WLBK wins awards for news coverage

Nelson Multimedia Inc. returned from Peoria in June with trophies in tow after a successful showing at the Silver Dome Awards by the Illinois Broadcasters Association. Three Nelson stations were recognized for their commitment to local news: WSPY-FM 107.1 in Plano, WJDK-FM 95.7 in Morris, and WLBK-FM 98.9/WLBK-AM 1360 in DeKalb.

WLBK News Director Scott Zak took home his second Silver Dome Award for Best Hard News Feature in the small market. He first won in 2009 for his coverage of the Northern Illinois University shooting.

“We work every day to bring our community comprehensive stories that are most important to DeKalb County,” Zak said. “I believe this award shows we’re doing that.”

Zak’s winning entry featured several reports from the trial of Jack McCullough, who was convicted in 2012 of kidnapping and murdering a Sycamore child in 1957.

“Following WSPY’s recent success at the Silver Dome Awards, we decided it was time to enter our other stations into the competition as well,” said Beth Pierre, Nelson Multimedia vice president and corporate general manager.

“We have a tremendous amount of talent at all our stations. These awards only scratch the surface.”

In the past three years, Nelson Multimedia Inc. has garnered six Silver Dome Awards and 14 finalists. The awards are divided into three classifications for radio stations, based on market size.

Out-of-state broadcasters judge the competition. Entry fees collected by the IBA help fund its college endowment and minority internship programs.

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