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.

Mark your calendars, the 2023 Prestige Awards will be held Friday, March 24th, 2023 at the Marriott in Baton Rouge, LA.

You can now submit entries through RockOurAwards.com! Login using an existing account or create a new account to submit, there’s no fee. Be sure to review our Categories & Criteria below before submitting.

2023 Categories and Criteria

View our Categories and Criteria booklet for complete details on eligibility, category details, entry instructions and more. Entries open November 1st through RockOurAwards.com.

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

2023 Award Entry Guidelines

ENTRY DEADLINE

Entries must be submitted electronically through the RockOurAwards.com website no later than 5:00pm on Friday, January 27th, 2023.

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, 2022 to December 31, 2022. 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 EXCEPT Student Broadcaster of the Year. An entry can only be entered in one category.

LAB Member stations must be in good standing and have paid their 2022 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.


2022 Prestige Awards

The 2022 Prestige Awards took place on March 17th, 2022 at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to all of our winners, keep making Louisiana proud!

You can view and download all pictures here: https://zydecostudios.shootproof.com/gallery/17825960/

To view all pictures, select “Open Gallery”
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You can watch a recording of the 2022 Prestige Awards courtesy of KARD/KTVE-TV below


2022 Prestige Award Recipients

Hall of Fame
Judith Meriwether, KRVS-FM
Lafayette, La.

Tom Galloway, Communications
Corporation of America
Lafayette, La.
Hall of Fame
George Sells, WAFB-TV
Baton Rouge, La.

Paul White, KTBS-TV
Shreveport, La.
Lifetime Achievement – Radio
Bob Murphy, KRVE-FM
Baton Rouge, La.
Lifetime Achievement – Television
Margaret Orr, WDSU-TV
New Orleans, La. 
Young Professional of the Year-Radio
Abby Leigh, WTGE-FM
Baton Rouge, La. 
Young Professional of the Year-TV
Scottie Hunter, WAFB-TV
Baton Rouge, La.
Broadcast Engineer of the Year
Phil Osborne, WAFB-TV
Baton Rouge, La.
Student Broadcaster of the Year – Radio
Hannah Adams, KLWB-FM
Lafayette, La.
Student Broadcaster of the Year – Television
Allison Kadlubar, Tiger TV
Baton Rouge, La.     
Broadcaster of the Year
Mark McKay, KTAL-TV
Shreveport, La.
Best Podcast-Radio
WEMX-FM Baton Rouge, La. -large market
Best Use of Digital Media –Television
KPLC-TV Lake Charles, La. -small market
KSLA-TV Shreveport, La. -large market
Best Use of Digital Media – Radio
WWOZ-FM New Orleans, La. -large market
Election Coverage – Television
KALB-TV Alexandria, La. -small market
WWL-TV New Orleans, La. -large market
Election Coverage – Radio
WBRP-FM Baton Rouge, La. -large market
Best Morning Show-Television
KNOE-TV Monroe, La. -small market
WAFB-TV Baton Rouge, La. -large market
Best Morning Show – Radio
KRRV-FM Alexandria, La. -small market
KRVE-FM Baton Rouge, La. -large market
Best Newscast – Television
KTVE-TV Monroe, La. -small market
WDSU-TV New Orleans, La. – large market
Best Interview – Radio
KQID-FM Alexandria, La. -small market
WRNO-FM New Orleans, La. -large market
Best Series or Documentary – Television
KNOE-TV Monroe, La. -small market
KATC-TV Lafayette, La. -large market
Best Live On-Site Remote – Radio
WNXX-FM Baton Rouge, La.-large market
Best Sports Show – Television
KPLC-TV Lake Charles, La.- small market
KTBS-TV Shreveport, La. – large market
Best Sports Show – Radio
KMLB-FM Monroe, La. -small market
WNXX-FM Baton Rouge, La. -large market
Best Weathercast – Television
KPLC-TV Lake Charles, La. -small market
WBRZ-TV Baton Rouge, La. -large market
Best Personality/Team – Radio
KQID-FM Alexandria, La. -small market
WWOZ-FM New Orleans, La. -large market
Breaking News – Television
KALB-TV Alexandria, La. -small market
WWL-TV New Orleans, La. -large market
Community Service – Radio
KQID-FM Alexandria, La. -small market
WNXX-FM Baton Rouge, La. -large market
Community Service – Television
KTVE-TV West Monroe, La. -small market
KTAL-TV Shreveport, La. -large market
Promotion of the Year – Radio
KXRR-FM Monroe, La. -small market   
WNOE-FM New Orleans, La. -large market
Promotion of the Year-Television
KTVE-TV West Monroe, La. -small market
KLFY-TV Lafayette, La. -large market
Investigative Report – Television
KALB-TV Alexandria, La. -small market
WBRZ-TV Baton Rouge, La. -large market
Multimedia Journalist of the Year – Television
Andrea Robinson, KPLC-TV Lake Charles, La. -small market
Raychelle Riley, WGMB-TV Baton Rouge, La. -large market
Uniquely Louisiana – Radio
KVPI-FM Ville Platte, La. -small market
WWOZ-FM New Orleans, La. -large market
Uniquely Louisiana – Television
KALB-TV Alexandria, La. -small market
WYES-TV New Orleans, La. -large market
Reporter of the Year – Television
Rick Boone KARD-TV Alexandria, La.- small market
Johnston von Springer WBRZ-TV Baton Rouge, La. – large market
Station of the Year – Radio
KQID-FM Alexandria, La. -small market
WNXX-FM Baton Rouge, La. -large market
Station of the Year – Television
KTVE-TV West Monroe, La. -small market
WAFB-TV Baton Rouge, La. -large market
LAB Scholarship
Maria Pham, Louisiana State University
Taylor Nettle, Southeastern Louisiana University
Thomas E. Metz Engineering Scholarship
Destney Johnson, Grambling State University
Railyn Rhodes, Grambling State University

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.