Maryland Public Television and the folks at Sinclair Broadcasting emerged as the cream of Baltimore's TV crop Saturday night, earning 18 of the 21 Emmy awards given to Baltimore-area television.
MPT received eight Emmys, including a nod for Best Public Affairs Special for "Bower Birds and the Bees." Sinclair's WBFF (Channel 45) and WNUV (Channel 54) took 10, including one for Best Evening Newscast in a medium-size market, for a broadcast of WNUV's "WB News at 6:30."
WBAL (Channel 11) earned a pair of Emmys - both for director Donald Horner while WJZ (Channel 13) took home just one - reporter Mike Schuh and producer Joel Eagle's for Best General News Segment.
Sinclair had 25 nominations, the most among Baltimore stations. MPT had 16; WJZ and WMAR (Channel 2) both had five. And WBAL, which should have gotten a special award for getting the most bang for its buck, won both of the Emmys for which it was nominated.
In fact, those were the only two entries the station submitted for Emmy consideration.
Among those receiving Emmys for MPT was Robert W. Heck, host of the "Vid Kid" programs, and John R. Davidson, who won a pair of awards for his audio work. Among programs, "Outdoors Maryland" and "Bower Birds and the Bees" won two Emmys each.
At WBFF, reporters won awards: Jenny Atwater (two) and Kathleen Cairns and Jeff Abell (one each). Brian Tankersley won once as a photographer, once as producer. The station also received an award for its signed weathercasts for the hearing impaired.
The 42nd annual Capital Region Emmys were awarded by the Washington chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences which includes Virginia. The big winner was D.C.'s WTTG (Channel 5) which finished with 17 Emmys. Public TV station WETA (Channel 26) earned four awards.
Here's a complete list (more than one Emmy may be awarded in a single category): Public Affairs Programs, Specials: "Bower Birds and the Bees." MPT. Program Segments, Public Affairs: "Hungry for Hollywood," MPT; "Outdoors Maryland: Rabbit Run," MPT. News Programs: Evening (4 p.m. to midnight), Medium Market: "WB News at 6:30: Tower Fire," WNUV. Spot News: "Police Shooting Rally," WBFF. News Segments: "Black & White," WJZ. News Segments: Features, Hard: "Heart to Heart," WBFF. News Segments, Features, Soft: "Business of Wrestling,"BFF; "See You at the Movies," WBFF. Photography: Public Affairs, Children's, Entertainment, Documentary: "Dragons & Damsels," MPT; "Bower Birds and the Bees," MPT. Photography: News Segments, Spot News: "Diner," WBFF; composite, WBFF. Audio: Studio, Remote: "Outdoors Maryland No. 905," John R. Davidson; MPT, composite, John R. Davidson, David Wainwright, MPT. Direction: Live: composite, Donald Horner, WBAL. Direction: Tape, Film: Composite, Donald Horner, WBAL. Weathercasting: "Signed Weather for the Deaf and Special Needs Students," WBFF. Host, Interviewer, Moderator: "Vid Kid" composite, Robert W. Heck, MPT.