KNBC sweeps top honors at Golden Mike awards

KCBS wins most nods, KABC doesn't participate

KNBC racked up the top three nods for best overall newscast during Saturday’s 50th annual Golden Mike awards, the first time in at least 10 years one station has swept the kudofest’s biggest honors.

Also faring well in the competish was KCBS, scoring more Golden Mikes than any other large market station in Southern California for the fourth year in a row.

Los Angeles’ NBC affil, taking home seven awards total from the Universal Hilton, nabbed best daytime, hourlong and half-hour newscast in the Division A category.

Ironically, during the last November sweeps period, KNBC’s news numbers showed falloffs vs. the same period the previous year — losing a quarter of its household audience at its 4 p.m. hour.

Still, the Golden Mikes “are a really special thing,” said KNBC news director Nancy Bauer Gonzales of the awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Assn. “This reinforces in viewers’ minds that this is a solid news organization — tells them that they should keep watching our shows because we do award-winning work.”

Likewise, KCBS’ winning perf doesn’t erase its perennial low ratings. In November, the station fell 22% from the previous year, which was already small in household numbers.

Yet KCBS news director Roger Bell also remains upbeat: “We’re gratified that our hard work throughout the past year has been recognized by our peers.” The station’s nods from the RTNDA included best investigative, hard news, documentary and sports reporting.

Spanish-lingo station KMEX grabbed best daytime broadcast, any length, for the smaller Division B group. The Univision flagship station topped stations in Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, San Diego and San Luis Obispo.

Rounding out the RTNDA’s Division A action, KTLA picked up six wins, including best newscast writing and news special. KTTV snagged four, including best individual writing and light feature reporting. KCAL won best weather segment, and KCOP racked up best videotape editing of a single hard news story.

Some stations chose not to compete in certain award categories, with KABC not entering the contest at all.

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