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PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS WINS MEDIA ECLIPSE AWARD FOR AUDIO COVERAGE OF KENTUCKY DERBY
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that Premiere Radio Networks has won the Media Eclipse Award for Audio/Multi-Media Internet coverage of Thoroughbred racing. Premiere Radio’s broadcast of the 128th Kentucky Derby, produced by Shelby Whitfield, aired on May 4, 2002. This is the fourth Media Eclipse Award for Premiere Radio and Whitfield. 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.
"Premiere Radio is a firm believer and supporter of Thoroughbred racing, and I’m fortunate to have a great broadcast team,” said Whitfield. "The Kentucky Derby is indeed the ‘world’s greatest two minutes in sports,’ and we are proud to have provided coverage of the race to those across the country and to our military forces around the world who may have been unable to view the race on television."
Judges for the Audio category, which was broadened this year to include Internet-based, multi-media presentations with an audio component, were George Nicholaw, vice president and general manager of KNX News Radio in Los Angeles, Jim Militello, a sports reporter for Associated Press Radio Network, and Mike Francesa, co-host of WFAN’s radio sports show "Mike and the Mad Dog."
Premiere Radio’s broadcast was "a totally professional presentation covering all aspects of Thoroughbred racing’s premier event," said Nicholaw. "Each segment made you anxious to participate in the actual race coverage."
Eclipse Award winners will be honored at the 32nd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. For hotel accommodations and Eclipse Awards dinner reservations, contact Debbie Blair at the NTRA’s Lexington office, (800) 792-6872, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Eclipse Awards ceremony will be broadcast on ESPN2, Sunday, Feb. 2 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET) via tape delay.
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.
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 Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders’ Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, www.ntra.com.
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