NHAB honors state’s broadcasters with Granite Mike awards

WMUR, WZID take Station of the Year honors
Erin Fehlau

Erin Fehlau of WMUR-TV was honored as the 2020 TV Air Personality.

The New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters has honored the work of its radio and television station members with 2020 Granite Mike awards.

Among the top winners were WMUR-TV and WZID-FM, which were named the television and radio Stations of the Year, respectively, and Mark Healey, radio host for WINQ in Winchester, and WMUR-TV’s Erin Fehlau, who received the radio and television Air Personality awards. WVMJ’s “Gino and the Magic Morning Show” won First Place in the Morning Show Team category.

But the top prize – the 2020 Broadcaster of the Year award – was presented to every media outlet for what the NHAB said was “working above and beyond the challenges of the pandemic, which forced so many stations to rethink how to provide on-air content safely and without interruption.”

During a virtual awards presentation, NHAB leadership honored the member stations for their hard work.

“Our industry has suffered deep losses; we faced setbacks and had to throw out our daily rulebooks and draft a new and completely different blueprint for our day to day routines,” said Tracy Caruso, executive director of NHAB. “We have cut, simplified, distanced and even turned bedrooms, dining rooms, spare rooms into broadcast studios, production centers and sales headquarters. Despite the sometimes existential challenges, we continue to provide content, news, entertainment, information, comfort, reassurance, even laughter and distraction at a time when Granite Staters need us the most.”

The list of winners:

Public Affairs/Talk

Merit: WKBK – Viewpoint
First: WTSN – Open Mic with Mike Pomp


Merit: WMUR-TV – Shining Light on Mental Health
First: – WMUR-TV – Close-Up

Spot News

Merit: WBNH-LP – Active Shooter Drill / Climate Protest
First: NH Public Radio – Dozens Arrested at Protest Outside Coal Power Plant


Merit: WMUR-TV – Pelham Church Shooting
First: WMUR-TV – Multi-State Carjacking Suspect

Documentary News

Merit: NH Public Radio – Stranglehold
First: NH Public Radio – Patient Zero

Merit: WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Greenville Trestle Fly-Under
First: WMUR-TV – Newsnine Investigates: Damien Seace

Feature Story

Merit: NH Public Radio – Owls Head
First: NH Public Radio – A Night At Route 4’s Rainbow Cottages


Merit: WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – The Elevator Kid
First: WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Harry King’s Love Story


Merit: NH Public Radio – February 12, 2020 – The Day After the NH Primary
First: WTSN – News with Dave Andreesen

Merit: WMUR-TV – News 9 at 6:00 – Stay At Home Order
First: WMUR-TV – News 9 Tonight – The Democratic Debate

Sports Feature

Merit: WBNH-LP Fox On Sports – Chris Carpenter
First: WZEI – 101.5 Local Sports Update

Merit: WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – NHL Lineman Brian Murphy
First: WMUR-TV – NH Chronicle – Kennett Football Amputee

Air Personality

Merit: WOKQ – Jess Tyler
First: WINQ – Mark Healey

Merit: WMUR-TV – Chronicle – Sean McDonald
First: WMUR-TV – Chronicle – Erin Fehlau

Morning Show Team – radio category only

Merit: WSHK/WSAK – The Shark Morning Show with Sarah and A-Train
First: WVMJ – Gino and the Magic Morning Show

Station Promotional Announcement

Merit: WXEX Am/FM – A-Z Weekend
First: WHEB – Greg and the Morning Buzz

Merit: WMUR-TV – Jamie Staton – Empty Fields
First: WMUR-TV – Signs of Hope

Individual Commercial

Merit: WXEX – IHOP Dreadfully Delicious
First: WKNE – Salsa Sisters

Merit: WMUR – Adam Vaillancourt Roofing – Hire a Pro
First: WPTZ/WNNE – Liquid Art

Commercial Campaign

Merit: WZID – Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
First: WHEB – The Takeout Guys

Merit: WPTZ/WNNE – Brown Furniture
First: WMUR -TV – The Masiello Group

Best Use of Digital Media

Merit: WSHK/WSAK – The Shark Digital 2020
First: WVMJ – Sea Dog to the Rescue

First: WMUR-TV- WMUR On Every Screen

Best Station Promotion

Merit: WKKN – Santa’s Sack
First: WFTN – 94.1 – Vista Foods Super Sweep

First: WMUR-TV – MeTv’s NH Retro Lounge

Local Special Program/Event

Merit: Mt Washington Radio – A Valley Update on COVID-19
First: WLKZ 38th Annual Lakes Region Children’s Auction

Merit: WMUR – Remembering Tomie
First: WMUR-TV – NH Class of 2020 – Celebrating Our Seniors


Merit: WBNH-LP – Bedford’s COVID Resource Radio
First: WNHN-LP – NH’s News Views and Blues

Public Service Campaign of the Year

Merit: – WHEB/WGIR – Lend a Helping Can
First: – WHEB/WGIR – NH Together from Home

Merit: WMUR-TV – Supporting the Community
First: – WMUR-TV – Home at Last

Station of the Year

Merit: WLKZ-104.9
First: WZID-FM-95.7

First: WMUR-TV

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