The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced WAVE 3 TV in Louisville has won the Media Eclipse Award for Local Television for its pre-and post-race coverage of this year's Kentucky Derby on May 7 from Churchill Downs. WAVE 3 TV devoted 11 1/2 hours of Derby day coverage, providing viewers with live racing, news features, celebrity and racing personality interviews prior to the Derby, and a one hour post race program later that evening. Among the members of the production team were producer Caroline Dickie and director Brian Reeves. This is the second Media Eclipse Award for WAVE 3 TV, the Louisville NBC affiliate, which was also honored with the 2004 Local Television award.
"We are extremely excited about winning the Eclipse Award for the second consecutive year," said Dan Foos, executive producer of WAVE 3 TV on behalf of the station and the more than 100 personnel who worked on the broadcast. "Our coverage of horse racing isn't just a job; it's a part of life in this city. We believe in balancing our Derby broadcast with knowledgeable reporting for the hard-core fan and to educate the novice who is unfamiliar with the sport. We especially enjoy delivering stories about Louisville residents who work on the backstretch and behind the scenes at the Derby."
Judges for the Local Television category were Jack Coffey of Eclipse Productions; Stu Kirshenbaum of Oak Street Films and independent film producer Fritz Mitchell.
Eclipse Awards are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing.
The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and foundation sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.
The 2005 Eclipse Awards will be held on Monday, January 23, 2006 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif. For hotel accommodations and Eclipse Awards dinner reservations, contact Debbie Blair at the NTRA's Lexington office, (800) 792-6872, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.