SCBA’s State Television And Radio (STAR) Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday, August 11th at the Columbia Conference Center in Columbia beginning with cocktails at 6:00 pm and the program at 7:00 pm.  SCBA presented two awards in most categories.  The Award of Merit went to stations taking second place in a category and the STAR Award went to those taking first.  Congratulations to all of the stations below who were recognized at our prestigious STAR Awards Ceremony!  (PLEASE NOTE:  To insure objectivity, judges are broadcast professionals from outside South Carolina.  SCBA provides detailed criteria for judging each award category.  Certain radio categories offer separate awards for medium/small and large markets.  Those categories are indicated by “M/S” and “L.” )




Medium/Small Market

WRHI-AM/FM, Rock Hill

I Like Big Fans and I Cannot Lie

Catherine Madden, Johnathon Brown, Jay Taylor

WVSC-FM, Bluffton

The Angry Plumber

Craig Edelson, Katie Grubbs, Wendy Wilson

Large Market

WJMZ-FM, Greenville

All Cash Car Rentals – All Cash Jingle

Beth Baltes, Bethany Wimmer, Anthony Louden

WJMZ-FM, Greenville

Fresh Burger – Fresh Reviews

Beth Baltes, Bethany Wimmer, Anthony Louden

WFXB-TV, Myrtle Beach

Lake View Motor Speedway

Seth Forbes, Andy Locklear, Rigby Wilson

WIS-TV, Columbia

Meetze Plumbing

Kirby Formyduvall, Amanda Simpson, Chris Claypool


Medium/Small Market

WRHI-AM/FM, Rock Hill

Great Easter Egg Classic 2018

Allan Miller, Jay Taylor

WRHI-AM/FM, Rock Hill

Boo-HaHa 2017

Allan Miller, Jay Taylor

Large Market

WHZT-FM, Greenville

12 Days of Alexa

Dex Mitchell, Latasha Whitmire, Anthony Louden

WTPT-FM, Greenville

Numerous Nuptials

Mark Hendrix, Jay D. Stone, James McDonald

WCSC-TV, Charleston

Kidnapping Thank You

Kristin Lee

WIS-TV, Columbia

30 To Show

Jared Stepp, Clint Stevenson



Medium/Small Market

WRHI-AM/FM, Rock Hill

Toys for Happiness

WRHI Staff

WVSC-FM, Bluffton

Imagination Train

Craig Edelson, Tiffany Hill, Mike Buxer

Large Market

WHZT-FM, Greenville

See Something, Say Something

Dex Mitchell, Mike Klein, Anthony Louden

No Award of Merit in this category

WLTX-TV, Columbia

We Are Puerto Rico

Mary Soto, Darcy Strickland, Leroy Green

WLTX-TV, Columbia

We Love to Read

Lanier Smith

Multi-Spot Campaign

Medium/Small Market

WVSC-FM, Bluffton

Criminally Insane

Craig Edelson, Katie Grubbs, Anthony Marzbanian

No Award of Merit in this category

Large Market

WHZT-FM, Greenville

HOT 98.1 – Advertise with Us

Beth Baltes, Bethany Wimmer, Anthony Louden

WNOK-FM, Columbia

Escape Plan – “30 Seconds” and “Merlin”

Ron Marsh, Nicole Hallbick, Lauren Love

WACH-TV, Columbia

Sports Zone “5th Quarter”

Andre Bellamy, Jack Scott, Brett Smith

WLTX-TV, Columbia

Man Behind the Meteorologist

Mary Soto, Lanier Smith, Courtney McCallum

Radio Show of the Year

WFBC-FM, Greenville

Hawk ‘n Tom Morning Show

Tom Steele, Hawk Harrison, Heidi Aiken

YRD-FM, Greenville

The Bob McLain Show

Bob McLain, Gerald Writesel, Angela Fleming

Reporter of the Year

WLTR-FM, Columbia

Victoria Hansen

Victoria Hansen

WJMZ-FM, Greenville

Rhonda Rawlings

Rhonda Rawlings, Anthony Louden

WIS-TV, Columbia

Chad Mills


Diane Lee

Sportscaster of the Year

WRHI-AM/FM, Rock Hill

Chris Miller

WNKT-FM, Columbia

Brent Johnson

WSPA-TV, Spartanburg

Todd Summers

WACH-TV, Columbia

Mike Uva

TV Weathercaster  of the Year  

WPDE-TV, Myrtle Beach

Ed Piotrowski

WIS-TV, Columbia

Dominic Brown

TV Anchor

of the Year


WIS-TV, Columbia

Judy Gatson

WYFF-TV, Greenville

Jane Robelot

Personality of the Year

WSPA-FM, Greenville

Magic 98.9 – Sheri Taylor

Sheri Taylor

WMGL-FM, Charleston

Frankie the Big Bopper

Frankie the Big Bopper

WACH-TV, Columbia

Lena Pringle

WYFF-TV, Greenville

John Cessarich

TV Photographer of the Year  

WCIV-TV, Charleston

Jason Tighe

WSPA-TV, Spartanburg

Ryan Goodman

Best Use of Digital Platforms

WFBC-FM, Greenville

96.3 The Block

Miranda Asson

WLTR-FM, Columbia

South Carolina Public Radio

John Gasque, Alfred Turner

WBTW-TV, Myrtle Beach


Jo Brown, Eric Walters, Ryan Webb

WPDE-TV, Myrtle Beach


Gina Vasselli, Briana Rivas, Victoria Spechko

Best Sports Show/Sports Talk Show – Radio

WYRD-AM, Greenville

The Huddle with Greg McKinney

Greg McKinney, Gerald (Lonzo) Writesel, Richmond Weaver

WYRD-AM, Greenville

Straight Up with Sturg

Greg (Diesel) Abee, Price Atkinson, Mark Sturgis

Convergence Coverage

WRHI-AM/FM Rock Hill

Sgt. Doty: Forever Our Hero

Lucas McFadden, Matthew Kreh, Patti Mercer, Steven Stone

WARQ-FM, Columbia

100 Years of Fort Jackson

Alpha Media Columbia

WIS-TV, Columbia

Total Solar Eclipse

WIS-TV Staff

WIS-TV, Columbia

I-26 Standoff

WIS-TV Staff

Best News Talk Show

WTMA-FM, Charleston

The TMA Morning Show with Charlie James

Charlie James, John Quincy, Sheree Bernardi

No Award of Merit in this category.

Best Public Affairs Program

WMFX-FM, Columbia

Fox Focus with Your Hostess, Koko!

Ms. Koko!

WRHI-AM/FM, Rock Hill

Straight Talk with Manning Kimmel

Manning Kimmel, Sheilah Kimmel

Best Sports Special-TV  

WCIV-TV, Charleston

25 Years of Stingray Hockey

Scott Eisberg, Daren Stoltzfus, Dean Stephens

WBTW-TV, Myrtle Beach

Darlington Southern 500 Preview Special

Jillian Esteves, Chris Parks, Julia Morris

Best Newscast of the Year  

WMBF-TV, Myrtle Beach

5 PM Newscast During Hurricane Irma

Jack Vandertoll, WMBF-TV Staff

WSPA-TV, Spartanburg

7News at 6 PM


TV Broadcast News – Spot News


WCIV-TV, Charleston

Northwoods Mall Shooting

Dean Stephens, Bill Burr, Alex Heaton

WCSC-TV, Charleston

Hurricane Irma Rescue


TV Broadcast News- Feature /

WCBD-TV, Charleston

Bitty & Beau’s Comes to Charleston

Mayci McLeod

WLTX-TV, Columbia

Photo Restorations

Chris Delchamp

TV Broadcast News - Series  

WLTX-TV, Columbia

Another Way to Say Goodbye

Mary Soto, Anne McQuary

WSPA-TV, Spartanburg

Kolhepp: A Killer Among Us

Brianna Smith, Doug Uhrich

TV Broadcast News-Investigative Reporting  

WSPA-TV, Spartanburg

Human Trafficking in the Upstate

Kirsten Glavin, Jason Parker

WIS-TV, Columbia

Roads to Riches

Greg Adaline, Jeff Diamond, Russ Congdon

TV Local Programming

WCIV-TV, Charleston

Sofa Superstore: Ten Years Later

Alex Heaton, Daniel Michener, Jacquie Vargas

WYFF-TV, Greenville

Chronicle: South Carolina from Above

Lee Brown, Jennifer Mihalic, John Hendon

Richard M. Uray Service Project of the Year

WSPA-FM, Spartanburg

Magic 98.9 Cards for Kids

Sheri Taylor, Roy Hummers, “Supa” Dave Jackson

WRHI-AM/FM, Rock Hill

Toys for Happiness

WRHI Staff

WIS-TV, Columbia

Friday Night Lights Marrowthon

Mary king, Lyle Schulze, WIS-TV Staff

WYFF-TV, Greenville

Holiday Giving

Lee Brown, Marsa Jarrett

Station of the Year

WYRD-FM, Greenville

WSSX-FM, Charleston

WLTX-TV, Columbia

WIS-TV, Columbia





Upcoming FCC Telecom and Broadcast Deadlines August 2018

By FHH Law on Aug 01, 2018 09:28 am

Do you know what FCC telecom and broadcast deadlines are approaching? We do. Time to mark up your calendars so you’re not late on these important deadlines. Call FHH at (703) 812-0400 if you have trouble meeting these deadlines or need assistance. Telecom Deadlines: August 3, 2018 – Quarterly 911 Live Call Data Reports – Nationwide CMRS...… Continue Reading


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ETRS Form One Due Aug. 27 for All EAS Participants

By FHH Law on Jul 09, 2018 03:11 pm

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau announced today that all EAS participants (which includes most broadcasters and cable and DBS operators) must complete their 2018 ETRS Form One on or before Aug. 27. The substance of Form One in ETRS is essentially the same as last year and requests identifying information on a...… Continue Reading


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  Columbia, S.C. - The S.C. Emergency Management

  Division releases the official 2018 South Carolina

  Hurricane Guide this weekend as part of this year’s S.C.

  Hurricane Preparedness Week. SCEMD and partner

  agencies have updated the Guide for the 2018 hurricane

  season. It details useful information on what residents

  should do before, during and after the landfall of a

  major  hurricane.

   Updated sections of the Guide include new evacuation

  zones (Dorchester County), tips on preparing for an

  evacuation, ways to stay connected during an

  emergency and steps to keep in mind when returning

  home after a major storm. The Guide also features imagery and artwork from last year’s Hurricane Irma.


The 2018 S.C. Hurricane Guide will be released via newspaper subscription and rack sales Sunday, May 27, in The Beaufort Gazette, the Charleston Post and Courier, the Hilton Head Island Packet, The State, the Sumter Item, the Florence Morning News, the Orangeburg Times and Democrat, the Myrtle Beach Sun News; Thursday, May 24, in the Georgetown County Chronicle, Dillon Herald and the South Strand News; Friday, May 25, in the Georgetown Times; and Wednesday, May 30, in Bluffton Today and the Jasper County Sun Times.


Beginning June 1, the Hurricane Guide will be available at all South Carolina Welcome Centers, at any Walgreens store statewide and at SCDMV offices in Bamberg, Beaufort, Bluffton, Charleston, Conway, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Kingstree, Ladson, Lake City, Little River, Mullins, Moncks Corner, Mount Pleasant, Myrtle Beach, North Charleston, Saint George and Varnville. The Guide will be available for download at scemd.org, SCEMD’s website.


Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed May 27 through June 2 to be South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week. SCEMD, county emergency managers and the National Weather Service urge citizens to take time now to prepare for major emergency like hurricanes by reviewing their family emergency plans, developing a disaster supplies kit and talking with family members about what could happen during a crisis.


SCEMD releases free app to help citizens

during natural disasters


The South Carolina Emergency Management Division released a free mobile app last week to help citizens stay safe during natural disasters including hurricanes and tornadoes. The app features the latest information on S.C. state office closings and delays, helps users find their evacuation zone, includes information on planning for and recovering from emergencies, allows users to send their location to emergency contacts and includes an SOS flashlight. Users can also set up their own emergency plan including a pet checklist, meeting places and emergency contact numbers.

The app is free to download in the iTunes app store or Google Play.
If you have any questions about the app contact Derrec Becker, SCEMD chief of public information & external affairs via email, his cell at (803) 737-8500 or office at (803) 530-2193.



























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PEP Update

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Tips for Non-Profit Organizations

For local radio and television stations across South Carolina, community service is more than a passing concern.  It is a way of doing business.  Every day in South Carolina, from the biggest cities to the smallest towns and everywhere in between, broadcasters are going to bat for community charities, educating residents about important local issues, and delivering lifesaving information and relief in times of crisis or disaster.  Non-profit groups across the state know they can turn to their local radio and television stations for a helping hand.  The tradition of community service by South Carolina broadcasters is unmatched by any other industry and one that we pledge to uphold in the years ahead.  If you want to gain exposure for your charitable organization, school or other civic group, SCBA provides these guidelines for working with the media. Read More



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