Waco television station KWTX-TV, Channel 10, has won two Emmy Award nominations for news pieces on the Feb. 28 Mount Carmel shootout and the May 18, 1992 bathhouse fire in Marlin.
Photographer Dan Mulloney and reporter John McLemore were nominated in the Live News category for “Gun Battle at Mount Carmel,” their first-day coverage of the Feb. 28 shootout between Branch Davidians and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Also winning a nomination in Videotape Editing for Spot News category was KWTX’s Barry Weyand, honored for “Voices in the Flames,” an interpretive piece on the Marlin bathhouse fire.
“We are really pleased,” said Virgil Teeter, KWTX vice president for news, himself a two-time Emmy Award winning producer. “It’s a very prestigious award . . . You don’t use these for doorstops.”
Teeter and Carol Planchon, in charge of the station’s news promotions, believe the Emmy nominations, announced to television stations Tuesday evening, are the first for the Waco station.
The Colorado/Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the organization that awards the Emmys, encompasses television markets in Colorado, North and Central Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, east Wyoming and Kansas.
Unlike other awards competitions that offer categories for market size, the regional Emmys lump large and small market stations together.
Instead of competing against stations from similarly sized cities, the Waco station is going up against its peers in metropolitan areas like Dallas, Denver and Oklahoma City.
Also nominated in the Live News category was “Police Chief May Fifth” and “Waco Cult Crisis: Fire at the Compound” by Fort Worth station KXAS-TV and “Oklahoma Floods” by Oklahoma City station KWTV-TV.
Nominated in the Editing for Spot News category was “Barricaded Gunman” by KUSA-TV in Denver.
Emmy winners will be announced at a Sept. 11 banquet in Denver.
“Gun Battle at Mount Carmel” was drawn from McLemore’s and Mulloney’s first news broadcast after the gunfight between ATF agents and Mount Carmel residents; anchoring the broadcast was KWTX news anchor Lori Scott.
“Voices in the Flame” used footage shot by KWTX chief photographer Jim Peeler of the May 18, 1992 Marlin bathhouse fire.
Weyand edited Peeler’s footage to create a video collage of the event, with bystanders sharing their memories of the historic bathhouse while gazing at the nighttime conflagration.
Weyand previously won a Katie Award from the Press Club of Dallas for his work no “Voices in the Flames,” Planchon said.