half years, working at our radio stations in Wasaga Beach and now Owen Sound. Maggie has become an experienced reporter well beyond her years. And that day in Markdale, she provided LIVE reports twice an hour to keep the community informed with the most up to date information. And her photos were later highlighted as part of our coverage on www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca
Maggie's LIVE coverage was front and centre in the newscast by Jim Birchard. But the judges also made note of the tremendous amount of local content in the newscast with stories ranging from the OPP blitz on the holiday weekend to Rick Mercer's visit to Varney. The contributing reporters were Manny Paiva, Kevin Bernard, Shannon Snoes and Ken Hashizume.
Bayshore Broadcasting News is also the winner of the Dave Rogers Award for Long Radio Feature in a Small Market for Catherine Thompson's piece called "Time to Hit the Auction." The 10-minute piece was featured in May on Georgian Bay 2Day on 97.7 the Beach in Wasaga Beach and also on Georgian Bay Today on 560 CFOS-AM.
Catherine has been with Bayshore Broadcasting News for nearly three years. She has always expressed her love of being able to tell a story through her reporting and talk show features and her work excelled in this fun piece about learning to bid at auctions.
Using the experience and leadership of Mariane Mcleod, the News Director at 97-7 the Beach, Catherine took the idea and interviewed several people while using her outgoing personality to tell the story. Catherine's use of raw sound was also noted by the judges as an excellent way to paint a picture for the audience.
It should also be noted this kind of award winning work is produced on a regular basis by the news staff in Owen Sound, Port Elgin, Goderich and Wasaga Beach.
The Central Region awards were presented at the RTNDA Canada Awards Banquet on May 15th, 2010, in Toronto.
Of note, Bayshore Broadcasting News has also won two of the last three National Awards for Best Newscast in a Canadian Small Market.
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