MSU, ComArtSci and WKAR Teams Bring Home 5 Emmys

Posted on: June 18, 2015

emmys-20150618-hale-grosjean-2015 emmys_0031-wpOne night. Five awards. A dazzling display of Spartan achievement.

MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences and WKAR took home five Emmy Awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The professional awards spanned a broad mix of specialties and skills, and honored both individuals and multidisciplinary teams of faculty, staff and students.

"These awards come around once a year, but they are won with the daily decision to give it everything you've got no matter what," said Susi Elkins, TV Station Manager for WKAR. "Our staff is committed to doing just that and it's rewarding to have their perseverance recognized by our peers."

The Emmy Awards were presented June 13 at the 37th annual Michigan Emmy Gala at the MotorCity Sound Board Theatre in Detroit. Of the six people involved in the five projects, a majority were current or former students at MSU.

emmys-20150618-whiting-2015 emmys_0016-wp"Accolades in public media often come from the individual viewer, listener or member, so to be judged alongside, and be recognized by, our commercial counterparts is especially gratifying," said Gary Reid, WKAR Director of Broadcasting.

WKAR and Jon Whiting, Academic Specialist in the Department of Media and Information, received the Emmy for Special Event Coverage (other than News or Sports) for "Home for the Holidays." The program showcased the annual holiday concert by MSU’s College of Music at the Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall. Whiting is a ComArtSci alumnus, having earned both a B.A. and M.A. in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media from MSU.

The Emmy for best Documentary – Historical was awarded to 21-time Emmy winner and Academic Specialist Troy Hale from the Department of Media and Information and Editor and Associate Producer Justin Grosjean for “Missing Moon Rocks.” The film documents the search for missing moon rocks that were brought back to Earth by the Apollo Program. Grosjean, a ComArtSci alumnus who worked on the film as a Media Arts and Technology student, was the editor of the film.

emmys-20150618-schwarzweller-2015 emmys_0014-wpfThe Emmy for Audio was presented to WKAR for "Backstage Pass," the public broadcasting station's weekly program that features music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Alumnus Luke Schwarzweller served as the program's lead audio engineer while a ComArtSci student. Schwarzweller received a B.A. in Media, Arts and Technology in 2011 and is nearing completion of his M.A. in Telecommunication with a concentration in Media and Information Management.

The Emmy for Graphic Arts – Set Design went to WKAR and Production Supervisor Ken Merley for the “Off the Record” set. The weekly program provides public TV coverage of Michigan's governor’s office, the state legislature, the political campaign trail, and state government.

emmys-20150618-img_6963-wpMSU and ComArtSci alumnus Anthony Siciliano also took home an Emmy for Editor – Program (Non-News) for “360.24: A Day in the Lives of Spartans.” The documentary involved MSU Spartans on six continents and 18 time zones sharing their lives through video on a single day. Siciliano is a Producer, Videographer and Editor for MSU’s Communications and Brand Strategy. He graduated from MSU in 2010 with a B.A. in Digital Media and Technology.

“Emmy Awards show excellence in television,” Hale said. “The fact that MSU, ComArtSci and WKAR teams won these awards really shows the excellence that we strive for here.”

Emmy Award Winners

Special Event Coverage (other than news or sports)
"Home for the Holidays"
Jon Whiting

"Backstage Pass"
Luke Schwarzweller

Graphic Arts - Set Design
"Off the Record" set
Ken Merley

Documentary – Historical
"Missing Moon Rocks"
Michigan State University/Tricky Hale Films/
Troy Hale
Justin Grosjean

Editor – Program (Non-news)
"360.42: A Day in the Lives of the Spartans"
Michigan State University/WKAR
Anthony Siciliano

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