WMNN-LD (Lake City-Cadillac), MI News 26, Michigan’s only 24/7 local news channel, was named LPTV Station of the Year and took home three additional national awards at the annual National Association of Broadcasters Expo — known as NAB Show — in Las Vegas this week.
The station was judged against others across the country for the title of LPTV Station of the Year, with the award given based on criteria including innovative local programming, strong community involvement and involvement with local non-profits.
In addition to taking home the Station of the Year award, MI News 26 was awarded “Best TV Public Service Announcement” for a PSA produced for the Wexford Missaukee Career Technical Center’s Adult Career Training Program, “Best TV Promotional Campaign” for promotion of its high school sports broadcasts, and “Best Mixed Media Campaign” for promotion of its weather team both on TV and on the radio.
The awards were presented to MI News 26 General Manager Eric Wotila during the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance’s LPTV Day at NAB Show, the nation’s largest broadcasting conference, held each April in Las Vegas.
“I’m honored that MI News 26 received the title of ‘Station of the Year’ among several other awards during LPTV Day at NAB Show,” said Wotila, “Receiving recognition like this on a nationwide level reaffirms our commitment to serving northern Michigan at a level above and beyond that of any other station not just in our local viewing area, but in the entire country.”
MI News 26, based in Cadillac and broadcasting to all of northern Michigan, was the only Michigan-based TV station to receive an award at Monday’s ceremony.