MARQUETTE Ã‚– Two Public TV 13 productions have earned Emmy nominations from the National Television Academy's Michigan Chapter.
An Evening with the Governor received a nod in the category of outstanding interview/discussion. Produced by Bob Thompson, the program was a live town-hall meeting held in November that featured Gov. Jennifer Granholm interacting with a studio audience. Ã‚ Lumberjack Life: U.P. Days of Yore, produced by Sonya Chrisman, is in contention for outstanding documentary. It chronicles the history of logging in the Upper Peninsula.
Ã‚“Our names may appear on the nomination form as producers, but both of these programs were team efforts,Ã‚” Chrisman said. Ã‚“Bob and I could not have pulled these off without the help of the talented staff at TV 13.Ã‚”
Eric Smith, future general manager of the station, added, Ã‚“What makes these awards so coveted is that we are competing not just with stations in a similar market size, but stations from across Michigan. Even if we don't win the Emmys, just receiving nominations is an honor. We were competing against hundreds of other programs just to get this far."
Winners will be announced during the 26th Annual Emmy Awards Gala on June 5 in Detroit.
Eric Smith can be reached at 906-227-1300.