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WBAL WINS ECLIPSE AWARD FOR AUDIO COVERAGE OF PREAKNESS
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that Radio 11 WBAL in Baltimore, Md., has won the Eclipse Award for Audio coverage of Thoroughbred racing. The WBAL broadcast of the 126th Preakness Stakes, produced by News Director Mark Miller, aired May 19, 2001. This is the fourth Eclipse Award for WBAL. A portion of the broadcast can be heard online at the NTRA Web site, www.ntra.com, and at the Daily Racing Form Web site, www.drf.com.
Judges for the Audio category included John Martin, executive producer for ESPN Radio, George Nicholaw, vice president and general manager of KNX News Radio in Los Angeles, and Jim Militello, a sports reporter for Associated Press Radio Network.
The WBAL broadcast was "a well-diversified presentation that drew together a number of elements to tell this year's Preakness story, including the race outlook, color and state of the industry in Maryland," said Militello.
"As a radio broadcaster at a time of radio consolidation, it feels great to focus as much of our resources as we do to a sport that has been so vital to the heritage of Maryland," said Miller.
Eclipse Awards are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. Eclipse Awards also are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. The awards are presented by the NTRA, the National Turf Writers Association and Daily Racing Form.
The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.
Media Eclipse Award winners will be honored at the 31st annual Eclipse Awards Dinner, to be held Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at the new, $800 million Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Fla. For information contact Debbie Blair at the NTRA, (800) 792-6872, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championship consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, and the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program, which are funded by the industry's owners and breeders. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, www.ntra.com, and at the Web site for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, breederscup.com. Contact the NTRA at email@example.com.
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