Banquets and broadcasters go together like chicken and mashed potatoes. And the latter is consumed in abundance by the former many weekends a year. I had a busy social calendar this weekend, breaking bread at 2 banquets in Charleston and Marietta.
Saturday the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Board had its annual awards banquet. The event was held at the new Appalachian Power Park. Its a chance for reporters, anchors, and new directors from around the state to socialize, discuss the news (gossip) and find out how they did in the annual A.P. competition to reward broadcast excellence over the previous years.
WTAP won its share of the awards. The real fun is watching the joy on a young journalist's face when he or she hear their name called for winning a category. It runs the range from joy, to relief, to trying to look calm (and not trip) as you walk up to the podium to accept your prize.
Since the banquet was held at a Appalachian Power Park, we dined on hot dogs, and hamburgers, and then took in ball game as the Power hosted Greensboro Grasshoppers. A good time with good friends.
Sunday was another awards banquet. A little closer to home. It was the first annual WTAP-Burger King All Mid Ohio Valley basketball team banquet
The station hosted a soiree for this year's honorees at the Lafayette Hotel. 25 of the honorees and their guests were on hand for a dinner and an awards ceremony.