Sunday, June 1st, 2008 was a "red-letter" day for W.T.A.P.-T.V.
The station won three awards from the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters organization, but that isn't why Sunday was so memorable.
It will be remembered as the day legendary local broadcaster Glenn Wilson was inducted into the O.A.P.B. Hall of Fame.
It's memorable for a number of reasons.
First, as anyone who has watched W.T.A.P. for most of its 55 years on the air knows, Glenn covered a lot of memorable news stories in both West Virginia and Ohio, including stories which impacted residents on both sides of the Ohio River.
As General Manager Roger Sheppard, who gave the remarks Sunday at Glenn's induction, has noted many times, covering both sides of the river is what we're here for.
Secondly, except for a Steubenville broadcaster, no one representing the Southeast region of Ohio had gone into the Hall of Fame before Sunday. In fact, there were two Southeast Ohio broadcasters so honored Sunday.
The other is the late Allan Land, who led W.H.I.Z. radio and television in Zanesville for decades. As Roger noted Sunday, the owners of W.H.I.Z also owned W.T.A.P. for a time early in our existence.
Before this year, the Ohio A.P. Hall of Fame, which began in 2002, welcomed mostly broadcasters from Ohio's major cities such as Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. This year's inductions are a sign it's beginning to honor people from it's smaller towns and cities, including the Southeast Region.
We're proud Glenn and Mr. Land are signs of that change. I hope more broadcasters from smaller towns follow.
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