Maybe it is a good thing that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has decided to move its annual Mid-America Emmy Awards from its traditional home in St. Louis to Kansas City this year.
That’s because based on the recently released list of nominations in 83 categories, Kansas City-area media outlets are going to be taking home most of the awards.The Emmy award dinner will be held at the Midland Theatre by AMC on Saturday, September 22 from 5-10 p.m.
It was previously announced here that KMBC’s Kris Ketz and KSHB’s Cynthia Newsome will be inducted into the group’s prestigious “Silver Circle” that evening.
An unofficial tally by Bottom Line of the 83 wide-ranging categories has KSHB and WDAF-Fox 4 leading the pack with 20 nominations. KCTV was third with 14 nominations, KMBC fourth with 13 and KCPT with 8. The Kansas City Chiefs also won several nominations for production as did Metro Sports.
The individual superstar for 2012 is KSHB’s stalwart investigative reporter Ryan Kath, who was part of seven nominations. Stacey Cameron at KCTV finished second with four nominations and KCTV photojournalist Ken Ullery nabbed three.
Fox4 anchor John Holt was nominated in three categories. He is also a finalist for the top on-camera anchor title along with KMBC’s Lara Moritz and his co-worker Susan Hiland. No KC stations were nominated for top honors in weather or sports.
Dana Wright, who left KCTV earlier this year to become an afternoon radio talk show host on KMBZ’s “Dana and Parks” show, was nominated with Ullery for an investigative piece titled “DOA: Unmonitored, Unnoticed.”