Prestige Awards

The Prestige Awards is sponsored annually by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters to recognize outstanding achievements by Louisiana radio and television broadcasters. This competition was established to encourage the highest standards of reporting, community service and production creativity.

2022 Prestige Awards

The 2022 Prestige Awards will take place in March 2022 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The 2022 Categories & Criteria Booklet is now available! Take a look and begin to gather ideas of who you’d like to nominate this year.

Entries open November 8th, 2021 through rockourawards.com.

2022 Award Entry Guidelines

ENTRY DEADLINE

Entries must be submitted electronically through the RockOurAwards.com website no later than 5:00pm on Monday, January 31st, 2022.

ELIGIBILITY
The Prestige Awards is open to LAB member stations which have a primary audience in Louisiana.
Entries must have been produced and broadcasted during the period from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. Entries must be totally created and produced by the station. Material produced with outside advertising or production agency assistance is not eligible. Entries are limited to one per station in each of the categories. An entry can only be entered in one category.
LAB Member stations must be in good standing and have paid their 2021 dues.
All entries must have :30 second video with sound for the award presentation. If your submission doesn’t have this, your submission will be disqualified.

ENTRY FEE
There is no entry fee to participate in this contest.

LIABILITY
If it is determined an entry is not fully locally produced and/or is entered with false documentation, the station and ownership of that station will not be permitted to submit for that award for a period of two years.
As in any contest, conflicts may arise. Issues involving judging of entries will be resolved by the judges; their
decisions will be final. Issues involving interpretation of the rules and procedures of the LAB Prestige Awards will be settled by the Executive Staff of the LAB and, if deemed necessary by the Executive Staff, in consultation with the LAB Awards Committee. Their decisions will be final.

JUDGING
To insure objectivity, judging is conducted by a panel of broadcast experts from outside the state of Louisiana. They will evaluate all entries based on the criteria listed in the “Awards Categories” sections on the following pages. There will be one winner in each category. If the judges think an entry was submitted in the wrong category, they may move it to the proper category. The decision of the judges will be final.

Award Markets

TelevisionLarge marketBaton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans/Metairie, Shreveport/Bossier City
Small marketAll others
RadioLarge marketBaton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans/Metairie,
Shreveport/Bossier City
Small marketAll others

2021 Virtual Award Presentation

The 2021 Prestige Awards premiered as a live virtual event on our YouTube Channel on March 18, 2021 at 12 p.m. CT.

You can watch the whole show in the video embedded below.

Take a look at the 2021 Annual Prestige Awards below

2021 Prestige Award Recipients

Hall of Fame – Radio
Alton “Richard” Petty, iHeart Media
Jim Soileau, KVPI-FM
Hall of Fame – Television
Diane Deaton, WAFB-TV
Lifetime Achievement – Radio
James Gilmore, Guaranty Broadcasting
Baton Rouge, La.
Lifetime Achievement – Television
Randy Stone, KARD-TV
Monroe, La.
Young Professional of the Year-Television
Jillian Corder, KPLC-TV
Lake Charles, La.
Broadcast Engineer of the Year
Damond Jacob, WWOZ-FM
New Orleans, La.
Student Broadcaster of the Year – Radio
Troy Brashear Jr, KLWB-FM
Lafayette, La.     
Student Broadcaster of the Year – Television
Raychelle Riley, The Southeastern Channel
Hammond, La.
Broadcaster of the Year
John Ware, KPLC-TV
Lake Charles, La.
Best Podcast-Radio
WNXX-FM Baton Rouge, La-large market
Best Use of Digital Media –Television
KPLC-TV Lake Charles, La.-small market
WVLA/WGMB-TV Baton Rouge, La.-large market
Best Use of Digital Media – Radio
KOGM-FM Lafayette, La.-large market
Election Coverage – Television
KNOE-TV Monroe, La.-small market
WDSU-TV New Orleans, La.-large market
Best Morning Show-Television
KALB-TV Alexandria, La-small market
WAFB-TV Baton Rouge, La.- large market
Best Morning Show – Radio
KQID-FM Alexandria, La.-small market
KRVE-FM Baton Rouge, La.-large market
Best Newscast – Television
KTVE-TV West Monroe, La.-small market
WAFB-TV Baton Rouge, La- large market
Best Interview – Radio
KRRV-FM Alexandria, La.-small market
WRNO-FM New Orleans, La.-large market
Best Series or Documentary – Television
KNOE-TV Monroe, La.-small market
WLPB-TV Baton Rouge, La.-large market
Best Sports Show – Television
KALB-TV Alexandria, La.-small mkt
WDSU-TV New Orleans, La.- lg mkt
Best Sports Show – Radio
KMLB-FM Monroe, La.-small market
WNXX-FM Baton Rouge, La- large market
Best Weathercast – Television
KTVE-TV Monroe, La.-small market
WVLA-TV Baton Rouge, La.-large market
Best Personality/Team – Radio
KRRV-FM Alexandria, La.-small market
WDGL-FM Baton Rouge, La.- large market
Breaking News – Television
KALB-TV Alexandria, La-small market
KATC-TV Lafayette, La.-large market
Community Service – Radio
KQID-FM Alexandria, La.-small market
Cumulus Media-Lafayette, La.- large market
Community Service – Television
KALB-TV Alexandria, La.-small market
WBRZ-TV Baton Rouge, LA-large market
Promotion of the Year – Radio
KZRZ-FM Monroe, La-small market
WNOE-FM New Orleans, La-large market
Promotion of the Year-Television
KPLC-TV-Lake Charles, La.-small market
WBRZ-TV-Baton Rouge, La.-large market
Investigative Report – Television
KNOE-TV Monroe, La.-small market
WBRZ-TV Baton Rouge, La.-large market
Multimedia Journalist of the Year – Television
Javonti Thomas, KALB-TV Alexandria, La.-small market
Kennedi Walker, WVLA-TV Baton Rouge, La-large market
Uniquely Louisiana – Radio
KVPI-FM Ville Platte, La-small market
KSLO-FM Lafayette, La.-large market
Uniquely Louisiana – Television
KPLC-TV-TV Lake Charles, La.-small market
WVUE-TV New Orleans, La.-large market
Reporter of the Year – Television
KALB-TV Alexandria, La-small market
WBRZ-TV Baton Rouge, La-large market
Station of the Year – Radio
KQID-FM Alexandria, La-small market
WWOZ-FM New Orleans, La.-large market
Station of the Year – Television
KPLC-TV Lake Charles, La. -small market
WDSU-TV New Orleans, La.-large market
LAB Scholarship
Allison Kadlubar, Louisiana State University
Jillian Oddo, Loyola University
Carley Ann McCord Scholarship
Abbigail Alonzo, Louisiana State University
Jessica Speziale, Louisiana State University